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...]

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...]

Corrugated Plastic Cartons Drive Down Packaging Costs

The reuse of corrugated plastic boxes makes sense where the regular return of corrugated boxes is feasible.  Payback typically in the first year if used once per month.   Fred Dowd, president of Texas-based Technology Container Corp., gave a brief presentation on how his company’s corrugated plastic containers can reduce packaging … [Read more...]

Returnable Packaging and Automation

Best practices for integrating reusable packaging with automated manufacturing and storage systems. Industry insider emphasizes the importance of a direct line of communication between the automation supplier and the reusable packaging provider. Mike Chiado, President of Americas for the Utz Group’s U.S. affiliate, George Utz Inc. USA gave a … [Read more...]

ORBIS Explores the Benefits of Plastic Pallets for Food Processing Applications

ORBIS reps promote benefits of plastic pallets from a food industry perspective at Promat 2017, including hygiene, automation compatibility and more. Two representatives of ORBIS Corporation, which manufactures reusable plastic packaging, including pallets, spoke on the topic, ‘Selecting the Right Hygienic Pallet for Your Food Processing … [Read more...]

The Role of the Half Pallet

The Benefits of Half Pallets Explored A half pallet is one that comprises half the footprint (length x width) of a conventional pallet. Half pallets, along with quarter pallets and one-eighth pallets are also sometimes referred to as fractional or modular pallets. In North America, for example, where the 48x40-inch pallet is standard, half … [Read more...]

If You Can’t Make Some Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen

The title of this piece, a twist on Harry Truman's classic quote about not standing the heat, is a call by business writer John Maxwell for leaders to act proactively and make a difference. But often there are barriers to continuous improvement. One such hurdle is success itself. For reusable pallet and packaging programs as in life, good can be … [Read more...]

The Internet of Things and Reusables: If Pallets Could Speak, What Would They Tell Us?

The Internet of Things (IoT) and reusable packaging including pallets have the potential to form a beautiful relationship, but it is complicated. Asset loss, noted Cindy Goodman, IoT Business Development Manager, AT&T Mobility Services, is the biggest barrier to the more aggressive adoption of reusable packaging. To the extent that IoT can … [Read more...]

Are Pallets the Most Promising Greenfield Market for the Internet of Things?

Analyst looks at 10 billion pallets globally as the most promising greenfield market for IoT  Simply put, the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to connecting any device to the Internet and/or to each other. IoT includes everything from cell phones, refrigerators, coffee makers, wearable devices, or just about any device you can imagine. In … [Read more...]

Transforming Warehouse Management With IoT

by Finnegan Pierson How IoT will transform warehouse management. Warehouses can be massive complexes that represent millions of dollars in supplies and merchandise. It's becoming more of a challenge to satisfy demanding customers and still retain profit margins. For today's busy warehouses, implementing the right technology is becoming more … [Read more...]