Much Ado About Layer Pads

01/11/2016 by in category Products tagged as , , , , , , , with 0 and 60

Where would we be without cardboard layer pads?

Layer pads in action at Lidl, Nottingham. Image by Besijollen (Creative Commons License - Attribution-Share Alike)

Layer Pads in Action: Notice how the shelving is mainly pallets with layer pads. Lidl, Nottingham. Image by Besijollen (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike).

Cardboard layer pads are the unsung heroes of the cardboard manufacturing industry. They come into their own for palletised loads, especially the storage of bagged wares. Instead of wooden shelving, they offer a lightweight yet robust solution for stacking products on top of each other.

Take for example a pallet load of self-raising flour. After the lorry has unloaded at your superstore’s warehouse, the pallet load of flour is moved to the main trading floor. The forklift truck driver moves the palletised load into the store, usually towards at the foot of a shelf, designed to lure impulse purchasers. Layer pads stop the items from falling over. When coupled with shrink-wrapped film, the items are untainted and unblemished.

Where layer pads are used in the local supermarket

In most cases, layer pads are used to stack heavy items on top of each other. Especially bagged products or large boxes. If you go to, say a medium sized or large supermarket, they are commonly used for the sale of self-raising flour, soft drinks, and sugar. The ephemeral and rudimentary nature of the shelving means that changes can made at short notice. Hence the reason why they top or tail permanent shelves thus meaning, s/he may be attracted to the special offer on low price breakfast cereal.

In some supermarkets, layer pads form part of the shelving. If you call into a branch of ALDI (or remember a 1980s Kwik Save store), layer pads are used for the storage of many items. A wire basket upper shelf is used for smaller items. Larger wire baskets are used for storing some products, but they too can be manoeuvred for pallet space.

As well as plain cardboard, they can be used to advertise certain brands. Instead of the usual brown cardboard colours, yellow may be used for Weetabix. Turquoise for Heinz Baked Beans.

Romiley Board Mill’s approach

Whether you prefer coloured or uncoloured versions, we at Romiley Board Mill can service your needs with great efficiency. Call us on 0161 430 6061, or send an email to for a free no-obligation quote. We’ll be delighted to help you.

Romiley Board Mill, 01 November 2016.

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