The history of pallet pools dates back to the 1940s. This article appeared in D & W Magazine (Distribution & Warehousing), January 1945. Pallet Pools Offer Public Warehouses New Service Opportunities After the war, between one and three … [Read more...] about Pallet Pools 1945 Outlook
The title of this piece, a twist on Harry Truman's classic quote about not standing the heat, is a call by business writer John Maxwell for leaders to act proactively and make a difference. But often there are barriers to continuous improvement. One … [Read more...] about If You Can’t Make Some Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen
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 … [Read more...] about What Came First, The Pallet or the Forklift?
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 … [Read more...] about Are Tracking Challenges Constraining the Reusables Blastoff?
Back in 2010 I posted to a LinkedIn group about retail ready packaging, and in particular, to a story on RRP which is no longer available online. One thing that struck me about the article was that reusable transport packaging was not mentioned … [Read more...] about Retail Ready Packaging and RTP: A View from the UK
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 … [Read more...] about Reusable Packaging: Is It Really So HARD TO HOLD? (Part 1)
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 … [Read more...] about Four Strong Winds: Reusable Transport Packaging Ready for Prime Time?
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 … [Read more...] about Are Reusables Really So…HARD TO HOLD? (Part 2)
This article first appeared in 2010. 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 … [Read more...] about AIAG Automotive Pallet and Lid Survey
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 … [Read more...] about A Reference Guide for the Construction and Inspection of Wood Pallets – 1954