Industry Standards Block Pallets in Our Future? Block Pallet Manufacturing Methods - Manufacturing Block Pallets: The interest
in block pallets is growing. This article
focuses on the options available in building
block pallets as well as a historical look at the significance of block pallets from a worldwide perspective. (12/1/2008)
Lumber Drying Sawmill & Treating Insights: Rein in Escalating Energy Costs - The forest products sector uses 12% of the total energy input for the U.S. manufacturing industry, according to the Department of Energy. This includes 5% that is consumed by the lumber manufacturing industry (hardwood and softwood sawmills). Sawmills consumed 127 trillion BTU in 2002. However, 63%-80% of the BTU was generated from wood residues. (7/1/2008)
Tracking (RFID, bar codes, etc.) Markets in Transition: RFID and Finding Lost Pallets - Some distribution level mangers and executives generally feel the frustration of trying to control or keep track of reusable pallets and containers. Lost containers are very real, and the cost of replacing them can run into the millions of dollars. (2/1/2008) Choices Growing for Technology
to Track Pallets and Containers - Tracking, RFID: Radio frequency identification technology in conjunction with unique asset tracking is clearly the ‘next big thing’ for tracking pallets and containers. (11/1/2008)
Trade Shows Richmond Expo Set May 16-17 in Va.
- Richmond Expo: The Richmond Expo will feature the largest exhibition of machinery and equipment for the forest products industry in the Eastern U.S. during 2008; the Richmond Expo is known as the largest pallet machinery trade show in the world; related story describes important new tax breaks for machinery purchases. (4/1/2008) Pallet Enterprise Richmond Expo Advertisers - List of select Pallet Enterprise advertisers and Timberline magazine exhibiting at the 2008 Richmond EXPO. (5/1/2008) Richmond Show Beats Industry Expectations - Richmond Expo: The Richmond Expo is a leading trade show of the pallet industry, and this year’s version was no different; exhibiting suppliers were upbeat about the results and prospects. (7/1/2008)
Trends MicroChange - In many cases, change occurs more slowly than anticipated. Change is gradual until momentum reaches a tipping point, then change comes fast and hard.
(1/1/2008) Nails: What Is Happening and Why? - Nail Outlook: Prices for pallet nails are on the way up as the cost of steel rod climbs; U.S. slaps anti-dumping duty on bulk and collated pallets imported from China and United Arab Emirates. (3/1/2008) Letter from Ed: Pallet Industry Faces a Changing World - Certainly one of the most talked about issues at the recent NWPCA meeting was the announcement that Costco has indicated it will require shipments be made on block pallets by the beginning of 2009. (4/1/2008) Challenges & Opportunities: Insights to Take Advantage of the Changing Business Landscape - Challenging Times: Costco has indicated it will move to block pallets in 2009. Will other retailers follow? The pallet industry is facing challenging times. Consider these key trends as you chart your course for the future. (4/1/2008)
Workers/Safety/OSHA Forklift Safety: Protect Visitors to Your Plant - With visiting pedestrians at your location, educating them is not practical. Warning them is an improvement but is only minimally effective. You need to find ways to control or eliminate the risk to them.
(3/1/2008) Combustible Dust Becomes National Target - Wood Dust Target: OSHA targets combustible wood dust after a refinery accident; learn what you need to do to mitigate your exposure to this risk. (8/1/2008) Wage Changes in the Pallet Industry
- Wage Changes in the Pallet Industry: A new human resource survey for 2008 in the pallet industry was just completed; one question on wages is presented here. (10/1/2008) Tips to Comply with OSHA’S Safety Gear Payment Rule - Worker Safety: Personal protective equipment required under OSHA standards usually must be provided free for employees; a critical first step in compliance is to conduct a hazard assessment. (10/1/2008) Protecting Workers in Cold Environments - Winter Weather: Keep your workers warm this winter using these cold weather safety tips. (12/1/2008)