John Deere: Tracking Reusable Packaging in a Global Assembly Manufacturing Supply Chain

Still a very useful case study, this story was posted in 2012. Written by Jerry Wel­come, former Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent, with input from Lyle Schmitt, Man­ager, Global Pack­ag­ing and Qual­ity, John Deere; and mem­ber, Reusable Pack­ag­ing Association. Whether you’re a farmer or an occa­sional week­end gar­dener, almost … [Read more...]

The Pallet Stops There, The Cost Stops Here

"Why can't we just all get along?" Jack Nicholson asked the Martian invaders in his role of U.S. President in the 1996 movie Mars Attacks!  That was just before he got zapped. When it comes to reusable transport packaging, the good news is that we can. The challenge is to set the correct framework of asset accountability in place to make it happen … [Read more...]

What Is a Pallet?

The pallet, typically a form of tertiary packaging, is a flat structure used as a base for the unitization of goods in the supply chain. The MH1-2016 standard defines the pallet as a "portable, horizontal, rigid, composite platform used as (a) base for assembling, storing, stacking, handling and transporting goods as a unit load; often equipped … [Read more...]

Pallet Pools Offer Public Warehouses New Service Opportunities (Historic Reprint)

from D & W, January 1945 www.packagingrevolution.net is pleased to present another key article from the formative years of palletization. After the war, between one and three million surplus pallets may be disposed of by the government. Commercial shipments of palletized unit loads are expected to become common. Some pooling method for … [Read more...]

The Basics of Reusable Packaging

Reusable packaging is an approach that is yet to reach its full potential. Reusable or returnable packaging can be redeployed many times, offering significant benefits in terms of sustainability, productivity, food safety and more. Perched to help industries and society achieve their circular economy aspirations, it can be a powerful component of … [Read more...]

8 Top Online Sources for U.S. Exports Information

Looking for more information about the export of U.S. products and/or services? Here are some useful links to help expedite your online search for U.S. export-related statistics and other information. United States Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/# The U.S. Census Bureau is the official source for U.S. export and import related … [Read more...]

What Came First, The Pallet or the Forklift?

The history of the forklift and the pallet is intertwined. 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 … [Read more...]

Paper Pallets for Export

Many companies are looking to paper or corrugated  pallets for export. This report follows our look at export-friendly presswood pallets and plastic pallets. When the IKEA paper pallet shift was made, the retailer announced that it would be utilizing paper pallets and loading ledges for its unit load base requirements. Predictably, paper pallets … [Read more...]

One Size Fits All Approach Isn’t Good for Package Optimization: Here’s Why

By Megan Ray Nichols The concept of a one-size-fits-all approach is a touchy subject. While it's useful in some cases, particularly clothing, it doesn't translate so well when it comes to manufacturing. Nonetheless, many manufacturers continue to use this approach because of its standardized and simplified nature. Citing efficiency and … [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...]