We’ve been very busy over the last year writing articles and information that we thought our customers, prospects, and industry leaders would find useful.  While 2020 was a tough year, it gave us a lot of unexpected topics that were front of mind for our readers.  We are grateful that so many found our insights worth their time.

We plan to keep keep publishing, and have lots of great, informative articles planned for 2021.  In the meantime, here are our most popular articles from 2020.

As if a pandemic weren’t bad enough, 2020 also handed us a number of other challenges.  For our industry, skyrocketing lumber prices caused a lot of issues.  Between the DIY market hitting the lumber supply hard, and housing starts surging in June, lumber prices hit an all-time high from which we still haven’t recovered.

If you think you already know which one is stronger, you might be surprised at the answer.  While many purchasing and shipping managers find themselves in favor of one type of pallet over the other, there are a lot of factors to consider before choosing one pallet type over another.  With wood pallets being such a vital part of the supply chain, choosing the right pallet design can make or break (literally) your shipments and storage.

Understanding the ISPM15 stamp regulations and how those regulations should be applied to your particular situation can be really confusing. More than 85 countries have adopted the regulations, implementation, and use of the ISPM 15 stamp, and that means you’ll also need to if you plan to export your products.

Pallet mold is a major concern for manufacturers in a wide variety of industries. Not surprisingly, the food & beverage and pharmaceutical industries have always been concerned about mold on the pallets that they use, but purchase managers in many industries are starting to look at pallets with increased scrutiny as well.  While mold has a minimal effect on the lifespan of the pallet itself, it can damage a manufacturer’s products, contaminate their production lines, and may even pose a health risk in the form of increased risk of asthma attacks for those who are sensitive to mold.

Pallet mold can be a serious problem, but the good news is that steps can be taken to prevent, inhibit, and remediate mold on wood pallets.

While you may sometimes hear manufacturers talk about standard pallet size, the fact is that there are actually a number of standard pallet sizes being used in the United States and internationally.  As you might imagine, the standard sized pallet varies between both countries and industries, and the size may even depend on the material used to make the pallet.  Take a look at what “standard pallet size” means and how it applies to different industries.