Collapsible Rigid Containers Catch End-Users Attention as Supply Chain Optimization and Sustainability Becomes a Priority

The increasing demand for packaging, driven mainly driven by the ever-expanding e-commerce sector, has fostered the profitability of secondary packaging product providers during the past few years. As end-users are on a constant lookout for sturdy and ‘transport-friendly’ packaging solutions, manufacturers are introducing innovative secondary … [Read more...]

Free Pallets – Ten Places Where to Find Free or Low Cost Pallets

  Wondering where to find free or low-cost pallets? I often receive inquiries about where to find such pallets to start a home craft project, or more steady sources of used pallets to generate work as a pallet street vendor or a pallet recycling business. Pallets available at no cost typically include unusual sizes, small qualities, or … [Read more...]

History of the Forklift

This article from The Palletizer, a U.S. Naval magazine for suppliers during the Second World War, reviews the history of the fork truck, up to the mid-1940s. The Palletizer was a key communication medium of the Navy to share materials handling best practices with its suppliers.   History of the Fork Truck Handling advantages once … [Read more...]

Automotive on the Move with Reusables

This article originally appeared in 2017. When it comes to reusable packaging and innovation, the automotive supply chain has rarely been far from the forefront. Here is our take on the latest highlights for reusable packaging and pallets in automotive and industrial applications. Trends such as global supply chains, pooling, more lightweight, … [Read more...]

Western Pallet Association Members Share Their Thoughts Regarding Pallet Facility Automation

Attendees heard that one of the key points about automation is providing a better experience for employees rather than replacing them at the Automation Panel: Investments with Best Returns, which took place at the 2019 WPA Annual Meeting in Rancho Mirage, California. Panel participants included (from left to right, photo above) Jorge Erosa of San … [Read more...]

The Case for Robotic Assembly of Custom Wood Pallets

To thrive in business today, companies must respond to increasing customer demands. “As trends for stronger, more durable and sustainable pallets grow, the need to accommodate high mix - low volume production is essential for manufacturers wanting to stay competitive,” said Doug Wenninger, President, and CEO of Alliance Automation, LLC (Van … [Read more...]

The premium packaging of the future

Even in the case of products for daily use, first impressions matter. And at the point of sale, the first impression is generally the packaging, because it’s the first thing that the customer notices. In this context, the design is especially important, as the packaging has to appeal to the customer to trigger the impulse to buy it. According to a … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Successful Last-Mile Delivery

E-commerce consumers value fast, flexible, efficient, and trackable delivery, according to a McKinsey survey, and they’re willing to pay more for personalized last mile-deliveries. Creating a last-mile operation can be complex, but if done right it can encourage returning customers and word of mouth recommendations. While companies like Amazon … [Read more...]

Energy crops provide biomass for UK paperboard mill, support local farmers

  The ability of local farmers to sell biomass to Iggesund Paperboard’s paperboard mill at Workington will return over 1.5 million pounds annually to the local agricultural industry. The initiative has created a totally new source of income for close to 200 farms in Cumbria and Scotland. It was recently given the Rushlight Bioenergy Award. … [Read more...]

Seven Tips on Outsourcing Your Business

In his book The Four-Hour Work Week, author Tim Ferris brings the power of outsourcing and automation to the forefront. As a result, there are so many people who are learning how to run a business on automation. Consequently, they get to enjoy a four-hour work week. If you're a business owner that wants to automate more components of your business, … [Read more...]