The Importance of Product Protection in Ensuring Collaborative Supply Chains: The Case Study of the Egg Carton

Product damage leads to finger pointing until egg carton delivers a win-win solution The year is 1911, and diners pause as an argument erupts at a Smithers B.C. hotel where a number of patrons, including 40-year-old newspaperman Joseph Coyle, are having breakfast. The disagreement is not a new one, according to Fergus Tomlin, director of the … [Read more...]

When Did Reusable Pallet Pooling Begin?

Early pallet pools emerged in the 1940s and became the beginning of a much larger logistics trend. The pooling of reusable packaging and pallets is an important component of today’s supply chain efficiency and sustainability efforts. While pooling is often embraced as a recent trend that has become increasingly popular over the last decade or … [Read more...]

A Short History of Trade Unions and the Shipping Pallet

It was a time of war, trade unionism, and the early history of the pallet. Imagine legendary Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa, the U.S. Pacific fleet, the cast of Marlon Brando's "On the Waterfront" and that fantastic new product, the shipping pallet. There were going to be waves. Trade unions fight to sustain and grow their membership base; they … [Read more...]

What Happened to the “Cadillac” Pallets of 1961?

Simply summed up, pallet users are finding that the per-use cost of a pallet is far more important than the purchase price -something we've been saying in the pallet industry for years. The only difference today is that a man who wants to apply this principle to his pallet program has better pallets to work with. Bill Sardo, quoted in the August … [Read more...]

Timber pallet and packaging industry focuses on significant increase in European reuse and recycling obligations

Members of the Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation (TIMCON) were given an update on changes to the targets for the reduction of packaging waste in Europe, at the organisation’s annual general meeting, held in Cambridge at the end of May. Fons Ceelaert, secretary general of the European Federation of Wooden Pallet and Packaging … [Read more...]

Breakthroughs in Material Handling: The Emergence of the Plastic Pallet

Plastic pallet celebrates roughly 50 years, relentless innovation in a milieu of ongoing supply chain transformation With well over 90 percent of the pallet market still dominated by wood pallets, and a surprisingly common lack of familiarity with the plastic pallet and its value proposition, it is easy for many to think of the plastic … [Read more...]

How the Shipping Container Decisively Transformed the World of Commerce And Achieved Global Standardization Where Pallets Could Not

Breakthroughs in Logistics: How the Shipping Container Transformed the World of Commerce  This is the second article in our breakthroughs series. See also A Change in Direction: the Invention of the Four-Way and Eight-Way Pallet   The shipping container, “the box”, was an innovative idea that sparked an explosion of change in the … [Read more...]

A Change in Direction: The invention of the Four-Way and Eight Way Pallet

Four-Way and Eight-Way Pallet Leave Enduring Contribution to Material Handling Efficiency "The Hingham depot even created an instructional film on material handling, albeit covertly. Being as creative with bookkeeping as they were with pallet and unit load design, the Hingham staff assigned the cost of the film production to the purchase of … [Read more...]