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Survey Spotlights Vaccine Mandate Disruptions and Strategies - Nov 29, 2021 
A survey of 39 major pallet companies in the United States (both manufacturers and recyclers) concluded that a majority could lose at least 25% of their workforce if a vaccine mandate were imposed. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a temporary stay of the OSHA vaccine/testing/masking ETS. But this temporary injunction could be lifted by the Sixth Circuit where all the various cases are being consolidated.; Higher Diesel Prices Expected Through End of Year, Improvement Likely in 2022: What’s behind higher fuel prices? Since the third quarter of 2020, global consumption of crude oil and petroleum products has increased faster than production, which has caused lower inventory levels and higher crude oil prices.; Is It Time to Talk Green? CHEP Highlights Sustainability Focus: Is it time for more recyclers to add sustainability to their sales discussions? Some pallet providers do talk about their green credentials. But most do it as an afterthought. more...
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Pallet Prices Have Risen Significantly Since the Start of the Pandemic, What Does the Future Hold? - Nov 24, 2021 
Thanks to limited capacity, historic lumber markets, labor shortages, inflation hitting everything, the last two years have seen historic rises in pallet prices. The only thing that seems like it could derail strong pricing is a failing economy if it materializes in 2022.; Industry Promotion Could Help Ease Labor Woes: What do you think? How can the pallet industry do more to improve its visibility in the job market? The Lumber.Works campaign made me wonder if the pallet industry should consider something similar. more...
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OSHA Temporarily Suspends ETS; Case Consolidated in Conservative Leaning 6th Circuit - Nov 19, 2021 
The vaccination/testing Emergency Temporary Standard for employers with more than 100 workers has been delayed. The courts have stopped the implementation of the OSHA ETS due to ongoing legal challenges; however, until the courts resolve those lawsuits, employers should prepare for compliance suggested the NWPCA.; Forecasts Project Lower Crude Oil Prices in 2022: Global consumption of crude oil and petroleum products has increased faster than production, which has caused lower inventory levels and higher crude oil prices. This has led to the diesel fuel spike. more...
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Survey Spotlights Vaccine Mandate Disruptions and Strategies - Nov 12, 2021 
The pallet industry is known to employ populations that skew heavily to immigrants, minorities, rural whites and others who are less likely to be vaccinated. The NWPCA has been speaking with members and early feedback is that around 50% or more of their workforce may be unvaccinated with no inclination to get the jab.; EPAL Changes Quality Classification Standards: The new terms of exchange offers EPAL Euro pallet users such as retail, haulers, pallet service providers and repairers an easy way of agreeing delivery of a defined quality used Euro pallets corresponding to the user’s specific requirements. This increases the effective deployment of used EPAL Euro pallets. more...
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Is It Time to Talk Green? CHEP Highlights Sustainability Focus - Nov 5, 2021 
Its Zero Waste World initiative program seeks to eliminate waste in three core areas: packaging waste, transport waste and process waste. Many pallet companies already do green things and help customers reduce their environmental impact. The problem is that it can be hard to capture data and market those benefits to customers.; Biden Administration Releases Emergency OSHA Vaccine Mandate: The Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requires covered employers to develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to choose to either be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work. more...
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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Issues and Scenarios - Oct 29, 2021 
This employee vaccine mandate is expected to cover about two-thirds of the private sector workforce. A survey of unvaccinated workers found that 30% said they would leave their jobs rather than comply, although some believe the number who will really walk off the job are far less. Given the labor shortage this mandate couldn’t have come at a worse time.; PECO Pallet Expands Network with Company-operated Depot in Memphis: The depot becomes the eighth plant in North America. The Memphis site complements more than 80 additional pallet management locations.; Conner Industries Projects 12-15% Growth in 2022, Celebrates Milestone: The company reached record sales and profitability this year as well as celebrated its 40th anniversary. Conner reported the highest EBITDA since 2007. more...
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U.S. Ports, Especially California Face Backlog Crisis - Oct 27, 2021 
Commitments from port authorities and carriers to move toward 24/7 operations until the backlog is handled could cause a huge surge in pallet demand in California and other parts of the country. Concerns over tight supplies may push consumers to shop early for Christmas. This could change typical retail pallet use patterns as well. Get ready for demand to potentially surge a lot in the coming month.; 48forty Solutions Acquires J&B Pallet: Since its inception, the acquired company has positioned itself as one of the region’s leading pallet manufacturers and recyclers, focusing on quality pallets and a consistent supply to serve their customers better.; Looking for Lumber? Search the 2021 Lumber Pages! For years, pallet companies have used this directory to discover reliable sources of precut material, cants and much more. Covering both hardwoods and softwoods, you can search via geographic region and identify specific lumber products offered by each supplier. more...
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CHEP USA Results Show Pallet Availability Constraints - Oct 22, 2021 
Basically, CHEP could have had higher sales in North America if it had the pallets to provide customers. The pooler prioritized existing customers over securing new business wins due to supply constraints.; Attention Pallet Users: Markets Are Moving: By obtaining information from pallet users, you can help improve accuracy of information and protect your markets. Now, it is more important than ever for you to be part of our information network.; USDA Now Accepting Grant Applications for Wood Products, Energy Programs: These funds are designed to develop and expand the use of wood products and strengthen emerging wood energy markets that support sustainable forest management – particularly in areas of high wildfire risk. more...
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U.S. Ports, Especially California, Face Backlog Crisis - Oct 15, 2021 
Commitments from port authorities and carriers to move toward 24/7 operations until the backlog is handled could cause a huge surge in pallet demand in California and other parts of the country. Talking about the effect on transportation operations, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg explained, “You can think of that as basically opening the gates.”; 48forty Solutions Acquires J&B Pallet: J&B is a leader in the industry with its automation efforts and plays an integral role in supporting diverse industries. Beyond producing new and recycled pallets, J&B offers on-site sort and repair services. more...
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Part 1 – Pallets of the Future: Will CHEP Build Costco a Plastic Pool? Will It Succeed? - Oct 8, 2021 
Brambles Limited, the parent company behind CHEP USA, unveiled its process for considering whether it will move ahead with a potential plastic pallet pool for Costco in the United States.; U.S. South to Add Four Billion Board Feet of Production by 2022: Although the total softwood output for North America is roughly the same as 2008, about 74 bbft per year, production is moving from west to south. more...
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