Reusable Packaging: Is It Really So HARD TO HOLD? (Part 1)

Reusable pallet and container theft - this story first appeared in May 2010, and still contains useful information. (Read a more recent discussion: Prevent reusable asset loss by giving reusables a voice) Reusable Pallets and Containers: Why Do Some Pallet and Container Users Struggle to Maintain Control of Assets? With the headline … [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...]

The Basics of Manual Palletization

Palletization is an important component of materials handling and logistics strategy.  (See "Why Palletize?) The primary work of palletizing is the placement of boxes or other items onto the pallet. The introduction of palletization resulted in substantial gains in material handling efficiency. During World War 2, for example, the palletization … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]