The Product and Pallet Damage You Can't See

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Apr 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM


When was the last time you saw a cockroach crawling out from under your baseboard or fridge? Last month? Last year? It’s more likely you saw an image of one (or several) in a scary movie. We don’t usually see them. They’re invisible, hiding behind baseboards or under the fridge, waiting for us to go to sleep so they can come out. As much as we hate to admit it, they’re always around.

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Topics: Product Damage

Earthquakes, Pallet Damage, and Stretch Wrapping

Posted by Paul Stewart on Mar 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you've never been in an earthquake you would be amazed at how much damage 30 seconds of vibration can do. Even relatively short and mild earthquakes can cause serious damage.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage

Reduce Damage or Reduce Stretch Film costs? Fix the Big Problem First!

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Feb 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Identify the Key Issues

This picture is the story of a classic struggle - good intentions versus misdirected attention - that's all too common in the world of stretch wrapping. Companies see the film costs of stretch wrapping and are generally concerned with how to reduce that expense by a few percentage points. However, they fail to take into account how little it is actually saving them.

It only takes about $10 of stretch film to ship a typical truckload of pallets. However, 1/2%* of total shipments are damaged to the point of being unsalable on the way to their destinations, generating billions of dollars of losses a year. 

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Topics: Product Damage, Stretch Film Cost

Shipping Damage: The Hidden Costs

Posted by Allison Myers on Jan 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

1 Chance in 200 Isn’t a Good Bet 

Imagine you’re a car dealer. You order hundreds of cars to your dealership, but every once in a while a brand new car just won’t start. You do the math and 1 out of every 200 cars doesn’t start, the car isn’t fixable and is a complete loss. Sure, you get to sell 199 cars but you have to take the loss of the 1 car.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage

How Stretch Wrapping Reduces Risk of Damaged Pallet Goods

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Jan 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Since a main reason for stretch wrapping is preventing product damage during transit, it may come as a surprise that the leading cause of product damage is…in-effective stretch wrapping. Just buying or having a good stretch wrapper doesn’t ensure a safe load. But how you use your stretch wrapper can.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage

Reducing Shipping Damage in the Supply Chain

Posted by Allison Myers on Nov 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We read a great article in Packaging Digest titled "Mitigating Packaging Damage in the Supply Chain" and wanted to thank them for talking a bit about our biggest passion - using stretch wrapping technology to make sure your pallet load gets to the right place in the right condition with a minimum of shipping damage.

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Topics: Product Damage

How to Reduce Shipping Damage

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Nov 10, 2016 10:21:42 AM

Shipping damage is one of those things  that is not often talked about, mainly because once the product has left the shipper the "out of sight, out of mind," principle applies

But the simple fact is that shipping damage is a very real expense. It adds billions of dollars to the cost of shipping and insurance every year, and there is a chance that any load shipped will be compromised. 

As a shipper, there are some things you can do to reduce shipping damage.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage

Stretch Wrapping Monitoring, Measuring, and Tracking

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Nov 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

With an estimated $60 billion of waste from unsalable products each year resulting from ineffective stretch wrapping in just the consumer products goods, food, and beverage industries, improving the effectiveness of stretch wrapping is an important step in any shipping operation.

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Topics: Product Damage, Containment Force

How to Check Your Containment Force

Posted by Allison Myers on Sep 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Step 1: What is Containment Force?

At its most basic, Containment Force is the hugging pressure that holds your load together. Containment Force is the result of the number of revolutions of the stretch film multiplied by the wrap force (tightness). It's the key specification in reducing damage and ensuring safe to ship loads.  You'll need to do testing and checking to discover your ideal Containment Force. However, when measuring Containment Force, you should check three places on a wrapped load to make sure we have the right amount of force throughout the load.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage, Containment Force

Reducing Shipping Damage Regardless of Transportation Method

Posted by Allison Myers on Aug 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In the May 2016 issue of Packaging World, James McNamara Jr.  discusses packaging development from the eyes of an engineer.  And while he is primarily talking about materials selection for primary packaging, he does touch on a subject that is near and dear to our hearts at Lantech…what he describes as the “under considered aspect of transport packaging.” 

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Topics: Product Damage

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