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Informal Poll Shows Trends In Consolidation and Wage Response - Jan 27, 2023 
What is clear is that the market is changing. Companies can’t treat the last two years as the new normal. The good news is that everyone is in the same situation no matter your size. Actually, the bigger players may have higher employee costs.; Free Copy of 2022 Pallet Industry Wage and HR Survey, Deadline Extended!: All participants who submit a useable survey will receive a FREE copy of the final report. The only other way to obtain a copy is to pay $695. So, it is well worth your time to complete the survey. more...
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Kamps, Inc. Acquires Major Pallet Manufacturer & Lumber Producer, John Rock, Inc. - Jan 27, 2023 
This move improved Kamps lumber processing and procurement capabilities in the East as well as its pallet manufacturing and recycling capabilities. John Rock's Coatesville, Pennsylvania pallet manufacturing plant is one of the most technologically modern facilities in the country.; 2022 Pallet Industry Wage and HR Report, Deadline Extended, Secure Your Free Copy: All participants who submit a usable survey will receive a FREE copy of the final report. The only other way to obtain a copy is to pay $695.; Informal Poll Shows Trends In Consolidation and Wage Response: The survey is eye-opening about the changing competitive landscape as well as the impact of high labor costs. Probably the biggest reason why pallet prices won’t go back to pre-pandemic levels is the high cost of labor.; Recycle Bits: The Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design is conducting a comprehensive pallet industry survey. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recently highlighted upcoming deadlines for injury and illness data submissions. Millwood, Inc. recently added a second New Jersey-based pallet repair location. more...
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What Would Disruption Really Look Like in the Pallet Sector? - Jan 20, 2023 
Instead of a new pallet design, pool or material, what could really change the industry is new financial models and operational strategies as well as technology that improves key parts of the process. Maybe change doesn’t have to be large-scale?; NWPCA Releases PDS Update with Unit Load Analysis of Drums and Pails, ERP Integration: With over 849 million new and recycled wooden pallets manufactured annually, having the ability to design and analyze the performance of a pallet for drums and pails means that pallets are more reliable and efficient with optimal material utilization. more...
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Kamps, Inc. Acquires Major Pallet Manufacturer and Lumber Producer, John Rock, Inc. - Jan 13, 2023 
This deal is a little surprising because most of the other purchases by Kamps have focused on recyclers although some of those acquisitions had new production capacity. Whereas, John Rock is a pallet manufacturer first, a sawmill second, and a recycler third.; We Need Your Help! – 2022 Pallet Industry Wage and HR Survey: All participants who submit a useable survey will receive a FREE copy of the final report. The only other way to obtain a copy is to pay $695. So, it is well worth your time to complete the survey. more...
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Is Europe’s New Packaging Law a Precursor for America’s Future? - Jan 6, 2023 
While packaging has revolutionized product protection and improved supply chains, it has also created millions of tons of waste. By far the biggest offender in this regard is consumer product packaging.; Secure Your Copy of the 2022 Pallet Industry Wage and HR Survey: Every pallet manufacturer, pallet recycler or pallet lumber company that completes a useable survey will receive a FREE copy of the completed survey report.; Regional Lumber Trends: These graphs illustrate average lumber price trends within each region over the past year. more...
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Transportation Trends Point to Tough Headwinds for 2023 - Dec 22, 2022 
If you want to know what the future holds, trucking activity is a leading indicator of the true economic outlook. A strong consumer does not appear to be on the horizon.; Recycle Bits: The Western Pallet Association (WPA) annual meeting is a great place to develop a broader network.; 48forty Solutions has acquired Southern California-based pallet management company Dependable Pallet Logistics.; Millwood, Inc. recently added its second facility in the Texas market, It has acquired Red Express Pallet in Waco.; Pallet Industry Wage and HR Survey Announced: This is the most comprehensive survey of the labor situation in the industry. You can complete the survey in this issue. You can also complete the survey online starting January 2nd, 2023. The deadline is January 31, 2023. more...
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Pallet Industry Wage and HR Survey Announced - Dec 22, 2022 
Every pallet manufacturer, pallet recycler or pallet lumber company that completes a useable survey will receive a FREE copy of the completed survey report. The only other way to obtain a copy is to pay $695. So, it is well worth your time to complete the survey.; No Issue Next Week: The Pallet Profile will not be published next week on December 30th. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our readers! more...
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Dow Jones Sustainability World Index Recognizes Brambles with Top Ranking for Commercial Services - Dec 16, 2022 
Brambles scored 81/100 against an industry average of 23/100 thanks to its environmental and community goals. With a low-carbon circular business model and an ambitious decarbonization program, Brambles placed in the 99th percentile for climate strategy, and since 2020 has achieved a 4.5% reduction in supply chain emissions.; WPA Meeting Provides Great Winter Escape, Opportunity to Network and Learn: The WPA annual meeting will be held January 14-16, 2023, in Rancho Mirage, California at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas resort. Known for a fantastic annual golf tournament, pallet companies, lumber suppliers, machinery providers and more gather to connect, talk about the latest industry trends and listen to engaging speakers. The keynote speaker is Josh Klenoff.; Millwood Acquires Red Express Pallet: Located in Waco, Texas, only 80 miles from Millwood’s recent acquisition of Austin Pallet, the recycling facility will help the company better serve customers in Central Texas. James Scherer will oversee plant operations. more...
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State of Freight – Transportation Trends Point to Tough Headwinds in 2023 - Dec 9, 2022 
The pallet sector remains somewhat flat in terms of demand, probably buoyed by seasonal activity related to Christmas. Some believe the pallet market lags the transportation sector. Since the fourth quarter has been so difficult for freight, that trend raises serious questions about activity in the first quarter of 2023 for pallets.; Brambles Sells CHEP China to Competitor, Loscam China: This sale allows Brambles to share some in the China market without having to fight it out against Loscam. Instead of competing against each other, the combined entity can now work to establish a bigger presence in the Chinese supply chain.; NEWS IN BRIEF: 48forty Solutions has acquired Dependable Pallet Logistics.; Millwood, Inc. has bought Southworth Wood Products. more...
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Rail Strike Looms, Yet May Be Averted By Congressional Action - Dec 2, 2022 
So, what could a rail strike do to the pallet and low-grade lumber sectors? A pallet and lumber company in the Southwest suggested that the impact won’t be immediate because it has supply to fill orders to the end of the year. Other industry contacts have indicated having enough inventory to handle a short strike.; Holiday Schedule: Season’s Greetings! Pallet Profile will not be published December 30, 2022, according to our regular schedule. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our readers! more...
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