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, 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, …

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 …

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% …

Tensions Rise in The Pallet Industry

Admin, 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 …

A New Brand of Pooling

Admin, January 8, 2015 06:08

Pallet pooling has a new player. In a (U.S.) market largely dominated by three players, PIMS (PalletĀ InformationĀ 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 …