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House Approves Farm Bill, Includes Pro Forest Products Provisions - Dec 14, 2018 
The legislation goes to President Trump for his signature, and industry groups are optimistic that he will sign it. The bill includes language positively impacting issues of significant importance to the forest products industry.; Bid Proposal Strategies – Devil Is in the Details: One way to protect yourself is to put language in any bid that can shield you from unforeseen changes to any part of the process that adds costs. As the New Year rolls around, now is a good time to evaluate your contracts and bid practices.; News in Brief: A small newspaper in Ohio is seeking assistance to identify local pallet thieves. U.S. Department of Transportation recently increased fines across the board for violations of federal trucking regulations.; Profile Seeks Input on Softwood Report Additions: We still need your feedback to help us know exactly what we should track and how we should report it. You will find a simple five-question survey in this issue. more...
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US and Chinese Governments Agree to Break in Trade Fight Escalation - Dec 7, 2018 
During a recent G-20 summit, both sides agreed to delay tariff rate escalations that had been planned for January 2019. This pause will allow time for further trade negotiations; Alleged Scammer Hits Pallet Industry: If a new customer calls out of the blue and is willing to pay via credit card, you may not be guaranteed payment, especially if the card is fraudulent or stolen. Sales representatives, need to be careful because pallet fraud can be hard to prove and difficult to prosecute.; UK Ban Could Impact CLT: The new policy prohibits combustible materials on the external walls of any new buildings taller than 18 meters, which is about 59 feet or five stories. It notes that engineered timber falls within the scope of the new policy.; Pallet Profile Holiday Schedule: Pallet Profile will not be published December 28, 2018. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our readers! more...
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Farm Bill May Include Forest Reforms - Nov 30, 2018 
A major issue being debated is a significant change to forest management practices and funding mechanism to manage forest and grassland fires.; Hurricane Caused Significant Timber Damage: If loggers can get into the damage areas, the storm can provide a short-term supply of affordable timber although the storm impact can negatively impact tree farmers. more...
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ARP Fees and TPM Disputes Arise, Rehrig Pacific Launches Lawsuit Against CHEP - Nov 29, 2018 
Rehrig Pacific Co., which operates Total Pallet Management (TPM) services for retailers and foodservice companies, has filed a lawsuit against CHEP International Inc., which contends that CHEP unilaterally changed Asset Recovery Program (ARP) fees for some pallet sources.; Recycler Wins Jury Trial Against Pallet Pooler: A legal battle between PECO Pallet and Northwest Pallet regarding fees associated with the safeguarding, sorting, storing and loading of red, PECO-marked pallets resulted in a trial with a jury siding with Northwest Pallet on all counts. more...
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Recycler Wins Jury Trial Against Pallet Pooler - Nov 21, 2018 
The legal dispute involved fees owed to Northwest Pallet for acquiring, sorting, safeguarding, storing and loading PECO-marked pallets obtained from a variety of sources.; Forever Forest Exhibit Reaches Children with Pro Wood Message: The traveling exhibit is trying educate children on the benefits of wood products as it moves across the country. It has the potential to be seen by over five million children over the next decade.; Scientists Launch Forest Quarantine Survey, Seek Input: The group reviews scientific results and makes suggestions for the United Nations to adopt new plant health standards and updates to existing standards. more...
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California Wildfires Rage, Raise Land Management & Climate Issue - Nov 16, 2018 
There is plenty of blame to go around. The dire situation points to the need for a national conversation on land management, environmental stewardship and climate considerations rooted in science and practical, real-world solutions.; Winter 2018 White Paper Reminder: This four-page report explains the current state of the low-grade/industrial markets with a focus on the hardwood region where prices continue to go up or at least remain strong. It can be accessed and downloaded via the Pallet Profile and Recycle Record web portal. more...
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A Tale of Two Markets – Pressure Continues on Low-Grade Hardwood Prices - Nov 9, 2018 
Often pallet buyers receive a mixed report on the availability of hardwood supplies and hardwood prices. In reality, there are two major parts of the hardwood sector – industrial or low-grade and grade lumber used for flooring, cabinetry, molding and furniture. Sometimes the two markets operate in tandem; sometimes they run in different directions. more...
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Faith-Based Conference Explored Human Resources Strategies, Part II - Nov 9, 2018 
Working with employees to improve retention isn’t hard; it just requires engagement. That is one of the key points made at the third annual Kingdom Business Workshop.; Winter 2018 White Paper: This four-page report explains the current state of the low-grade/industrial markets with a focus on the hardwood region where prices continue to go up or at least remain strong.; Pallet Design Training for Pallet Users: If you missed our webinar last week, you can listen to the recording or even share it with your pallet buying customers. Subscribers are licensed to forward this webinar to their pallet buying customers. more...
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Pallet Design Training for Pallet Users -- Smart Design - Nov 9, 2018 
Webinar featuring Mark White, Ph.D., speaking on smart design and ways to make pallets perform better and cut costs. This video provices information on pallet design, wood species, and strategies to boost performance. The webinar can be viewed at http://www.palletprofile.com/Smart_Design_Webinar_Video_Rough_Cut.mp4. more...
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Election Nears, Change Is in the Air - Nov 2, 2018 
As the nation goes to the polls what does all of this mean for the pallet and forest products sector? This article looks at some key issues that may not make the evening news, but they are important for a healthy forest products economy.; Profile Seeks Input on Softwood Report Additions: We need your feedback to help us know exactly what we should track and how we should report it.; EPAL Names New CEO, Focuses on Developing a Smart Pallet: The European Pallet Associationhas tapped Christian Kühnhold as the new CEO of the organization. more...
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