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Brambles Announces Strong Results; Discusses Pandemic Challenges - Aug 25, 2021 
In one of the craziest lumber markets ever, CHEP’s pricing mechanisms have worked to keep the company profitable. In the United States, the rental giant did take a hit to its reliability reputation as the company struggled to supply customers especially in the ag sector. CHEP’s network and supply was put to the test this past fiscal year.; Diesel Prices Continue to Rise, Hope of Greater OPEC Production Should Help Supply Crunch: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration prediction, "Expect that prices will fall to $2.82/gal, on average, in 4Q21.; OSHA Releases New COVID-19 Guidance for Employers: The agency recommends that fully vaccinated workers who have close contacts with people with coronavirus wear masks for up to 14 days unless they have a negative coronavirus test at least 3-5 days after such contact.; Recycle Bits: Walmart Inc. is adopting an automated pallet-packing system that it has been testing in 25 of its 42 regional distribution centers. more...
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Brambles Announces Strong Results, Discusses Pandemic Challenges - Aug 20, 2021 
One of the biggest selling points for CHEP through the years has been the size and scope of its network and capabilities to get customers pallets, but its network and supply was put to the test this past fiscal year. The result – CHEP telling many customers they would not be receiving usual levels of pallet shipments.; News in Brief: The challenges to the global supply chain never seem to end. more...
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Science and Public Outreach Hold Some Answers to Wildfire Troubles – Part 3 - Aug 13, 2021 
Drought combined with diseased and dying trees due to insect infestations have created the perfect conditions for worsening forest health. A major problem is that most of the money spent on dealing with forest health concerns goes into fighting fires not active management.; News in Brief: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack named Randy Moore to be Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Walmart Inc. is adopting an automated pallet-packing system that it has been testing in 25 of its 42 regional distribution centers. more...
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Wildfires Rage, Lawmakers Look for Solutions – Part 2 - Aug 6, 2021 
The good news is that both major parties see the need to address wildfire and forest health concerns. In addition, The Biden administration has been leading active monthly discussions with governors to address the wildfire concerns and ensure federal funding is getting to the right place.; Pallet Market White Paper Recently Released: Pallet companies can share this with pallet users. It is an excellent tool to help explain current market dynamics that affect the need for price adjustments. more...
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Wildfires Spark Concern in the West – Part 1 - Jul 30, 2021 
For the timber industry, wildfires can affect the supply chain as logging operations shut down limiting timber supply. Sawmills in rural areas may stop operations or reduce output due to supply and safety concerns. This just highlights the fragility of the timber supply chain to disruptions.; Latest Pallet Market White Paper Released: Grade softwood lumber prices have dropped significantly although low-grade softwood prices have come down at a much lower pace due to expensive inventory still working its way through the supply chain. Hardwood prices remain high for new pallets. And recycled pallet prices remain elevated as demand outpaces supply. more...
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Industry Veterans Launch New, Tracking-Enabled Pool - Jul 28, 2021 
The new company is called Pooling and Logistics Experts or PalX for short. Originally, the company is targeting regional customers with specialized needs, such as cold chains, pharmaceuticals and secure supply chains.; Latest Pallet Market White Paper Released: Included in this issue and posted online in the Pallet Profile/Recycle Record portal is a copy of the latest White Paper for late summer 2021.; Oregon Pallet Explains Strategies for Selling to 48forty Solutions: Oregon Pallet was established in 1998 by owners Bryce and Carly Taylor. Since its inception, the company has firmly positioned itself as one of the leading pallet recyclers in the region.; Looking for Lumber? Search the 2021 Lumber Pages! Covering both hardwoods and softwoods, you can search via geographic region and identify what specific lumber products are offered by each supplier. more...
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The Million Dollar Question – When will my pallet prices come down? - Jul 28, 2021 
Even though news reports are talking about plummeting lumber prices, what general news outlets aren’t reporting is that those numbers and futures reports are only reflecting pine prices that have significantly dropped, and not hardwood. more...
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Oregon Pallet Explains Strategies for Selling to 48forty Solutions - Jul 23, 2021 
Specializing in reconditioned and remanufactured pallets and wood recycling services, Oregon Pallet plays an integral role in supporting customers across a diverse set of industries. Since its inception, the company has firmly positioned itself as one of the leading pallet recyclers in the region.; USDA Offers Pandemic Assistance for Loggers, Timber Haulers: The funds are offered for legal entities that experienced a gross revenue loss of at least 10% during the period of Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2020, compared to the period of Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2019. Anyone interested is encouraged to apply right away. more...
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Industry Veterans Launch New Pallet Pool - Jul 16, 2021 
The new company is called Pooling and Logistics Experts or PalX for short. Originally, the company is targeting regional customers with specialized needs, such as cold chains, pharmaceuticals and secure supply chains. PalX has secured a contract with a national dairy producer and is working on finalizing contracts with two other companies.; Weyerhaeuser Sells 145,000 Acres of Timberland: The timberlands are located in Washington’s North Cascade region and will provide a long-term fiber supply for Hampton Lumber’s sawmill in Darrington. more...
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Ocean Shipping Problems Continue for Lumber, Legislative Remedies Under Consideration - Jul 2, 2021 
The last three decades in the ocean shipping industry have brought consolidation to a sector that once had dozens of carriers. A result of that consolidation is complete reliance on less than a dozen foreign carriers to deliver our agricultural and forest products overseas, and with little oversight.; Summer 2021 Publishing Break: The staff of the Profile will publish its next issue on July 16th. We began taking off around July 4th a number of years ago to give our staff some time to catch up on projects and take some vacation.; Profile Regional Lumber Graphs: We publish our 3Q lumber price trends for hardwood cant regions in the United States. more...
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