European On-Site Integration

Admin, 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┬áhere. 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

Admin, 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?

Admin, 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

Admin, 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 …

Pallet Market Growth

Admin, January 8, 2015 06:33

A great industry forecast study completed by Freedonia Group summarized nicely by PackagingRevolution.net, you can visit the article by clicking here. Certainly an encouraging outlook with regard to the continued overall economic recovery of the country, most importantly the manufacturing sector. Let us know your thoughts!

Merger Information

Admin, January 8, 2015 06:31

For those following closely the evolving pallet industry, this is a busy time! PIMS (recently re-termed PLUS) has entered the pooling market, iGPS is facing regulatory and safety concerns, and CHEP and IFCO are merging. As relevant and reliable details emerge, we will continue to post links and other commentary. Propak prides itself on first-rate service to all our customers, …

Innovation

Admin, January 8, 2015 06:29

Those in the pallet industry, or heavily involved in pallet activity, tend to consider themselves in a less-than-cutting-edge end of the economy. It will come as a surprise to many to read this synopsis from MMH detailing the latest innovations on display recently at Chicago’s ProMat Show. While the fast-moving consumer goods industry is clearly heavily dominated by the wooden …

PBDE Banned for Consumer Product Shipments to Wal*Mart

Admin, January 8, 2015 06:28

The world’s largest retailer has moved to ban consumer goods shipments to their network containing a high percentage of polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants. The move is part of the company’s efforts to restrict use of the substances in a vast number of consumer products. In the pallet industry this is certainly headline news, calling into question the ban’s applicability …

Propak Receives 2010 Corporation of the Year Award from Catholic Chari…

Admin, January 8, 2015 06:22

Propak is proud to announce our receipt of the 2010 Corporation of the Year Award from Catholic Charities. Associates in our Oklahoma City locations have worked hand-in-hand with the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to provide employment opportunities to refugees to the area through the Refugee Resettlement Program. Many refugees have been welcomed into the Propak family and found a positive …

Oregon Statute addresses Pallets

Admin, January 8, 2015 06:16

Following up on our previous blog entry, a recently passed statute by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) promises to muddy the pallet waters even further in the coming months and years. The statute addresses products shipped inbound either to manufacturers, retailers, distributors or consumers in the state of Oregon and the allowable percentage of Decabrominated diphenyl ether (DPE). A 0.10% …