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Vigilance required as reusable basket loses expected to mount

Bakery losses anticipated as high as 50%


May 4, 2020 – “Bakers Basco is proud to play our part in the UK’s ‘Circular Economy’, and contribute to reducing global warming and related environmental damage through the responsible use of recyclable materials – known in our corner of the industry as ‘returnable transit packaging’,” the company noted in a statement today.

It cautions, however, that during these unprecedented times, where the coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on industry, many household waste and recycling center locations have temporarily halted the collection of some or all recyclable materials, which could eventually lead to blockages and a build-up of equipment in the supply chain. “This may well leave equipment exposed for longer periods of time, increasing the chances of theft or misappropriation including our Omega equipment, which are designed to last for up to eight years before being recycled and put back into the supply chain to be reused again and again,” the statement continued.

“This, in turn, presents a fresh challenge for our business. It is estimated that some bakeries are expected to lose as many as 50% of their bread baskets across the course of the year, with missing baskets being used for purposes they simply weren’t designed for, with many ending up fly-tipped or in the landfill, and others being stolen and recycled for the value of the raw plastic. It is important now more than ever to be vigilant of those who might take advantage of this situation by withholding or storing stolen equipment, as this could have a significant impact on the supply of essential bread and associated products to supermarkets during the COVID-19 lockdown.”

This statement follows a previous statement made in April regarding the return of Bakers Basco reusable bread trays: Urgent Appeal for the Return of Bread Baskets during COVID-19

Beverage Container Recycling Goes Touch-Free

TOMRA Reverse Vending Introduces Automatic Voucher Printing

Shelton, Conn.  — TOMRA now offers touch-free recycling for its reverse vending machines (RVMs) to reduce surface contact concerns during this challenging time.

TOMRA has transitioned all voucher printing on its new-generation machines to a touch-free recycling experience. The process is simple and seamless. The consumer simply inserts their containers, waits 15 seconds after the last container is processed, and their receipt is automatically printed rather than tapping on-screen or pushing a button.

”To better serve our retail partners and customers and in an effort keep the people who use our reverse vending machines safe, we have taken steps to make the reverse vending experience a touch-free experience,” said Ernie Argenio, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing – TOMRA of North America. “By eliminating this touchpoint, we hope to put our customers’ minds at ease so they can continue to recycle their containers and get their deposit back.”

TOMRA is working closely with its partners to ensure that the correct information is distributed related to the safety of beverage container return during this time through signage and guidance about maintaining proper social distancing when redeeming containers.

Argenio added, “We are working diligently to enhance the functionality of our reverse vending machines, and ensure consumers know they are safe recycling, by reducing touchpoints and providing any support we can to our retail partners.”

Additionally, TOMRA recently rolled out a new graphical user interface to all machines with touch-free capabilities, so instructions are clearly displayed for users on the RVM screen.

Founded in 1972, TOMRA is the preferred partner for reverse vending solutions for collecting, reusing, and recycling cans and bottles. The TOMRA system has the machines, digital solutions and service to make recycling easy for the industry, system owners, retailers, and consumers. With over 82,000 installations across more than 60 markets, TOMRA’s reverse vending machines capture 40 billion used beverage containers every year – reducing reliance on raw materials and ensuring fewer containers end up in landfills, oceans and streets.

Double win for LPR in EcoVadis Sustainability Leadership Awards 2020

April 3, 2020 – In addition to receiving Ecovadis Gold accreditation for the sixth consecutive year, European expert in pallet pooling LPR-La Palette Rouge (a division of Euro Pool Group) was awarded two Best Performer accolades in the ‘Transport’ and ‘Europe’ categories of the EcoVadis Sustainability Leadership Awards, SME sector, presented at the Sustain 2020 conference.

This award, based on a statistical analysis of EcoVadis scores, recognizes within each region, the most advanced companies based on their CSR practices.

“We are very proud to be recognized as one of the best CSR performers in the transport sector. CSR has always been a focus for LPR, and we are fortunate to work with customers who share our goals.” Says Gaël Gonzales, European SHEQ at LPR. “The Ecovadis platform has become an essential tool for LPR in assessing the relevance of the social, ethical and environmental actions that we undertake, and this prize confirms our CSR strategy. ”

Objectives for 2025

LPR has a defined set of objectives for the coming years which include reducing CO2 emissions by 20% by 2025 for the entire Euro Pool Group. Plans include the continued search for alternatives to diesel trucks and working with its customers to create synergies to optimize transport flows.

“At LPR we work collaboratively with our partners and customers to add value to the entire supply chain,” stated Yves Degouve, Regional Director for Western Europe. “By working in this way, we are able to shorten transport loops and promote multimodal approaches. Our customers appreciate our PEFC certification policy, our reforestation actions and our collaboration with local suppliers. We are very proud to have received this award from Ecovadis, which recognizes our commitment to CSR.”

Magnus Lagergren new Chairman of the Board of Svenska Retursystem

April 3, 2020 – Magnus Lagergren was elected on April 2 as new Chairman of the Board of Swedish Return Systems. He has long experience in the food industry and has been a member of the board since 2007. At the same time, Sara Berger, CEO of Sydgrönt, was also elected as a new member.

Magnus Lagergren currently works as Group Business Development Director at Scandi Standard and has a long experience from the industry, including as CEO of Swedish Meats, Scan AB and Kronfågel. He has been a member of the board of Svenska Retursystems since 2007 and is well versed in the company’s operations.

“I look forward to intensifying the work of reaching out with Svenska Retursystem’s solid sustainability work and the continued work to grow and streamline operations,” Lagergren stated. “Swedish Return Systems is really a business of the time, not least now during the current Corona crisis, the company has an important function for the delivery of food.”

Sara Berger was also elected as a new member at the meeting. Sara is the CEO of Sydgrönt, a supplier of Swedish-grown vegetables. Sara has extensive experience from the industry and has worked in company-leading positions within marketing and sales at Findus. She has also worked at Unilever, Leaf and Reitan Servicehandel.

“Svenska Retursystem is really the smart cycle for our foods and plays a key role for the entire industry,” said Berger. “It will be really fun to be able to join and develop the company and take advantage of the great commitment to sustainability and circular economy that exists.”

TriEnda Honored by Logistics Tech Outlook Magazine as a Top 10 Material Handling Solution Provider

PORTAGE, Wis.March 18, 2020 – TriEnda, the developer and manufacturer of industry-leading cargo protection systems, has announced that Logistics Tech Outlook has named TriEnda to its Top 10 Material Handling System Solution Providers for 2020.

The material handling industry plays a critical role in the transportation and distribution of raw materials and products in a wide range of industries, including automotive, agriculture, and food & beverage.

Based in the Midwest, but with manufacturing capabilities across North America, TriEnda is known for its innovative material handling solutions that are not only lightweight and user-friendly but also effective in protecting a wide range of cargo. TriEnda’s cargo protection systems decrease the damage to shipped products, resulting in a lower average cost per load.

Nate Franck, TriEnda’s VP of Sales & Marketing, commented on the recognition the company received. “We are thrilled by this announcement and the attention it brings to our outstanding team of engineers and designers. Our customers have long recognized the unprecedented value of TriEnda’s plastic solutions and exceptional performance of our cargo protection systems for a vast array of goods. It is an honor to now be recognized by the industry as a whole.

“As they make their way from design and engineering through to production, TriEnda’s products are unlike any others available on the market today. Our clients are extremely pleased with our cargo protection options, including Cargo Protect+, which has garnered much attention. And our new product development team is continuously working to come up with additional innovative solutions that will solve any cargo transportation challenges our clients face,” Franck concluded.

Brent Rasche Now Chief Operating Officer at Fibertech Inc.

Elberfeld, IN, March 13, 2020 – Starting February 3rd, 2020, Brent Rasche has taken the position of Chief Operating Officer at Fibertech Inc. Prior to joining Fibertech, Rasche worked for SRG Global in various roles. SRG Global is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of injection-molded chrome plated, painted plastic parts for automotive and non-automotive transportation. Most recently he was the Vice President of North America. In that role, he was responsible for leading the business and operations of eight North American sites. Prior to operations, he was the Global Vice President of Human Resources for SRG Global. In this role, Rasche aligned SRG Global’s human resource capabilities to the company’s overall global business vision and strategy, focusing on building a culture of people development, talent, and growth opportunities.

Rasche began his career at Federal-Mogul in drafting and tooling engineering. He progressed into various leadership roles among their sealing systems manufacturing plants. While with Federal-Mogul, he also served as a product rationalization and technology project leader for the company’s global organization, supporting the implementation of lean manufacturing processes in both existing and new start-up locations. Just prior to joining SRG Global, Rasche worked with MasterBrand Cabinets. MasterBrand is one of the largest cabinet manufacturers in North America producing products that range from standard to custom cabinets.

“This role will allow me to focus my expertise in a new industry to broaden our strong team, to expand our product offerings and capabilities as a business,” stated Rasche.

Fibertech is one of the industry’s leading, customer-driven plastic rotational molding companies. Fibertech released its own brand of rotomolded bulk containers in 1999 that proved to be one of the most durable containers on the market. Today manufacturing many different plastic products, spanning a wide range of industries, but since the beginning, has focused on one thing: its customers. From FDA material handling containers for food processors, laundry carts for hospitals, to agricultural wash and repair service, Fibertech is a service-focused company. For more information, visit

Paxxal Inc. Names Jeffrey Barlow as Chief Financial Officer

Noblesville, IN – January 6, 2020. Following an extensive search, Paxxal Inc., an innovative provider of shipping platforms, has appointed Jeffrey M. Barlow as Chief Financial Officer effective January 1st, 2020. Barlow reports to Ben Stoller, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Managing Member of Paxxal, and will have direct responsibility for overall financial, accounting, procurement and human resource activities.

“Jeff’s 20 years of experience in financial, business strategy, operational and logistics functions is extraordinary and will enhance our team tremendously. We are extremely pleased to have him join our executive team,” said Stoller.

Barlow brings more than two decades of strategy and financial consulting experience in manufacturing, supply chain and logistics to the new role. He most recently served as a Founding Partner at Brigadier Consulting Group, a leading boutique consulting firm in transportation and supply chain management, where he worked with C-level executives on a broad range of projects including, due diligence, strategic planning and operations management.  Previously, Barlow was a Principal at Norbridge Inc., a specialty consulting firm in the logistics and energy, and also worked for The Avicon Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has spent his career helping Fortune 500 companies, private equity and startups on transformational initiatives that accelerated growth and reduced operating ratios.

Barlow received his BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and his MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University.

About Paxxal

Paxxal is a platform company that specializes in logistics related products and services in the supply chain sector. We focus on improving supply chain efficiencies through manufacturing, logistics, reusable rental markets, robust data analytics and services. By leveraging our expertise, proprietary materials and manufacturing processes we are able to provide sustainable competitive advantages and deliver total supply chain transformation. Our portfolio consists of three main divisions Industries, Logistics and Analytics. More information on Paxxal is available at

Leap India Expects 25% Growth in 2020

Leap India pallets

LEAP India (Leading Enterprise in Advanced Pooling), a pallet and reusable packaging pooling provider for the Indian auto, e-commerce and FMCG sectors, expects demand for pallets on lease to reach 4 million next year from 3 million deployed currently.

According to the company, increasing demand from both domestic and international companies is driving demand for best practices regarding the storage and movement of goods. Founded in 2013, the company anticipates continued growth.

LEAP has a network of 22 warehouses, 25 contract manufacturing centres and a team of around 450 employees serving over 550 unique customers at over 7,000 touch-points in India, according to a news report. Further, it states that the company has a market share of 70% in India and boasts 55,000 foldable large containers (FLCs) deployed across the country.

Sunu Mathew, Managing Director, LEAP India said achieving the milestone to deploy three million pallets and becoming the market leader by serving every leading brand was quite encouraging.

“We see enough opportunity in both pallets and FLCs. We are all geared up to tap this huge opportunity as we are well positioned to expand our pallets base,” he said.

Returnity Named 2nd Place Winner in Circular Economy Track of Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge

Leader in Reusable Shipping Packaging Recognized by National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures

Brooklyn, New York – 20 Dec 2019  Returnity was named the 2nd Place Winner in the Circular Economy Track of the Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge, which recognizes solutions that move businesses and consumers toward a circular economy partnership. Over the last few months, Returnity worked alongside the other finalists in preparation for the final, in-person pitch to judges, which took place this month at National Geographic headquarters.

“We are honored to have been named a runner-up in this important category – the circular economy,” said Mike Newman, CEO of Returnity Innovations. “It has been inspiring to witness so many companies and incredible individuals from around the world coming together to fight this global issue. We will continue to do the work which will allow more companies to shift to the new circular economy and we look forward to the great work that all of the finalists will continue to accomplish to reach this common goal.”

Selected from a group of nearly 300 teams from around the world as initial finalists, the first place winners and second place winners in the three categories – Design, Circular Economy, and Data Visualization – will share a $390,000 prize purse to implement their ideas to reduce the amount of single-use plastic reaching the ocean.

About Returnity

Returnity Innovations is the pioneer in the elimination of single-use shipping packaging. Returnity builds out solutions and empowers the systems necessary for companies to shift to the new circular economy. Returnity will replace the use of over 6 million shipments of cardboard boxes and poly mailer bags with reusable packaging by August 2020. For more information, please visit

Infratab, Inc. Named to Food Logistics’ 2019 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers

Infratab Freshtime™ solution provides food industry access to perishables’ real-time shelf life status and creates unalterable blockchain records

Oxnard, California – Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named Infratab, Inc. to its 2019 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list. The annual FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers serves as a resource guide of software and technology providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain.

Infratab Freshtime™, the company’s RF sensor solution, monitors the temperature and condition of perishables, adding “How is it?” to the what, where, when and why of supply chain tracking. The solution of tags, dashboards and cloud data services provides the food industry access to perishables’ real-time shelf life status and creates unalterable blockchain records, giving both producers and retailers the tools they need to reduce product waste and ensure their customers get the quality they expect.

“We are constantly expanding the capabilities of Freshtime to make the data richer and the system easier to use,” said Stanton Kaye, President of Infratab, “So it’s a great honor to be recognized by Food Logistics for our work for the sixth year!”

“Whether you’re using sensors to monitor critical temperatures for perishables or a WMS to manage inventory flows in your warehouse, software and technology are playing a vital role in the food and beverage industry,” remarks John R. Yuva, editor for Food Logistics and its sister publication, Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The transparency and safety of the digital global food supply chain would not exist without innovations in software and technology. Our FL100+ recipients help drive supply chain compliance and regulatory changes that benefit everyone from the farmer to the food processor to the consumer.”

Companies on this year’s 2019 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list will be profiled in the November/December 2019 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at

About Infratab

Infratab, Inc. is the leader in condition intelligent RF sensor solutions for monitoring, tracking, and tracing perishables and items with measurable wear and tear. Infratab designs, makes, sells and services tags, edge software, cloud services, and analytics. These products are marketed under the brand name Infratab Freshtime. For more information visit

HOREN Releases Innovative New Auto Crates


HOREN, a global leader in returnable packaging solutions, has announced another innovative solution with the release of its new foldable automotive crates, designed to replace current nonfoldable crates and cardboard boxes. 

The Horen foldable auto crates are great for the environment by removing single-use cardboard cartons from the supply chain and also reduce reverse logistics costs by up to 90%, as traditional auto crates are nonfolding.

“It is our target to eliminate single-use packaging in the supply chain as well as to reduce ineffective logistics processes. We follow and support the global trend to reduce CO2 emissions by developing products that are 100% recyclable at the end of their working life” stated Jacky Liao, the founder of HOREN.

The Horen innovative unlocking/locking mechanism and light weight of the crate makes for faster, safer and easier handling by operators without compromising load capacity. Convenient card holders and label areas ensure ease of track and trace. The crates are also fully compatible with all other euro containers and pallets.

The reinforced structure of the crate design greatly increases load-bearing capacity, reduces wear and tear and greatly improves lifespan, delivering best possible whole of life cost – extremely important for Horen’s customers who operate high-velocity supply chains.

“Horen’s Auto crates have been adopted by many industrial clients, to replace the previous cardboard single-use containers and help them to optimize the supply chains and reduce the packaging costs,” said Jacky.

New Lipped Pallet Offers Benefits

edge lip plastic pallet

Chicago, IL – For companies shipping a large amount of products, it can be difficult to decide the safest and most sustainable way to palletize shipments. There is always a need to reduce freight preparation times, conserve packing materials, secure payloads, increase employee safety, and simplify pallet stacking. The new nestable plastic pallet with lip from One Way Solutions offers the ability to simplify the material handling flow by offering additional benefits over lipless pallets.

There are multiple benefits to choosing plastic pallets with safety rims:

  • Reducing Freight Preparation Times
  • Conserving Packing Materials
  • Securing Payloads
  • Employee Safety
  • Easier Pallet Stacking

This 40×48 USA made pallet weighs only 17 lbs, is high-pressure injection molded with high quality recycled HDPE resin, and has a 2,700 lb dynamic capacity – heavyweight characteristics at light duty pricing.

Every consideration has been taken to minimize weight while maintaining strength and durability:

  • The 9 legs have voids to reduce weight and cost.
  • Tapered edges assist fork tine entry and assist splitting a pallet off a nested stack.
  • The pallet deck perimeter is reinforced with extra ribs to increase impact resistance

The 4-way entry is compatible with nearly all fork trucks and hand trucks. The open deck design allows for easy handling and cleaning. A superior nesting ratio allows 2100 pallets to fit in a 53’ truck, which significantly reduces the per pallet shipping costs.

The product is now available on the One Way Solutions website and will ship out next day.  For information, visit

Recyclable Alternatives Outpace Wax Coatings for Fifth Straight Year

A new study shows continued progress in the replacement of traditional wax coatings on corrugated boxes. Since the introduction of the corrugated industry’s recyclability protocol in 2005, use of wax has steadily dropped off.  In 2018, boxes with commercialized recyclable coatings accounted for 3.9 percent of total box shipments, while wax boxes remained flat at 2.3 percent of shipments.

Wax coatings on boxes have been traditionally used as a moisture barrier to preserve the strength of a corrugated container holding wet or iced products such as fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, and seafood.

By developing and using wax alternatives, the industry continues to increase the amount of recyclable corrugated packaging.

  • In 2018, the corrugated industry shipped 15.1 billion square feet of boxes using recyclable wax alternative coatings.
  • Progress has been made in replacing all types of wax treated boxes (cascaded, impregnated, and curtain-coated) with recyclable treated boxes.
  • 56 recyclable wax alternatives have passed certification testing for repulpability and recyclability and have been registered with the Fibre Box Association.

To learn more about recyclable wax alternatives, visit

Bybee Produce Extends Use of IFCO Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) Through 2020

Tampa, Florida, USA – IFCO,leading international reusable plastic container (RPC) pooling provider, announced that Bybee Produce, LLC, of Washington State, has agreed to extend its use of IFCO RPCs for its dry onion products through 2020.

“IFCO RPCs have proven to be an ideal packaging solution for our dry onions,” Jason Walker, General Manager of Bybee Produce.  “They help us deliver high quality produce to retail customers and their shoppers throughout the year.”

Bybee Produce, a family owned and operated farm in the Columbia River Basin in Washington, uses more than 130,000 IFCO RPCs yearly to pack and ship Yellow, White, Red and organic onions to retail locations throughout the United States.  IFCO RPCs are designed to facilitate maximum airflow during shipping, an important benefit that helps keep Bybee onions in peak quality from the farm to grocery retail locations.

“Our customers are like family and we are pleased Bybee Produce, a family owned and operated business, has agreed to continue the RPC partnership with IFCO,” said Dan Martin, President of IFCO North America.  “We value our relationship with Bybee and know our collaboration will benefit both companies in the months and years to come.”

The new agreement extends Bybee’s use of IFCO RPCs for a third consecutive year, through 2020.

Surgere Offers Digital Transformation Delivered with Zero Upfront Capital Investment

North Canton, Ohio – Surgere recently announced a new proactive financing option available for Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Suppliers. As a customer-focused financial solution, their new Accelerate program bundles the company’s hardware, software, packaging, and engineering into a monthly service plan with zero upfront capital expenditure required.

 In the current state of the automotive industry’s soft market, automotive suppliers are being forced to reduce operational costs as part of their cash protection strategy. Surgere has worked tirelessly to meet their clients’ through digital supply chain solutions, while maintaining, and even increasing their cash flow.

 “Our Accelerate program makes it easy and affordable for our AutoSphere clients to take advantage of today’s supply chain digitalization technology,” said William Wappler, Surgere President & CEO. “Our quickly evolving world requires constant innovation and change to stay ahead. Accelerate was created to empower and support our client’s transition to a digitalized supply chain by delivering industry-leading technology in the most economical way possible.”

 A McKinsey study uncovered that, currently, the average supply chain has a digitalization level of 43%, and that just 2% of executives felt their supply chain was the focus of their digital strategies. Yet, the benefits of a reliable digitalized supply chain — powered with increased visibility from Surgere — are limitless. Surgere’s unique solutions gather data at a 99.9% accuracy level, providing clients with a strong data foundation – a necessity for successful and efficient digital transformation.

 “Our solutions offer increased capital, clean and accurate data, and return on investment (ROI). We want OEM’s and suppliers to have the flexibility, tools and technology they need for their supply chain to thrive,” said Ken Keeler, Surgere CFO. “Accelerate ensures an easier deployment, an even faster ROI and increases our customers’ cash flow.”

South Korea government and logistics industry test reusable parcel packing to reduce waste

Reusable parcel shipper

SEOUL — South Korea, known for the quick delivery of everything from food and clothes to electronic devices, will test standardized parcel packing made of reusable materials to reduce waste produced by parcel packing.

The Ministry of Environment said on Tuesday that it would cooperate with retail and parcel delivery companies such as CJ ENM O Shopping, the cable TV home shopping channel operator wing of South Korean conglomerate CJ Group, and LogisAll, a local logistics company, to test the potential of reusable parcel packaging. Read more.

Menasha Corporation announces the appointment of Michael K. Waite to its board

NEENAH, Wis. (November 7, 2019) – Menasha Corporation announces the appointment of Michael K. Waite to its board. Waite retired from Menasha Corporation on December 31, 2018 following a distinguished career with the company spanning 37 years, including 15 as President of Menasha Packaging Company, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Menasha Corporation. Waite led Menasha Packaging Company through a period of significant growth and success, transitioning it from a regional corrugated packaging business to North America’s largest independent retail-focused merchandising and packaging fulfillment and services company. 

Waite serves on the Boards of Bemis Manufacturing Company and Charter Manufacturing Company. He graduated from Southampton Institute of Technology in Southampton, England, and he is a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. 

AIM Expands International Presence with Addition of AIM Japan

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | November 4, 2019 | AIM, the trusted worldwide industry association for the automatic identification industry, providing unbiased information, educational resources and standards for nearly half a century, has announced the creation of a new chapter in Japan to meet the needs of its growing international membership.

AIM Japan will offer opportunities to individuals and organizations affiliated with automatic identification and data capture technologies and innovation throughout Japan.  Masaki EHARA will serve as Chairman of the AIM Japan Board of Directors.  Nobuko UEDA has been named General Secretary and Kensuke TANAKA will be Chief Operating Officer.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to join with the leading experts in automatic identification throughout Japan and welcome all of the chapter’s members,” said Mary Lou Bosco, AIM’s Chief Operating Officer.  “The addition of AIM Japan to the AIM community is a key step to connecting industry leaders in the Asia Pacific region with our extensive network already serving as advocates promoting AIDC technologies and innovation around the globe.”

Part of AIM Japan’s initial focus will be education and training, cooperating with universities and research/test centers in Asia Pacific.

For more information, contact AIM Headquarters via email ( or phone (+1.724.742.4470).

Tosca Adds Chief HR Officer Tommie Kennedy

ATLANTA – November 1, 2019 – Tosca, an innovator in reusable packaging and supply chain solutions, announced Thomasina (Tommie) Kennedy has joined the company as Chief Human Resources Officer.

Tommie will lead the Human Resource Services team and play an instrumental role supporting the successful management of Tosca’s team members and the growth of the company.

Tommie is an accomplished Human Resources professional with more than 20 years of experience working with large global organizations such as Coca-Cola and CHEP. Most recently, she worked at Continental Building Products as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the United States and Canada. Tommie’s focus as a business leader and HR leader is to build organizational capability through people.

“Tommie’s expertise in helping businesses achieve success through people development is exactly what we need at Tosca. We couldn’t be happier in welcoming her to the Tosca team,” says president and CEO, Eric Frank.

Tommie has global experience with consumer products, B2B, technology, engineering, manufacturing and multi-site organizations. She coaches leaders to use data to make smart business decisions for their companies and their people.

“I couldn’t have joined Tosca at a better time,” says Kennedy. “The business continues to grow exponentially which comes with interesting new challenges and possibilities. I’m truly excited to have joined a company at the forefront of the sustainable movement. I am passionate about helping our people grow and succeed, personally and professionally.”

Tommie has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from The State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations degree in Human Resources Management from Cornell University/Baruch College. She is married and is re-locating to Atlanta, GA.  

Agricultural fiber products manufacturer selects Walker to lead all environmental health and safety activities

Dean WalkerVONORE, Tenn.Oct. 23, 2019 Genera, a Tennessee-based company manufacturing domestically sourced and produced ag-based pulp and molded fiber products, has named Dean Walker as its new Environmental Health and Safety Manager.

Walker’s responsibilities will include establishing and coordinating safety, health and environmental programs for all site contractors and personnel. He will also be developing critical policies and procedures and conducting training sessions across the organization on environmental regulations and health and safety best practices.

“If the correct health and safety procedures aren’t in place for a rapidly growing company, risks become greater and workforce development can be hindered,” Walker said. “Genera is quickly advancing toward full operational capacity, and I look forward to working closely with this world-class leadership team to develop a next-level Environmental Health and Safety Department that will serve the entire company.”

In his previous roles, Walker has served as both a safety specialist and safety coordinator. He holds several key accreditations, certifications, and a degree in Environmental Health and Safety.

“Dean’s experience extends beyond training and management,” said Keith Brazzell, Genera’s Chief Operating Officer. “He is clearly passionate about ensuring the well-being of a workforce. The health and safety of our employees and their active participation in the program is critical to our success. Dean brings the skills that we need as we continue to grow.”

The company recently secured a $118 million investment to produce its Earthable® line of sustainable agricultural fiber products at a new manufacturing facility in Vonore, Tennessee. Genera’s fiber production facility is scheduled to start delivering the new line of sustainable agricultural fiber products to the marketplace in 2020. Early next year, Genera will begin hiring 80 new skilled and maintenance jobs at the facility.

Monoflo Mexico Established

Monoflo announces the opening of a new business in Mexico.

January 2019 – Winchester, VA – Monoflo International, Inc., a premier manufacturer of superior quality injection molded plastic products, has announced the opening of a new business, Monoflo Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. The new facility is located in Leon, Mexico in the State of Guanajuato and will enable the company to better service its growing plastic transport packing business in North America.

The initial focus of the Mexico facility will be to produce bulk collapsible containers using Monoflo’s industry-leading design and technology on their injection molded 48 x 44.5 collapsible bulk container footprint.  In addition, the company’s Virginia and Kansas facilities will support other products for their customers in Mexico, including hand-held containers, pallets, and smaller bulk containers.

About Monoflo International, Inc.

Monoflo International, Inc. is a premier manufacturer of quality, injection molded plastic containers and pallets for manufacturing and distribution needs. Monoflo leverages its decades of experience to provide innovative and cost-effective reusable packaging solutions to the general merchandise, food distribution, automotive and manufacturing industries.

Pooling Partners to Rebrand

December 14, 2018–“We are going back to the old company names: IPP, PAKi, PRS and individual production companies,” reports the website. “This means that the name, Pooling Partners, will be replaced by the names by which the individual companies used to be known in their own markets.” According to the company, it sees more opportunity for each Faber Halbertsma Group company to position itself using a distinct brand label, with a common look and feel to retain the solid back-up of the Faber Halbertsma Group. “The rebranding is an investment in our future business and serves to build a strong platform to allow our businesses to thrive,” it continues.

The usage of the new brand names will begin to start immediately. By the end of March 2019, all the companies will use their new name.

The new brand names will be in most cases similar to those heritage brands used by the individual businesses prior to the introduction of Pooling Partners. The list of brand names:

  • IPP
  • PAKi
  • PRS
  • NAUS
  • T&A

Collaborative Online Pallet Management Platform Looks to Eliminate the Inefficiencies of Empty Pallet Transport

A new collaborative online pallet management platform, MagicPallet, was officially launched this month in France. Described as the first collaborative platform dedicated to the exchange of European pallets, the launch follows a one-month pilot phase that involved 15 companies.  MagicPallet offers the potential to eliminate the inefficiencies of empty pallet returns associated with pallet exchange.

Pallet exchange impacts 38,000 carriers in France and 600,000 in Europe. The cost of pallet returns in France is 100 million € per year. “Until now, the principle was that carriers traveled long distances with empty pallets to bring them back to their customers, the shippers – for example, for an SME of 200 trucks, the cost of pallet returns is about 200 k € per year,” stated Pierre-Edouard Robert, the founder of MagicPallet. “As far as the shippers are concerned, the pallets were not always returned on time by the carriers, they bought them urgently and at a high price.”

MagicPallet is now available throughout France. The company plans to expand across Europe at a rate of two countries annually. It will start in Germany and Spain in the second half of 2019, followed by Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Poland.

The business is projecting a turnover of 650 k € at the end of 2019 and 3.8 M € by Year 3, with employment to increase to 12 people by the end of 2019, and 40 within three years.

The platform stands in contrast to proprietary pallet banking schemes offered by pallet companies in Europe such as PGS and Pooling Partners.

Mauser Packaging Solutions Announces Agreement to Acquire the Reconditioning Business of IRS

Mauser Packaging Solutions (“Mauser”), a leading global supplier of industrial rigid packaging products and services, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the industrial container purchase, reconditioning and recycling assets currently owned by Incineration Recycling Services, Inc., Container Recyclers of Camden, Inc., Incineration Recycling of Texas LLC, Sustainable Decarbonization Services LLC, R&R Tire LLC, and Robert J. Fogel and Ronald J. Fogel, Jr., (hereafter collectively known as “IRS”).  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“IRS is the right partner for us at exactly the right time,” said Charles Veniez, President, Mauser Packaging Solutions-Reconditioning.  “We’re excited to have the team join our Mauser Packaging Solutions organization. Their positions in the important Northeast U.S. and Texas markets perfectly complement our current product and service portfolio, while the de-carbonization business provides us with an exciting new pathway for our recycling services platform.”

“Rob, our family and I would like to thank all of our IRS colleagues in New Jersey and Texas for all of their many years of service and dedication,” Ron Fogel, co-owner of the companies said.  “We share a special bond with our employees and customers alike, and by choosing Mauser Packaging Solutions as our partner for the future, we know the future of the enterprise is in good hands.  A big thanks to all our customers for their many years of loyal support and the wonderful relationships created over the years, and we look forward to continuing to service you in the future.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Features “The Brambles|CHEP Approach to Messaging the Circular Economy”

ATLANTA – Dec. 4, 2018 – As more companies commit to an innovative circular economy and sustainability strategies and investments, there is an increased need to learn the best practices for successfully communicating these decisions externally.

A case study report published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation offers insights into how to effectively communicate about the circular economy from a variety of perspectives—including business, academia, communications firms, trade associations, and nonprofits. “Messaging the Circular Economy” includes input from a number of leading organizations, including Brambles and CHEP, Best Buy, IKEA, The Wharton School, Loyola University, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

The time is now

When it comes to protecting and preserving the global environment, there is no time to waste. With the publication of this report, companies now have immediate access to information on circular economy programs that have proven their worth.

Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, director of sustainability for North America, Brambles, is available to discuss the Brambles|CHEP “Share and Reuse” approach to messaging the circular economy.

“Our business model has long focused on sharing and reusing finite resources,” says Lindsay-Walker. “Brambles customers use our pallets, crates, and containers over and over again. Our circular business model defines how we do things and who we are. It also defines how we approach communications, and make the circular economy real to our diverse audiences.”

Let’s be real

Now’s the time for action, states CHEP. Now’s the time to spread the word about the circular economy, and the environmentally essential benefits it creates.

TrackX to Deploy Keg Tracking Solution for Anheuser-Busch InBev

TrackX Holdings Inc., a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based enterprise asset management solution provider, last month announced the plans for deployment of its Global Asset Management for Enterprises (GAME) solution for Anheuser-Busch. The initial implementation will be for the tracking of ¼ barrel beer kegs at their Houston, TX facility.

TrackX, in partnership with Impinj, Inc., a leading provider and pioneer of RAIN RFID, and Velociti, a leader in technology deployment and support services, will implement GAME for RTI (Returnable Transport Items) with specific configurations for brewery operations. Leveraging RFID tags and a network of RFID readers and antennas at strategic points throughout the brewery operation, TrackX will capture invaluable real-time data and business intelligence related to their keg fleet to drive efficiencies throughout the supply chain. This solution once implemented will facilitate increased visibility and utilization of kegs, streamline production planning, ensure effective keg and valve maintenance, increase quality assurance, prevent loss, and improve turn rates. It is anticipated that the solution will expand beyond the brewery to Anheuser-Busch distribution partners and large retailers.

“We are pleased that Anheuser-Busch has chosen to partner with TrackX, Impinj, and Velociti for the deployment of an enterprise asset management solution system capable of changing the way in which beer kegs have been traditionally managed,” said Tim Harvie, CEO of TrackX. “Because of the need to assure maximum keg utilization, we at TrackX are focused on utilizing best of breed technologies to more effectively manage the assets and processes that impact the overall supply chain. GAME will analyze real-time data, identify areas of improvement, and provide analytics and business intelligence resulting in increased productivity across the enterprise.”

Optimizing the world’s supply chains. Yesterday, today, tomorrow.

Vishal Pattel of CHEP recently posted a Q and A on LinkedIn. (You can read it here.) It provides some interesting observations across a range of topics. including the segment below:

So what’s next for your customers? If you get out your crystal ball, even farther down the road, what are your customers looking at in the future?

I think customers are looking at how to stay competitive and relevant. Someone just sent me a list of the top ten retailers in 1970 and none of them are in the top ten list today. So, when our customers look 20, 30 years out, they want to stay relevant. And how they’re going to stay relevant is by knowing their consumers and their consumers’ preferences and optimizing the way they get products to their consumers. Most know they are going to need to create supply chains that don’t even exist yet. Everything that helps them do that is going to be relevant to them. And I’ll just say this again, technology and optimal supply chains are the two single largest components of that.



RePack USA

686 x RePack

The most recent RePack newsletter is reporting its first US pilot program. RePack is the innovative reusable packaging solution for e-commerce. Customers drop the empty bag into a mailbox for return. In Finland, there is a deposit system to motivate customers to do that. In America, of course, deposits aren’t looked at as fondly, so a customer credit is the enticement of choice.

Quoting from the newsletter:

When a brand slogan is “Always Different” it means something. That is why we went to talk to the guys at 686 to find out if they were a good fit for our very first US pilot.

You’ve guessed it by now but, still, we’re thrilled to announce that RePack is now removing packaging trash in the US!

So, how do 686 pilot RePack?

The pilot is simple. 686 is shipping “trash free” in November and all orders will come in reusable RePack’s to help eliminate packaging trash.

Once the empty RePack is returned, customers receive $20 off next purchase.

We’ve set up a return logistics hub in Salt Lake City, Utah where all empty RePack’s are returned and handled.

CHEP Appoints Jake Gilene as Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Service

Gilene joined company in 2006, positively impacting the business and its customers

Jake Gilene, CHEPATLANTA – Nov. 12, 2018 – CHEP, the global leader in pallet pooling and supply chain management solutions, has appointed Jake Gilene to the role of senior vice president, sales and customer service, CHEP USA. This position was previously held by Dan Martin, recently named president, IFCO North America.

“CHEP prides itself on developing and promoting world-class talent,” said Laura Nador, president, CHEP North America. “The way the world moves, makes and sells goods is being transformed, and Jake will ensure we continue to be on the front line of solving our customers’ challenges, every day.”

Gilene will lead a team devoted to positively impacting the industry and customers. He will be responsible for commercial strategy, delivering new products, services and solutions to help customers find more value in their supply chains.

The new position is the most recent promotion in Gilene’s long, tenured history with CHEP. Over the last 12 years, he has served in numerous customer-facing roles, including vice president of retail supply chain solutions and vice president of global business development. Gilene has led teams focused on introducing CHEP’s comprehensive capabilities that deliver sustainable value and improved asset productivity. He and his teams have helped customers drive cost out of supply chains, improve efficiencies and create a better shopping experience at the point of sale.

“I am committed to working collaboratively with customers and building strong value pipelines to establish savings in the supply chain,” stated Gilene. “I look forward to continuing to work with partners who have helped shape our business into what it is today.”

Circularity 19 Conference Call for Speakers

November 12, 2018–The call for speakers is now open for the Circularity 19 conference, taking place June 18-20 in Minneapolis, MN. Submit a nomination here.

The world is facing stark limits in being able to provide enough food, water and goods for 8.5 billion people by 2030, and companies are under pressure to reduce waste — including plastics and excess packaging — and to create innovative products and services.

To address these challenges, the circular economy has emerged as a business strategy focused on designing and manufacturing products and materials that have continuous and infinite life-cycles, or which can be returned safely to the soil.

The circular economy isn’t just another sustainability framework — it is a radically different way of doing business. It requires that a company engage its entire value chain, even its competitors. It’s transformational, disruptive, regenerative and will create opportunities at every part of the economic spectrum, including those in traditionally marginalized communities.

Moving to a circular economy is also a massive business opportunity — $4.5 trillion, according to Accenture. The business opportunities exist globally, across multiple markets and sectors, and leading companies are already embracing it.

However, it is still early days. There is still a lack of awareness and many myths and misunderstandings about what a circular economy means and how more companies and cities can get involved.

Circularity 19 will bring together more than 500 thought leaders and practitioners to define and accelerate the circular economy. Through inspirational plenaries, interactive breakouts, hands-on design charrettes, networking opportunities and a solutions-focused expo, Circularity 19 will inspire, inform and empower participants to make the shift to a circular economy.

The conference is looking for more than 80 speakers for the Circularity 19 program, which will be framed by six program tracks:

  • Business Strategy & Innovation
  • Circular Cities
  • Design & Materials
  • Logistics & Infrastructure
  • Next-Gen Packaging
  • Standards & Metrics

The submission deadline is December 21, but everyone is encouraged to submit your nomination soon — speaking slots for this conference will fill up quickly.

Roberto Aguado, Sales & Customer Service Director at Pooling Partners-IPP

Roberto Aguado, IPP LogipalThe Dutch multinational Pooling Partners – IPP has placed Roberto Aguado at the head of its Iberian commercial team, a well-known professional of the sector with great experience in the field of logistics and equipment pool solutions. Its objective is to position the company as the option capable of adding value to the supply chain of the different business sectors. 

With more than 20 years of experience in the Logistics sector and the management of the Supply Chain, Roberto Aguado arrives at Pooling Partner ‘s – IPP with a very clear objective, to accelerate the growth of the company and consolidate the organizational structure of the company. And for Sergio Sanz, Director of IPP Logipal Iberia , Roberto Aguado is ” the ideal person to achieve that goal, since he has directed the sales strategy in international logistics companies in different sectors, knows the operations and has experience in the management of the equipment “pool” model.”

In addition to his professional background, Aguado has a solid academic background to support his mission : in 1991 he studied Business Management and Marketing at ESIC, where he also completed a Postgraduate in International Trade and Master in Logistics Operations. He has also completed the Executive Development Program (PDD) by IESE Business School of the University of Navarra.

Aguado affirms that it has a clear goal “to position Pooling Partners as the option capable of contributing value to the Supply Chain and to differentiate its proposal through simple, flexible and sustainable solutions . The pool model is an alternative that generates efficiency and savings for Manufacturers and Distributors.”


Foxwood Renews Kontrol Asset Management SaaS with DHL

Foxwood Business Services Ltd is delighted to confirm that it has renewed the provision of its Kontrol Asset Management SaaS solution to DHL for a further term. “We have been providing Kontrol to DHL since 2014 and look forward to continuing our business partnership with this prestigious customer,” says Angus Wolfendale.  For more information, visit


Christian Kühnhold brings extensive experience

Christian Kuehnhold EPAL CEOChristian Kühnhold most recently spent 13 years as CEO of PAKi Logistics GmbH and member of the board of Faber Halbertsma Groep B.V. There, he was involved in starting IPP six years ago and has since then helped to develop it. Now he is focusing on new challenges.

From October he takes over responsibility of the EPAL General Secretariat. For the last few years it has been led by Martin Leibrandt, who helped to get it off the ground and initiated many new projects.

“Christian Kühnhold has in-depth knowledge of the pallet market and managing open pools at an international level”, emphasises Robert Holliger, President of the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL).

On the international Association’s Board, they are convinced that he will give EPAL an invaluable boost to successfully continue to develop. The aim is to further strengthen the Euro pallet under the EPAL brand, to push ahead with expansion into new markets and to establish more products.

A very important project at the moment is iPAL, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer-Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik IML, the Euro pallet will be equipped with intelligence, on which new business models will be based.

IFCO North America Names Company Alumnus Jon Heyler, Vice President, Operations

Tampa, Florida – October  29, 2018: IFCO, the world’s leading supplier of Reusable Plastic Containers for fresh food packaging, today announced the appointment of Jon Heyler as Vice President, Operations, for IFCO North America.

“I am pleased Jon has agreed to rejoin the IFCO team,” said Dan Martin, President of IFCO North America. “A strong commitment to food safety and a culture of constant improvement are two of IFCO’s core operating principles, and Jon will provide the leadership, vision and superior execution we need to serve our customers, and their consumers, faster, better and more completely than ever before.”

Jon will lead IFCO’s strategic operations effort in the United States and Canada, focusing on wash operations improvement, asset management and transportation.

“I am proud to return to IFCO,” said Mr. Heyler. “The company has developed a strong reputation for developing and implementing fresh food packaging solutions that increase food safety, sustainability and operational efficiency, while reducing costs for growers and retailers. That is something special and something I want to be a part of once again.”

Jon has more than two decades of experience in supply chain management. He served as IFCO Vice President, East Area, from 2009 to 2013. For the past two years, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Pooling Provider, Hoover Ferguson Group, a former Brambles joint venture. He has served in numerous leadership roles in operations, logistics, transportation and general management during his career. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.

Jon assumed his new role September 4th. He is based at IFCO headquarters in Tampa, Florida, and will report directly to Dan Martin.

New I.D. Systems Product Line Transforms Logistics Visibility

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Oct. 29, 2018 — I.D. Systems, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise asset management and Internet of Things technology, has released a new line of asset telemetry solutions, a suite of interoperable sensors, as well as an interactive voice-user interface for accessing the power of I.D. Systems’ analytics platform without the need to manually run reports. This launch includes a first-of-its-kind image-based cargo visibility detector. These robust technological platforms enhance I.D. Systems tracking, monitoring and reporting capabilities to provide freight transportation providers, shippers and supply chain stakeholders with powerful insights to make smarter, faster decisions for higher overall performance.

LV-Series, a Cargo-Tracking Solution Suite
LV-100 / LV-300 / LV-500 / LV-710 / LV-740
The I.D. Systems LV Asset Tracking and Freight Visibility Series address a critical gap in the supply chain by giving users real-time updates into their freight through imagery and environmental sensors. Driven by wireless sensor integration and visual image confirmation, the LV Series monitors the condition and status of the cargo including temperature, humidity and shock, and tracks the asset’s location, loaded levels, tire pressure, anti-lock braking system lights, and other elements.

The three asset tracking models (LV-100, LV-300 and LV-500) vary according to power management technology such as a long-life primary battery, rechargeable battery, or dual-power source. Each includes I.D. Systems’ field proven drive-segment detection and well as time-based and sensor-event reporting. They also incorporate wireless sensing of both LV-710, LV-720 and LV-730 on-asset sensors as well as LV-740 pallet-level sensors.

The LV-710 is a patent-pending, wireless high-definition camera, image recognition processor, door sensor and cargo-area environmental sensor that integrates with the family of LV primary asset tracking devices, and our new YardView smart phone app. When utilized with LV-740 pallet sensors, the LV-710 can also detect and report if and where pallets are loaded, as well as environmental alerts (e.g. temperature, etc.), to deliver complete cargo visibility.

Lucy, an Interactive Voice-User Interface
Lucy is an integrated voice-activated system that provides dynamic interaction with a fleet’s asset and cargo database. From providing detailed in-transit reporting to real-time status and analytics, Lucy quickly and easily unlocks actionable insights and opportunities without the time and hassle of manually running reports. In addition, Lucy leverages its voice-activation technology with the Bing search engine to provide users with up-to-the-minute traffic, weather and other valuable updates along planned or existing routes.

For more information on this new line of sight for assets and freight from I.D. Systems, please visit

DS Smith to launch sale of plastics packaging unit in November

According to Reuters, British packaging group DS Smith is expected to launch the sale of its plastic packaging division in November, three sources familiar with the matter said, in a deal that could be worth around $800 million. expands reusable packaging program

E-tailers have long been criticized for using too much packaging materials in their shipments to customers. Now, at least one China-based e-commerce giant is attempting to address the issue, according to Air Cargo World.

Greystone Reports Record Quarterly Sales

Tulsa, OK, Oct. 22, 2018–Tulsa-based Greystone Logistics, Inc. has recorded quarterly sales for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.

Sales for the three months ended August 31, 2018 were $18,206,110 compared to $10,287,075 for the three months ended August 31, 2017 for an increase of $7,919,035, a 77% increase. Greystone’s sales to major customers in the quarter ended August 31, 2018 were 84% of sales compared to 73% in the same period last year. Greystone’s net income was $764,908 in the three months ended August 31, 2018 compared to $530,282 in the same period last year. Greystone recorded net income available to common stockholders for the current quarter of $601,388, or $.02 per share, compared to $374,708, or $0.01 per share, in the same period last year. EBITDA for current quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $2,562,139 compared to $1,824,727.

“The continuation of record-breaking sales in the first quarter of our fiscal year 2019 was expected based on the burgeoning development of our customer base”, stated CEO Warren Kruger. Kruger continued, “The number of customers with over 15% sales volume increased from two to three over the prior period. Our margins have not developed consistently with the increase in sales as front loading of costs continue to remain high. These costs include equipment, facilities, infrastructure, training, and maintenance costs. Our dedicated employees work daily to flatten out these costs, maximize production and implement cost saving initiatives.”

“In this quest for efficiency, we have ordered automation on two production lines that will begin to roll out in the third quarter which we believe will have a significant positive impact for our employees and on earnings in the long term. We anticipate rolling this automation across all equipment lines in the future. Additionally, equipment is on order to increase Greystone’s capacity to refine recycled plastic and thus reduce total resin average price per pound. Based on the large volume of recycled plastic resin utilized by Greystone, penny reductions in the cost of raw materials should provide significant positive improvements in earnings. Our 48×45 automotive pallet mold has been shipped and this product will be available for sale in December. We have just completed installation of a new production machine that will start producing revenue in November, 2018 with an additional large tonnage machine scheduled for January.”

Arrows Up Stands Strong for Open Competition, Seeks Relief from Texas Appeals Court

Intellectual Property Suit against Sandbox Proceeds in Federal Court

HOUSTON – October 4, 2018 – Arrows Up, LLC, the latest target of Sandbox’s competition stifling litigation, will secure a stay for yesterday’s Texas State Court judgment (see post below) pending a ruling from the Texas Court of Appeals. Arrows Up becomes yet another company to be party to Sandbox’s demonstrated pattern of lawsuits against competitive innovation within the frac sand logistics industry.

“From the beginning, this lawsuit has been an attempt by Sandbox to shut out competition and we are committed to fighting for open competition within our industry while protecting our superior intellectual property claims,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO of managing affiliate OmniTRAX.

Arrows Up business operations continue without interruption while the company resolves the outstanding contract dispute in the Texas Court of Appeals.

“The lower court judgment is not enforceable until the appeals process is complete and it does not address the pivotal issue of contract enforcability,” added Shuba. “We remain convinced that the contract as written is an unenforceable restraint of trade and will seek relief in the Texas Court of Appeals.”

In addition to the Texas State Court appeal, Arrows Up, LLC continues its federal suit against Sandbox to protect its first in time superior intellectual property rights.

About Arrows Up, LLC.

Arrows Up, LLC began following a company’s request to create better products to serve the bulk storage and transportation industry. The management and operations teams of Arrows Up have over 65 years of combined experience in the packaging and logistics industry. Its mission is to create innovative, efficient and safer solutions for the bulk storage and transportation industries. This will be accomplished by research, customer involvement and continued experimentation with materials, design and assemble concepts. More information is available at

Source: Arrows Up

U.S. Silica’s Sandbox Unit Receives Final Judgment Against Arrows Up

  • Monetary damages to Sandbox of $49.2 million
  • Judge declares Sandbox owns Arrows Up boxes
  • U.S. Silica reports 10% Third Quarter proppant volume growth despite headwinds

KATY, TexasOct. 4, 2018 — U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc.  announced entry of final judgment in its trial in State District Court in Harris County, Texas, against Arrows Up, LLC, an affiliate of OmniTRAX, Inc., a Broe Group portfolio company. In July 2018, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of SandBox Logistics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Silica, on every issue presented in the lawsuit. Among other things, the jury found that both Arrows Up and John Allegretti, its founder and CEO, committed fraud against SandBox and breached a 2015 Settlement Agreement with SandBox. The jury also found that Arrows Up breached a 2014 Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement with SandBox.

After considering the parties’ post-verdict briefing, the Court entered final judgment in SandBox’s favor on October 2. The judgment requires Arrows Up to pay SandBox $49.2 million in damages. In addition, the judgment declares that all frac sand shipping containers that Arrows Up has manufactured, sold or leased since January 2015 are actually “owned solely and exclusively” by SandBox under the terms of the parties’ Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement. The judgment awards SandBox title to and possession of Arrows Up’s frac sand shipping containers, and it sets up a schedule by which Arrows Up is to deliver those containers to SandBox.

U.S. Silica President and CEO Bryan Shinn commented, “We’re very happy with the outcome of this case. The ruling reaffirms the strength of Sandbox’s intellectual property and its broad patent portfolio. As the leading provider of last-mile containerized solutions, our Sandbox unit continues to add customers and new product offerings that solidify its industry-leading position in this growing and dynamic market segment.” Shinn added that, “We will strongly support an orderly transition from Arrows Up to Sandbox that minimizes customer disruptions.”

Commenting on Company third quarter performance, Shinn said, “We are pleased to report that we grew sand proppant sales volumes 10% sequentially in the third quarter. Given the widely reported slowdown in well completions in the back half of Q3 and the continued growth of in-basin sand capacity, we do expect our Northern White proppant pricing will be down sequentially. However, West Texas volumes and pricing held up well during the quarter, despite the more than 12 million tons of high cost competitor Northern White capacity coming off line,” he concluded.

Norm Plotkin Named CEO of 48forty Solutions

ATLANTA–48forty Solutions, the largest supplier of recycled pallets in North America, announced that Norm Plotkin has assumed the role of chief executive officer. Plotkin will also continue in his position as executive chairman of the Company. Plotkin has a 30-year track record of achieving growth and operational improvement in companies in a number of industries, including distribution, retail, business services, manufacturing, and real estate.

Mr. Plotkin was most recently CEO and executive chairman of Honsador Holdings, LLC, the largest independent distributor of building products and electrical supplies in the state of Hawaii. Additionally, he has served as CEO and executive chairman of Binswanger Glass, Stratix Corporation, and Distribution International. Over the course of his career, Plotkin served as CEO of a multi-site retail operation and has held various senior management roles in the real estate, building products and retail industries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University.

When Brambles Limited announced plans to divest itself of its North American recycled pallets business in August of 2017, it indicated that CHEP Recycled’s growth outlook would improve under alternative ownership.

Less than five months later, Grey Mountain Partners, a Boulder, Colorado-based private equity firm, seized the opportunity to purchase the spinoff and completed the acquisition of CHEP Recycled on February 14, 2018. The former CHEP Recycled rebranded with a bold new name and brand image that it said positioned it for growth while celebrating its position as the leader in one of the foundational businesses of the supply chain and logistics industry. Kyle Otting, a 14-year veteran of CHEP Recycled, was named the first Chief Executive Officer of 48forty Solutions.

48forty Solutions is North America’s largest pallet management services company with a national network of company-owned and operated facilities and fleet operation to serve customers. Comprehensive pallet solutions include supply and retrieval, on-site services, reverse logistics, and packaging materials delivered to national and local companies by a customer-focused network of 225 facilities and 2,200 employees. Visit

Smurfit Kappa’s Vitop® develops innovative new Delta tap

Smurfit Kappa’s Vitop® company, leading producer of Bag-in-Box® taps and connectors, has launched an innovative new tap for rigid tins and cans with high density products such as detergent, chemicals and oils. The Delta tap, which holds a worldwide patent, has been designed to permit air to enter without requiring an extra air fitting and can be screwed on to rigid plastic packaging.

Thanks to its inbuilt ‘no return valve’, the Delta tap prevents leakage. If external pressure is applied to the rigid container during pouring, an inner ball shuts air entry and prevents liquid from escaping. A measuring cap can be placed on the Delta tap to avoid any additional product wastage. Furthermore, the Delta tap is spring-free, improving recyclability and the reduced number of components has made it more economical.

“This innovative new Delta Tap is another step forward for Vitop® . Its clever design can contribute to the overall improvement of a packaging design to better fit the customer’s requirements,” said Didier Pontcharraud, CEO of Vitop® . The Vitop® tap occupies the No. 1 position in the world for wine taps and has revolutionised the Bagin-Box ® system.

Greif Reaches One Million Drum Production Milestone at Jubail Plant

Industrial packaging specialist Greif has shipped its one millionth steel drum from its newly opened facility in Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Greif’s plant in Jubail is capable of manufacturing tight head and open head steel drums with or without internal coatings and gauges ranging from 0.8mm to 1.2mm. These drums can be supplied using tailor-made solutions that allow automatic loading onto chemical filling lines.

The facility is strategically located in close proximity to major customers allowing for 24-hour, 7-days per week operations and supply, providing potential operational efficiencies for these customers.

Speaking about the milestone, Abdennour EL Mosor, Regional Manager EMEA, said; “Our team is fully engaged and working every day to provide solutions that improve our customers’ operational efficiency and profitability”. “Greif strategically located this plant close to key customers to ensure a reliable, quality service that meets or exceeds their expectations. Reaching this significant milestone is key for our business.”

Greif’s Jubail plant is a specialist supplier to the chemical sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.

Intertape Polymer Group Completes Acquisition of Polyair Inter Pack

Acquisition of protective packaging offering strengthens IPG’s product bundle 

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and SARASOTA, FLORIDA – Intertape Polymer Group Inc. has closed the previously-announced transaction to acquire 100% of the outstanding equity value in Polyair Inter Pack Inc. , a North American supplier of protective packaging with headquarters in Toronto, Ontario and Chicago, Illinois. The aggregate purchase price of the transaction is approximately $146 million, subject to certain purchase price adjustments. All amounts in this press release are denominated in US dollars.

“The addition of Polyair’s protective packaging offering is a strategic acquisition that expands our offering into a new product line thereby strengthening our overall product bundle,” said Greg Yull, President and CEO of IPG. “Polyair’s complementary product offering and established customer base provide us a two-faceted approach for cross-selling opportunities. In addition, as the e-commerce market continues to experience out-sized growth, we believe protective packaging demand will continue to be a key component of our future growth.”

IPG estimates Polyair will generate approximately $133 million of revenue, approximately $14 million in adjusted EBITDA in the twelve months ending December 31, 2018 and will be accretive to IPG earnings in 2019, excluding advisory fees and other costs associated with mergers and acquisitions activity, including due diligence, integration and certain non-cash purchase price accounting adjustments. Deal and integration costs are expected to be approximately $2 million and $3 to $4 million, respectively, with the majority of integration costs expected to be recognized during 2019 and 2020. IPG estimates Polyair will generate approximately $20 to $22 million in adjusted EBITDA by 2021, which includes synergies and organic growth driven primarily by its e-commerce business channel.

The purchase price was financed with funds available under IPG’s revolving $600 million credit facility.

China Merchants Is Said to Weigh Sale of $1 Billion Loscam

State-owned China Merchants Group is considering a sale of pallet maker Loscam, according to Bloomberg, citing interest from investors including Asian buyout firms.

“The Hong Kong-based conglomerate is working with financial advisers on the potential divestment of a majority stake in Loscam, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. A deal could value the business at about $1 billion, said the people.”

CMG acquired Loscam from Affinity Equity Partners in 2010, moving its headquarters to Hong Kong.

Related: Loscam marks 70 years in business

Smith Plastics will be Showing Their Induostry Leading Returnable Packaging Containers at Empack Porto 2018

DS Smith Plastics’ polypropylene collapsible and reusable containers are known for their durability, light weight and reliability to safely transport goods for any market.

Empack Porto will be held on the 19-20 in Porto, Portugal, and the DS Smith Plastics’ team will be in the main exhibition hall at Stand F12.

The 24mstand will feature a selection of customised polypropylene reusable packaging for a variety of markets. For the automotive industry, DS Smith Plastics will be featuring their AkyPak™ family of reusable containers, trays and boxes made from AkyLux™ polypropylene sheets.  Additional packaging solutions with functionalities and critical benefits such as durability, lightweight and customisability will also be highlighted at the show.

Polypropylene packaging solutions have become an industry standard in a variety of markets from automotive to foodservice. Because of its many advantages—such as superior printability—the DS Smith Plastics’ family of returnable transit packaging has gained popularity to safely transport an endless list of products. The surface of AkyPak boxes and container sleeves are the ideal surface for printing any company logos or labels to clearly mark the product when in transit. This industry leading transport packaging system is also known for its ability to carry large products like automobile parts that require a durable solution to keep the product safe, or seafood products that require watertight packaging to keep the product fresh.

Empack Porto will gather more than 4,000 professionals in search of products and solutions in order to minimize risks, create better control over processes and bring greater advantages to businesses. The wide assortment of businesses and products at exhibitions can make it hard to know what the best solution for any professional to learn what the best solution is for them. DS Smith Plastics assures that no matter the issue we will do our best to come up with a system to meet the requirements of any customer.

Come visit DS Smith Plastics at this amazing show, and learn about a wide variety of industry leading products.

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Wood Pallet Manufacturer After Employee Amputation

COLUMBUS, OH, Sept. 13, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  cited pallet manufacturer Buckeye Diamond Logistics Inc. – which operates as BDL Supply – for lockout/tagout hazards after an employee suffered an amputation at the Columbus-based company. OSHA proposed penalties of $191,794 for two repeated and four serious violations.

The employee suffered a finger amputation while working with an energized pallet stack machine. OSHA investigators determined that the company failed to develop lockout/tag out procedures, install machine guards, and train employees on procedures to prevent machines from starting during service and maintenance; and exposed employees to electrical hazards. OSHA cited the company for similar violations at its Lima and South Charleston, Ohio, facilities in 2016.

BDL Supply had 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

Menasha Now Offering ISTA Testing, Certification

NEENAH, Wis.Sept. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Menasha, an industry-leading merchandising, packaging and e-commerce solutions provider, now offers International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) testing and certification. The company is certified to conduct multiple series of ISTA testing for Frustration Free Packaging (FFP), Ships-in-Own-Container (SIOC) and Prep-Free Packaging (PFP).

An official participant in the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS), Menasha also provides APASS services directly to vendors, sellers and manufacturers related to package testing in compliance with Amazon’s certification test methods.

“As an APASS partner and provider of ISTA certified testing, we are further simplifying e-commerce for consumer packaged goods companies and retailers with our multi-platform, adaptable supply chain solution,” says Jason Rottier, director of e-commerce for Menasha. “Conducting ISTA testing alongside our in-house design also enables us to increase speed-to-market for our customers and provide them with innovative, unbiased packaging that’s designed for delivery.”

Menasha is trained and certified in the following ISTA testing standards:

  • ISTA 1 Series: Non-Simulation Integrity Performance Tests
  • ISTA 2 Series: Partial Simulation Performance Tests
  • ISTA 3 Series: General Simulation Performance Tests
  • ISTA 6 Series: Member Performance Tests
  • ISTA 7 Series: Development Tests

Menasha’s adaptable, innovative and personalized e-commerce offerings also include complete digital printing capabilities that enable late-stage customization and scalable supply chain solutions.

To learn more about Menasha’s e-commerce solutions and ISTA testing, visit

Recycling company president pleads guilty for underpaying Stewart’s more than $150,000

The president of an Amsterdam, New York, recycling company has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $150,000 from Stewart’s Shops Corp., according to the district attorney of Saratoga County’s office.

Sam Donadio, president of Power Pallet Recycling, pleaded guilty on Monday in Saratoga County Court to grand larceny in the second degree. Read more.

Surgere® Names Michael Silvio to New Role

Surgere® has announced the appointment of Michael Silvio to Vice President – Operations Innovation. A Detroit native, Silvio has 29 years of global supply chain experience, the last 17 in the global Tier I automaker supply chain. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the Mike Ilitch School of Business, Global Supply Chain Department, at Wayne State University in Detroit since 2003. In his new role, Silvio will work with new customers to deploy Surgere products’ hardware and software and ensure its smooth implementation. “Great ideas often come from the warehouse floor and local material departments,” Silvio said. “For this and many other reasons, it’s important for us to be close to the customer’s needs and get their ideas for process improvement.”

China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing Meeting with EPAL

On the 20th August 2018, Mr Cai Jin, Vice-Chairman of China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing (CFLP), met Mr Thomas Beenen, Senior General Manager of European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL), and Ms An Xiaowei, EPAL’s representative in Asia.

EPAL and CFLP aim to strengthen exchange and deepen collaboration together. Mr Thomas Beenen introduced the background and development of EPAL in detail, explaining that EPAL focuses on quality and assures the constant quality of EPAL load carriers worldwide. Besides, EPAL thinks that ultimately the market and users will choose which pallet type to use. Mr Cai delivered a warm welcome to Mr Beenen, and highlighted the existing cooperation between CFLP and EPAL. Mr Cai thanked EPAL for its efforts in the field of pallet standardisation over the years in China. Mr Cai also introduced the structure of CFLP briefly and pointed out that CFLP pays great attention to the promotion of pallet standardisation in China in such areas as production certification, standardisation, operating models and the application of new technology on pallets. CFLP and EPAL intend to strengthen and further promote these points to fulfil the huge demand for pallets in China. At the end of the meeting, there was a further discussion between the two parties on how to develop global pallet integration together in future.

The Department Directors of the Pallet Professional Committee (CPC), the International Cooperation Department and the Logistics Equipment Committee of CFLP also attended this meeting.

Cartonplast Group strengthens its returnable transport packaging business with the acquisition of Green Plate

Dietzenbach, Germany, 4 September 2018 – Cartonplast Group (“CPL”), Europe’s leading provider of mission-critical closed-loop logistics services to the food and beverage packaging industry, has acquired Germany-based Green Plate GmbH (“Green Plate”).

CPL and Green Plate are combining their returnable transport packaging (“RTP”) solutions via plastic layer pad (“PLP”) pooling operations. By merging asset pools and logistics networks with Green Plate, CPL strengthens its capabilities in reusable RTP solutions for the glass and can container industry. The acquisition further amplifies the service proposition for CPL’s German and international clients.

Serkan Koray, CPL’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The acquisition of Green Plate is part of our continuous strategy of service and market expansion. Our menu of mission-critical RTP outsourcing solutions for the container manufacturing industry will keep benefiting the environment, the sustainability of our clients’ business models and their overall economic efficiency.”

Michael Heikenfeld, the Chief Sales Officer of CPL and Managing Director of CPL Germany, added: “We are proud to have been continuously supporting our customers in Germany since the mid-late 1980s. We will further increase our depth and breadth of service after the acquisition of Green Plate. Weexpect this business combination to improve our already high network effects, leading to more efficient pool management and enhanced service breadth.”

Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Green Plate, added: “Green Plate views this combination as highly complementary and beneficial for the clients of Green Plate and CPL, as well as for all industry stakeholders”

After the acquisition of Green Plate, CPL’s pool of PLPs will be sized at more than 45 million units and its service network will count on 17 operating sites in the Eurasian region plus 9 on-site / in-house service centres in Brazil and South Africa. CPL’s international drive will continue to support container manufacturers focused on efficient and environmentally-sustainable logistics. CPL plays a critical role in the marketplace, providing unique ‘first-mile’ solutions to the users of RTP logistics across 20 countries.

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PACK EXPO Presentations Geared to Help Improve Manufacturing Operations

Professionals who attend this year’s PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO in Chicago, Oct. 14–17, can learn about the latest smart manufacturing techniques aimed at delivering value across the enterprise. This year, Rockwell Automation will conduct a series of presentations and demonstrations for end users, machine and equipment builders in packaging and related industries to share the most recent innovations in independent cart technology, analytics and network security.

Rockwell Automation subject matter specialists will present at the PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO Innovation Stages, featuring the following topics:

  • Smart Flexible Manufacturing: Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. in Booth N-4560 – How companies are leveraging innovative technologies to add more flexibility into manufacturing
  • Advanced Technology in Life Sciences: Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. in Booth W-320 – How business models in life science manufacturing are evolving to support changing market demands
  • Analytics for Delivering Business Value in Industrial IoT: Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. in Booth N-4560 – Why big data will become less relevant in the future and increasingly be replaced with contextualized data and digital twins that are embedded in devices, machines and the cloud
  • Cybersecurity in Manufacturing Operations: Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. in Booth N-4560 – Recommendations on best practices and actionable steps industrial companies can take with reference to network security and standards within the industry

“At PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, attendees can learn how they can leverage analytics to help generate increased productivity and flexibility in their operations,” said Steve Mulder, OEM packaging and segment leader, Rockwell Automation. “We look forward to sharing the latest in automation technology and offering new solutions for machine designers and end users.”

Attendees can also visit Booth E-8043 to see the iTRAK and MagneMover Lite motion control systems from Rockwell Automation. Designed for the precise movement, positioning and tracking of loads, these modular, scalable motion control systems can increase throughput and efficiency in applications such as packaging, pharmaceutical manufacturing, sterile and aseptic filling, lab automation and medical device manufacturing.

In conjunction with its participation in PACK EXPO International, Rockwell Automation is a title sponsor of the PACK gives BACK™ benefit event on Oct. 15 featuring Chicago-based comedian Sebastian Maniscalco. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the PACK EXPO Scholarship, which supports students pursuing advanced degrees in packaging or processing at PMMI partner schools. Tickets can be purchased at


Be sure to visit the IMDA booth N-5000 to say hello. It is located in the Partner Pavilion, upper North Hall of 2018 PACK EXPO International, October 14 – 17, 2018, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL

IMDA members will be there to greet you and discuss questions you may have about in-mold labeling, in-mold decorating and in-mold electronics. Click HERE to view the schedule of our member experts who will be at the booth during the show. (Check often as the schedule is updated daily.)

On display will be the winning entries from the 2018 IMDA Awards Competition plus many other interesting in-mold labeled packages (IML), in-mold decorated durable products (IMD) and in-mold electronics (IME) for you to examine and admire.

The winners of the 2018 IMDA Awards Competition will also be displayed in The Showcase of Packaging Innovations®, sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company. The Showcase highlights more than 300 award-winning packaging designs from internationally recognized packaging organizations.


Latest facility to support the fast expanding Crēdo™ on Demand rental program

Pelican Biothermal Credo

(Frankfurt, Germany – August 14, 2018) – Pelican BioThermal, the global name in temperature controlled packaging, announces the opening of a new network station in Frankfurt. The new facility will service reusable Crēdo Cube parcel shippers, including refurbishment and repair. It will also serve as an additional network station for the company’s rapidly expanding Crēdo™ on Demand rental program, which offers a high performance, flexible rental option for temperature controlled pallet shippers, with global reach.

The network station is located in close proximity to Frankfurt’s Main Airport, a major logistics hub for both pharmaceutical manufacturing and transfer in the region. The latest location enables global Pelican BioThermal clients to receive and return the reusable Credo™ line of temperature-controlled packaging.

“Our Crēdo rental programs are specifically designed to provide our global customers with options,” said Dominic Hyde, vice president of Crēdo on Demand. “To serve the needs of our clients worldwide, we continue to make significant investments in key locations globally. Our Frankfurt facility offers operational processes and quality procedures replicated throughout all of our expanding network stations and service centers. Our aim is to provide our customers the convenience and flexibility to select the best logistics location for their business.”

The location complements the existing and expanding network of service centers, network stations and rental drop-off points spanning EuropeAsia and the Americas, providing customers with an additional option for returning and conditioning of Crēdo on Demand assets at the end of the rental period, including Crēdo Xtreme™ pallet shippers and Crēdo™ Cargo bulk shippers.

The Crēdo on Demand rental service offers daily, monthly and other rental terms, including qualification reports and clean, freshly refurbished shippers.

Visit to learn more about the wide range of Pelican BioThermal products and offerings.

Pelican BioThermal is a division of Pelican Products, Inc., which is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.

DS Smith to Make All Packaging, Including Plastics, Reusable or Recyclable by 2025

DS Smith has just released its annual Sustainability Review, setting nine ambitious targets across Packaging, Plastics, Recycling and Paper Divisions

LONDON, UK, 23 July 2018 –  The DS Smith Sustainability Review 2018 has announced a total of nine new sustainability targets, including a target to manufacture 100 percent reusable or recyclable packaging by 2025.

The company will spend the next year establishing strong action plans and gathering robust data. For the Plastics Division this will likely include measures to:

  • Reduce material complexity to single polymers for efficient, high quality and 100 percent product recyclability.
  • Providing alternative end-of-life solutions where possible, through reuse or repair.
  • Conceiving and designing new plastic solutions from post-consumer recycled material to stimulate secondary material markets.

The report tells the story of how the company embeds sustainability throughout business discussing key issues, being honest about challenges and sharing success in how we create sustainable value at every stage of the supply cycle.

Read the report to find out more about:

  • The design and manufacture of durable, recyclable products with long-life cycles, such as returnable beverage crates that can be reused for up to 30 years; and returnable sleeve pack containers with a life-cycle of 7 to 10 years.
  • The collection of end-of life plastics products at our manufacturing facilities and via mobile regrinding vehicles services at customer sites.
  • The creation of new designs made from post-consumer material such as our European Recycling Award Winning Beaulex®, used in rainwater buffering systems.
  • The benefits of reusable, repairable lightweight transit packaging products that lower our customers’ C0₂ emissions.
  • And finally, how DS Smith has reduced  carbon emissions from its manufacturing plants by over 7% in the last year.

More needs to be done to ensure that the positive role of good, reusable and recyclable packaging is not forgotten, states DS Smith, saying that these steps mark just the start of its journey towards a more sustainable packaging future, and ever closer to 100 percent reusable and recyclable packaging.

IPP is to join forces with MATCH Belgium

IPP is to join forces with MATCH Belgium

Source: Pooling Partners

July 2018.  Back in March, IPP, a division of Pooling Partners, introduced the “Pallet Pooling Next Level: simple works best” model onto the Belgian market. The focus on simplicity has already seen many logistics managers change tack, such as the supermarket chain, Match.

MATCH is also opting for “Simple Works Best”

As of July the Match logistics chain will differ slightly in that goods will be delivered on brick-brown IPP pallets. Significant cost-savings and enhanced efficiency across the entire chain were the deciding factors for Match to switch over to the Simple Works Best model.  “We started collaborating with IPP because of the simple invoicing, straightforward communication and guaranteed, premium quality stock levels on offer,” explained Laurent Vanden Brande of Match. “Moreover, the pooling model underpins our efficiency objective for the entire supply chain.”

Sharp increase in IPP pallet use in Belgium

The FMCG market is increasingly encouraging the use of rental pool pallets. This has seen one of the largest retailers in Belgium raising the fine for EPAL deliveries by a staggering 27% earlier this year. Indeed, the pooling model IPP is offering results in a 20% cost-saving, according to IPP.

According to IPP’s Mohamed El Miniti, Sales Manager Belgium & Luxemburg: “The price agreements reached with our partners frequently result in a 20% cost-saving. That’s quite something!”

Pallet pooling is simple; in a nutshell, it fully facilitates the customer. All the customer need do is say how many pallets he needs, and where and when. Moreover, no further investment is required. The product is leased as it were; a concept that dovetails seamlessly with the prevailing ‘to rent, not have’ trend. As such, pallet pooling takes up a significant share in the circular economy.

Martin Leibrandt leaves EPAL

Düsseldorf, 18th July 2018 – The Board and General Assembly of the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) have decided to end cooperation with the EPAL CEO, Martin Leibrandt. He left EPAL after more than 6 years on 30/06/2018.

The EPAL Board will decide on a successor in due course. Until then the President, Robert Holliger, and the Vice-President, Dirk Hoferer, will jointly manage the association with the deputy CEO, Mrs Claudia Töller.

At the same time as his departure from EPAL, Martin Leibrandt’s position as Managing Director of Gütegemeinschaft Paletten e.V. (GPAL), the German National Committee, is also terminated. As usual, Mrs Sabine Dresbach and Mrs Suzane Giurlando are available at Gütegemeinschaft Paletten e.V. (GPAL).

Demand for Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) to Grow 7.6% Annually

The number of RPCs in use is much larger than demand

CLEVELANDJuly 16, 2018  — Demand for new reusable plastic containers (RPCs) for fresh produce is projected to increase 7.6% per year to $185 million in 2022, making them one of the fastest growing produce packaging products. Gains will be due to the implementation of RPC-based logistical systems for produce by grocery chains. Walmart and several regional grocery chains have adopted full or partial RPC-based systems. Demand for new RPCs will increase much faster than the overall produce packaging average but is expected to continue decelerating due to the size of the existing RPC pool. These and other trends are presented in Produce Packaging Market in the US, 7th Edition, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

More information about this study is here:

The number of RPCs in use is much larger than demand due to the multiple trips made per year by most of these containers and their ability to be used for up to 100 trips.

Still, there will be growth opportunities due to:

  • replacement needs due to wear or breakage
  • compatibility with modular corrugated box systems and other packaging formats
  • handling efficiencies due to size standardization
  • stacking efficiencies compared to boxes
  • efforts to reduce overall packaging waste

US demand for all types of produce packaging is projected to increase 4.0% per year to $6.5 billion in 2022. This will represent an improvement over the 2012-2017 period, when domestic produce production declined. Beyond a modest rebound in production, a number of other factors will boost demand, including increased packaging of heretofore unpackaged produce items, and the widening availability of cut and shredded produce in convenience-oriented packaging.

Paxxal Inc. Names Ellwood Hunt as Chief Operating Officer

Noblesville, IN – July 12, 2018 — Following an extensive search, Paxxal Inc., an innovative provider of shipping platforms, announces the appointment of Ellwood P. Hunt III as Chief Operating Officer effective August 1, 2018. Hunt will report to Ben Stoller, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Managing Member of Paxxal, and have global responsibility for manufacturing, logistics and operations.

Hunt brings more than three decades of operational expertise to the role, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing & Product Development for IGPS Logistics, the world’s largest plastic pallet rental company. He has fostered key relationships with Fortune 500 Companies nationally and internationally in the supply chain industry and plastic pallet industry.

“Ellwood’s nearly 30 years of operational experience in the plastic pallet industry and at PepsiCo is extraordinary and will enhance our team tremendously,” said Stoller. “We look forward to him joining our executive team.”

Prior to joining Paxxal Inc., Hunt held key executive roles and gained invaluable experience with four other companies. In addition to IGPS, he spent five years as Vice President, Sales/Operations of Teph Seal Auto Appearance, the largest auto detailing company in the US, served as Vice President of Operations & Logistics and Customer Service for seven years with CHEP, the world’s largest wood pallet rental company and 23 years at PepsiCo, where he was Regional/Market Unit General Manager and held other operational positions.

Paxxal is a platform company that specializes in logistics related products and services in the supply chain sector. Its focus is on improving supply chain efficiencies through manufacturing, logistics, reusable rental markets, robust data analytics and services.  Paxxal’s portfolio consists of three main divisions Industries, Logistics and Analytics. Find more information at

Yukon Supports Grey Mountain Partners’ Investment in 48forty Solutions

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul 10, 2018–Yukon Partners (“Yukon”), a provider of mezzanine capital for middle market private equity transactions, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Grey Mountain Partners (“Grey Mountain”) in its investment in 48forty Solutions (“48forty” or the “Company”), formerly a division of Brambles and formerly known as CHEP Recycling.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, 48forty is the largest whitewood pallet recycler in North America, recycling over 90 million pallets annually across its network of 73 company locations and more than 225 network facilities. 48forty has approximately 2,400 employees and serves over 2,700 customers, including manufacturers, distributors and retailers in the distribution & logistics, food & beverage, packaging, durables, and non-durables industries. The Company sources used pallet “cores” from the end of supply chains, repairs the pallets, and then re-sells them to manufacturers/distributors at the top of the supply chain.

Yukon provided mezzanine capital to facilitate the transaction and acquired a minority equity interest. Dorsey & Whitney LLP served as legal counsel to Yukon.

Bill Ross, Vice President of Grey Mountain commented, “We are excited to partner with Yukon and appreciate their flexible approach as the Company enters its next phase of growth as a standalone business outside of Brambles. We believe 48forty’s reputation as the industry leader and commitment to customer excellence will position the Company nicely for continued, profitable growth.”

Aaron Arnett, Principal of Yukon, added, “We are looking forward to partnering with Grey Mountain, as well as with the management team at 48forty, to support the Company in further penetrating the North American recycled whitewood pallet market. The Company’s diverse customer and supplier base, and network of over 225 facilities across the United States and Canada, are key differentiators relative to competitors, allowing the Company to provide a comprehensive one-stop-shop solution for both national and regional customers.”

Recycling Industry Unites with Goal of Addressing Key Issues

Washington, DC –  July 10, 2018 – In May, a group of organizations representing various segments of the recycling industry met to discuss ways to better collaborate to advance the industry as a whole. The initial meeting, which took place in Washington, DC, at the headquarters of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, was an open discussion aimed at identifying ways throughout the recycling stream to improve quality, increase demand for material, and promote products made with recycled content.

As part of the initial phase, the organizations have released the following statement of cooperation:

“As representatives of the complete recycling chain, we understand that improving the quality of the recycling stream and increasing the demand for recyclables in the manufacture of new products will deliver economic and environmental benefits nationwide. We commit to actively engaging with one another to enhance the nation’s recycling systems, while simultaneously continuing our own organizations’ work to influence change.”

The groups have scheduled a meeting in August to determine specific courses of action and efforts to work on collectively.

Organizations participating in the effort include:

  • American Forest & Paper Association
  • Association of Plastic Recyclers
  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • Northeast Recycling Council
  • National Recycling Coalition
  • National Waste & Recycling Association
  • Plastics Industry Association
  • The Recycling Partnership
  • Southeast Recycling Development Council
  • Sustainable Packaging Coalition
  • Solid Waste Association of North America.

EPAL Board meeting and General Assembly in Ljubljana, Slovenia

EPAL meetingThe Board and the representatives of the National Committees of the European Pallet Association met on 28th and 29th June 2018 in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. The Ordinary Board Meeting took place on 28th June, and the General Assembly was held a day later. The meeting of EPAL members takes place annually in one of the member countries of the world’s largest quality assurance association for EPAL pallets.

The General Assembly elected two new country representatives to join them: Tatyana Sargsyan from the EPAL Baltic States National Committee and Ruben Hut, representing the EPAL Dutch National Committee, NEDERPAL. The Board and the participants at the General Assembly would like to express their sincere thanks to the Slovenian National Committee, SIPAL, represented by the President, Igor Sep and the Managing Director, Ivan Kerec, for their excellent organisation and professional support.

Stacey McGuire Appointed as General Counsel for Pelican Products, Inc.

TORRANCE, CA – July 2, 2018 – Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance protective cases, temperature controlled packaging and advanced portable lighting systems, has appointed Stacey McGuire as General Counsel to lead the legal function at Pelican

“Experienced legal counsel in-house is crucial to navigating the complex regulatory issues associated with doing business in today’s global economy,” said Don Jordan, Chief Financial Officer, Pelican Products. “I’m confident that her experience and guidance will help protect our brand and operations so we can continue delivering the quality products and services that our customers around the globe have come to rely upon.”

McGuire brings more than 15 years of transactional and litigation experience to her new position. Prior to joining Pelican, she served in a variety of high-level positions at companies and law firms that include J.T. Posey Company, Clinipace Worldwide and Sedgwick LLP.

McGuire holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Pelican Products, Inc. is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.

MAUSER Expands IBC Footprint with Opening of North Wales, PA Facility

MAUSER USA, LLC opens IBC bottle facility in North Wales, PA to support rebottling operations in the northeastern United States.

July 2, 2018 – MAUSER USA, LLC has announced its latest expansion of intermediate bulk container (IBC) manufacturing capabilities with its new North Wales, PA site. The North Wales facility will provide on-site supply of IBC bottles to MAUSER’s reconditioning affiliate, National Container Group (NCG) as well as IBC bottle replacements via NCG for other users in the northeastern US market.

“We are excited to enter the northeastern market with IBC bottle capabilities,” remarked Ed Konyen, Senior VP Operations – IBC Division at MAUSER USA, LLC. “This new location will improve our carbon footprint as we optimize our supply of bottles to our NCG locations and further solidify our commitment to sustainable packaging.”

“IBCs and reconditioned packaging continue to be the drivers of growth within the industrial packaging industry,” stated Jeff DeLiberty, Director of New Markets and Business Development at MAUSER USA, LLC. “Providing these solutions in the northeastern US corridor is critical as it further completes MAUSER’s North American footprint. In addition, this new location is ideal for MAUSER to enhance lead times and improve customer service.”

Kamps Pallets and Corrloc LLC Announce Strategic Partnership

June 28, 2018. Kamps Pallets, a national pallet company headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, has announced a partnership with Corrloc LLC, a corrugated pallet and packaging company.

Dan Gibson, Corrloc co-founder, says, “Corrloc will be widely adopted in the market place due to its cost to strength ratio. Our customers will no longer have to choose one or the other, it will be based off what best fits their needs.

“Because Kamps is a recycling company at its core, Corrloc was a perfect fit for us. It can be manufactured from recycled materials, and itself is 100% recyclable as well,” said said Brad Rietema, Kamps Executive VP of Corporate Services. “This product will allow Kamps to offer multiple solutions to our customers in both wood and paper, for their pallets, bracing, dunnage and packaging needs. We are very excited to partner with Corrloc and offer the product on a national scale.”

Kamps plans to add Corrloc technology and manufacturing to its national network and work with existing, and new customers to see how Corrloc can best benefit them. The first CorrLoc manufacturing site was fully operational in Niles, MI in May of this year.Corrloc offers many different packaging solutions including pallets, dividers, braces, rails and cases. Each solution is engineered to meet specific packaging needs.

Kamps Pallets is a full service pallet company delivering innovative pallet and packaging solutions to customers across the United States. It specializes in custom pallet management processes, high-quality products and excellent customer service. Based in Michigan, Kamps has nationwide facilities to meet the shipping needs of industries from coast to coast, including wood pallets, plastic pallets, and corrugated pallets

Primex Design & Fabrication Improves Prototyping Time With New Appointment

Primex reusable packaging Debbie RobinsonJune 18, 2018.  Primex Design & Fabrication, PD&F, (formerly Woodruff Corporation), a leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic shipping containers, custom interior dunnage, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, recently announced the appointment of Debbie Robinson to the position of sample department coordinator. She was previously a design engineer for the company for twenty years.

Robinson will be responsible for the creation, production and delivery of prototypes and samples to PD&F customers. “Our design and rapid prototyping capabilities set us apart from our competition,” says Robinson. “We normally are able to design and deliver custom samples within a 24-48-hour window.

Robinson’s position represents a critical touchpoint with customers during the initial phase of a new project. “I will be communicating with customers, answering questions and helping them with design solutions. With my 20 years’ experience as a designer, I have a good insight on what a customer needs in a finished product,” Robinson says.

PD&F is committed to accurate functional prototypes. The goals are to provide a perfect solution to the customers’ design needs, faster turnaround and accurate prototypes the first time. The appointment of Robinson brings stronger, more experienced management to this function.

Amstel and Kronenbourg Choose DS Smith’s Box2Keep™ Beer Crates to Promote Their Beer in the UK during the World Cup

The injection moulded One Way Box2Keep™ crate is the ideal tool to promote beer brands during international sporting events.

International football events are always the perfect times to have a beer with friends and thus, for beer brands, the perfect time to increase sales. With the World Cup 2018 on going, famous beer brands Amstel and Kronenbourg were looking for an original, supplementary packaging solution to promote their beers at POS in the UK.

In order to extend the existing offering with a special ‘FIFA World Cup Russia 2018’ promotion, the brands were looking for a sustainable packaging with a triple function: to transport the bottles, to promote the brand at the POS and to keep as a functional FIFA 2018 souvenir.

The world-famous beer brands chose DS Smith Plastics’ Box2Keep™ beer crate, a standard injection moulded one-way crate that can be personalized by screen printing, stickers, and ultra-thin IML labels, thus providing a lot of opportunities for an affordable cost. The supplementary inside dividers protect the bottles during transport. Its durability transforms the stackable box into a timeless promotion because it can be re-used by the customer to store all kinds of things.

The Amstel and Kronenbourg ‘must-haves’ will be available in Tesco warehouses in the UK during the FIFA World Cup 2018. The boxes are 100% recyclable after their long life.

Corrugated & Recycling Industries Work to Increase Residential Recovery

Corrugated packaging and recycling industry groups recently met to review recommendations for increasing residential recovery of old corrugated containers (OCC). The recommendations are a result of research conducted by RRS for the Fibre Box Association (FBA). The research asked more than 1,000 Americans about their residential OCC recycling practices.

Corrugated packaging is the most widely recycled packaging material with a recovery rate near 90 percent for the past seven years. To retain this leadership role, the corrugated industry is exploring how shifts in consumer purchasing patterns could impact recovery.  The group recognized the need for a renewed focus on promoting the recyclability of OCC and agreed to proactively pursue a broad set of initiatives to help increase recovery.

These initiatives include activities to generate greater ease of access and specifically address multi-family and rural residential recovery. The group agreed to:

  • Promote the use of carts instead of bins for curbside collection of OCC where applicable to accommodate greater collection
  • Support efforts to match the frequency of recycling and trash collection to provide for equal access to recycling
  • Establish clear and harmonized messages and graphics for household recovery of OCC including what can be recycled and how to do it
  • Develop more direct recycling messages on boxes to remind consumers to recycle
  • Work with additional groups on recycling education to increase understanding and encourage recycling behaviors
  • Support the development of building codes that make recycling easy for multi-family dwellings
  • Encourage replication of successful multi-family and rural recovery programs

For years OCC has been a recycling success story. The group believes a renewed focus on its recyclability will spur additional recovery efforts.

The group led by FBA included AICC – The Independent Packaging Association, American Forest & Paper Association, AMERIPEN, Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries, Waste Management, and member companies Cascades, Dusobox, Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, Kruger, PCA, Pratt Industries and WestRock.


Pregis enters into definitive agreement to purchase FP International

DEERFIELD, Ill.June 19, 2018 – Pregis LLC, a leading manufacturer of innovative protective packaging materials, equipment systems and surface protection, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Free-Flow Packaging International, Inc. (FP International). The acquisition is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory review.

“The acquisition of FP International will benefit our combined customer base by providing a robust set of diverse solutions and accelerated product development—most notably to address growing e-commerce shipping requirements. This also significantly strengthens Pregis’ geographic position within new international markets, supporting our global growth strategy,” said Kevin Baudhuin, president and chief executive officer. “Additionally, we look forward to welcoming FP’s exceptional professionals to the Pregis team. Our cultural similarities will fuel future growth.”

FP International has a 50 year history of providing a wide range of protective packaging solutions. Its well-known brands include the MINI PAK’R®, PRO PAK’R® and POWER PAK’R® and many other protective packaging products. The company was founded in 1967 by Arthur Graham, who pioneered the use of free-flowing interior packaging material. FP International has been transformed over the past two decades from a single-product company to a leading provider of protective packaging solutions with multinational operations.

FP International President Joe Nezwek said, “We’re excited to become a part of Pregis’ expanding protective packaging portfolio. This will enable us to continue FP’s 50-year commitment to innovation and outstanding customer service. As one company, we can accelerate our efforts to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

Headquartered in Fremont, California, FP has five manufacturing facilities—two in the United States plus GermanyFrance and the Netherlands—supported by 360 employees. Pregis plans on continuing manufacturing operations in those locations.

Serendipitously started with a batch of discarded soda straws five decades ago, FP International has grown to become a global leader of innovative protective packaging products and systems.  Now widely recognized for its sophisticated product design and customer-centric culture as well as its trail-blazing technology, FP International operates on three continents, providing interior packaging solutions to a wide array of industries, from automobiles to toys.

FP International is the sixth acquisition Pregis has completed in the past four years under Olympus Partners ownership. The other five are Rex Performance Products, Sharp Packaging, 3M Company’s PolyMask protective films business, Easypack paper-based protective packaging systems and Eagle Film Extruders.

FSK calls for entries for the 2018 Innovation Award Foamed Plastics


Stuttgart, 19.06.2018 – The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) is once again calling for entries for the Innovation Award Foamed Plastics in 2018.  The competition is open to young talents and specialists, professionals and companies – to submit innovative ideas, forward-looking concepts and new developments in the field of foam plastics.

The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) has set itself the goal of promoting young industry professionals and motivating them to submit new ideas, concepts and developments.  Each year, the FSK presents an innovation award in the categories “Technology” and “Design and Construction”. The prize is awarded alternately to the Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes divisions. In 2018, the competition will be specifically for innovations in the field of foamed plastics. Applications are open until        3 September 2018 to individuals and groups from universities and companies across Europe.  Submissions from junior professionals and senior professionals or companies will be evaluated and awarded separately in order to ensure a fair and appropriate assessment and according to the level of knowledge and experience.  The evaluation is carried out by a jury of experts selected by the FSK. The criteria are the newness and innovative power of the submitted products and solutions, as well as their market and competitive ability.

Application documents can be requested from the FSK office or downloaded from its website. The award ceremony will take place in Papenburg on 28/29 November as part of the 19th International FSK Specialist Conference Foamed Plastics. The winners in the category junior professionals will receive an additional cash prize of up to 3,000 Euros in order to establish their innovations on the market.

Application documents can be found on the FSK-Website.

For further information, please send an e-mail to or call +49 (0)711 993 7510.

Polymer Logistics to Showcase Reusable Packaging & Merchandising Systems for Produce and Floral at 2018 United FreshMKT & International Floriculture Expos

See innovative produce and floral transport and display solutions at United FreshMKT booth #1538 and IFE booth #5255 in Chicago June 25-27, 2018

Tampa, FL (June 18, 2018) – Polymer Logistics, a global leader in reusable packaging and merchandising systems, will present innovative products and services for transport packaging, retail and promotional display, and asset management at the 2018 United FreshMKT and International Floriculture Expos at McCormick Place in Chicago, June 25-27, 2018.

“We are laser focused on helping retailers and growers deliver delightful shopping experiences and profitable growth across the store,” said Fred Heptinstall, CEO of Polymer Logistics North America. “Our transport and merchandising systems work together from source to store to door. We work with our partners to strengthen the total supply chain through innovative design, sustainable and efficient operations, unsurpassed quality and freshness, enhanced retail merchandising, and cutting-edge asset management systems.”

The Polymer Logistics Fresh Look flower stand will be featured at IFE booth #5255. Modular, easy to assemble, and flexible, this innovative merchandising unit enhances the presentation of flowers and brings an instant market fresh look to the entire floral department.

At United FreshMKT booth #1538, attendees can see and learn more about Polymer Logistics reusable transport, display, and in-store decor, product handling and mobile merchandising options for perishable food and floral applications. All Polymer Logistics packaging and merchandising solutions can be ordered in the color that best complements store decor.

“Our high-impact product presentation and efficient supply chain packaging systems deliver results,” said Heptinstall. “We look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago and discussing how we can work together as supply chain and merchandising partners.”

Molson Coors Celebrates Father’s Day with a Dedicated Returnable Beverage Crate for Their Croatian Beer Brand Ožujsko

June 17th, we will be celebrating dads around the world. To celebrate the occasion, Croatian beer brand Ožujsko contacted DS Smith Plastics to design a special Father’s Day returnable beer crate.

Returnable beverage crates are the ideal tool for advertising or seasonal promotions. From a simple means of transport, they have evolved to a hi-tech marketing tool with limitless possibilities.

To increase the brand awareness of their customer’s product and with Father’s Day coming up, Molson Coors’ Croatian beer brand Ožujsko decided to celebrate fatherhood with a special beer crate. They contacted the DS Smith Plastics design department to create a returnable beverage crate with silk screen printing and with extra free space to personalise with the father’s name.

The text ‘Žuja za tate’, is silk screen printed together with the brand’s name. Žuja is a nickname for Ožujsko, given by customers and ‘za tate’ means ‘for dads’.  To promote the beverage crate on their website all Croatian dads who became a parent in 2018 can register for a free beer crate filled with 20 beers and chocolate. Every crate is personalized with the name of the father.

The returnable beverage crates last for decades and are 100% recyclable after their long life, which allows for significant savings on packaging and CO₂ emissions.

Automotive Manufacturers Use Dividers Made of Polypropylene Plastic to Protect and Efficiently Transport Small Automotive Parts Between Plants

DS Smith Plastics Alcala de Henares offers customized polypropylene plastic dividers to transport small automotive parts, such as auto forks, between assembly plants.

One challenge shared by automotive manufacturers is the safe transportation of small automotive parts such as auto forks, between assembly departments or plants. To meet these requirements, DS Smith Plastics offers customized dividers with special hollows to separate the parts for maximum protection and space optimization. The dividers are also completely customizable, so they can be designed to fit in any sized container the customer may need and can specialize in the transportation of a variety of automotive parts.

Some small automotive parts are soiled with oil as the result of the production process, requiring a material, such as polypropylene plastic, that is resilient to oil, water and other chemicals maintaining the sleek and clean design of the dividers, making them perfect for the luxury sector. Dividers made of polypropylene plastic are reusable, and when used as single-use by the customer, they can be recycled for a second life-cycle.

Polypropylene dividers manufactured by DS Smith Plastics can be fit to an outer packaging box and both the dividers and the outer polypropylene plastic box. The dividers can be customised or adapted to any part to securely protect and efficiently transport them throughout the supply or manufacturing chain.

DS Smith Plastics capabilities include designing services for optimizing the packaging thus maximum the number of parts that could be transported per divider or box.

IPP is to further strengthen its ties with PepsiCo in Belgium

Eindhoven, June 2018 – Back in March, IPP, a division of Pooling Partners, introduced the: “Pallet Pooling Next Level: simple works best” model onto the Belgian market. This model embodies simplicity, resulting in immediate and significant cost-savings.

FMCG supply chains are opting for IPP pallets

IPP is to further strengthen its ties with PepsiCo in Belgium.The timing of the new model’s launch is opportune, according to Pooling Partners. The FMCG market is increasingly encouraging the use of pool pallets – the reason being superior quality and efficiency enhancement throughout the supply chain. In essence, pallet pooling results in an all-encompassing, easy service provision for the customer. One only needs to inform on needed pallet quantities, the timing and place. Moreover, no further (upfront) investment is required. The product is leased as it were; a concept that dovetails seamlessly with the prevailing ‘to rent, not own’ trend. As such, pallet pooling is Circular Economy-aligned, for it provides easy repair of breakages, free of additional charge.

PepsiCo Belgium’s snack division is also opting for IPP

IPP states that its pooling offer is all about simplicity: simple invoicing, straightforward communication and guaranteed stock levels are its key benefits.

The focus on simplicity ensures smooth-running partnerships, and has already seen many logistics managers change tack. This year PepsiCo Netherlands has opted to continue its partnership with IPP. Additionally, beginning in June, PepsiCo in Belgium will start supplying snacks on IPP pallets. Harold Notkamp, 3PL & Productivity Manager Benelux – ‎PepsiCo, concurs: “We have extended and expanded our partnership with IPP due to the smooth-running processes and cost-efficiency the model generates, whilst simultaneously contributing towards our sustainability policy.”

Source: Pooling Partners

Alstom Chooses AkyPak™ Reusable Containers to Transport Train Components

DS Smith AkyPak

When Alstom, a French multinational supplier and developer of high speed trains and trams, approached DS Smith Plastics, Extruded Products they were looking for reliable and durable packaging to protect their train assembly components while they are being transported between different manufacturing locations. Alstom needed a reliable and reusable transport container which could better protect the components they were transporting.

DS Smith Plastics offered AkyPak polypropylene containers because of their durability, longer life cycles of at least five years, low maintenance and simplified material handling and logistics when compared to traditional solutions. Furthermore, AkyPak three-piece foldable polypropylene containers could be reused from one shipment to the next.

To delight its customer, DS Smith Plastics Extruded Products assigned one engineer to the project and relocated him to another DS Smith Plastics location in La Chevrolière, France to be closer to the customer.

Due to the flexibility of DS Smith Plastics at La Chevrolière, France, the business was able to develop customized plastic containers with a variety of fittings used to protect ridged and delicate parts for Alstom France.

Story and image credit: DS Smith

Svenska Retursystem Hires New Sustainability Manager

svenska retursystemSvenska Retursystem continues to reinforce its sustainability work through the hiring of Pontus Björkdahl as new sustainability manager.

“I am looking forward to working in an organization that has incredible ambitions with its sustainability work and which has previously had a high level of competence in the field,” said Björkdahl. “My mission is to ensure that the company is still at the forefront.”

Former sustainability manager Marie Winslow Andersson continues the company in the role of Central Sustainability Specialist and will focus on running internal work on the company’s production and logistics facilities as well as sustainability efforts linked to company carriers. The transport is a key issue for how sustainability can be achieved in the return system. Anna Elgh, CEO of Svenska Retursystem stated that strengthening its sustainability efforts “…is a strategically important issue to ensure that the return system continues to be the most sustainable alternative for the grocery and restaurant and the large-scale industry.”

DS Smith Plc to Acquire North American Corrugated Packaging Business

DS Smith Plc has announced an agreement to acquire Corrugated Container Corporation (CCC), a high-quality corrugated packaging company in North America.

The acquisition follows DS Smith’s recent purchase of Interstate Resources, building on the company’s paper and packaging capacity in the region.

CCC is a family owned business employing approximately 190 people across its four operations in Tennessee, North Carolina and two sites in Virginia. The acquisition of these packaging sites will significantly boost DS Smith’s box-making capacity, and complements its existing footprint in North America.

CCC’s capabilities include a strong focus on high-quality, sustainable retail ready and display packaging, an area where DS Smith is achieving strong growth in Europe.

Chris Powell Appointed as Corporate Controller for Pelican Products, Inc.

TORRANCE, CA – June 4, 2018 –Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance protective cases, temperature controlled packaging and advanced portable lighting systems, has appointed Chris Powell as Corporate Controller to manage global financial operations.
“Sound fiscal policy and practices are the cornerstone of any successful business and Chris’ diverse experience will ensure that Pelican continues to offer the high level of service and quality that our customers have come to expect,” said Don Jordan, Chief Financial Officer, Pelican Products.
As Corporate Controller, Powell will have direct oversight of the company’s global Accounting department which provides financial services for Pelican’s Commercial/Government, Consumer, BioThermal and International divisions. His responsibilities will include financial statements, general ledger, cost accounting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting, tax compliance, and various special analyses.
Mr. Powell brings extensive financial leadership experience to Pelican. He began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles and subsequently served in key financial leadership roles at Qualstar, Guidance Software, ReachLocal, Beats by Dre and Velocify, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics / Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.
Pelican Products, Inc. is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.

LOSCAM Sponsors Inaugural MEGATRANS 2018 Melbourne

May 28, 2018 – LOSCAM was a supporting sponsor of the inaugural MEGATRANS 2018 exhibition, held in Melbourne during May 12-14. Supported by the Victorian State Government, Australian Logistics Council, Port of Melbourne and the Victorian Transport Association, MEGATRANS showcased the forefront of innovation and collaboration across the logistics, warehousing, infrastructure and transport sectors.

LOSCAM returnable packaging solutions, including IBC’s I6 & I8, Foldable Bin LB750 and Heater Mat, were among the solutions showcased. LOSCAM Customer teams performed product demonstrations to illustrate each product’s functionality and to facilitate discussions on the product designs, features and benefits.

Along with demonstration sessions on Loscam product solutions, LOSCAM supported the inaugural event with a pop up Pallet Café, which encouraged networking between Australian and international supply chain industry partners and Customers to survey the end to end effective flow of goods, services and related information.

Michael Winter, LOSCAM Australia Customer Solutions Manager, said, “We welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate LOSCAM’s complete returnable packaging solutions. Our networking lounge provided an engaging environment for our team to promote the benefits of pooling equipment through various applications in supply chain.”

Over the three days, 9,604 visitors attended the MEGATRANS 2018 Expo.

LOSCAM Café & Bar



Product displays and demonstrations

Orbis is shifting its Mentor headquarters in $15M move

May 20, 2018 – ORBIS, a pallet and plastic packaging producer, searched widely for room to grow but satisfied its outsized space requirement three miles away as it seeks to consolidate to one site from its two current locations on Tyler Boulevard in Mentor.

The subsidiary of Neena, Wis.-based Menasha Corp. has leased 276,000 square feet at the former Caterpillar plant, 7206 Justin Way, now an industrial park that S.L. Equities of Los Angeles created by subdividing the former Caterpillar plant where tow motors once were made. Justin Way is a side street of Tyler. Read more at Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Pallet Machinery Group Features Storti Freedom, HY-400 and Ultimizer at the Richmond Show

Storti freedom pallet nailing lineMay 15, 2018 – Pallet Machinery Group will be featuring three products from its diverse line at Expo Richmond, taking place May 18 and 19 in Richmond VA.

The first featured product is the Storti Freedom pallet nailing system, which the company has been advertising in Pallet Enterprise Magazine. “It is stringer only, as opposed to most Storti lines which are block and stringer,” explains Greg Wine, owner of Pallet Machinery Group.

Storti Freedom features of note include fast changeovers, as well as a two board hopper system as opposed to a single hopper. “This could be loaded by a conveyor from a robot,” Wine says. “Robot can feed boards onto the conveyor and the conveyor can feed the hopper.” While Storti pallet nailing lines have been used with robots in Europe for 10 or 15 years, Greg notes, the trend is newer in the U.S. He is aware of two or three installations with robots in Texas, and one in Virginia.

Another advantage for Freedom is that it nails the entire board in one stroke, as opposed to stopping three times to nail a 6-inch board. For example, on a GMA pallet, it would stop just seven times as opposed to 16 times.

The second featured product Expo Richmond is the HY400 saw, which Wine states is ideal for softwood splitting applications in the Western states. He describes it as faster, thinner kerf and more flexible than the competition. “We can put three saw blades on top and three blades on the bottom,” he notes. “We have customers running it at 400 feet per minute.”

Pallet Machinery Group will also be featuring a board scanning system from Ultimizers. They will demonstrate a board scanning system that can be used in conjunction with the HY saw. “We have several customers who have done Ultimizer inline with our HY saw,” Greg reports.

“Those are the show highlights,” he concludes. “We will have many more features as well.”

For more information, visit Pallet Machinery Group at Expo Richmond, or online at

USA Made Light Duty Stackable Pallet

Lightweight plastic pallet stackable

May 9, 2018 – Chicago, IL – One Way Solutions announces the release of an “unbeatable” USA made, stackable light duty 3 runner plastic pallet, offering high capacity, low tare weight, and reinforced perimeter for increased impact-resistance. This 40×48 pallet weighs only 18 lbs, yet provides 2,800 lbs of dynamic capacity. High pressure injection molded with high quality recycled HDPE resin, this pallet has a 9,000 lbs static capacity- heavyweight characteristics at light duty pricing.

Every consideration has been taken to minimize weight while maintaining strength and durability:

  • 9 legs feature structurally neutral knockouts to reduce weight and cost.
  • Tapered edges assist fork tine entry and assist splitting a pallet off a nested stack.
  • The pallet deck perimeter is reinforced with extra ribs to increase impact resistance.
  • 3 runners are installed prior to shipping or by the buyer – a simple assembly to reduce to freight costs.

Ideal for one way export shipments, light-medium duty reusable applications, WIP, storage, display, and distribution applications.

The 4 way entry is compatible with nearly all fork trucks and hand trucks. The open deck design allows for easy handling and cleaning. A 53’ truck fits 1600 unassembled pallets (540 if shipped assembled).The product is now available on the One Way Solutions website and will ship out next business day to any location.

Compact Line – New IBC Size Offered by WERIT

WERIT IBC Compact Line

Altenkirchen – 9 May 2018 – WERIT has developed a new IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container). The Compact Line with 300 l capacity, a comparatively small IBC, closes a gap in the market. The container is ideal for production environments with limited space and for liquids that need to be processed quickly.

 Compact Line is the first 300-liter IBC on the market. With the new development WERIT covers the demands of manufacturers of high-quality filling media, supply the small and medium enterprises. With the compact dimensions 800 mm x 600 mm x 996 mm, the container fits even through ordinary doors and saves space in production, storage and transport. The integrated nestable wooden pallet IBC is stackable and can be easily transported with trucks and forklifts. The solid construction and the high stability enable positive locking and stowing, eliminating additional load securement costs in the supply chain.
The filling of the Compact Line is easy using a 150 mm large lid opening. A resealable and very robust sliding faucet valve is used for removal. The level can be seen at a glance on a scale on the transparent inner container and the special shape of the Compact Line allows an almost complete emptying.  After cleaning or re-bottling, the container can be reused.
By UN and FDA approval the IBC Compact Line is suitable for the transport of foodstuffs and hazardous goods.

Source: WERIT, German translation


Customers to benefit from decades of highly engineered custom dunnage design experience

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — May 1, 2018 — ORBIS® Corporation, a subsidiary of Menasha Corporation, has acquired Hinkle Manufacturing of Perrysburg, Ohio. Hinkle serves the automotive market with highly engineered custom dunnage designed for part protection. Hinkle also operates a thermoforming plant in Dearborn, Michigan, where it produces trays and other plastic components. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Hinkle’s plastic and foam dunnage expertise solves unique protective packaging needs with decades of specialized design experience. Founded in 1962, Hinkle employs 125 at its two locations.

“The expertise and capabilities of Hinkle Manufacturing expand our portfolio of custom reusable packaging products and bring even more solutions to the evolving and growing needs that we are seeing in the marketplace,” said Bill Ash, president of ORBIS Corporation. “Our commitment to providing unmatched products and services includes ensuring that our customers have the best options for their reusable packaging needs. Hinkle Manufacturing and our recent acquisition of Response Packaging will strengthen our custom solutions offerings.” ORBIS Corporation announced its acquisition of Response Packaging of Piedmont, South Carolina, on April 2, 2018. Response Packaging designs and manufactures reusable custom fabric dunnage and fabricated steel rack solutions.

ORBIS Corporation manufactures plastic reusable totes, bulk containers, pallets and dunnage. Additionally, it offers the ability to track and manage these assets in the supply chain through its Reusable Packaging Management (RPM) services offering. ORBIS has 2,500 employees in more than 50 locations across North America and Europe.

“We are delighted to welcome Hinkle Manufacturing to our ORBIS business. We see strong complementary value in combining the custom products of Hinkle and ORBIS, and we look forward to offering customers a wider array of solutions,” said Jim Kotek, president and CEO of Menasha Corporation.

For more information about ORBIS, please visit

Trilatec optimistic its squAIR-timber pallets will prove ‘a weight winner’

The squAIR-timber system offered by Trilatec is up to 80 percent lighter compared with conventional pallets. Moreover, disposal of the new material can be carrier out in an environmentally friendly way, using a paper recycling facility. Costs for special wood disposal are saved because squAIR-timber is manufactured of 100 percent recycled material.

One metre of the material carries up to five tons if weight is evenly distributed, and it has a net weight of only 1.2 kg/m. Timber of the same dimensions has a net weight between three and four kg/m. “The key to the stability lies in the manufacturing process,” said Stefan Trinkaus, technical director at Trilatec. “After working cold glue combinations into layers of cardboard fibres, they are laminated together under pressure. This process enables water resistance in the product, thus it is suitable for multiple use and at the same time ISPM15-compliant.”

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RM2 Raises $18.2 Million

April 14, 2018.  RM2 has raised $18.2 million after issuing 1.28 billion first tranche placing shares and 3.16 billion conversion shares. Shareholders passed all resolutions put to them at an extraordinary meeting held April 13.

RM2 reported that it has entered into a Phase 1 agreement for an initial deployment of RM2 ELIoT (tagged) pallets through June 30, 2018, with a Fortune 500 company in North America following a year-long trial in the customer’s supplier network.

In addition, it announced having completed a major trial with another North American company and discussions on a large-scale implementation are expected to commence.  The Company has also expanded ongoing trials with other major US-based customers.

Brambles Limited Divests its interest in the Hoover Ferguson Joint Venture to Focus on Core Businesses

April 11, 2018.  Brambles Limited has completed an agreement to divest its 50% interest in the Hoover Ferguson Group Joint Venture (HFG) to its co-venturer, First Reserve, a leading global private equity investment firm exclusively focused on energy. The principal terms of the divestment were:

  • HFG repaid to Brambles on completion the principal and accrued interest on HFG’s US$150 million subordinated shareholder loan
  • At the time of its formation in October 2016, Brambles received consideration of approximately US$77 million from First Reserve to equalise their respective ownership interests in HFG. Of this amount, approximately US$37 million was deferred. The deferred consideration remains in place and will continue to accrue interest at 6.25% per annum and be guaranteed by First Reserve. The maturity date of the deferred consideration will be no later than 31 July 2026
  • Brambles’ interest in HFG was transferred to First Reserve for nominal consideration.

The divestment of Brambles interest in HFG will give rise to a non-cash write-down of the investment which had a carrying value of US$4.9 million as at 31 March 2018. This charge will be included in the full year FY18 results and will be classified as a significant item.

“Focusing investment in our core businesses that provide significant opportunities for growth and strong returns is one of our strategic priorities,” stated Graham Chipchase, Brambles CEO. As a result, the Board no longer sees the logistics operations in the oil and gas industry as a core business for Brambles and saw limited opportunity to deliver strong shareholder returns from our investment in HFG.

“We are pleased, therefore, to have reached a mutually-beneficial agreement with First Reserve to exit our investment. This includes securing repayment of our $150 million shareholder loan and preserving our long position in relation to the deferred consideration.

“We will use the funds from the shareholder loan repayment to pay down debt and to fund automation projects across the Group.”


The P3™ All-Around level loader from Presto ECOA Lifts is economical as well as ergonomic.  Though it requires no electrical power and little maintenance, it virtually eliminates the productivity-robbing, injury-producing bending, lifting, reaching, and stretching common to pallet-loading applications.
The pneumatic airbag of the P3 All-Around automatically lowers or raises a pallet as boxes are added or removed, maintaining the top layer at a convenient height.  And the turntable ring (or optional solid turntable platform) at the top of the unit allows the user to spin the load so he or she can stand in the same spot throughout the loading or unloading process.
The stable base of the P3 All-Around is smaller than most competing equipment.  This allows the user to step even closer to the unit’s platform, further improving the ergonomic benefits of the P3.  Fork pockets at the base allow for easy relocation.
The P3 All-Around can accommodate loads from 400 to 4,500 lbs.
For more information, contact Rick daSilva, Presto ECOA Lifts, 50 Commerce Way, Norton, MA 02766, TEL: (508) 952-4000, TOLL FREE: (800) 343-9322, FAX: (888) 788-6496, or email:


NORTON, MA — PT Series Container Tilters from Presto ECOA tilt containers up to 85° to allow workers to access contents without bending into the container. As containers tilt up, items, even those at the bottom, end up at a comfortable position for easy retrieval.
These portable, battery-powered container tilters go anywhere they are needed making them ideal for applications that require sharing between multiple users or work cells, or where workers need to pick up and return containers to and from staging areas. They work with a variety of containers including wire baskets, plastic totes, and gaylords.
Power is provided by a 12V maintenance-free, leak-proof battery with internal charger.  Optional 115V AC or air motors are available. Tilt is controlled by a pushbutton pendant that allows operators to tilt the load to any angle between 0° and 85°. The units push handle lowers when not in use further improving access to container contents. A foot operated floor lock keeps the tilter securely in position as items are being accessed.
Non-Straddle (PT Series) units work with most standard containers or choose a Straddle (PTS Series) unit for use with containers that have reinforcing leg bars. Both configurations are equipped with 40 inch long forks. Capacities of 2,000 or 4,000 lb. are available.
For more information, visit

Flexcon’s New ASRS Tote Boxes, Plastic Pallets, Divider Systems on Display at Modex 2018

Flexcon Container will exhibit its new Universal and ASRS Tote Boxes, Divider Systems and Pallets at Booth #4037 in the 2018 Modex Show in Atlanta from April 9 to April 12th ,2018. Flexcon’s Totes and Divider Systems can handle, store and protect an infinite range of products in any automated, semi-automatic or manual system with maximum space efficiency!

Flexcon will feature their newest ASRS totes which are compatible with virtually any robotic system. Their ASRS totes have unique reinforced bottoms which resist deflection under heavy loads to enable their clients’ ASRS systems to be more space efficient, permit higher product density and to run faster. Other new products include “X-Corr” triple-strength totes and pallet-sleeve systems and a new line of molded plastic pallets. “We will also display several major client-based product innovations in our booth this year,” according to Ken Beckerman, President and CMO. “Flexcon now has the perfect containers, pallets and dividers for any part of any client’s supply chain. All of our containers, divider systems and pallets help protect and organize our clients’ products throughout their supply chains.”

Flexcon helps make carousels, ASRS, VLMs and virtually any form of automation, storage and production system better by providing the ideal containers, dividers, pallets and bulk boxes to protect the end users’ products throughout their supply chains. They work closely with their clients to help optimize their operations by focusing on space efficiency, functionality, aesthetics and cost. Flexcon has been supplying these solutions for over 50 years and is proud to have over 70% of the Fortune 500 Companies as clients.

Flexcon is also pleased to announce its new and improved heavy duty 45×48 stackable pallet with lip.  At 35% stronger than the previous version, its durable one-piece construction helps it achieve 3,000 lbs. dynamic capacity, 20,000 lbs. static capacity. This pallet is high pressure molded for increased durability & strength. An improved deck substantially reduces deflection under load.


  • 4 way forklift entry
  • 1″ discontinuous lip
  • 6-runner (Cruciform) bottom
  • 100% recyclable
  • 468 per trailer

This pallet is ideal for in-house, closed loop and export applications. These pallets can be sanitized with water or steam, making them safe & sanitary for storage and shipping.

For more information, visit

ORBIS® Corporation Acquires Response Packaging

Customers to benefit from broader packaging solutions and capabilities

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — April 3, 2018 — ORBIS® Corporation, North America’s leader in reusable packaging and part of Menasha Corporation, has acquired Response Packaging, headquartered in Piedmont, South Carolina. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2009, privately held Response Packaging conceptualizes, designs, prototypes and manufactures reusable custom dunnage and fabricated steel rack solutions. Included in the acquisition are design, testing and manufacturing facilities in Piedmont, and Greenville, South Carolina; Auburn Hills, Michigan; and León, Mexico.

Response Packaging will operate and be branded as a part of ORBIS Corporation. “This acquisition brings us talented people, efficient plants and strong capabilities in geographic areas where ORBIS wants to grow,” said Bill Ash, president of ORBIS Corporation. “Response Packaging is strongly aligned with ORBIS in areas like supply chain expertise, innovation and customer knowledge.”

Response Packaging has 245 employees in the U.S. and Mexico and serves the automotive and industrial markets with highly engineered custom dunnage designed for part protection. Additionally, it specializes in fabricated steel rack and dunnage systems for the safe and efficient transport of vehicle components in the supply chain.

“ORBIS has been pursuing a strategy to expand its custom business to serve customers with a broader portfolio of solutions,” said Jim Kotek, president of Menasha Corporation. “The acquisition of Response Packaging supports this objective by adding complementary capabilities and establishing a manufacturing presence in the Southeast, and expanded capabilities to meet our customers’ needs in Mexico.”

As a leader in automotive parts packaging, ORBIS Corporation manufactures plastic reusable totes, bulk containers, pallets and dunnage. Additionally, it offers the ability to track and manage these assets in the supply chain through its Reusable Packaging Management (RPM) services offering. ORBIS has 2,300 employees in 50 locations across North America and Europe.

 Industrial Container Services acquires Tote Detailing Specialists’ operations

(April 2, 2018) Industrial Container Services, has acquired the intermediate bulk container (IBC) reconditioning and recycling operations of Tote Detailing Specialists.

The acquisition includes all of the machinery, equipment and inventory utilized at TDSI’s Joliet, Illinois and San Antonio, Texas facilities. The businesses will become operating entities of Industrial Container Services, LLC.

ICS president and CEO Charles Veniez said: “The acquisition of Tote Detailing is yet another example of ICS’ commitment to our fast-growing IBC platform.

“With TDSI as part of our team, we are now firmly ensconced in the robust Chicago industrial market and the booming Texas oil patch. Combined with the full ICS product and service portfolio, this will create real opportunity for our customers, shareholders and employees alike.

“We are pleased to welcome the TDSI group into the ICS family and look forward to their help in supporting our mission to provide customers with the highest quality products and the most dependable service, all while adhering to the strictest environmental standards found anywhere in the industrial packaging industry.”

TDSI president and CEO Brad Noyes said: “I am excited to announce the merger of Tote Detailing into the ICS group of companies. When it came time to choose the best partner for TDSI, our customers and our employees, ICS was clearly the best fit.

“I would like to thank everyone at both TDSI locations, as well as our valued customers for their many years of support, knowing they are in good hands going forward. I look forward to helping transition the business over to ICS in order to make sure our customers always to get the high-quality products and excellent customer service they are accustomed to.

ICS is the largest provider of reusable container solutions in North America. Through multiple brands, ICS operates over 50 strategically located facilities in 21 US states and 6 Canadian provinces. ICS is well-positioned to service local, regional and North American customers alike, and strives to be the supplier of choice for high-quality, environmentally-responsible container solutions.

ICS offers unparalleled expertise with over 100 years of experience in the industrial container space and is focused on anticipating customer needs and exceeding expectations. The company offers the most complete container management systems available including reconditioning, manufacturing, distribution, used container collection and recycling services for all major industrial packages.

STAY-RITE Introduces an All-in-One Reusable Material Handling Device

Top corner support boards allow for the safe stacking of open top bulk containers and gaylords; eliminate the risk of 

STAY-RITE™ Universal Stacking Platform Device, with a uniquely simple patented design, provides an all-in-one, innovative packaging, material handling, and storage solution for bulk open-top containers. By reducing direct contact between stacked containers and pallets, STAY-RITE instantly removes the vulnerability where damage and breakdown occur with these containers. Made with recycled plastic material, STAY-RITE is a reusable and economical material handling solution, placed in each of the four corners of an open top container, helping to prevent a stacked container and pallet from collapsing into the container below.

Because of its rigid, yet lightweight and durable design, STAY-RITE fits onto octagonal, hexagonal, square and circular open-top containers. It also supports a variety of pallet sizes. Without the need for any additional assembly or equipment, STAY-RITE’s load bearing capability can support thousands of pounds of static load weight to various heights. Every STAY-RITE is manufactured from recycled material and can be easily recycled as-is, after multiple reuses. STAY-RITE offers the ability to strengthen and reinforce box corners, reduce liability from falling inventory, and increase productivity through its smooth handling application.

For additional information and ordering for STAY-RITE™ visit


Wood Packaging Supports Healthy Forests and Strong Communities

The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) has released “Wood Packaging Supports Healthy Forests and Strong Communities” video that puts a spotlight on the vital role wood packaging plays in our communities.

NWPCA collaborated with leading forest conservation organizations to produce this video. Participating in this project were Tom Martin, President and CEO, The American Forest Foundation; Larry Selzer, President and CEO, The Conservation Fund; Jay Farrell, Executive Director, The National Association of State Foresters; Carlton Owen, President and CEO, U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities; and Vicki Christiansen, Interim Chief, U.S. Forest Service.

“We’re proud of the work of our members in supporting the missions of these conservation organizations, providing economic and employment opportunities in rural communities, and improving the health of our nation’s forests,” said Brent McClendon, CAE, National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) President and CEO.

“The wood packaging industry is a critical player in advancing the health of our forests because they use the small diameter wood for making pallets that cannot be used in higher end products,” stated, Carlton Owen, President & CEO, U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities. “Without markets for that low value material, we can’t move our forests to a healthier, more resilient condition.”

The 3-minute video is a project of Nature’s Packaging®, a North American initiative to promote the use of wood-based packaging to users seeking sustainable, responsible and economical packaging solutions. View the video on YouTube. Learn more about Nature’s Packaging at

Pooling Partners appoints Duncan Moser as new CEO Production Companies

Eck en Wiel, March 16th 2018 – Pooling Partners has appointed Duncan Moser as CEO Production Companies. Starting April 2, he will be committed to strengthening the international position of the production companies of Pooling Partners in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France.

Moser brings with him extensive knowledge and experience in the field of operations and supply chain management. He started his career with Heineken more than 20 years ago. Since then, he has been responsible for operational improvement activities in Asia-Pacific and worked as Brewery Manager in Suriname. In recent years, Moser was in charge of packaging operations and supply chain optimization at Heineken Nederland Supply. He closely collaborated with suppliers to reduce costs and improve sustainability and innovation.


As the new CEO Production Companies, Moser will dedicate all of his knowledge, experience and time to the production companies of Pooling Partners. Developing a long-term vision and strategy are his main priorities.

“Pooling Partners is an incredible family business with a strong position in the European market,” according to Moser. “I look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience to the next stage in the development of Pooling Partners.”

Ingrid Faber, CEO of Pooling Partners, is excited: “Duncan is another valuable addition to our organization. Duncan will focus entirely on the production companies and thanks to his extensive knowledge and experience, I have the utmost confidence that we will develop a clear, long-term strategy that arms us for the future.”

New Heavy Duty Stackable Pallet Offers Unbeatable Capabilities For The Cost


Chicago, IL – One Way Solutions announces the release of an incredible new heavy-duty stackable plastic pallet that offers a stable, stackable body at a cost-effective price. This 40 x 48 pallet has a light-weight cruciform perimeter base, making it extremely stable for heavy-duty loads and perfectly suitable for block stacking and automation.

Benefits of the pallet include: 

  • 100% recyclable
  • Resistant to insects, bacteria and fungi
  • No sirex treatment required
  • Maintenance free
  • Hygienic and clean

The product is now available on the One Way Solutions website and will ship out the next business day.

Rebranding and Major New Products Lines

BUBL Bag will trade as BUBL Packaging following strong Sales growth and Innovation Funding Award

BUBL Bag is to trade from now on as BUBL Packaging; the change of name reflects the company’s rapidly expanding number of product lines and follows strong sales growth in the past year of the original BUBL Bags. Following the recent win of prestigious EDGE Award funding BUBL Packaging invested in product development and two new product lines are now available.

BUBL Packaging’s products replace cardboard boxes, padded envelopes, void fill and bubble wrap; the packing process takes much less time than traditional packaging. In addition, they take up very little space and can be reused many times, so they are much more cost – effective that traditional packaging. All material used is recyclable.

The products inflate to provide a secure, air – filled pocket that offers maximum protection for valuable or fragile goods, so transit damage, which accounts on average for up to 8% of all product returns*, and a much higher percentage in some categories, is dramatically reduced.

Two new product lines have been added since the original BUBL Bag: –

  • BUBLPods provide advanced protection for high – value products ranging from mobile phones and laptops to crystal, artwork, and televisions. The air – filled tubes can be customized for specific product variants.
  • BUBLCases are perfect for transporting valuable technical and audiovisual equipment. The robust design is ideal for heavy duty, multi-trip use.

The company has also created BUBL Tec to highlight the technology behind the packaging system and enable rapid customization.

Ross Woodburn, managing director, BUBL Packaging said: “The rebranding makes it very clear that we are in the business of packaging, and the new product lines extend our offer to address a much wider range of product categories.

AkyPak™ Reusable & Foldable Bulk Containers

AkyPak sleeve pack DS Smith

Kayserburg, France, March 12, 2018 – DS Smith Plastics, Extruded Products has launched their new line of AkyPak bulk containers designed to optimize costs associated with logistics management.

AkyPak bulk containers are composed of a thermoformed lid and pallet and a customizable sleeve for cargo optimization. When empty, the sleeve is folded in between the lid and pallet and shipped flat reducing the cost associated with returned logistics & transportation.

The lid and pallet are made of thermoformed HDPE and the sleeves of polypropylene plastics. All three components are highly reusable (average of 7 years) and can be recycled at the end of their useful life. Other benefits include lightweight, stackability and ergonomics.

DS Smith Plastics’ AkyPak line of bulk containers includes three main models:

  • AkyPak Classic, a returnable in 3 separate, stackable parts to optimize logistics flow.
  • AkyPak Advanced is compacted into a single unit return position to avoid loss of pieces.
  • AkyPak 4You, a custom-designed bulk container per customer’s specification.

RM2 Extends Life into April, Will Focus on IoT Technology

After warning investors that it would run out of money in mid-March unless new support emerged, composite pallet company RM2 reported on March 9 that it has generated extra cash through selling a building, giving it enough cash to carry it into April. It said it continues to proactively transition the business to focus on IoT technology in pallet applications, “servicing its existing customers and developing new relationships with certain Fortune 500 companies.”

As a part of that transition, RM2 will continue to reduce resources and investments in non-core, nonvalue-add activities so that it can increase its investment in service. Following the sale of a non-core office building in Switzerland and repayment of the related mortgage, it received net proceeds of approximately $2 million and is, therefore, able to extend its cash resources to continue operating through mid-April based on information available to it at the time.  The timeframe is dependent on the outcome of ongoing discussions with third parties, including manufacturing partners and sources of financing.

It stated that it is in advanced stages of financing discussions with the support of its existing shareholders and will announce developments to the market at the earliest possible opportunity.   

RM2 reported that trials of its ELIoT smart pallets are producing remarkable results for customers’ supply chains in North America.  The RM2 ELIoT proprietary tracking technology communicates the precise location of specific pallets, allowing misdirected or mishandled goods to be identified immediately, permitting customers to reduce loss, mishandling, spoilage, and theft, thereby creating significant cost savings and supply chain efficiencies.

Significant opportunities with Fortune 500 companies are in final trial phases, RM2 reported, saying that the conversion of a subset of these opportunities, deployed and financed on schedule, is expected to result in RM2 generating positive EBITDA in 2019.

RM2 also noted that its ELIoT Pallet won the Material Handling Product News’ 2017 Product of the Year award in the category of Packaging and Pallets.  

Industrial Container Services, LLC Acquires Next Day Container

Maitland, FL — Industrial Container Services, LLC (ICS) of Maitland, FL announced today that it has acquired the intermediate bulk container (IBC) reconditioning and recycling operations of Next Day Container, Inc. (NDC). The acquisition includes all of the machinery, equipment and inventory utilized at Next Day’s Delphi, IN facility, and the business will become an operating entity of Industrial Container Services, LLC.

“The acquisition of Next Day Container is a big step forward for our fast-growing IBC platform,” said Mr. Charles Veniez, President and CEO of ICS. “Their central location and brand-new high-speed production line, combined with the full ICS product and service portfolio, will provide great opportunities for our customers while opening up new markets for ICS. We are pleased to welcome Ken Mushen and his team into the ICS family and look forward to their help in supporting our mission to provide customers with the highest quality products and the most dependable service, all while adhering to the strictest environmental standards found anywhere in the industrial packaging industry.”

“Speaking for the owners and employees of Next Day Container, we are all excited to announce the merger of our IBC business into the ICS group of companies. When it came time to choose the best partner for NDC and our customers, ICS was the clearly the best fit” said Mr. Ken Mushen, President/CEO of Next Day. “Along with my partners Mark and Steve, we would like to thank all of our customers for their many years of support. I look forward to continuing on as the Facility Manager for the Delphi, Indiana plant and making sure our customers always to get the high-quality products and excellent customer service they are accustomed to.
ICS is the largest provider of reusable container solutions in North America. Through multiple brands, ICS operates over 50 strategically located facilities in 21 U.S. states and 6 Canadian provinces. ICS is well-positioned to service local, regional and North American customers alike, and strives to be the supplier of choice for high-quality, environmentally-responsible container solutions. ICS offers unparalleled expertise with over 100 years of experience in the industrial container space and is focused on anticipating customer needs and exceeding expectations. The company offers a complete container management systems including reconditioning, manufacturing, distribution, used container collection and recycling services for all major industrial packages.

Recognizing & rewarding excellence at Industrial Pack 2018

Industrial Pack hosts the Industrial Pack Awards

Atlanta, US (03/09/2018) – The industrial packaging industry will be gathering in Atlanta to celebrate excellence as the winners of the inaugural Industrial Pack Awards are announced at 5.30pm on April 4 in the Networking Bar at Industrial Pack 2018.

The event will provide the world’s first recognition of those organizations and individuals within the industrial packaging community that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of packaging materials and/or processes. The awards ceremony, which comprises of five categories, will be hosted by Industrial Pack’s show manager, Tim Rusbridge, and will provide guests with an opportunity to join friends, colleagues and peers in celebrating innovation.

The five categories include:

  • Excellence in Industrial Packaging
  • Excellence in Transit Packaging
  • Excellence in Protective Packaging
  • Environmental Initiative of the Year
  • Best Booth in Show (judged onsite at Industrial Pack 2018)

“We have received a tremendous response with a high number of excellent entries”’ said Tim Rusbridge, Event Manager”. The awards will be judged by the event’s Advisory Board members: Susan Nauman, Executive Director, Industrial Packaging Alliance of North America (IPANA); Paul W. Rankin, President, Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA); Steve Mohr, Executive Director, National Accounts, Sigma Supply of North America, Inc and Lonnie Jaycox, CPP, CDGP, Independent Packaging Engineer.

Paul Rankin, President, Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA) commented “I am very excited to be a part of the Industrial Pack Awards as a panel judge. I am also looking forward to sharing my thoughts on topics of immediate and long-term interest to the North American container reconditioning industry. The conference offers an excellent opportunity to network with fellow packaging engineers and see firsthand the latest product designs, and industry trends that deliver the best possible solutions to the packaging supply chain.”

Industrial Pack exhibitors and visitors will have exclusive access to the Industrial Pack networking drinks and awards. Additionally, all attendees will be entered into a free raffle, with five lucky winners each receiving a bottle of bourbon!

For more information on Industrial Pack 2018, and to register free of charge in advance, please visit:

Sanitizing RPCs in Small Scale Produce Distribution

For many smaller produce distributors like family farms and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operators, reusable transport packaging can help streamline operations and significantly reduce costs for the recurring purchase of cardboard boxes. However, most of these smaller operators don’t have commercial washing equipment to ensure sanitary conditions of their transport packaging materials, especially critical in the distribution of fresh produce. A new guide offers best practices for RPC sanitation in small-scale operations. The guide was published by published by Use Reusables, a project by public agency StopWaste. It is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

New Guides: Reusable Transport Packaging in Small Scale Operations

Reusable transport packaging can help streamline operations and reduce packaging costs for businesses of all sizes. However, for smaller scale operators like family farms, it is usually not economical to invest in automated maintenance equipment such as commercial washers sanitize, or RFID tag systems to track reusables totes, pallets and pallet wraps. A new series of guides for small-scale operators offers best practices, including cleaning and sanitation (available in three languages) and container loss prevention. The guides were published by Use Reusables, a project by public agency StopWaste.

Hygiene and Strength Optimized in New Flow-Through Pallet Design

A NEW plastic pallet offering optimum hygiene and strength has joined the range offered by

Manufactured from recycled high-density polyethylene by SmartFlow and available exclusively in the UK through, the SF 1210 M3R and M5R have a 100% flow-through design.

Jim Hardisty, Managing Director of, said: “Cleanliness and strength are two key offerings with this new pallet and, thanks to the smooth and robust design, both will be maintained with use. The SF 1210 M3R and M5R are not porous – it physically cannot absorb any liquid it comes into contact with – and its smooth shape gives nowhere for contaminants to hide and multiply. With demand increasing for solutions where hygiene can’t be compromised, there is further peace of mind in the open structure of this pallet, which makes it easy to clean efficiently, and it is fully recyclable.”

With no ridges, joins or wood grain to trap dirt, it is ideal for food and pharmaceutical applications where clean handling and storing is a priority. It includes the option of reinforcing metal bars, doubling its racking capacity from 500kg in rack to 900 – 1000 kg. Depending on the number of runners, the SF 1210 comes in at a weight of 13.5kg (M3R, with three runners) and 14kg (M5R, with five runners).

As a multi-way pallet for light and medium weight products and a one-way solution for products which have to be stored in racks, the SF 1210 M3R and M5R pallet measures 1200mm (L) x 1000mm (W) x 150mm (H). It is available without a rim, with a 7mm rim, and even a 22mm rim, which is the perfect choice for the automotive industry. is the UK’s leading independent supplier of plastic pallets with 160 different varieties to choose from, many available for next day delivery.’s new SF 1210 M5R


plastic pallet’s new SF 1210 M3R with reinforcing bars.

Relogistics takes step to help end hunger with donation to Second Harvest

Relogistics Services, the leader in pallet and container management services, has announced their philanthropic efforts will support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida with a $10,000 financial donation. Second Harvest is an organization they have partnered with in various locations across the country in previous years.

About Second Harvest Food Pantry, Orlando Florida

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, non-profit organization that serves more than 550 feeding partners located in six Central Florida counties. Their motto is fight hunger, feeding hope; and this is exactly what they do. Last year, volunteers, donors, and a caring community distributed more than 56 million meals to struggling families, seniors, kids, veterans, and others. Statistics conclude that 1 in 6 people in Central Florida are food insecure and that approximately 498,000 people turn to Second Harvest food pantries to feed themselves and their families. According to Second Harvest Food Bank, every $10 contributed provides forty meals for those in need.

Mike Hachtman, President, Relogistics Services stated, “We are fortunate enough to run businesses in the state of Florida, and more specifically in the Orlando area. Supporting the residents of the area and families who need a helping hand is a critical component of our framework and something we feel extremely passionate about.”

“While hunger in Central Florida remains a daunting challenge, we are able to keep closing the gap of need with generous support like the recent gift from Relogistics,” said Dave Krepcho, President & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “We are proud to be able multiply the gift up to nine times in terms of the dollar value of food being provided for our neighbors in need,” he added. The financial gift from Relogistics will allow Second Harvest to distribute approximately $90,000 worth of groceries to those in need.

About Relogistics Services

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Relogistics is the leading provider of pallet and container management services. Relogistics supports customers at 58 locations, servicing more than 1,000 retail outlets and processes more than 325,000 trailers including 80 million pallets and 110 million reusable containers annually.

MAUSER Acquires MaschioPack North America From Colonial Group, Inc.

MAUSER USA, LLC has acquired the manufacturing assets of MaschioPack North America of Atlanta, GA.  This acquisition provides MAUSER the opportunity to expand its North American intermediate bulk container (IBC) footprint, as well as supply additional manufacturing support for its reconditioning affiliate, National Container Group (NCG).  MAUSER will continue to supply former MaschioPack customers from the Atlanta location while investing in the facility to align it with other MAUSER product offerings.

“We are excited to further expand our presence in the Southeastern US market,” remarked Glenn Frommer, President and CEO of Mauser USA LLC.  “This acquisition provides us the opportunity to more effectively service our North American customers while at the same time, welcoming new customers into our family.”

“IBCs and reconditioned packaging are the two fastest growing segments within the industrial packaging industry,” stated Jeff DeLiberty, Director of New Markets and Business Development.  “These assets will not only serve as a critical part of Mauser’s growth strategy in North America, but will also provide the necessary support for NCG as the reconditioning industry continues to expand.”

In the coming months, MAUSER personnel will work closely with the MaschioPack team and their former customers to ensure a seamless transition to the MAUSER design of products.

EcoVadis: LPR is recognized once again for its commitment to CSR

For the third year running, the European pallet-pooling specialist LPR-La Palette Rouge (a division of Euro Pool Group), has been rated “Gold” by EcoVadis for its Corporate Social Responsibility policy. With a score of 71/100, a 4 point improvement on 2016, LPR is once again in the top 1% of the companies assessed.

As a major player in the supply chain, LPR is fully aware of the importance of its contribution to “responsibility” and continues to pursue the goal of social responsibility across the whole range of its activities, including with respect to its employees.

This commitment is based in particular on its relationships with its customers, its network of partners and subcontractors, and also its policy of procuring raw materials from PEFC-certified forests. LPR’s business (pallet pooling) is circular by nature and thus a perfect candidate for the circular economy.

LPR has long sought to provide a service involving optimized, multi-modal transport systems and transport loops for its customers, reducing “empty kilometers”, and service centers located close to distribution hubs.

With this in mind, and with its customers’ interests and satisfaction at the heart of the objective,  in 2018 the pallet-pooling specialist will offer its partners the opportunity to partially offset their environmental impact by planting trees, whilst helping them calculate saved CO2.

LPR aims to pursue all of these objectives and reduce its own carbon footprint by 20% by 2025.


CHEP Recognized as Green Provider by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Supply & Demand Chain Executive (S&DCE) magazine congratulates CHEP Pallecon Solutions and CHEP Automotive & Industrial Solutions on being named to their 2017 Green Providers list.  The annual award recognizes companies whose products, services or exemplary environmental stewardship are promoting sustainability within supply chains while making a positive impact on the environment as well as their bottom line.

This recognition follows a recent announcement that Brambles, the leading supply-chain logistics company operating through the CHEP and IFCO brands, was ranked as the top performing company by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) in the global Commercial Services and Supplies industry category for 2017.Brambles’ approach to sustainability has helped establish the company as a leader in this area, with recognition from publications like S&DCE speaking to their continued efforts to reduce carbon emissions, water usage and waste sent to landfills.

Clients who convert from one-time use cardboard packaging to CHEP reusable containers save valuable storage space and streamline transportation, ultimately reducing the number of trucks on the road and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.  Additionally, CHEP’s collapsible stackable containers can be reused for several years, then fully recycled after their useful life, avoiding the landfill waste and the depletion of natural resources associated with single-use packaging.

As a part of the Brambles family of companies, CHEP Pallecon Solutions and CHEP Automotive & Industrial Solutions continue to innovate in an effort to achieve their outlined 2020 Sustainability Goals (shown at right). For more information on our sustainability efforts, please visit

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Market in North America

The flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) market in North America is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 7% during the period 2018-2022, according to a new market research study by Technavio.

According to a senior analyst at Technavio, “There are many risks associated with the use of FIBCs. To curb these risks, the polypropylene fabrics are first UV treated and made insulation proof. Therefore, the bags can be made shockproof while filling or discharging of products. Furthermore, the use of FIBCs enables cost reduction of around 45%-55% associated with packaging when compared with traditional corrugated cartons. The benefits of FIBCs over other kinds of packaging will create greater demand for FIBCs for industrial applications, which will drive the FIBC market in North America during the forecast period.”

Market trend: innovative FIBCs available in the market

The diversity of offerings by FIBC vendors has been increasing steadily by incorporating more innovative FIBC products, which have been catering to the needs of the end-user segments. Vendors provide bulk bags in various shapes, sizes, capacities, and properties. Vendors offer new innovative bulk bag solutions, which further cut down the packaging cost.

Market challenge: fluctuations in raw material prices

The instability in raw material prices is one of the key challenges faced by vendors. Polyethylene and polypropylene are usually derived from crude oil. But, the growing fluctuations in the crude oil prices have a drastic impact on manufacturing cost. These price fluctuations have a major impact on the cost of producing FIBCs.

The Global Folding IBCs Market Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 4.8% During 2017-2027

A new research report by Future Market Insights, titled ‘Folding IBCs Market: Global Industry Analysis 2012 – 2016 and Opportunity Assessment 2017 – 2027’ says  that the global folding IBCs market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% during the forecast period, reaching a market size of over US$ 520 Mn by the end of 2027.

Based on material, plastic material leads in terms of market size, with an expected market size of over US$ 430 Mn by the end of 2027. However, the metal material for folding IBCs segment is expected to witness faster demand in the coming years. Metal is expected to lead in terms of CAGR with 5.1% during the forecast period.; On the basis of capacity, 500-1000 L capacity has the highest expected market share US$ 240 Mn by the end of 2027. In terms of CAGR, 1000-1500 L dominates the global market.

Based on packaging content, the liquid segment is way ahead solid and the semi-solids segment with a market share of over US$ 400 Mn by the end of 2027. However, the solid and semi-solid segment is expected to reflect a higher growth rate of over 5.1% during the forecast period.; Among the various application areas of folding IBCs automotive and mechanical part is expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period. However, chemicals segment is the dominating segment in terms of market size and is also not much behind mechanical segment in terms of growth rate.; Based on region, APEJ is expected to reflect highest market share among all the major regions, with the highest demand for Folding IBCs by the end of the year of assessment.

Brambles announces completion of the sale of its recycled whitewood pallets
business in North America

Sydney – 15 February 2018. Referring to its announcement of January 9, 2018, that it had entered into an agreement to sell its non-core North American recycled whitewood pallet business, CHEP Recycled, to Grey Mountain Partners for an enterprise value of US$115 million, the sale has now been completed.

Following the necessary regulatory approvals, the completion of the sale took place on 14 February 2018 in New York.

The proceeds of the sale were broadly in line with the carrying value of the CHEP Recycled business. The related cash inflow will be reported in Brambles’ full-year results for the 2018 financial year in August 2018.

RM2 Provides an Update on Its Financial Position

February 12, 2018. RM2 has provided an update on its financial position. Based on the information known to it today, as a result of collection of receipts from debtors as well as continued careful cash management and cost reduction measures, it has sufficient cash to continue operating through the first third of the month of March, although this could vary depending upon the outcome of ongoing discussions with third parties, including manufacturing partners and alternative sources of financing

RM2 previously announced on 19 January 2018 that it estimated its cash balance at the end of January 2018 would be approximately $2.0 million and that it would have sufficient cash to continue operating through the third week of February 2018.   

The company remains committed to further reducing its overheads and continues its efforts to monetize certain non-core assets where possible.

Trials of the Company’s ELIoT smart pallet continue to elicit positive feedback from customers.  RM2’s active pallet tracking system has demonstrated to customers how they can rapidly increase supply chain efficiencies.  Pallet losses are reduced through the swift identification of pallets that have exited their authorized supply chain locations.  This has enabled customers to quickly recover those pallets.  Equally importantly, active pallet tracking has enabled customers to identify the root cause of pallet leakage and thereby eliminate further losses.

RM2 states that it continues its discussions with potential funding partners, strategic investors, and customers in order to progress the business.  It continues to take appropriate advice as it explores the financial and strategic alternatives available to it, and will provide further updates as and when appropriate. 

Producers and retailers exceed 1 billion tray movements with Euro Pool System in 2017

“This milestone of 1 billion tray (RPC) movements is achieved with all parties in the chain. We are happy to help our partners to drive the efficiency and sustainability of the fresh food supply chain. Choosing for reusable packaging implies a conscious choice for an efficient and sustainable supply chain.” says Gerjo Scheringa, CEO of Euro Pool System. “We believe that an increasing number of stakeholders will join our pooling formula, reducing the CO2 emission, preventing food waste and creating a better world for the next generation.

“Each and every day, producers, transporters, processing companies and retailers benefit from the advantages of our reusable trays and pallets: they are strong, always available, stackable, clean, traceable and 100% recyclable”.

Swisslog secures order to implement AutoStore in new distribution center for syncreon, a leading contract logistics company

February 8, 2018. Swisslog Logistics Automation, a leading provider of best-in-class warehouse automation and software, will implement AutoStore for syncreon, a leading specialized contract logistics company consistently recognized for its operational excellence. The newly constructed, automated distribution center in Carlisle, PA will serve both e-commerce and retail fulfillment. The new facility occupies approximately one million square feet and is scheduled to begin fulfillment operations in June 2018.

syncreon is globally recognized for optimizing customers’ supply chains, providing tailored, innovative, and scalable solutions that reduce costs and improve performance. According to David Minns, Senior Vice President, Global Procurement, for syncreon, “We believe that a proven goods-to-person picking solution like AutoStore will be a perfect complement to our more conventional picking operations. We are particularly attracted to the easy scalability of AutoStore for our future growth. As a global company, we selected Swisslog as our implementation partner because of their strong global footprint and support organization.”

Swisslog is the leading global integrator of the AutoStore system with more than 85 installations. Swisslog’s AutoStore solution combines intelligent SynQ warehouse management software and unique pick stations not offered by other integrators.

Markus Schmidt, President Swisslog WDS Americas, commented, “It’s exciting to see this technology really take off in the United States. American companies are rapidly adopting goods-to-person automation and turning to Swisslog because of our vast experience compared to other integrators. After installing more than 85 projects, our realization has been perfected to the point that our team can install in short time frames while tailoring solutions that work for our diverse clientele in the E-commerce/retail, consumer goods and production logistics industries.”

New Nestable Plastic Pallet Combines Best Features Into One Powerful Shipping Product

Chicago, IL – One Way Solutions has released a new nestable plastic pallet that combines the high capacity, low tare weight and reinforced perimeter for increased impact-resistance. All of these heavyweight characteristics come at light duty pricing, which makes it the ideal pallet for one way export shipments, light-medium duty reusable applications, WIP, storage, display, and distribution applications.

This 40 x48 USA made pallet weighs only 17 lbs, yet provides 2,500 of dynamic capacity. High-pressure injection molded with high quality recycled HDPE resin, this pallet has a 8,800 lb static capacity.

Every consideration has been taken to minimize weight while maintaining strength and durability:

  • 9 nesting legs feature structurally neutral knockouts to reduce weight and cost.
  • Tapered edges assist fork tine entry and assist splitting a pallet off a nested stack.
  • The pallet deck perimeter is reinforced with extra ribs to increase impact resistance.

The 4-way entry is compatible with nearly all fork trucks and hand trucks. The open deck design allows for easy handling and cleaning. A superior nesting ratio allows 2100 pallets to fit in a 53’ truck, significantly reduces the per pallet shipping costs.

The product is now available on the One Way Solutions website and will ship out next day. Pricing for this item can go as low as $8.99 per pallet.

One Way Solutions is a 3rd generation family-run business specializing in plastic pallets for the Material Handling Industry.

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Pallet Manufacturer After Employee Injured by Machine

NEW LENOX, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Supplyside USA, a New Lenox-based pallet manufacturer, for machine safety violations after an employee was injured while conducting maintenance on equipment. The company faces $91,832 in proposed penalties for two repeated, six serious, and three other-than-serious violations.

OSHA inspectors found Supplyside USA, which operates as Prime Woodcraft Inc., failed to install adequate machine guards, implement energy control procedures to prevent equipment from unintentional operation, and train workers about noise hazards; and allowed combustible dust to accumulate on surfaces.

“Too often, employees are injured because companies lack adequate machine safety procedures and safeguards,” said OSHA Chicago South Area Office Director Kathy Webb. “Employers have a responsibility to evaluate their workplaces for hazards, and ensure safe operations.”

Prime Woodcraft has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. View current citations.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit

CHEP Launches New Advanced Container Management Facility in Southern California

 Redlands, CA – January 31, 2018 – CHEP recently opened its newest container service center just outside greater Los Angeles.  The larger space, optimized layout, and investment in state of the art semi-automated cleaning equipment are key enablers to support CHEP’s growing west coast customer base and ensure just-in-time availability of high-quality sanitized containers.

Southern California represents one of the largest consumer markets in the United States. As an established partner with a large number of food and beverage manufacturers in the region, CHEP provides supply chain solutions including container rental, tracking, and optimized logistics.  Redlands emerged as an ideal location for this new site due to its proximity to the concentrated manufacturing hub outside a major metropolitan area.

With consumers driving industry improvements in food safety and sustainable business practices, CHEP has implemented key innovations to better align with their customers’ values and goals. The new CHEP facility in Redlands boasts a high-efficiency hot water pressure washing system in combination with organic drain-safe cleaning chemicals to reduce the environmental impact and ensure consistent quality.

In addition, customers benefit from CHEP’s long-standing business model which replaces corrugated packaging that would have otherwise been sent to landfills, reduces transport miles and emissions, and improves the safety and traceability of food throughout the manufacturing process.

For further information on CHEP’s supply chain solutions, visit or call 888-873-2277.

TOMRA Partners with Michigan United Conservation Clubs to Help Protect the State’s Outdoor Heritage

Shelton, Conn  February 1, 2018 — TOMRA has partnered with Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) to raise funds through Tomra Makes Change, the reverse vending provider’s recycling loyalty program.

TOMRA Makes Change members can now exchange their loyalty points for a donation to MUCC. Four-hundred points in the program equates to a $1.50 donation.

TOMRA has more than 500 TOMRA Makes Change-connected reverse vending machines (RVMs) located at retailers throughout the state of Michigan. Any TOMRA Makes Change member who recycles at a TOMRA RVM connected to the program can earn one point per bottle recycled. Points can be redeemed for an array of rewards and charitable donations.

“As an organization helping to preserve the environment, we look to partner with those who share our mission,” said Chuck Riegle, SVP Government Affairs, TOMRA Collection Solutions North America. “Michighan United Conservation Clubs has more than 200 affiliated local clubs and does tremendous work in advancing environmental programs in the state, and we are proud to play a small role in helping them continue their work. They are also an organization that really resonates with the TOMRA Makes Change community, a group of highly-engaged recyclers.”

MUCC led the petition campaign that passed the Michigan Bottle Bill and has multiple conservation programs uniting citizens to conserve, protect, and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage.  To learn more about the success of the container recycling law in Michigan, visit

How TOMRA Makes Changes Works

For every container redeemed through the TOMRA Makes Change program, members receive one point in addition to their state’s container deposit value. Members log in to their account on the RVM screen before beginning their recycling session to collect their points. Participating TOMRA RVMs without a touch screen instead print a QR code at the end of the recycling session, which the member can then scan using the TOMRA ReAct app. The app also tracks recycling activity and the environmental impact of a member’s recycling.

Points can be accessed through the ReAct app or and redeemed for gift cards, tech products and eco-friendly goods. Users can also choose to donate their points to a variety of non-profit organizations, converting the points into a monetary donation.

The company established TOMRA Makes Change to reward consumer participation in beverage container return programs. More than 37 million containers have been recycled through TOMRA Makes Change reverse vending machines (RVMs) since the program’s launch in September 2016.

TrackX to Implement Supply Chain Management Solution for Global Appliance Manufacturer

DENVER – TrackX Holdings Inc., an enterprise Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) software platform provider, has announced that a leading, household appliance manufacturer has selected TrackX to implement yard distribution and supply chain logistics solutions. The initial implementation will be at one of the customer’s principal U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities with 3 additional U.S. locations identified for deployment in 2018.  The solution includes hardware and recurring SaaS (Software as a Service) fees as well as professional services to integrate with existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.

In the first phase of deployment, TrackX’s GAME (Global Asset Management for Enterprises) for Supply Chain Management (SCM) software platform will focus on optimizing yard, dock, and gate related business activities. In the yard, GAME for SCM provides real-time equipment visibility utilizing a variety of IIoT devices to enable real-time tracking of transportation equipment and trailers throughout a large business park. GAME for SCM will manage the arrival, departure, and inventory of all transportation equipment within the facility.  It will also dynamically assign tasks to the shunt drivers responsible for the movement of trailers to and from inventory locations, at the distribution docks and between facilities. The result will include: improved equipment utilization, efficient labor management, increased efficiency at the dock, a reduction in carrier detention charges, improved security and accountability at the gate, accurate inventory, and labor savings across all yard related business processes. Future expansions could include returnable container tracking and further optimization of other high-value assets.

“We are excited to be working with another multi-billion dollar enterprise that is spearheading IIoT initiatives to optimize their supply chain,” said Tim Harvie, TrackX President & CEO. “This customer, a leader within their industry, fully understands that asset tracking and inventory management are fundamental competitive advantages, and we’re proud that they have chosen TrackX to increase efficiencies within their operations.”

Futuropalette 2018 to be Held in Paris, April 5.

Whether you are a pallet user, professional transport, logistics or supply chain, manufacturer or repacker or public sector employee, the Futuropalette 2018 Meetings in Paris, France, organized on the initiative of the FNB and SYPAL, will provide an unmissable meeting of all the participants in the wood pallet sector, according to event sponsors. Click here to find out more.

January 24, 2018. Polymer Logistics, a global leader in reusable packaging and merchandising solutions, will bring fresh inspiration and innovative new products for retail and promotional display, transport packaging, and asset management to Fruit Logistica February 6-8, 2018.

New merchandising products being featured at Fruit Logistica include a modular spill-over display that can be used to extend the primary produce table or as a stand-alone unit in a secondary display location; a larger produce fixture for combined display and storage of high volume seasonal fruits and vegetables; and a modular display solution for enhanced presentation of floral products. All these packaging and merchandising solutions can be ordered in the color that best complements store décor. In addition, the displays and the siding panels are easy to assemble, interchange, and store, making them an efficient, effective, and attractive way to support holiday, seasonal, and other theme promotions.

“Applications for our merchandising units extend to all fresh departments in the store,” said Fred Heptinstall, CEO of Polymer Logistics North America. “Not only do they look great, they are designed to protect product freshness and quality. In addition, our panels can be readily adapted to fit existing fixtures and refrigerated units, making them a cost-effective way to create a consistent look around the fresh perimeter.”

The comprehensive range of products and services offered by Polymer Logistics help transform the shopping experience. Through innovative design, sustainable and efficient operations, unsurpassed quality and freshness, leading-edge merchandising solutions, and effective asset management systems, Polymer Logistics helps its partner growers and retail customers increase shopper satisfaction and realize profitable growth.

To see these new products and more, stop by the Polymer Logistics booth #E-09 in Hall 21 at the 2018 Fruit Logistica, February 6-8 in Berlin, Germany.

January 22, 2018

Sonoco Leads Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, Packaging Sector

Sonoco, one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, has been selected for Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies in the packaging sector, and named first in its industry. Among industry peers, Sonoco ranked first in nearly every category – including Innovation, Use of Corporate Assets, Social Responsibility, Financial Soundness, Long-term Investment Value, Quality of Products/Services and Global Competitiveness.

“We are honored to lead the packaging sector this year on Fortune’s Most Admired list,” said Jack Sanders, Sonoco president and CEO. “At Sonoco, we’re guided by the principle of Better Packaging. Better Life. Our goal is to improve the lives of all our stakeholders – including our customers, the consumers who use our packaging, our shareholders and our employees – through innovative packaging and a solid long-term growth strategy.”Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Executives, directors, and analysts rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed. Learn more about Fortune’s World’s Most Admired 

January 22, 2018. Tulsa-based Greystone Logistics, Inc. reported sales for the three months ended November 30, 2017 totaled $9,722,102 compared to $9,221,711 for the prior year period for an increase of $511,391, or 6%. Sales for the six months ended November 30, 2017 were $20,009,177 compared to $17,065,972 for the prior period for an increase of $2,943,205, or 17%.

Greystone recorded net income attributable to common shareholders (after preferred dividends and income attributable to variable interest entities) for the six months ended November 30, 2017 of $363,371, or $0.01 per share, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $(76,330), or $(0.00) per share, for the prior period. For the three months ended November 30, 2017, Greystone recorded net loss attributable to common stockholders (after preferred dividends and income attributable to variable interest entities) of $(11,337), or $0.00 per share, compared to a prior period net income attributable to common stockholders of  $41,109, or $0.00 per share.  EBITDA was $3,204,732 for the six months ended November 30, 2017 and $1,315,798 for the three months ended November 30, 2017.

“Although we are pleased with the company’s top line growth, our results from operations were affected by extraordinary costs of ramping up production for our new leasing customer and completing the installation of the previously reported new 3500-ton injection machine”, stated CEO Warren Kruger.  Kruger continued, “Increased margins while growing sales continue to be a major focus for Greystone. On January 17, 2018, we received a purchase order for our 48X40 heavy duty pallet totaling in excess of $4.5 million from a new national customer.  We first called on this potential opportunity over 15 years ago.  Our persistence paid off.  We continue to diversify our customer base and create innovative recycled pallet solutions.  The revenue from this new customer will be recognized over several months beginning about March 2018. Our production and operation teams work diligently to maintain a high degree of utilization of equipment.  This goal has a positive impact by lowering fixed costs allocation per pallet produced thus driving increased margins on greater sales volume. We look forward to our third and fourth quarters which are historically Greystone’s strongest.  Additionally, we are continuing to invest in equipment and facilities to drive growth and shareholder value.”

Greystone Logistics reprocesses and sells recycled plastic and designs, manufactures, sells high quality 100% recycled plastic pallets that provide logistical solutions needed by a wide range of industries such as the food and beverage, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical and consumer products. The company’s technology, including that used in its injection molding equipment, proprietary blend of recycled plastic resins and patented pallet designs, allows for the production of high-quality pallets quickly and at lower costs than many processes. The recycled plastic for its pallets helps control material costs while reducing environmental waste and provides cost advantages over users of virgin resin.

January 15, 2018.  CHEP, the supply chain solutions company, won the coveted Environmental Sustainability Award at the sixth Automotive Global Awards. The award recognizes the company’s excellence in delivering a sustainable global supply chain. CHEP received the award along with its customer Endurance Technologies, a leading auto parts manufacturer in India, for their shared achievements in reducing CO2 emissions and their commitment to deforestation.

The Automotive Global Awards honor outstanding achievements in 22 categories of the automotive industry in the areas of logistics, purchasing and supply chain. The annual award, organized by media company Three6Zero, brings together industry-leading logistics providers, OEMs, and external logistics providers to celebrate innovation and growth in the automotive industry.

“Through CHEP’s efforts alone, materials and emissions equivalent to around 360 trees per year have been saved. The huge size of automotive and logistics functions in India is a good example of how much small changes can be made if they are implemented on a larger scale, “says DK Rai, Director, CHEP Automotive in India.

CHEP has been working with over 3,000 customers since 1975, including leading vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 brands. CHEP reduces the total cost of the supply chain per item while improving the efficiency and carbon footprint of its customers with its environmentally friendly, cost-saving multi-use pooling service. CHEP also optimizes transport routes to save empty kilometers.

Atul Deodikar of Endurance Technologies explains: “Working with CHEP has allowed us to reduce our carbon footprint and achieve much better sustainability performance. On the one hand, trees can be saved with the reusable packaging solutions from CHEP for the automotive industry. On the other hand, less packaging material ends up in the landfill. Our company benefits greatly from CHEP’s business model ‘divide, reuse, recycle and reduce waste’. It also helps us make the most of our logistics resources. ”

The jurors commented: “The contribution of CHEP and Endurance Technologies clearly falls into the category of holistic sustainability. By reducing overall transports, there is a demonstrable, measurable and positive reduction in fuel consumption, both for packaging materials and vehicle operation. The work situation itself also benefits because fewer steps are required in all phases. In addition, further pooling opportunities arise. The described process represents a worthwhile and successful application of reusable rather than disposable packaging. ”

The Automotive Global Supplier Award honors CHEP for the second time in a row. In 2016, CHEP Automotive Europe and Tier 1 supplier Eberspächer received the Product Innovation Award for a new, efficient and reusable packaging solution developed to optimize the Eberspächer intercontinental supply chain.