The Wall Street Journal does pallets and gets it right
Pallets make front page news
in the NewsState of Logistics 2016: Pursue mutual benefit Driver turnover rate declines, but challenges remain firmly intact AAR reports annual gains in November for U.S. carload and intermodal volumes CEMA reports October booked orders down 19.8% from October 2015 ISM semiannual report views 2017 as a growth year for manufacturing and non-manufacturing More News
The battle between wooden and plastic pallets - a fight as epic as the Hatfields and McCoys - landed on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today. Better yet, Loaded Issue: Pallet Makers Sling Mud Over Who’s Greenest, the article by Jennifer Levitz, is a great read.
Like the analysts and academics quoted in the article, I find it a sad battle. As most people know, I grew up in the wooden pallet industry. While most end users would love to get around pallets, there are few products in the supply chain as simple, inexpensive and effective as a wooden pallet for getting the job done. They’re almost elegant in their simplicity.
Let’s hope it’s over soon. In the meantime, if you want to read about how the battle lines have been drawn, check out Levitz’s article.
About the AuthorBob Trebilcock Bob Trebilcock, editorial director, has covered materials handling, technology, logistics and supply chain topics for nearly 30 years. In addition to Supply Chain Management Review, he is also Executive Editor of Modern Materials Handling. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.
Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling Magazine!Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!
Optimizing home delivery: It takes more than planning 9th Annual Salary Survey: Success and Satisfaction Continue to Reign View More From this Issue