Product Packaging, Sustainable Packaging

How can stretch film reduce shipping operations?

Stretch film

All businesses aim at maximizing their profits at any stage of production and packaging. The discovery of stretch film to package items in transit has, in a way, helped businesses to spend less but achieve more reliable results. Stretch film is known for its ability to reduce packaging and shipping costs. 

Why we Stretch Film?

There are many reasons for stretch wrapping. One of the most important reasons is the bundling of cargoes for transport. If you combine many small packages into one large package, it is easier to transport, ship and protect the individual products from damage. Protection against damage is an essential factor when sending cargoes that are to arrive at the destination in perfect condition. By stretch wrapping, both goals (bundling of loads and delivery of undamaged products) can be achieved most cost-effectively.

Stretch wrapping prevents cargoes from moving and shifting during transport – both causes of transport damage. Undoubtedly, there are other reasons why your cargoes can be damaged during transport. Still, stretch wrapping provides a level of protection that increases the likelihood that the products will arrive in perfect condition. This means lower return rates as well as less administrative effort, credits for the recipient and costs for rework – not to mention more satisfied customers and colleagues.

Stretch Wrapping begins with Loading the Pallet

Before the stretch wrap process can begin, a load must first be put together on a pallet. If the load is on the pallet, the whole thing (pallet and load) is wrapped together with stretch film.

Putting the load together on the pallet is an important step. How the cargo is placed on the pallet is crucial. The load should not protrude beyond the sides of the pallet, and the pallet should not be more than about 10 cm larger than the base area of the load. The pallet itself further plays a role and should be in perfect condition.

When stretch wrapping, it is essential not to omit the steps that secure the load on the pallet. One option is to wrap all the way down to the base of the pallet. However, this procedure carries the risk that the film will be pierced with a forklift or pallet truck when picking up the pallet. In addition, these giant holes in the film can continue to the load and lead to a loss of retention force, increasing the risk of the charge falling apart.

Pallet Grip is an excellent solution that fixes the load to the pallet and prevents damage to the film. The lower centimetres of the film web is automatically twisted at the end of the winding cycle to a taut film strand. This strand is placed just below the upper boards of the pallet. This fixed-film strand fixes the load on the pallet and leaves enough space for the lifting forks so that the problem with holes in the foil is a thing of the past.

What is the best way to wrap your Pallet load with Stretch Film?

Once you have understood why loads are packed with stretch film, it is only logical that you want to know how to do this. In connection with stretch wrapping, we are often asked the question of “how”. Everyone aspires to know how to do it more efficiently and faster.


Using stretch film as your choice packaging option is a great idea, especially if the company is looking at increasing its profit margin without compromising quality at any stage. Since many companies have now realized the potential of stretch film, they are slowly accepting it because all they want is to give their customers better and improved services.

The next time you want to send a package, you may consider using stretch film to make sure that your products are safe.

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