A roundup of pallet and reusable packaging news items.
Tosca, a prominent provider of reusable packaging solutions, has announced the appointment of Indy Obhi as the new Managing Director, UK and Ireland. Reporting directly to the EMEA President, Dan Lee, his chief responsibility will be to further enhance Tosca’s UK and Ireland business presence within the market.
Prior to joining Tosca, Indy Obhi spent 19 years at CEVA Logistics where he delivered business transformation internationally for diverse businesses including the Oil and Gas industry and Industrial & Aerospace sector, most recently for Rolls-Royce Aerospace.
Dan Lee, EMEA President commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Indy Obhi to Tosca. Throughout his career, Indy has demonstrated impressive leadership skills across differing geographies and spearheaded notable cost improvement initiatives. His record of enhancing customer satisfaction and loyalty, as well as his expertise in business transformation across diverse sectors, makes him a valuable addition to our team.”
Commenting on his new role as Managing Director, UK and Ireland, Indy added: “It is an honour to lead a team renowned for their supply chain expertise as we further enhance our operations and service offerings across the UK and Ireland. I look forward to collaborating with our partners, helping them unlock supply chain efficiencies and navigate the future of sustainable packaging solutions.”
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Costco Lawsuit Following Customer Trip and Fall
All brick-and-mortar retailers, and especially those with palletized floor displays, must always be mindful of taking measures to reduce the risk of pallet-related trip-and-fall accidents. A Vancouver, B.C. area woman is suing Costco after allegedly fracturing two ribs and two vertebrae during a fall at a local Costco outlet.
The woman filed a notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court on November 16, according to a news report. She reported suffered fractured ribs, fractured vertebrae, and injuries to her neck, chest, ribs and left knee.
“While reaching for produce, she stepped on a wooden pallet placed on the floor by the defendants and/or their employees or agents,” the claim states. “As soon as she stepped on the pallet, the pallet snapped, causing her to fall onto the cement floor beneath her.”
She says she has lost sleep because of the fall and has difficulty walking.
She is suing Costco for unspecified general and special damages as well as damages for diminished housekeeping capacity and future care costs.
The claims states that Costco breached its duty of care by exposing her to “a risk of danger or injury while on the premises” including “allowing a structurally unsafe wooden pallet to be placed near shelving when (Costco) knew, or ought to have known, that their customers would stand upon it to reach items on higher shelves.”
The claims have yet to be proven in court, and Costco has not yet filed a response to the claim.
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BSW Group realigns visual identity for Scott Pallets following acquisition
The UK’s largest integrated forestry and timber business, BSW Group, has rolled out a rebrand for Scott Pallets (formerly Scott Group), following its acquisition of the timber pallet solutions provider in December 2022. Taking over Scott Pallets’ 32 sites, the acquisition came as part of BSW Group’s objective of maximizing the value of timber while promoting the circular economy.
Signaling BSW Group’s intention to seamlessly continue the high-quality service that Scott Pallets has delivered for 35 years, the refresh serves as a continuation of the brand rather than a complete overhaul. The color palette remains the same, while the logo has been changed to fall in line with BSW Group’s corporate identity.
Alongside the introduction of new signage across sites and new business cards, letterheads and presentation templates, a new style guide has been issued for corporate communications, while a new website is also to follow for the brand.
James Brennan, Head of Marketing at BSW Group, said: “After the strategic acquisition of Scott Pallets, it’s fantastic to officially welcome them into BSW Group with a rebranded corporate identity. A softer rebrand, rather than a total change, provides a natural evolution of Scott Pallets, which has built up an unparalleled reputation over the decades. Scott Pallets has kept on doing exactly this since the acquisition, and we’re looking forward to continuing the stellar work with fresh a new look”
Menasha Corporation Publishes Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report
July 14, 2023 – Menasha Corporation, parent company of ORBIS Corporation, has released its 2023 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, an annual publication highlighting the company’s environmental, social and governance performance during the second half of calendar year 2022 and the first half of 2023. Highlights include the company’s environmental activities that support a circular economy, its Equity, Inclusion & Diversity actions, and updates on products and businesses. A digital version of the report is available on the company’s website.
Horen Funding Announcements
June 13, 2023 – Recent funding announcements regarding Shenzhen, Guangdong, China-based Pallet Sharing and Shanghai, China-based Horen Group were posted on Crunchbase. Horen raised CN¥200,000,000 (roughly $28 million) / Series D from Lingang Science and Technology Innovation and Zhongguancun Science-Tech Leasing. Pallet Sharing raised CN¥100,000,000 (roughly $14 million) / Series B from Beijing Chengchuang Lihe Angel Investment Company and 5 other investors
GPS tracking for the produce and warehouse bin industry, Australia-wide
May 18, 2023 Contrak Container Co Australia has introduced GPS and Wi-Fi tracking to their Contrak folding bin range, available for vented or non-vented containers. The company says that its modeling suggests payback within a year of implementation.
The Contrak folding bin is made for Australian conditions and in the standard size of 1162×1162 and 780mm high. It is supplied with or without gates. All parts are replaceable.
The new feature offers Australian-wide GPS tracking. Benefits include:
1 loss, and theft deterrence
2 real-time visibility and control
3 temperature monitoring
4 proof of delivery
5 Optimise asset utilisation
The tracking includes Geolocation via GPS and Wi-Fi. A temperature sensor monitors bin temperature variance. The equipment is water resistance and dust- proof with a 5-to-7-year battery life and the equipment can operate at -30c to +85c
Contrak Container Co. customers can now lease to own the equipment over 24 months, and at the lease end, the customer owns the equipment outright. Alternatively, bins can be purchased outright, with delivery throughout Australia
“The ability to provide asset tracking to our customers is yet another way we are helping them cut their operating costs and provide a higher level of control,” said John Judd, Managing Director of Contrak Container Co. “The trackers go beyond just location sharing. They prevent theft, help provide quality control through temperature monitoring, provide proof of delivery, and reduce downtime of assets. Our modelling shows that customers could also expect a ROI payback in the first 12 months of implementation.”
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New PDS Logo Introduced
May 11, 2023 – The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association’s (NWPCA) Pallet Design System™ (PDS) software, a longstanding tool in the wood pallet industry for over three decades, now has a fresh logo. This software empowers users to generate tailor-made pallet designs, ensuring safety, durability, and affordability for a wide range of unit loads. NWPCA also announced a relaunch of the PDS website.
“Our new logo celebrates the role of wood pallets in a fresh way while highlighting why wood is the dominant material of choice for the supply chain,” commented Brent McClendon, NWPCA President and CEO.
“While pallets are essential for moving the world, PDS is how pallets are made,” continued. “PDS is the global standard and international language of pallet design for a reason, and this new logo reflects its cutting-edge technology and user-friendly design.”
The freshly unveiled logo captures the vibrant and indispensable essence of the pallet industry, embracing a contemporary and streamlined design that incorporates elements from the previous logo and color scheme. To learn more about the Pallet Design System™ software, please visit the recently updated website: www.palletdesignsystem.com.
IPP Pooling’s RUDi – ReUsableDisplay Wins Product of the Year 2022
May 11, 2023 – IPP Pooling’s RUDi, also known as the ReUsableDisplay, has been crowned the recipient of the esteemed Product of the Year 2022 in the Logistics & Transport category by Materialfluss Magazine!
The prestigious award acknowledges IPP Pooling’s commitment to sustainability and innovation, as well as their mission to decrease waste and expenses in the supply chain. The ReUsable Display, which has received this accolade, revolutionizes the industry by providing a durable and versatile substitute for conventional cardboard displays. Not only does it contribute to waste reduction, but it also enhances product visibility and sales, making it a game-changing solution in the market.
With RUDi, the assembly and packaging can be done – as before – by the brand manufacturer as well as now, at retail POS. The display offers the capability to showcase a wide variety of products, irrespective of weight, stackability, or height. The design of the display, including the decoration of the sockets and the overall structure, can be flexibly customized, similar to a disposable corrugated cardboard display. The major advantage lies in the reusable nature of the display sockets, eliminating the need for disposal after each use. This results in significant cost savings in terms of materials, transportation, and CO2 emissions.
“At IPP Pooling, we believe that sustainability and profitability can go hand in hand,” the company stated. “That’s why we are proud to be at the forefront of the circular economy, providing reusable packaging solutions that help our customers save money while enhancing the sustainability of their operations.”