Extension to the Instant Asset Write-off


Extension to the Instant Asset Write-off

The Federal Government has extended its Instant Asset Write-off by 12 months to June 2022. All Australian businesses that have an annual turnover of up to 500 million will be able to take advantage of the scheme.

The threshold value of each eligible business asset was set at $150,000 or less per asset, but new terms announced in the last federal budget remove this threshold amount. With an instant asset write-off, businesses can claim the full depreciation deduction of the asset at tax time in the financial year the asset was purchased. The asset must be first used or installed ready for use before June 30, 2022.

If the asset is used for both business and personal activities, only the business portion of the asset is covered by the scheme.

Second-hand assets also qualify for the deduction.

Take advantage of the scheme with Packline Solutions

The purpose of the instant asset write-off scheme is to encourage businesses to purchase new assets. Spending on improvements to existing assets is also eligible for the deduction.

This is great news for all packaging companies or businesses who are looking to streamline their packaging processes by purchasing or upgrading mailroom assets, pallet wrapping machines, strapping machines and carton sealing machines.

By purchasing new machinery and claiming the instant asset write-off you will reduce your taxable profit, saving money at tax time.

For more information on the instant asset write-off for business, visit the Australian Taxation Office information page here.

To work out if your business is eligible and which of your assets fall under the scheme terms and conditions, you should contact your accountant.

Embracing Sustainability: The Significance of Eco-Friendly Packaging in Warehouse Facilities

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, where environmental consciousness is gaining traction, companies are increasingly recognising the importance of integrating sustainability into their operations. A crucial aspect of this shift towards greener practices is the adoption of eco-friendly packaging products in warehouse facilities. With an emphasis on minimising the ecological footprint, warehouse managers are turning to innovative solutions like the ‘Better Pack 555eFACM’ electric water-activated tape dispenser and Pacmasta EcoShred Cardboard shredders to name just a few, to enhance their packaging practices while staying environmentally responsible. 

Eco-Friendly Packaging: A Necessity, Not a Choice 

The exponential rise in e-commerce and global trade has led to a surge in packaging materials being used across industries. However, the indiscriminate use of plastic-based materials and wasteful packaging practices have placed an immense burden on our environment.  

Enter eco-friendly packaging, a sustainable alternative that not only reduces waste but also significantly decreases a company’s carbon footprint. 

Innovative Solutions for a Greener Tomorrow 

Better Pack 555eFACM Electric Water-Activated Tape Dispenser: One of the pioneers in eco-friendly packaging equipment, the Better Pack 555eFACM electric water-activated tape dispenser revolutionises the packaging process. Unlike traditional plastic tapes, water-activated tapes are made from renewable materials and are fully biodegradable. The Better Pack 555eFACM takes this sustainable solution to the next level with its energy-efficient design and cutting-edge features. 

This dispenser offers consistent tape dispensing with minimal effort, enhancing packaging efficiency in warehouses. The electric dispenser’s cutting mechanism ensures accurate tape lengths, reducing wastage and optimising tape usage. Additionally, by eliminating the need for additional adhesives or tapes, water-activated tapes contribute to a cleaner recycling process, further promoting sustainability. 

Features of Water-Activated Tapes: 

  • Eco-Friendly Materials: Water-activated tapes are crafted from renewable resources such as paper, making them an eco-conscious choice. 
  • Secure Sealing: These tapes form a strong bond with the packaging, providing tamper-evident sealing that enhances the security of the shipped products. 
  • Customisation: Water-activated tapes can be printed with branding, instructions, or other messages, transforming them into a branding tool while remaining sustainable. 
  • Biodegradability: Unlike plastic tapes that contribute to landfill waste, water-activated tapes break down naturally, reducing long-term environmental impact. 

Pacmasta EcoShred Cardboard Shredders: Cardboard boxes are the backbone of packaging, but their disposal can be a challenge.  

Enter Pacmasta EcoShred Cardboard shredders, which addresses this issue by transforming used cardboard into eco-friendly packaging material. These shredders efficiently cut cardboard into manageable pieces, which can then be repurposed as protective packaging materials, reducing the need for additional fillers like bubble wrap or foam peanuts. 


By reusing cardboard, warehouses not only contribute to waste reduction but also save on packaging costs. This sustainable approach also aligns with the circular economy model, wherein resources are reused to create a closed-loop system, minimising waste generation. 

The Bigger Picture: Business Benefits of Eco-Friendly Packaging 

While the environmental benefits of embracing eco-friendly packaging are evident, businesses can also reap numerous advantages by incorporating these practices into their warehouse operations: 

  • Cost Savings: Switching to sustainable packaging products can lead to significant cost savings in the long run. For instance, using water-activated tapes can reduce the need for excessive tape usage, while cardboard shredders cut down the expenses associated with buying additional protective materials. 
  • Enhanced Brand Image: In an age where consumers actively seek out environmentally responsible brands, adopting eco-friendly packaging can enhance a company’s brand image and reputation. It showcases the company’s commitment to sustainability, attracting conscious consumers and potentially increasing customer loyalty. 
  • Regulatory Compliance: Many regions are tightening regulations regarding packaging waste and its impact on the environment. By adopting eco-friendly packaging practices early, businesses can stay ahead of these regulations and avoid potential fines or penalties. 

In the quest for a more sustainable future, every industry must play its part, and warehouse facilities are no exception. The utilisation of innovative products like the ‘Better Pack 555eFACM’ electric water-activated tape dispenser and Pacmasta EcoShred Cardboard shredders showcases the commitment of warehouse managers towards eco-friendly practices. Beyond reducing waste and minimising environmental impact, these products offer economic benefits and strengthen a company’s brand reputation.  

To speak with someone about the eco-packaging products that are available, please give Packline Solutions a call on 1300 66 11 61 and we’d be more than happy to have a chat about the solutions best suited to your business. 

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Changes to the Instant Asset Write-Off Scheme 2023

Changes to the Instant Asset Write-Off Scheme 2023

If you are a business with a turnover of less than $10 million per financial year, you can now deduct the full cost of an asset costing up to $20,000, through the Instant Asset Write Off (IAWO) Scheme!

⚠️⚠️However, from 1 July, 2023, the instant write off is currently only legislated to be available for assets costing up to $1,000 instead of the current $20,000 threshold. If you think this change may affect your business, please continue reading.

What will the new Instant Asset Write-Off (IAWO) scheme allow my business to write off?

Like previous years, the new IAWO (instant asset write-off) scheme will allow businesses to claim a tax deduction for the full value of an eligible asset after its initial purchase, rather than to claim depreciated amounts over the following years, from its initial date of purchase.

The scheme will cover purchases with a cost of up to $20,000, which is the same amount that was previously legislated in 2015. The government’s intention with the new IAWO is to improve cash flow for small businesses while lowering compliance and accounting costs from managing asset depreciation over several years.

When does the current IAWO scheme finish and when does the new one start?

The current version of the IAWO scheme is due to finish on June 30, 2023, with the new IAWO scheme scheduled to start on July 1, 2023.

This new version of the scheme will be in place from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024, which means that any businesses wishing to take advantage of the current turnover rules and regulations will need to purchase any new assets and have them in place by the upcoming June 30, 2023, deadline.

What assets can businesses apply to the new IAWO scheme?

The new IAWO will apply to all eligible depreciable assets if they were purchased for less than the $20,000 threshold.

The $20,000 threshold applies on an asset-by-asset basis, with the Australian government saying it provides businesses with the ability to instantly write off multiple assets. According to the government, assets valued at $20,000 or more, which are not eligible for an immediate tax deduction, will continue to qualify for depreciation at a rate of 15% in the first income year, and at a rate of 30% in each subsequent income year.

Always seek the advice of your accountant with regard to thresholds, eligibility and your entitlements.

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Why Should A Company Invest In A Cardboard Shredder


Why Should A Company Invest In A Cardboard Shredder

Investing in a cardboard shredding machine for your company has several important benefits:

1. Cost-effective waste management: Companies that generate a lot of cardboard waste can save money by shredding it themselves instead of paying for outside recycling services.

2. Environmental sustainability: Shredded cardboard can be recycled more easily than whole boxes, reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. This can help your company reduce its environmental footprint.

3. Improved security: A cardboard shredding machine can help you securely dispose of sensitive documents or packaging materials that contain confidential information. This can help protect your company from data breaches or other security risks.

4. Space-saving: Shredded cardboard takes up less space than whole boxes, which can help you free up storage space in your facility.

5. Increased efficiency: A cardboard shredding machine can help you shred materials more quickly and efficiently than doing it by hand. This can help you save time and increase productivity.

Overall, investing in a cardboard shredding machine can have significant benefits for your company, including cost savings, environmental sustainability, improved security, space-saving, and increased efficiency.

Importance of preventative maintenance

Preventative maintenance is the regular maintenance of equipment and assets to keep them running and to avoid breakdown costs and unnecessary downtime. Our preventative maintenance program (PMP) includes planning, scheduling, and recording of all services. A common question asked is why do I need a preventative maintenance program? Listed are just some of the advantages of signing a preventative maintenance contract.


Improved safety. A lot of workplace accidents are related to equipment failure due to a lack of consistent maintenance. A preventative maintenance program will not mitigate all workplace accidents, but rather significantly decrease the chance of such accidents.

Increased lifetime of equipment.

Optimize efficiency.

Reduce costs. Constantly maintaining prevents hefty expenses from constant repairs and breakdowns.

Let’s look at an example using a pallet wrapper, an expensive asset that plays a crucial role in the operation of your company on a daily basis. The initial cost varies between $8000 – $20,000, within a year of using the machine, you could have spent thousands in reactive maintenance. A preventative maintenance plan is designed to significantly reduce these costs and increase equipment lifespan.

Identifying what assets require a preventative maintenance program is important, these are the assets that your company uses on a daily basis. A PMP helps a business increase their bottom line, by minimizing downtime, improving efficiency, and reducing breakdowns.

Call us today to learn how our preventative maintenance program can help your business save time and money.

Which Water-activated tape dispenser is for me?

Which Water-activated tape dispenser is for me?

Many of you might be wondering the answer to this exact question, the honest answer is – it depends. It depends on a variety of factors, including your budget and your processes. In this post, we will try and unpack whether a manual or electronic tape dispenser is the choice for your business.

Water activated tape (WAT) is fast evolving in the marketplace today with the plastic tax in sight of many consumers. Many consumers are already reaping the benefits of switching from plastic to paper tape, including cost, time, and productivity. So, lets deep dive into the pro’s and cons of both the manual and electric water activated tape dispensers.

Manual Water Activated Tape Dispenser

Our range of manual (WAT) dispensers are ideal for users that may not have access to electricity near their packing station or do not box more than 50 cartons a day. The most basic manual WAT dispenser requires the packer to pull the tape over a wet brush and then manually tear the tape by pulling it against the blade.

Other manual WAT dispensers such as our BP-222 and BP-333 are a little more advanced and assist the packer with the process of wetting the tape and cutting it with the push of a lever. The BP-333 has 15 clearly marked preset tape lengths, allowing the packer to set their desired tape length, and cut all in one.


  • Lower cost than electric WAT dispensers
  • Do not require electricity to function
  • Great for packing stations without electricity
  • Great for packing stations that require mobility for the machine
  • Increase efficiency for the packing and shipping process
  • Great for low to mid volume packaging stations
  • Require little to no operator training


  • Does require minimal manual effort by the packer in order to operate

Electronic Water Activated Tape Dispensers

Electronic WAT dispensers remove the manual effort for the packer and increases productivity within the packing station. They are perfect for the packing stations packing >50 cartons per day.

The BP-555 is made for fast-paced shipping and packaging environments. The BP-555 is easy to use and has an inbuilt keypad that indicate preset lengths of tape for packers to simply choose from. On top of that, dispensing the tape is even simpler, with a push a button, tape will immediately dispense to the preset length.

The BP-55 is the only electronic water-activated tape dispenser in the industry to be UL Listed and Approved by the independent safety certification company, Underwriters Laboratory.


  • Extremely efficient for packing and shipping stations
  • Great for high-volume, fast-paced packaging environments
  • Durable
  • Customizable
  • Require very little operator training
  • Reduces employee risk


  • More expensive than manual WAT dispensers
  • Requires electricity in order to operate


Which one is the right one for my budget you still may ask? Again, this depends on a wide variety of factors, if your answer is yes to the questions below, an electronic tape dispenser is the one for you, if not, we recommend going with a manual tape dispenser to fulfil your needs.

  • Do you have a high-volume carton shipping department?
  • Do you have access to electricity near the packing station?

Still unsure which WAT dispenser is the one for you, please call one of our expert team members today, 1300 66 11 61.

What is affecting shipping imports to Australia?



Australia is in an import/export crisis as it recovers from the recent pandemic. With international and national border closures and a surge in consumer demand for imports, Australian imported products have been impacted exponentially.

Factory closures worldwide due to COVID have delayed the manufacturing of goods for export/import. High online shopping demands coupled with limited availability are driving the cost to the consumer up during the lead-up to Christmas this year.

COVID has affected international container shipping arrivals, and increased pricing is predicted to soar well into next year. High docking fees and port congestion have caused massive delays with some ships waiting more than a week before they can berth and unload.

World Container Index

COVID delays have caused canceled or bypassed shipping schedules which in turn have had a big impact on delivery times to consumers. The infrastructure needed at Australian ports for containerised imports and exports has not been maintained to keep pace with the shipping industry. There are only around half the shipping lines coming into Australian ports than before the pandemic.

The delays go right down through the supply chain from manufacturing, shipping and exporting, to the trucks waiting hours to pick up containers, the containers lost in stacks of other containers, and so on. In the lead up to Christmas, consumer demand will drive up the price of imports and more shipping disruptions can be expected.

Another blow to shipped goods is the rise in the cost of paper pulp for packaging such as cartons and moulded supports and fillers. Corrugated cardboard cartons are the most used eCommerce packaging. Other packaging essentials such as tapes, pallet wraps, and strapping have also seen a huge rise in cost. Manufacturers who rely on cardboard packaging to protect products during shipping can’t absorb another hike in cost, so the price is passed on to the consumer.

For goods like electronics, appliances, and other household items, shoppers will be faced with low or zero stock for items with long wait times, up to months to receive purchases. If you are a manufacturer or retailer relying on those packaging items like stretch film, corrugated cardboard, tapes, and strapping you would have needed to order much earlier in the year to keep up with demand.

Christmas is looking a little frugal this year if you haven’t followed advice to get ahead of the freight delays and get your orders in by July and August. Even if you were diligent and ordered early, you could receive your package too late as long factory closures in the big manufacturing countries like Korea and China continue recovering and playing catch up.

Summary of factors causing prices to rise:

  • Imbalance between supply and demand. Circulation of containers has dropped dramatically compared to pre-Covid.
  • Global pandemic.
  • Trucking and rail delays causing port congestion.

Guide to Eco-friendly Void Fill

A Guide to Eco-friendly Void Fill

In this guide to eco-friendly void fill, we will be looking at the different types and their eco-friendly alternatives. Void fill is the term that describes materials used to fill empty spaces and cushion the goods in a box, protecting them from damage during freight.

Since most eCommerce freight is shipped in corrugated cardboard cartons, void-fill is an essential material. If your products are fragile, they will need to be padded with void-fill and kept still during transport. Too much empty space inside the package will cause damage so using plenty of void-fill will save you costly losses to your business.

What type of void fill do I need?

When considering the type of void-fill you need, you will be influenced by the function you want it to perform:

  • Wrapped protection – fragile items wrapped individually before placed in a freight carton
  • Cushioning – surrounding soft protection for your items to stop them moving and getting damaged during transit
  • Bracing – stuffing the voids around your objects will keep them still during transport
  • Presentation – enhance your brand and add to the unpacking experience for your customers.

Apart from its practical reasons, void-fill can be an aesthetic addition to your packaging, especially if it is made from natural and recycled materials. Presentation is important when shipping to customers. You want them to have a positive experience with frustration-free unboxing and a pleasing first impression of your choice of materials. You want to build eco-friendly credentials with your customers because they are becoming increasingly concerned about the environment. Minimising the plastic packaging they receive in the mail will help them with their recycling efforts and feel good about shopping with you.


What you need to consider with void-fill:

There are some considerations to think about before you go ahead and bulk buy your void-fill.

  • Is it recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable?
  • Can general waste management facilities recycle and compost your void-fill?
  • Is it made from non-toxic materials?
  • How much storage space does the void-fill take up in your workshop/ mailroom?
  • Does it need a dispenser, and will it fit neatly into your workstation?
  • Is it portable for use in different spaces around the workroom?
  • Is it affordable and accessible to buy?

Void fill types

Here we will look at the different eco-friendly void-fills available. There have been some innovations in the field of packaging with inventions of new materials, repurposing the used and transforming and enhancing the performance of long-term materials such as kraft paper.


Paper can be:

  • Newsprint – white paper
  • Kraft – brown paper that comes in different weights
  • Bogus – thick grey paper made from recycled kraft and newsprint
  • Indented – brown paper with textured ridges

All the above can be used for wrapping objects and scrunched up for void-fill and cushioning. Most paper fills come in a roll and there are dispensers available that are either wall-mounted or portable. Scrunching dispensers also crumple the paper for void-fill, so you don’t have to do it by hand.

Best of all paper is one of the cheapest materials you can get for your mailroom.

Packing peanuts

Packing peanuts are lightweight and easy filling material, able to be jiggled into all the air pockets in the carton. They provide superior shock absorption but are a nightmare to recycle.

Packing peanuts that are made from polystyrene are an environmental hazard, taking an estimated 500 years plus to break down. No recycling facility will process them so they will remain in the landfill for a long time. They consume a lot of storage space as they come already puffed with air in big bags. If a bag breaks, they are likely to float around everywhere in your work area and make a real mess.

The good news is packing peanuts now come in biodegradable and compostable materials such as corn starch.

Corrugated bubble wrap

Bubble wrap is a great cushioning material and can either be used to wrap products, line boxes or fill voids. However, it is made from plastic and is not an environmentally credible packaging material. There is an alternative solution to bubble wrap that performs just as well.

Corrugated bubble wrap is a recycled cardboard product and gets its cushioning properties from the holes and air pockets created in the corrugate. The good thing about this product is it is biodegradable and recyclable.

Eco-friendly bubble wrap

The good news is you can buy biodegradable bubble wrap. Once you dispose of it, it begins to break down. Bubble wrap performs well for wrapping items and void-fill. The lightweight bubbles provide cushioning and shock absorption during transit.

The downside is that bubble wrap comes in large rolls and takes up a fair amount of storage space. Freight costs to ship the rolls of bubble wrap to your door can be prohibitive too.

Die-cut Kraft paper

This die-cut brown paper expands into a three-dimensional honeycomb form, trapping air pockets to provide cushioning and wrapping. The hexagons lock to each other, preventing unwrapping and eliminating the use of tape to enclose your items. This material is moldable to wrap any object and is available in a recyclable cardboard dispenser. The dispenser also comes with a roll of tissue interleaf paper, so the wrapping has an aesthetic protective barrier.


Shredded paper and cardboard

Upcycled paper and cardboard can add to the aesthetics of your packing, especially if you are going for the earthy eco look. They are also an affordable option with the benefit of being either reusable or recyclable.

Some companies produce crinkled paper shreds which adds to the volume of air trapped in the packing. Some companies produce chopped corrugated cardboard as filler which is light and cheap.

Shredded material is good for making nests for your products and filling around items to keep them shockproof during transportation.


As you can see from this guide to eco-friendly void fill there are plenty of alternatives to conventional and environmentally destructive packaging and void fills that do the job just as well. Changing over materials in the company mailroom to more sustainable packaging is essential in the modern world of eCommerce.


Green Packaging Makes Good Business Sense


Going Green with Packaging Makes Good Business Sense

In 2017, statistics show that 85% of Australians have internet access and this number is increasing. Around 20 million of us have a smartphone. Access to the internet and handheld devices has pushed eCommerce sales to reach $35.56 billion in 2017. Australians are up there in the top 10 of global online shoppers. This is called the Amazon effect.

With this gargantuan rise of eCommerce in the last five to ten years, the world has seen enormous amounts of packaging used to freight online purchases. We see cardboard cartons packed with fillers, polystyrene, plastic doculopes attached to the outside of boxes, bubble wrap, tapes and sealers and plastic bags. It seems like everything we touch is wrapped in plastic. We are drowning in packaging waste.

Is recycling part of the solution?

Cardboard is made from wood pulp, so it is easy to draw a direct line between deforestation and the increase in eCommerce freight. How is the demand for wood pulp going to keep up with this astronomical demand? Recycling is part of the solution but how much packaging is actually recycled and how much natural material, like cardboard, is contaminated with plastic coating? It is estimated that less than 10% is recycled, meaning that most cartons end their life in landfills.

Cardboard isn’t the only culprit in single-use freight packaging. Plastic is also a recyclable commodity but around 90% of plastic is not recycled. Since the first year of commercial production of plastics 8.5 billion tonnes has been produced. Much of it has ended up in landfills, waterways and oceans causing so much harm to marine animals and birds.

eCommerce is not the only cause of packaging waste. Logistics companies use a lot of plastic pallet wrap, plastic and steel strapping, plastic edge protectors and pallets. While pallet wrapping is necessary to protect loads from the elements during shipping, it makes up tonnes of plastic waste. It can be recycled and there are companies around Australia that have recycling programs for this kind of waste.


Brand image and corporate responsibility

Supply chain managers are in a powerful position to make an impact on company packaging processes. It is an opportunity to directly influence and promote sustainability and drive change towards greener practices. Most companies won’t have a choice soon as our Government will be introducing legislation that eliminates virgin packaging and requires the adoption of a more circular recycling economy.

Sustainability, carbon emissions and global warming are concerning more and more consumers. It is a critical time for our environment, and we all have a role to play. Logistics companies who have positive sustainability branding, proactively address plastic reduction and have a carbon footprint strategy are more likely to meet customer expectations. It makes good business sense to take on clean green brand identity and adopt packaging solutions that will impress your customers while reducing waste.

It’s a no brainer that sustainability sells. Being an industry leader in environmental packaging and sustainable business practices will win you customer loyalty and repeat business.


By reducing the amount of packaging, you use to ship consumer goods saves you money on materials and saves freight costs because it’s lighter and takes up less room on a pallet or in a carton. Reduce your bottom line by choosing the right carton for the job and avoid the need for excessive void fill. If the goods are not fragile, consider freighting in flexible packaging such as biodegradable padded pouches and tough bags.

Greener packaging

There are industrial packaging supplies that are 100% biodegradable like void fillers for cartons made from corn starch, pre-stretched pallet wrap and gummed paper tapes made from natural Kraft paper. Kraft paper is one of the most affordable and sustainable void fillers and there are Kraft paper dispensers that scrunch it up perfectly for the job. Pallet wrap has strength and comes pre-stretched so less is needed than conventional films. Better still it is 100% recyclable.


All plastic strapping is recyclable, not just steel strap. Polypropylene and polyester strapping can all be recycled. Cartons sealed with Kraft paper tape are easy to flatten down and recycle as you don’t need to tear off the tape like you do with cellophane or plastic tapes. Polybags used for posting smaller items can be recycled to produce more flexible packaging which creates a circular system.

Industry leaders

There are many companies and industry groups that are announcing greenhouse reduction targets and tackling packaging reduction.

Amazon has a mission to reduce environmental waste and reduce its environmental footprint with its Frustration-Free Packaging Program. Their aim is to provide ‘minimal, protective and functional packaging’ by eliminating clamshell plastic packets and optimising the original package to eliminate the need for additional packaging. The item will ship in its own packaging. They are changing the rules and mandating that packaging must be a rigid six-sided shape, padded bags and rigid envelopes are allowed. Polybags are off the cards, by 2022 Amazon will eliminate them from their supply chain.

Australia Post is leading the way by committing to use 80% recycled plastic in their postage satchels. Their satchels are now 100% recyclable and can be dropped off at a Redcycle collection point at major supermarkets across the country.

Unilever who owns the brands Dove, Ben & Jerry’s, Lipton and Omo is committed to creating a circular economy for its plastic production. By 2025 it will cut its virgin plastic use by half instead, including recycled plastic in its packaging and it will collect and process 600,000 tonnes of plastic annually.

Addressing your company packaging use

There really is no reason not to address packaging issues within your company. Consumers want it, other companies are changing and supplying less impactful solutions. It’s time to catch up if you haven’t developed a sustainable packaging and recycling policy. Reducing packaging waste and using recycled and innovative materials will only improve your bottom line in the long run. When we reduce waste, we inevitably improve efficiencies. That’s got to be good for the bottom dollar.

How many times do you wrap a pallet?


How many times do you wrap a pallet?

The answer would be in the type of pallet load you are wrapping; how tall your load is and how stable it is. Unstable and heavy loads need to be wrapped securely onto a pallet to keep them intact during transit. Pallet wrap is also used to protect goods from the elements

How many times you wrap a pallet also depends on the pallet wrap you are using and whether you are applying it by hand or machine. For hand and machine stretch wrapping we use pre-stretch film Orbitwrap Save. This is our high-performance ultra-thin wrap film that goes much further than conventional wraps. It comes in rolls of film that has been pre-stretched with high elastic memory that can shrink back on itself and form a tight layer around a pallet load. This is what gives pre-stretched film its unique load stabilising strength and its green credentials as you use far less wrap to get a better wrap result.

If you are hand stretching, the level of stretch you can expect from hand application is between 30 to 40%. Pallet wrapping machines can stretch the film up to 250%!


Steps to a good wrap result

  1. Make sure your pallet goods are tightly packed together and the load is stable. Your load should not hang over the edge of your pallet.
  2. To begin wrapping a pallet by hand you would start from the base. Pull some film from the roll and twist it into a rope-like shape and thread it through the corner of a pallet or tuck it under a corner of a box on the pallet if you have a boxed load. Tying it to the pallet in a knot is unnecessary and makes for extra work removing it when the pallet is unpacked.
  3. The most important function of a wrap is to secure the load to a pallet. Your first revolutions around the load are to make sure you wrap the base of the load onto the pallet with about a three-centimetre overlap. The wrap must tuck under the corners of the pallet to prevent the film from slipping up at this stage.
  4. Keep the roll of film taut if you are hand wrapping and stretch the wrap around the corners to get a tight fit. Each revolution around the pallet should have a 50% overlap on the previous film layer.
  5. Continue your wrap from bottom to top, wrapping the lower half four to five times before moving to the top half. If the wrap is applied by machine, then twice to three times around the lower half of your load is more than adequate, depending on the weight.
  6. When you have completed the wrap at the top of your load apply approximately three centimetres of film over and down the top corners, tear the film and stick the tail to the film wrap.

We recommend using the right tools for the job and rather than bending down and walking around in circles covering pallet after pallet by hand we have a range of hand dispensers that make it easier for smaller operations. Once you find you are wrapping 10 or more pallets a day it would be wise to consider a pallet wrapping machine. This will speed up your processes and avoid employee fatigue and back injury.

The answer to how many times do you wrap a pallet is if you are wrapping by hand it is four to five times, and if you are using a wrapping machine it is three to four times on the bottom and a couple of times on the top half.

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