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Brambles CEO Suggests Rougher Waters Ahead - Aug 23, 2019 
From Brexit to the U.S./China trade war, there is a lot of uncertainty about what will happen; and that means companies are less willing to invest and consumers less willing to spend. Also, retail and logistics are in the midst of a massive evolution as customers order more and more online.; Action by California Fire Authorities Underscores Adequate Planning: Fire officials in Stockton, California have issued cease and desist orders to six of the 15 pallet companies in the municipality for failure to comply with fire safety regulations and building codes. more...
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Researchers Learn How ALB Expands Territory Despite Strong Eradication Efforts - Aug 16, 2019 
Their most recent research revealed that the larval offspring of the wood-borer native to China can feed and thrive on tree species whose tissues would sicken their parents, perhaps explaining how the beetle expands its range, even when its preferred host trees – maples, elms and willows – are not nearby.; Fourth Kingdom Business Workshop Scheduled for September: A group of faith-inspired business leaders in the pallet industry are set to gather again in Denver, Colorado on September 19 at L&R Pallet. The event includes a plant tour as well as speakers, workshops and discussion about how servant leadership principles can help make better businesses and better people.; Don Colson, Developer of Viking Machinery, Passes Away: Don was one of the developers of the Viking nailing machines. more...
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Trade Press Highlights Growing ISPM-15 Concerns for Shippers - Aug 9, 2019 
The big problem is the cost to shippers and the impact on international goods flowing into the United States. Shipments found with infestation can be delayed, probably re-exported to another destination and possibly fined.; Jerry Lottes Passes Away: Jerry was particularly known for servicing and supplying parts for Viking nailing systems. Jerry was the first Viking technician to drive a Viking service van back in the 1980s.; Unit Load Center Offers Training Course: Held August 13-15th in Blacksburg, Virginia, this intensive three-day short course will teach techniques that pallet and packaging designers can use to save money on corrugated board and plastic packaging materials.; NEWS IN BRIEF: The Softwood Lumber Board has named Kabira Cher Ferrell as its new vice president for marketing and communications. more...
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Fraud Alleged in Chinese Aluminum Pallet Plot - Aug 2, 2019 
This case does show the lengths that some people will go to avoid trade tariffs as well as one of the major challenges that Chinese companies may face in seeking business and investor alliances in the West.; News Briefs: The Canadian government has agreed to invest over $24 million in a multi-year program to promote innovative wood products. The Pallet Foundation is continuing to promote its data collection efforts for the pallet industry Life Cycle Assessment. more...
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Insights for Switching Pallet Partners - Jul 30, 2019 
A recent subscriber inquiry wanted to know the pitfalls and challenges that come from switching to and from various pallet approaches in regards to the process of converting from a rental system to white-wood recycled pallets. Keep in mind that every situation may have nuances that are hard to cover in one general article.; NWPCA Fly-In Focused on Growing Industry Influence in Washington: Even if you were not able to attend, you can still make your voice heard by contacting your Congressional representative to vote or support these efforts. For more information on talking points or key messaging, contact Patrick Atagi, vice president of advocacy and external affairs for the NWPCA. more...
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Trump Unveils Environmental Progress, Recognizes Forest Products Sector Activists Trump Unveils Environmental Progress, Recognizes Forest Products Sector Activists - Jul 26, 2019 
Part of the #TimberUnity campaign, a number of loggers and forest products representatives were part of President Trump’s focus on combining economic progress and environmental stewardship.; Crisis Communications Plans Start Now – A Basic Checklist: f you wait until a crisis to develop a plan on how to communicate and what to say in a crisis, changes are that you may make a big mistake.; News In Brief: Plastic pallet manufacturer, RM2 International, plans to raise US$6 million in additional funding from issuing more shares. The world’s largest pallet pool, the European Pallet Association (EPAL) has re-elected Robert Holliger as president. EPAL also recently announced plans to authorize the application of quality marks using inkjet printing. Vermont Governor Phil Scott recently announced a new initiative to address the high cost of workers’ compensation insurance for logging contractors. more...
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NWPCA Fly-In Focused on Growing Industry Influence in Washington - Jul 19, 2019 
Even if you were not able to attend, you can still make your voice heard by contacting your Congressional representative to vote or support these efforts. Key issues discussed included: interpretation of EPA requirements that are restricting the use of old wood pallets in producing wood pellets, the new U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement and increasing the twin trailer standard from 28 feet to 33 feet.; News Briefs: Conner Industries of Fort Worth, Texas has acquired RoseMill Packaging Resources. The final deadline for U.S. pallet manufacturers and recyclers to submit information for the industry Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) project is quickly approaching. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has denied a petition by the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) seeking an exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for trucking. more...
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Proposed Changes to Hours of Service Rules Anticipated - Jul 12, 2019 
Supporters of the change note that the current “one size fits all” regulations can not only be impractical but can reduce safety, such as in cases when truckers are forced to take a break or stop driving for the day when there isn’t a safe location to park.; Government Researchers Confirm Current Wildfires Moderate Future Fires: Under the right fuel and weather conditions, wildfire can act as an effective fuel treatment to improve forest health and prevent future blazes from becoming costly, dangerous mega-fires.; Progress Made Against Invasive Beetle: APHIS officials urge people to allow program officials access to property to inspect trees and remove any infested trees that are found.; China Talks to Resume: It looks like current tariff levels on U.S. exports to China and China exports to the U.S. will stay in place for now.; European Market Update: EU Ruling Aids Recycling: The European Union has decided that wood used in repairing and reusing pallets and packaging should be included when determining recycling rates.; AUCTION! Saturday, July 20, 2019. 9am EST. Marion, NY. Formerly Peter C Herman, Inc. more...
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USDA Proposes Changes to Forest & Grassland Management - Jun 28, 2019 
The new rules will “improve forest conditions and make it simpler for people to use and enjoy their national forests and grasslands at lower cost to the taxpayer.; Summer Holiday Schedule: We will not be publishing a report next week. Our first report to end the second quarter of 2019 and start the third quarter of 2019 will be on July 12.; Which Pallet for Produce?: The focus of a recent article was which pallet is better for shipping produce: plastic or wood? And it allowed the representatives of each trade group to promote their respective views.; Pallet Profile Added Green Pine Cants: We need your help as we look to add more softwood information east of the Rockies later this year. more...
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State of Logistics Report Highlights Tight Supply Chain Capacity and Innovations - Jun 28, 2019 
Supply chain costs are rising. The retooling of supply chains to account for more e-commerce sales has led to the need for smaller, more costly warehouses. Last year, extremely high utilization of existing truck fleets combined with limited available freight capacity to drive up transport rates.; Brambles Finalizes IFCO Sale: Proceeds from the sale are intended to improve shareholder value. The balance of the proceeds will be used to repay debt to maintain leverage in line with the Board approved credit policy.; EU Ruling Aids Recycling: Under the amended directive, replacing one component in a pallet also now allows the full weight of the pallet to be accounted for as recycled. more...
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