Tensions Rise in The Pallet Industry

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 06:14

Recent years have seen new entrants into the pallet industry, as our facilities can attest to daily in our volume handled. Multiple poolers of block pallets, returnable plastic containers, and other materials have brought competition front and center for all players. A natural off-shoot is a rise in competitive tension, and it is clear the pallet industry is fast becoming …

Reverse Logistics Association Conference

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 06:13

Propak is attending the Reverse Logistics Association Conference 2011 this week in Las Vegas. Looking forward to a great meeting, sharing ideas, and the opportunity to interface with partners across the supply chain! If you are attending keep an eye out for us and we look forward to seeing you!

The Future of Supply Chains?

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 06:10

“While as always cost reduction is important, the real opportunity in supply chain is to get it better aligned with trading partners to meet real customer needs and thus increase market share and revenues, while probably also reducing costs along the way.” — The rethinking of the Supply Chain is well underway, although it is clearly still in the midst …

A New Brand of Pooling

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 06:08

Pallet pooling has a new player. In a (U.S.) market largely dominated by three players, PIMS (Pallet Information Management System) will soon emerge as a new option for manufacturers looking for a block 48 x 40. The pool will uniquely be managed as a non-profit cooperative effort of recyclers and pallet manufacturers throughout the country; a group previously focused on stringer and …

Propak Logistics joins the SmartWay Transport Partnership

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 06:06

Propak is proud to announce our entry into the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership. We are committed to doing our part toward improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas/air pollutant emissions. As part of our partnership, we are assisting our carrier partners in making better choices for their businesses and the environment, as well as helping them get the information and …

Supply Chain Collaboration

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 05:45

Stephen Cain’s most recent blog addition is a fascinating look inside a slightly different manifestation of the RLC model’s premise occurring in Europe right now. The article dives into a recent trend noticed in progressive company’s logistics – a willingness to share logistics networks and assets, even among direct competitors. The benefits are obvious: cost savings, sustainability improvements, and the …

Pallet Reuse and the Carbon Footprint

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 05:35

As companies continue to strive to reduce their carbon footprint in the name of environmental sustainability, an overlooked area has often been packaging and shipping platforms. Honda recently published their 6th annual report on the environmental footprint in North America, and have highlighted their efforts specifically in the area of packaging and pallet reuse. Highlights of the company’s results are …

Supply Chain Savings in a Recession

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 05:29

A recently released study indicates CEOs of major retailers are recognizing the value of Supply Chain initiatives. With the down economy continuing to apply pressure to retailer top-line revenue, never before have savings projects been so in focus to drive bottom-line performance. Propak’s burgeoning Reverse Logistics Center network offers exactly this type of savings to our existing and potential customers …

The Pallet Industry

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 05:25

The pallet industry estimates that almost 500 million pallets are manufactured each year and almost 2 billion pallets are in circulation at any given time.  Even though the 48×40 pallet is the most accepted size, this pallet size only represents about 1/3 of all pallet sizes available in the marketplace today.  Today, Propak sells over 145 different pallet specifications.  We …