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...]

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...]

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...]

A History of Pallets During World War 2: A Call to Action

While the techniques of palletized handling had begun to take shape with the evolution of pallets during the 1920s and 1930s, the practice was not yet widely used in commerce. There had been little impetus for more widespread introduction of palletized handling with forklift trucks. The surplus of labor in the work force, in combination with the … [Read more...]

Reusable Sleeve Pack System for Global Shipment of High-Performance Pumps

Multi-material Repeat Use Pallet System Provides the Highest Level of Protection for EBARA’s High-Performance Pumps Shipped around the Globe. DS Smith’s optimised transit packaging solution utilised a material-neutral approach to develop a heavy duty pack to meet all EBARA’s design criteria. The Reusable Packaging Challenge EBARA Precision … [Read more...]