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WTO Sides with Canada in Latest Softwood Dispute Decision - Aug 27, 2020 
Most agreed it is likely to change anything. This dispute is more than likely going to be resolved by a political solution not a legal resolution. One Canadian lumber buyer commented that the WTO decision won’t affect anything. It’s like writing a worthless check.; Summer 2020 White Paper Available: After a historic softwood lumber market over the past several months, this special report is designed for subscribers to freely share within subscribing companies and to any third party.; Special Equipment Inventory Listing: Sawmill, pallet and more! LPS Equipment & Acquisition Co. more...
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Brambles Releases End Year Results, Provides Commentary on COVID-19 Impact - Aug 21, 2020 
Underlying profit grew 4% including a 1% profit increase in CHEP USA margins. It is not clear how much of that is related to advances in automation in its service centers compared to lower asset recovery fee payouts to recyclers.; NEWS IN BRIEF: A massive fire at Perez Pallets near Modesto, California, required firefighters from several departments to extinguish the blaze. Johns Manville has announced the release of an innovative, new shipping pallet technology called the E3 Pallet™ more...
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Brambles Results Offer Perspective on COVID-19 Impact - Aug 21, 2020 
Globally, sales revenue increased 6.1%. Strong growth in the global pallet businesses more than offset COVID-19 related declines in the automotive and Kegstar businesses. Underlying profit grew 4% including a 1% profit increase in CHEP USA margins.; Fire Safety Is Everyone’s Problem: The industry has been working to improve fire safety thanks to the leadership of the NWPCA and a number of major pallet companies. Pallet industry leaders realized this is a problem that could be solved for us via tougher fire codes or industry efforts to develop best practices.; Workers at Risk in Summer Heat: Summer is winding down, but the heat will stay with us for a little longer. Learn these simple rules to identify and prevent heat related illness. more...
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COVID-19 Effect on Major Ports, Update on Shipping Trends - Aug 14, 2020 
COVID-19 is hitting East Coast ports harder than West Coast ports. Ocean transit impacts inland transportation networks because a surge for West Coast ports leads to higher traffic for rail and less demand for trucking.; New Heat Treatment Cuts Energy Consumption, Improves Efficiency: A major advantage of the EZ-Flo design is the unit produces treated pallets with a low surface moisture condition, which can help reduce the likelihood of mold growth more common on heat treated pallets after conventional treatment. more...
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Be Ready for OSHA Visit - Aug 6, 2020 
When an OSHA inspector arrives, ask about the purpose and reason for the visit. If there was an employee complaint that prompted the inspection, you have the right to review a copy of it. Find out what documents they want to review and what areas they plan to inspect.; NEWS IN BRIEF: Maine loggers worried about the industry’s ability to weather the pandemic have welcomed a federal relief bill introduced recently. more...
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ISPM-15 Compliance Raises Brexit Concerns for European Pallets Movements - Jul 31, 2020 
If the European Union decides to enforce ISPM-15 certification requirements on shipments from the United Kingdom when the official break from the trade block happens in January 2021, there may not be enough ISPM-15 certified pallets to go around.; NEWS IN BRIEF: The Paul Bunyan Show is the latest trade event to be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. OSHA has updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding workplace safety and addressing topics related to COVID-19. more...
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Relief Sought for Hardwood Sector - Jul 24, 2020 
A letter to the House leadership from nine Congress members included a plea from Dana Cole, executive director of the Hardwood Federation. The hardwood industry has been severely affected by the double-impact of the U.S.-China trade dispute as well as the pandemic, she said.; Pallet Profile Launches New Reporting Categories: Last week the Pallet Profile has started our new pricing page structure. It now lists softwood prices by region for #3 and #4 SYP and SPF in 2x4 and 2x6 dimensions.; Forest Products Sector Concerned about H-2B Guest Worker Suspension: This limitation to augment domestic labor supply will have negative impacts on forest health and the overall forest economy according to the FRA.; NEWS IN BRIEF: If you’ve been closed because of the pandemic you and your employees may have questions about returning to work. A fire that started at a pallet company in Modesto, California, spread to vehicles at a bakery next door. The USDA-APHIS extended the comment period on the proposed implementation of revised Lacey Act provisions. President Trump signed legislation to extend the deadline for small businesses to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The American Trucking Associations issued its report on how the trucking industry fared in 2019. more...
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Northwest Pallet Rebrands as Prime360, Outlines New Data-Centric Philosophy - Jul 23, 2020 
More than just a new logo and name, the new identity reflects the direction for the unified company and presents some interesting ideas for the future of pallet recycling and markets.; Pallet HR & Wage Survey Released: The full report has now been sent via e-mail to participants. If you sent in data and have not received your FREE report, please contact Chaille Brindley at chailleb@gmail.com or call our office at 804-550-0323.; Industry Events Canceled Due to Pandemic: The latest cancellations include several major trade shows: the Great Lakes Logging & Heavy Equipment Expo, the East Coast Sawmill and Logging Equipment Exposition, also known as the Richmond Expo, and the International Woodworking Fair.; Recycle Bits: If you’ve been closed at all because of the pandemic you and your employees may have questions about returning to work. A fire that started at a pallet company in Modesto, California, spread to vehicles at a bakery next door and caused $750,000 in damage. At the request of the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association, the USDA-APHIS extended the comment period on the proposed implementation of revised Lacey Act provisions. At the request of the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association, the USDA-APHIS extended the comment period on the proposed implementation of revised Lacey Act provisions. The American Trucking Associations issued its report on how the trucking industry fared in 2019. more...
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Northwest Pallet Rebrands as Prime360®, Outlines New Data-Centric Philosophy - Jul 17, 2020 
More than just a new logo and name, the new identity reflects the direction for the unified company and presents some interesting ideas for the future of pallet recycling and markets.; Pallet Profile Launches New Reporting Categories: This is a new step forward for the Pallet Profile in meeting the growing requests of our subscribers, and our staff welcomes any feedback from our readers. Feel free to send your insights or suggestions to rick@palletprofile.com more...
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Industry Events Fall to Pandemic - Jul 10, 2020 
The latest cancellations include several major trade shows: the Great Lakes Logging & Heavy Equipment Expo, the East Coast Sawmill and Logging Equipment Exposition, also known as the Richmond Expo, and the International Woodworking Fair.; Pallet HR & Wage Survey Released: The full report has now been sent via e-mail to participants. If you sent in data and have not received your FREE report, please contact Chaille Brindley at chailleb@gmail.com or call our office at 804-550-0323.; Trade Associations Announced PDS Licensing Agreement, Offers Preferred Pricing in Canada: With this agreement, NWPCA now has exclusive country marketing agreements with Canada, the UK, Sweden, and The Netherlands. There are PDS users in more than 30 countries.; OSHA Develops Business Re-Opening Guidelines: These suggestions are helpful for all employers to implement, even to essential businesses, such as pallet companies, that may not have undergone a work stoppage.; NEWS IN BRIEF: 48forty Solutions has been named a Green Supply Chain Partner for 2020. The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has unveiled a plan that aims to serve as a roadmap to help the United States reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement is going into effect. According to a Material Handling Institute report, the adoption rate for robotics and automation increased more than any other supply chain technology.; Quarterly Regional Lumber Trends: These graphs illustrate the average lumber prices published within each region over the past year. more...
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