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What Is Unitization?

Understand how Unitization fits into the supply chain

Unitization is the act of consolidating multiple smaller units into a larger unit for improved warehouse efficiency, quicker packaging and arranging, and more efficient handling and transportation. Unitization also provides numerous additional benefits including a reduction in handling and labor costs, an increase in product safety and security, and the decreased chance of product damage. In shipping, unitization usually consists of grouping cargo together, such as onto a pallet, then wrapping and loading it into a larger container for shipping. The bigger units can more easily be handled by a machine, such as a forklift.