When you start mulling over the equipment options for your back room, you might be tempted to side with a cardboard compactor or a brand new forklift over a stretch wrapper. However, stretch wrappers, which are automated devices that completely encapsulate pallets of product with a few layers of plastic wrap, can help you in more ways than you might think. Here are three reasons to buy a stretch wrapper for your warehouse, and why you might never go back to your old way of doing things:

1: Protect Your Merchandise

When you ship products out of your warehouse, you never know what kind of journey they stand to endure. In addition to dealing with a bumpy ride and a forceful crew, your products might also have to withstand dust and grime accumulation. Unfortunately, if they arrive at your retail stores in less-than-perfect condition, they might not be suited for the sales floor.

Fortunately, stretch wrapping your pallets can help to protect your products. After pallets are wrapped, the covering acts as a barrier against dirt, moisture, and even pests. You won't have to worry about your delicate paper packaging being warped by a little rainstorm during the unloading process or having a customer surprised by a spider that made its way into a box.  

2: Keep Pallets Safe

If you have ever volunteered in your own back room, then you understand how heavy and unstable a pallet can be. Unfortunately, when high, unstable stacks of goods have to be moved across the room or into the back of a truck, boxes can fall off of the sides, strike your employees, and cause legal trouble. Fortunately, in addition to protecting your goods, pallet wrapping can also keep those pallets safe for employees to handle.

Stretch wrapping material is typically composed of linear low-density polyethylene, which is a strong, clear type of plastic. Believe it or not, some types of this plastic wrap are capable of stretching 500% at their break point, so that you can wrap pallets tightly without worrying about stretch wrap failure. When pallets are wrapped with several layers of stretch wrap, products will stay in place, and your employees don't have to worry.

3: Label Shipments Easily

Another great benefit of stretch wrapping is that it allows you to label pallets easily without extra equipment. Because most stretch wrappers apply multiple layers of plastic, you can simply tuck your shipping label or invoice between a few of the exterior layers. Not only does this eliminate the need for extra tape and envelopes, but it also might make it easier for your stores to spot important documents.

For more information about stretch wrappers, contact SIAT S.p.A. or a similar company.