Housing Back to Normal by 2015 - Housing Rebound: The housing market, a major driver for the forest product industry, is making a slower recovery than hoped for, but should be back to normal by 2015 if unemployment improves. (8/1/2013)
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)
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.
Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Finding Treasure in the Garbage - Moments of inspiration are not the sort of thing that you can schedule on your appointment calendar. Bright ideas tend to come when you least expect them. And these jewels of inspiration can be lost forever in the recesses of your mind if you don’t write them down in a place where you can retrieve them later. (9/1/2006)
Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Nightmare of the Waking Dragon - Senator Charles R. Hawkins of the VA State Senate talked about how the United States actually had a small trade surplus with China in 1985. But that has all changed over the past twenty years as the trade deficient with China has soared to an estimated $200 billion in 2005.
Letter from Ed: Katrina – A Cruel Reminder of Change in our Society - Immediately after Katrina, the softwood market had a rapid price spike because of an overall panic on commodities. Softwood prices quickly subsided from the panic spike. While some pressure in the hardwood industry had subsided a little over the summer, concern over winter supplies was still very real. (11/1/2005)
Markets in Transition: Old World of Pallet Control Under Pressure
- The old economy, with long serving supply chain partners and even longer serving employees, provided a stable environment. Now, supply chain links are more transitory. Partners change. Employees and technology change. Corporate mergers are part of our day. (11/1/2005)
Letter from Ed:
The Pallet Business – Is It Changing? - Throughout most of our history, the pallet industry has been a family run and operated, entrepreneurial kind of business. Are we losing some of this? Should we want to lose some of this? Both answers may be yes. (5/1/2005)
Expendable, 48x40 Pallets Dominate Production in U.S. - Fifth in a continuing series of research surveys of the U.S. wood pallet industry supported in part by the U.S. Forest Service and the Illinois Wood Products Association; second and final part of the complete report. (4/1/2002)