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Talking to the Source: Conversation with a Lumber Broker

For this blog, Nature’s Packaging reached out to a lumber wholesaler based out of Canada within the Quebec province. The company supplies products to the wooden pallet industry as well as the fence industry.  NP: What does a lumber broker do? A good lumber broker offers value add
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How Wood Pallets are Recycled into New Products

pile of pallet wood scraps ready for recycling
Wood pallets are highly sustainable, in part because of their high rate of recyclability. According to the latest research available, 508 million wood pallets are produced annually in the U.S. each year, while only 25 million of them end up in landfills, down from 178.5 million in 199
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Pallet Tracking: Then and Now

Stack of Pallets
Pallet tracking has evolved tremendously over the last 40 years, and it continues to transform with the adoption of new technologies. Before we begin the discussion, let’s review this deceptively ambiguous term and provide some clarification. What is Wood Pallet Tracking? Many pallet
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Block and Stringer Pallets: What makes them different?

Recycled wooden block and stringer pallet stacks
Do you have an unusual material handling application? No problem. Wood pallets can be designed in an infinite variety of ways to meet the unique needs of any supply chain. Aside from the fact that wood is a highly sustainable choice for pallets, one of its many wonders is also being a
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Avoid These 6 Mistakes When Buying Wood Pallets

Checklist
When it comes to buying wood pallets, there are several factors to consider. Modern Materials Handling Magazine’s 2018 annual survey found that purchase price was the most important factor in the selection process for 57% of respondents, although this was down from 59% and 60% in the
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Introducing the Chemical Pallet Pool

CP-1 Pallet
There are several pallet pools that provide quality assured pallets for their respective supply chains. Pallet pools offer standardization and the opportunity for pallet reuse and environmentally friendly pallet solutions. The CP or chemical pallet pool is one pallet pool you might no
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Identifying and Mitigating Mold on Wood Pallets

Wood Pallet being power washed
As we pass through the hot summer months in North America, an increasing number of Nature’s Packaging readers are entering search queries regarding pallet mold. Whether you are a pallet supplier, a pallet user, or even as a hobbyist, there are practical steps that can be taken to prev
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The Importance of Wood Pallet Markings and Colors

picture of a standard ISPM-15 marking on wood background
In the modern supply chain, there is a huge potential for the use of smart pallets – Internet of Things (IoT) technology enabled wood pallets that are capable of transmitting valuable data.  Already, some pallets carry sensors that can not only aid in geo-location but also track
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How to Reduce the Hidden Cost of Damaged Pallets

damaged wood pallets
While the cost of repairing a wood pallet or replacing it is obvious, there are hidden costs to damaged pallets as well. When companies perform a root cause analysis to identify the source of a problem, they often trace back issues such as workers comp. claims, product or equipment da
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