Optimism and Growth in 2013

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 07:46

It seems that most every day there are several outlets discussing the economy and its future as a main topic.  It is understandable why this is a main point of conversation with the last few years’ uncertainty and the recent progress that has been made. In looking back on the random conversations had while traveling, it seems that questions regarding …

Happy New Year!!

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 07:23

As we close out another great year at Propak and look forward to the start of 2013, let’s take a moment to reflect on the past year. This year has been one of growth for us and our family and friends. We have made significant strides in the growth of our company by recruiting and retaining talented employees, and building …

Carrier Procurement

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 07:22

Procuring transportation is a skill that requires continuous development. Most companies have teams that work on the execution and procurement functions of transportation. The logistics of collecting, servicing, ensuring safe and timely delivery requires multiple teams. Not by design, but all too often the everyday demands create departmental silos. These operational silos can hinder the holistic approach to supply chain …

European On-Site Integration

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 07:21

An interesting read regarding a collaborative effort between a European pallet pooler (LPR), their service provider (Norbert Dentressangle), and a manufacturer (Weetabix) can be found here. Much in the same line of thinking as a Reverse Logistics Center, these companies have integrated their supply chains to reduce overall movements of product thus reducing the environmental impact while saving money. The typical …

The Paper Pallet

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 06:39

It’s hard to imagine a paper pallet capable of withstanding the rigors placed on a traditional wooden pooled pallet, but furniture retailer IKEA plans to prove its worthiness beginning this January. The retailer will begin shipping paper (compressed cardboard) pallets to suppliers for shipments through their supply chain. What remains to be seen is numerous, some more obvious than others. …

State of the Union?

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 06:37

From a transportation perspective, it’s easy to understand the impact fuel costs have on your overall balance sheet. But to simply state that fuel is the only thing impacting the industry is a long “haul” from the truth. For those looking for a broad based, well thought out analysis of overall market forces impacting the transportation world, check out the …

Pallet Pooling Challenges

Phillip Langford, January 8, 2015 06:35

A very insightful, well-referenced article by Pallet Enterprise regarding the challenges of running a pooling network can be read here. Propak’s partnerships with many of the companies interviewed, among others, is integral to offering poolers the most options possible while their assets are within our facilities. We recognize transportation costs are such a large component of the cost to serve …

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 …

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 …

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 …