Do You Understand the Operations of Stacking and Restacking of Pallets?

A proper understanding of how to package your shipment appropriately is a very important step in warehousing as well as in the shipping process. 

If you ever make any simple packaging mistake while working at your warehouse, then it may lead to a bigger storage issue, and possibly expose your pallets to damage, and it may waste a lot of time to correct it. 

These days in most warehouses, automation is used where palettenwender (English Meaning pallet turner) use has become a norm. To properly do the stacking operation a proper understanding is therefore necessary.

To properly stack all your pallets for storage or transit, it is important to start with any premium quality materials, which means using a certain reliable plastic wrap and also avoiding broken pallets. Also, it is important to package your pallet in such a manner that can improve the strength and durability of the freight.

In warehouses and also in various storage facilities, correctly stacking loaded pallets is highly crucial to prevent any unfortunate accidents. 

According to the OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Standards guidelines, all materials must be properly stacked, interlocked, blocked, and limited in height to properly secure them against any chance of sliding or collapsing. 

Your material storage should not create any kind of hazard in the operation as well. If the stacking is poorly done with loaded pallets then it can pose a very serious risk to the safety of the people working there and increase the chances of certain warehouse injuries. 

While stacking any loaded pallets, it is important to consider pallet load stability to make sure of minimal product damage. During any handling and transportation operation, if the pallets are loosely wrapped with an uneven distribution of weight can cause any products to shift. 

Stacking any such kind of pallet can always make an entire load of the item topple over, which may cause significant product damage and end up with an increase in the total cost of operation. 

Therefore, it is quite critical for warehouse business operations to train their employees working in the warehouse to understand the proper techniques for loading any pallets and also create a quite stable stack of loaded pallets that will be carried further.

To put it in simple words, packaging any of your pallets for transit as well as unloading may not be just a one-size-fits-all practice. Initially, it, however, may start with a few very basic types of best practices. However, gradually it may become more and more complicated operation.

The following are a few dos and don’ts for loading that one must follow:


  • Keep the heaviest pallet always at the bottom
  • Stack pallets evenly
  • Follow a stacking pattern
  • Regularly inspect the condition of pallets
  • Start first with the heaviest loads 


  • Stack your entire load over the edge
  • Use any pyramid form for the freight

Final word

It is very important to have a proper understanding of the whole operation and the people who are going to handle this operation must be given enough training before inducting them into their job.