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Filling the Leadership Vacuum - State of the Pallet Industry – Part 2 - Mar 29, 2019 
As the pallet business becomes more complex, you need people who can troubleshoot a lot of scenarios and even interact with customers.; January 2019 Housing Report Shows Tepid Housing Construction and Sales: Most problematic was the continued decline in single-family permits, as well as construction spending – total and single-family.; NEWS BRIEFS: A federal appeals court blocked a logging project in western Montana while it considers a lawsuit that claims the project could harm threatened species. more...
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State of the Pallet Industry – Part 1, Trucking Trends for the Future – Will the Trucking Picture Improve? - Mar 22, 2019 
The big blessing is that trucking capacity is starting to ease although this trend is not universal. Capacity is complicated… It’s not just supply and demand any more. It really depends on what you are shipping and where you are sending it.; Trade Groups Launch Global Wood Packaging Forum Initiative and Website: The Global Wood Packaging Forum website offers information and helpful tools for wood packaging professionals and their customers worldwide.; News Briefs: The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) is seeking nomination for open seats. New research suggests climate change makes it increasingly difficult for tree seedlings to regenerate following wildfires in low-elevation forests. more...
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Chinese Government Unveils Future Forestry Plans - Mar 15, 2019 
China has become the largest buyer of logs and lumber on the global stage. Any action by China can leave a profound impact on global wood markets. The U.S. hardwood sector has dramatically re-oriented itself around exports to China. Chinese buyers are now a major purchaser of softwood material.; Virginia Tech Offers Unit Load Short Course: It will be held August 13-15th in Blacksburg Virginia at the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design features Best Load design software.; Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes: Every company needs a driver safety program to save lives and reduce company liability. With more and more online devices, the number of distractions has increased over the last decade. more...
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Supply Chain Trends Could Drive Pallet Changes - Mar 8, 2019 
Pallets will be as important as ever in the future, and the key things to differentiate you will be your quality and service levels. In order to win in those areas, you must be evolving and getting better at your core business – making and recycling pallets.; Congress Considers DRIVE Act: Seeking to entice younger drivers to enter the field, a bipartisan group of Congress members have introduced a bill that would set up an apprenticeship program to train younger truck drivers (18 to 21-year-old range) and allow them to traverse state lines on the interstate.; AUCTIONS FORMERLY DODD WOOD PRODUCTS • SAT, MARCH 16th, 2019 • 10AM EST 3720 State Rd 43, Spencer, IN 47460. COMPLETE SCRAGG MILL, CUT STOCK OPERATION & ROLLING STOCK.; Equipment Liquidation: Ready to Install & Ready to Run! more...
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USA vs China Trade Fight: Both Sides Likely to Delay New Round of Tariffs - Mar 1, 2019 
It is not certain whether the delay will last for long enough to cover the shipping lead time required to get products to China, so please keep in mind that the tariff level could go into full effect any time in the next month.; Carbon Monoxide Can Be Stealth Risk: CO is a common industrial hazard resulting from the incomplete burning of material containing carbon such as natural gas, gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane, coal or wood. One of the most common sources of exposure in the workplace is the internal combustion engine.; Winter 2019 White Paper: Challenges persist for the pallet market. The staff of the Pallet Profile has developed a two-page White Paper for subscribers to share with their pallet customers. more...
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CHEP Faces Cost Pressures, Raises Prices, Invests in Repair Network - Feb 28, 2019 
This comes as news in spite of the fact that the company recently reported its half year results for fiscal 2019, which included sales revenue growth of 5%, which is at the higher range of estimates.; Winter 2019 White Paper: As challenges persist for the pallet market,this White Paper is designed for subscribers to freely share within subscribing companies and to any third party.; OSHA’s Increases Civil Penalty Rates for 2019: The increase reflects a 2.5% inflation adjustment rate, and took effect on January 23, 2019. more...
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Update on U.S. China Trade Negotiations - Feb 22, 2019 
Both sides reported that they made “progress,” including more substantive discussions and reported Chinese concessions on key structural issues that are a priority for the United States.; Higher Costs Hamper CHEP Profits, Rental Giant Raises Prices: One contributing factor is the company’s efforts to successfully implement surcharges and aligning contractual price increases with the true market cost-to-serve customers. more...
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Hardwood Study Calculates Economic Impact, Industry Statistics - Feb 15, 2019 
It looks at a number of sectors within the hardwood industry The study found that nationally, the U.S. hardwood forest products industry helps to employ over 1.8 million people and contributes $348 billion to the U.S. economy. Dspite their struggles, it still is a major player in the agriculture economy of many states.; OSHA Curtails Electronic Reporting Rule: The rule eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301, but does not alter an employer’s duty to maintain them.; White Paper Available Online: It can be downloaded from the online web portal, and is designed for subscribers to freely share within subscribing companies and to any third party. more...
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What to Expect in Workplace Safety Rules and Practices in 2019 - Feb 8, 2019 
Many wonder what to expect from workplace safety and its regulators in 2019. Here’s a run-down of six key areas where we expect to see action in the months ahead.: Winter 2019 White Paper: Challenges persist for the pallet market in the first month of 2019. This White Paper is designed for subscribers to freely share within subscribing companies and to any third party. more...
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Winter 2019 PPW White Paper: More of the Same — Less of a Wild Ride - Feb 8, 2019 
Last year was a crazy roller coaster ride for the softwood and hardwood markets. ost experts believe this year will see less volatility although some factors could continue to hamper production for both grade and low-grade lumber in North America. more...
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