Cargo transportation is a fundamental logistical step for companies that depend on the delivery of goods. It is highly strategic and, if well developed, offers the best return, facilitating customer loyalty and increasing profits.
The form of transport varies according to the type of cargo. For example, chemicals require special care, as they involve risks not only to human health but also to the entire environment. Live cargo needs more attention, as is the case with animal transport.
Other products have an expiration date or are more vulnerable to changes in temperature, which also requires certain precautions. In this post, we’ll talk about how to transport hygiene and cleaning products!
Transport of Hygiene and Cleaning Products
Cleaning and hygiene products belong to a special category of products. They are, in general, very sensitive to heat and/or cold, which requires temperature control when transporting. They also have an expiration date that is usually long – unlike food, which mostly has a shorter term.
The transport of hygiene and cleaning products must take these characteristics into account to be successful, especially if the journeys are very long. The most used model is the road, but this transport can be done through water (waterway mode) or air (air mode).
Among the cleaning products, we can mention detergent, alcohol, coconut soap/bar soap, washing powder, degreaser, softener, bleach, disinfectant, multipurpose products, SAPOL, glass cleaner, steel sponge, and so on.
Among the hygiene products are soap, shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirant, mouthwash, deodorant, shaving and aftershave products, styptic or astringent (such as skin scrubs), toilet paper, diaper, and others.
Perfumes and cosmetics (such as talc, face cream, lipstick, rouge, suntan lotion, cosmetic oil, face mask) are other categories of products, but they have some characteristics similar to cleaning and hygiene products and can be transported following similar rules, mainly cosmetics.
Essential care with this type of transport
One of the most important precautions that we must take with hygiene products is that the chest, or sider, cannot have any holes, because, if it is raining, water can penetrate and compromise the integrity of the product, especially if it has paper packaging or if the product reacts or dissolves in contact with water, such as soap.
No matter how bulky the load, the risk of tipping over is minimal because it is not a heavy load. The greatest care should be to completely seal the packaging to avoid damage. Even in products such as shampoos, direct contact with water can compromise the product’s effectiveness and durability.
The transportation of hygiene products cannot be done in an open truck because of the risks of getting wet. So, the truck must be a chest or sider. Cleaning products may or may not be stacked. If they can, the broken horse is more advantageous. If they cannot be stacked, a simple or broken cart will be used, which makes transportation more expensive.
There is a maximum stacking height for cleaning products when it comes to detergents, aerosols, or other goods that can burst. If the product is not subject to this risk, then there is no precise limit on stacking.
Best practices for transporting hygiene and cleaning products
First of all, it is necessary to check the vehicle, ensuring that it is really in a position to transport the cargo. One of the tests carried out when loading the chest is the light test. This test consists of the following: an employee enters the chest and is locked in it, and the chest must be tightly closed. The complete absence of light indicates that there is no hole. It is a simple but effective test.
Another point to consider is that the cargo (hygiene products) is not heavy, but bulky. This implies the need for a large enough chest or some implement. It is important to consider the largest possible area. Thus, the greater the length of the doorway, the better. It will be easier to transport more cargo and offer more interesting costs to customers.
This is because, despite paying the same amount for shipping, they will be shipping more goods. That is, the cost-benefit pays off, making the option an excellent one. It is interesting to find a transporter that has an implement, that is, a cart, a longer sider, with a larger cubic length. This is good for the customer and the company/carrier.
The cleaning products, on the other hand, are heavy loads, requiring care according to the distance between the source and the destination. Longer trips require greater care. You may need to use a broken horse. Even though the cart is the same length, the horse allows the loading of a larger load, more tons of material. Thus, the trip is more optimized with the horse than with the cart.
Another precaution concerns the operation of securing and securing the cargo correctly, preventing it from swinging during the transportation of hygiene and cleaning products. In this situation, the driver is authorized to accompany the cargo and make sure that the cargo is properly secured.
The role of technology to ensure safety at all stages
Technology, as always, can be a very important ally in the transport of hygiene and cleaning products. The heat map, for example, is a great differentiator. It is also known as a liquidity map or by its English name: heat map. There are also monitoring tools that allow the manager to monitor all drivers registered in the database, in which regions they are used to making trips, the amount charged for loading.
In this way, it is possible to maintain a better negotiation margin with drivers, also making it easier to close deals with professionals who have the profile most compatible with the type of cargo that will be transported.
We show the main precautions when carrying out the transport of hygiene and cleaning products and how developed tools contribute to optimizing transport management, ensuring safety and delivery within the agreed time.