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Dangerous Goods

3PL handling of products with complex risks

We handle logistics for a range of hazardous items including gases, liquids and solid components. This includes items that are flammable, toxic or have potential to affect other products in storage.

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Reducing risks for hazardous materials

We’ve got robust processes in place that meet compliance and insurance requirements for the storage of hazardous components in our warehouses.

  1. Safe storage of volatile materials and sensitive components
  2. Protection against contamination and tainting

Our experience, backed by a sophisticated warehouse management system, helps us create efficient solutions and resolve issues around the storage, packing and distribution of hazardous components and materials.

Safe warehousing processes

The key to safe warehousing is to understand the product. Each new SKU is assessed on its own merit.  If it includes hazardous or potentially dangerous components, we’ll conduct an audit of the component or entire product to define the best workflow.

If it’s a product that we can store (in relation to our Dangerous Goods accreditations  and insurance), we’ll ask for the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) to review the conditions for 3PL handling, storing and distribution.

Upon approval of the item, we’ll update our warehouse management system with the new SKU code and description. We’ll also append the commodity code, the UN number classification, and conditions for storage – for example, temperature controlled ambient warehousing, isolated caged area.

These codes are logged against your product’s barcode in our warehouse management system. This allocates a special status visible to everyone at Granby and supply chain partners too.

In summary

  1. Understanding the product specifications
  2. Does it meet Granby’s class accreditations?
  3. Receive MSDS
  4. Create bespoke workflow
  5. Trigger special status and track
  6. Allocate commodity code and UN number
  7. Specify compliant packaging requirements
  8. Insurance sign-off on bespoke 3PL provision

Case study: tobacco sector

An established international brand launched a new range of heated tobacco products, using pop-up shops to raise awareness and sell the products themselves. Granby managed their entire distribution channel, from warehousing to getting the stock to the shops via a carrier partner.

These products included a battery-operated device with a heating element, plus tobacco. All three components meet the hazardous components criteria and so required tailored workflows that included suitable storage, packaging, despatch and delivery.

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Dangerous goods classes

Granby handles the logistics for 4 out of the 9 classes of Dangerous Goods. The classes are recognised internationally and show how goods must be stored, packaged and transported.

  • Class 2 – Gases
  • Class 3 – Flammable liquids
  • Class 4 – Flammable solids
  • Class 9 Miscellaneous
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Dangerous Goods and the supply chain

Once we understand the storage requirements of your product, we can see and support the requirements for the whole supply chain. For example:

  • Carriers have volumes and limits on what they’ll accept in shipping parcels.
  • Liquids might have specific packaging rules to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Specific hazard labels must be applied to shipper cartons based on class type.
  • The specification of the shipper carton may need a specific thickness of Kraft.
  • International shipping has specific needs for packaging, labels, stickers and so on.
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Superior warehouse management

Supported by our powerful warehouse management system, we’ve got full operational visibility of hazardous components and their requirements as they progress through the supply chain.

Everything runs smoothly, thanks to our experience, but also because our technology comes into its own: no spreadsheets, no human error, and as our client you have full access to it too.

Think we could partner?

Talk to us about your next retail or instore campaign and the fulfilment challenges you face and let us see how we can help you deliver the best possible solution.