Why Use Two If One Will Do?

The following reprint underscores early thought about pallet reuse, in essence the emergence of coordinating inbound receiving of pallets under load with their reuse for outbound shipment. “Why Use Two If One Will Do” was featured in The Palletizer, a material handling publication developed during the Second World War by the U.S. Navy Ordnance … [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...]

Four Strong Winds: Reusable Transport Packaging Ready for Prime Time?

Updated January 2016 Sudden change, counter-intuitively, is anything but sudden. Just like the old analogy of the lily pads that establish a toehold on a large pond. They diligently yet subtly double every day until on the 28th day they cover one-quarter of the water. On the 29th day they blanket half of it. And on the 30th day they consume the … [Read more...]

Are Reusables Really So…HARD TO HOLD? (Part 2)

To review the first installment od our report on reusable container and pallet theft, click here. The feature continues below. The Importance of Pallet and Container Management in Reducing Loss While theft was found to be at the heart of pallet and container loss for the collaborating Baltimore companies, others believe that poor management … [Read more...]

Reusables 101: Determining Whether Reusable Transport Packaging is the Right Fit for Your Company (Part 3)

This is the third and final article in a three-part series. The  first article defined reusable transport packaging and its role in the supply chain, the second article detailed the economic and environmental benefits of reusable transport packaging, and this last article supplies some parameters and tools to help readers determine whether it is … [Read more...]

Reusables 101: Defining Reusable Transport Packaging and Its Applications (Part 1)

This is the first article in a three-part series by Jerry Welcome, formerly the president of the Reusable Packaging Association. This first article defines reusable transport packaging and its role in the supply chain. The second article will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of reusable transport packaging, and the third article will … [Read more...]

Canadian Pallet Council (CPC)

Note: The Canadian Pallet Council ceased operations in April 2015. We will follow up with a postmortem of this one-time groundbreaking pool that served as a model of interest in several other pallet systems that followed. The pool was getting run down in its latter years. The Canadian Pallet Council (CPC) is a uniquely Canadian member … [Read more...]

The Eye Popping Numbers for Reusable Packaging and Pallet Loss

The statistics for reusable pallet and container loss can be looked at as bad and inevitable, or as a huge opportunity for supply chain cost reduction. This is a call to action.   If your company is suffering from serious loss or theft of reusables, it just might misguidedly find some solace in knowing it isn’t alone. Pallet and … [Read more...]

Reusable Packaging Basics: Reusable Packaging and Pallets in the Beverage Sector

This article introduces the use of reusable packaging and pallets in beverage applications. It is the first in a series introducing the use of reusables in a variety of industries. They've caught your eye in supermarket floor displays of Pepsi, Coca Cola or Red Bull, and you've probably navigated your shopping cart around stacks of them used … [Read more...]

Reusable Packaging and Pallets in the Beverage Sector (Part 2)

This is a continuation of Reusable Packaging and Pallets in the Beverage Sector (Part 1)   Reusable Bulk Packaging Reusable bulk packaging is used both on the inbound side of bottling operation as well as for outbound. Solutions such as bulk containers to hold preform containers or bulk juice, as well as the use of layer pads, pallets … [Read more...]