Pallets move the world. There’s more than a little truth to the slogan of the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA, 703-519-6104), the Washington, D.C.-based trade association that represents the wooden pallet industry.
Love them or hate them–and most pallet users have mixed emotions–there’s a reason billions of pallets are floating around the supply chain. When it comes to getting a product from point A to point B, a pallet is probably involved. Build a better mousetrap and the world will probably shrug its shoulders; build a better pallet and we guarantee that manufacturers will beat a path to your door.
It’s been eight years since Modern’s last pallet survey. Since then, used pallets and pallet recycling programs have surged in popularity; there has been an expansion of pallet rental and pooling programs from providers like Peco and CHEP; and iGPS entered the market with the first rental pool of plastic pallets.
Plus: Modern Materials Handling’s Pallet Webcast Results of the 2010 Pallet Usage and Trending Study - Thursday, October 28 @ 2:00 p.m. ET
About the Author
Bob Trebilcock, executive editor, has covered materials handling, technology and supply chain topics for Modern Materials Handling since 1984. More recently, Trebilcock became editorial director of Supply Chain Management Review. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.
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