Pallet Rhetoric Waxes Thin: Time to Move Forward

I don't know about you, but I've just about had enough of butter analogies to clog an artery in the wake of the  press release about butter contamination issued by NWCPA following a University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health study, and the lawsuit against NWPCA subsequently launched by iGPS. It was interesting to see the tone of press … [Read more...]

KNAPP Offers Reusable Packaging Image Recognition, Sorting, Robotic Stacking Solution

CLEANAWAY is part of a leading global environmental service corporation, active in around 40 countries across six continents. The group offers a wide range of services encompassing waste management, recycling and specialist waste disposal, mostly for local authorities and commercial companies. CLEANAWAY Austria for the most part partners the food … [Read more...]

Reusable Container Case Study for Building Products Distribution: B&Q/Ceva Logistics

B&Q and CEVA Logistics have previously worked together on a reusable packaging format for kitchen countertops - Carrierpacs. The two companies collaboratively developed, pilot tested and rolled out reusable packaging for home delivery of kitchen worktops. Following on this successful venture, the partners developed a new reusable packaging for … [Read more...]

Motorola RFID for RTI White Paper: Angus Wolfendale Responds

Managing a successful reusable pallet or packaging program is a complex business. To suggest that a singular cure-all such as 3rd party rental/management or RFID (in the absence of a more holistic approach) will solve the lion's share of inefficiencies is to do a disservice to customers. The reality is that reusable assets require significant … [Read more...]

‘Use Me’: Should Reusable Packaging Be Part of Tesco’s Sustainable Private Brand Offering? A Student-Designer Thinks So

Here is an interesting blog post from Tesco. It asks a very good question. Why indeed is packaging reuse the bottom dweller of the top 5 trends of sustainable packaging. It drives me crazy to go to shows like PACK EXPO and be bombarded by claims of sustainable packaging, yet pretty much the only glimmer of reusable packaging is at the RPA … [Read more...]

When CHEP Sneezes…

Up north there is an old saying that when the U.S. sneezes, Canada catches a cold. The market for reusable transport packaging and pallets isn't all that different. When new competitors or substitute goods (i.e., innovative products or systems) enter the marketplace, there is predictably a ripple effect. For example, when CHEP U.S.A. rolled out … [Read more...]

AIAG Pallet and Lid Survey Reveals Opportunity for Improvement

Why is it that the words "pallets" and "problems" are so often found in the same sentence? According to at least one comment from last November's AIAG Call to Action, the analogy fits in the automotive supply chain as well, saying that the challenge of managing reusable pallets and lids is not just a "pain point" but an "eternal struggle."  That … [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...]

A Reference Guide for the Construction and Inspection of Wood Pallets – 1954

This early document provides a detailed look at pallets and pallet technology in the early 1950s. The U.S. Navy was at the forefront of pallet advances during World War 2 and in the years that followed. One interesting post-war switch was from the 40x48" stringer pallet to the 48x40" pallet, likely having to do with better optimizing the conversion … [Read more...]

Reducing Complexity in Reusable Packaging: Flexible Container Allows Various Sized Gear Racks to Be Stored in Same Container

One of the ongoing challenges for reusable packaging which is part-specific is complexity involving several sizes or variations for different production models. For example, a part available in different sizes often requires that it be transported or stored in various packaging sizes. This quite simply means that corresponding to the number of … [Read more...]