Eye to the Future of U.S. Logistics Issues: Material Handling Roadmap Releases Draft Report - Oct 18, 2013 

The draft report highlighted a number of areas that are important to mention and to review, especially as they relate to pallets and transport packaging.; Brambles Sees Increased Sales from Pallecon: The logistics provider reported sales revenues of $1,311.9 million from its pooling business.; Changes Proposed to Softwood Check-Off: The changes are intended to help facilitate program operations.; Largest Thinning Contract Transferred: The Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) has been transferred from Pioneer Forest Products to Good Earth Power AZ LLC.; Biomass Groups Sign Memorandum of Understanding with USDA: This signifies a commitment by the federal government and industry to jointly grow and promote the wood to energy sector.; News Briefs: Stella-Jones Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the operating assets employed in three businesses. Missouri has expanded its state quarantine regulating the movement of ash wood products to include all counties and the City of St. Louis. IFCO Systems recently started an initiative focused on educating consumers about the benefits of Reusable Plastic Containers.