Index Predicts Continued Slowing in Retail Sales Growth

Published today, the 25th edition of the AFGC CHEP Retail Index has pointed to a return to slowing retail turnover growth in 2017. In January, the previous Index predicted that the upturn in retail turnover growth experienced in late 2016 would not be sustained into early 2017. This situation appears to be playing out, as caution in the Australian … [Read more...]

New Softwood Duty Will Have Implications for Pallet Markets

Pallet kits are no longer exempt and will be subject to duty, resulting in more expensive Canadian pallet lumber for U.S. wood pallet manufacturers. This week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the preliminary determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of softwood lumber from Canada. The Department of … [Read more...]

New Bulk Container Designed for Fruit and Vegetables Reduces Product Damage

    A new big box specially designed for the fruit and vegetables supply chain has been developed by Schoeller Allibert: The Maximus®1212. According to the supplier, its one-of-a-kind base design features four pockets, providing better product protection than within traditional pallet containers, allowing growers to get more high-quality fruits … [Read more...]

What Came First, The Pallet or the Forklift?

Did the pallet come first, or was it the forklift? This question was posed decades ago by the earliest pallet industry pioneers such as the late Bill Sardo, the first president of the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association and it still comes up today. The correct answer depends on how we define “pallet.” Pallet-like structures have … [Read more...]

Plasgad Introduces New Lightweight Plastic Pallets in Euro and North American Sizes

Plasgad has recently launched two plastic pallets, the 1200x800 mm 805plus and 48x40-inch (1219x1016 mm) 107. These two new models expand the company’s lightweight pallets range. The development of the two offerings was driven by Plasgad’s interest in providing customers a choice from a full selection of solutions to best meet their material … [Read more...]

Wave Reaction Recipient of John Deere Supplier Innovation Award for 2016

Award Recognizes Creative Thinking and Innovative Problem-Solving Moline, IL: Wave Reaction has been named a recipient of a John Deere Supplier Innovation Award for 2016. The award is presented to select John Deere suppliers who have demonstrated innovation in a product or service they provide. Wave Reaction is a reusable container management … [Read more...]


Little more than 12 months after launching in the UK, Packaging Services Europe Ltd (PSE) has achieved ISO 22000 food safety management standard. The accreditation demonstrates the leading reusable transit packaging support service provider’s commitment to excellence in the supply chain. ISO 22000 is more than just a quality management system … [Read more...]

Green Ox® Pallet Technology and AllPak Container Announce Strategic Partnership

Allpak to add Green Ox® corrugated pallets to their product line. Green Ox® Pallet Technology, the exclusive global provider of Green Ox corrugated pallets and the patented Green Ox and Box, has introduced a strategic partnership with Washington-based Allpak Container, a national leader in packaging and display products. Allpak Container … [Read more...]

Brambles Announces Trading Update, Greystone Logistics Reports 65% Sales Boost

Brambles Limited has reported sales revenue from continuing operations of US$4,091.0 million for the first nine months of the financial year ending 30 June 2017, up 4% at actual FX rates and up 5% at constant FX rates over the prior corresponding period. The lower growth on an actual FX basis reflects the strength of the US dollar, Brambles’ … [Read more...]


Plant in Toronto, Ontario, receives annual award ORBIS Corporation, an international manufacturer of sustainable reusable packaging and an expert in supply chain optimization, has announced that its Toronto, Ontario, facility has been named 2016 Plant of the Year. This annual award honors an ORBIS plant for its performance in the areas of … [Read more...]