Container stuffing is the name for the process of loading goods into a container or other mode of transport ready for shipping. De-stuffing is the reverse, simply the unloading of goods from containers.
It may seem like a fairly straightforward concept and in many ways, it is, yet there are several important parts involved in the process of container de-stuffing that must be taken into consideration every time a new shipment arrives at a warehouse. DTA Marine Inspections & Survey Services can assist your company with container de-stuffing services for your goods along with storage and distribution.
Container de-stuffing can often be mistaken for a clear-cut ‘just get it unloaded – and quickly’ part of a warehouse’s operation, but in actual fact, it requires a lot of pre-planning and careful organization, particularly when dealing with many different sized items or bulky, awkwardly shaped goods.
So, What Does Container de-stuffing involve Within the Warehousing Industry?
If goods are coming in from manufacturers overseas, it is likely that they won’t have been palletized in order to maximize overall space during shipment. This creates a huge need for organized and efficient container de-stuffing, as well as methodically reloading the goods onto pallets for easy distribution throughout.
There may also be difficulties with labeling, as different manufacturers overseas have their own stock identification procedures, and so goods must then be correctly re-labeled for easy movement along the supply chain.
Warehouse employees who deal with container de-stuffing must also be properly trained, as this will usually be the first point of contact between goods and the warehouse, and any damages incurred will be the warehouse’s responsibility.
However, it is also necessary to check for damages that have occurred during the shipping process so that the liability doesn’t fall unfairly on the warehouse’s shoulders.
Having properly trained staff can reduce the number of damaged goods during the process, as well as maximizing the time spent de-stuffing containers by ensuring items are intelligently loaded onto pallets, reducing both labor and financial cost.
So contrary to popular belief, container de-stuffing is not just about the arrival of goods, but an important part of the supply chain in warehousing and proper training should be given to staff who handle it on a day to day basis.