The Economic and Environmental Benefits of Reusable Transport Packaging

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

OEM Parts Packaging Best Practices

Packaging plays a vital role in your parts production. And while the role of packaging is multi-faceted, it no more important purpose than protecting your goods and making sure they reach the end user in perfect condition.  Packaging is used to contain, protect, to preserve and to provide information. It carries considerable responsibility under … [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...]

Are Tracking Challenges Constraining the Reusables Blastoff?

Present Approaches to Reusable Packaging Management Constrain Expansion in Some Applications If you come to a fork in the road, Yogi Berra once said, “take it.” In a nutshell, that is where some reusable pallet and container applications find themselves. A few years ago, USPS was in the spotlight for its high attrition rate of plastic pallets. … [Read more...]

Enduring Standard – EUR Pallet Celebrates 50 Years

This story appeared in June 2011 The standardised European EUR pallet, a well-known and integral part of the international logistics and goods distribution system, celebrated its 50th anniversary on Wednesday 11 May during the Transport Logistic trade fair in Munich where it was the subject of a dedicated forum organised by Gütegemeinschaft … [Read more...]

Protecting the ROI of Reusable Packaging Solutions

When there is a lack of visibility and management, reusable packaging can’t deliver on ROI commitments. A managed reusable packaging solution will reduce wasted costs — such as packaging loss, misplacement, mishandling, unnecessary transportation, and manufacturing disruptions. When effective container management practices are used, ROI targets are … [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...]

Plastic Pallets for Export

Plastic pallets valued for export: no ISPM-15 worries, lightweight, and more.   Are you considering plastic export pallets? One important benefit of plastic pallets for export is that they do not require special treatments as would solid wood pallets. Taking a step back, in the course of global trade flows, pests can quickly reach … [Read more...]