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Replacing Wood May not be only Relief from Lumber Prices - As lumber prices soar and sustainability becomes more important, you may want to consider the cost and quality of some of your other packaging. Specifically, where you’re using corrugated fiberboard or cardboard, would corrugated plastic be a better fit for you? Would it reduce your overall costs? Here are a few things to consider: Higher integrity in its environment –corrugated plastic protects both the aesthetics and structure of ...
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Changes to ISPM 15 Standards: Fumigant - Treating wood packaging material (WPM) with fumigants has been a way of life since the IPPC approved the ISPM-15 guidelines in 2002. To date, Methyl Bromide has been the fumigant of choice, but with some undesirable consequences. Not only has the chemical been found to deplete the ozone, it also is contaminating goods shipped within the wood containers. Some of the WPM contains too high levels of the fumigant, resulting in contaminated food and non-f...
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Low Grade Lumber: Victim of Circumstance - Low-grade lumber prices are the highest they’ve ever been. Considering the U.S. was just hit with Hurricane Florence, the industry expects a spike in materials like wood. Post-natural disaster fluctuations are normal, especially when there is so much rebuilding. Historically, the total impact of a hurricane on low-grade lumber doesn’t last more than a couple of months. In the case of Florence, however, the lumber industry was volatile well before M...
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Fires Through BC Create State of Emergency: Lumber Industry Watching - British Columbia is experiencing its fourth worst wildfire season on record and has declared a state of emergency as of August 15th, 2018. While the fires aren’t as big or close to communities as they were last year, fires are all over the province this year, as opposed to concentrated in several areas like a year ago. Newsweek reported here that: “Some 47 of the 566 fires burning in British Columbia are considered large...
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Can Custom Packaging Save You Money? - In manufacturing, there are many tough decisions to make about efficiency. As consumers grow more accustomed to immediate gratification and attention to aesthetic detail, businesses constantly have to evaluate how to comply. With advancing technology, managers are never short on options. However, comparisons must be weighed heavily to determine the tru ROI of changes. Adding new software or automation is an investment, and not everyone yields the same ...
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Warehouse Emergencies: Be Prepared - We did a series of articles in honor of National Safety Council’s designation of June as National Safety Month. This featured several aspects of safety. The month kicked off with emergency preparedness, which includes severe weather (we wrote this about it.) The topic covers much more than that, though, and as a warehouse manager, it’s important you have a complete understanding of it. WHY It should be obvious that an emergency plan is beneficial because...
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Accommodating Aging Forklift Drivers - As the National Safety Council focuses on driving for National Safety Month, we look at the driving that is most common in a manufacturing environment: forklifts. Of course, forklift safety is likely front and center at your facility as it’s one of the most dangerous jobs onsite. However, the aging workforce is a major issue in manufacturing, so if you have forklifts, odds are good that you have operators over the age of 55. How does aging affect the s...
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Wellness for Warehouse Workers: Why, What, How - Have you tried to bring a corporate wellness program to your warehouse only to have it fail? Here’s why it didn’t take, and why you need to keep trying. It’s week two of National Safety Month, and NSC’s focus has moved to wellness. This is a particularly interesting topic for warehouse employees. The manual labor and conditions of the work, along with average lifestyle of employees make this extremely important to address. However, these work...
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6 Products that Need Custom Foam Packaging - Protecting your goods during shipping is more than keeping parts intact. It’s building relationships and a reputation. If you ship any of these 6 things, consider whether custom foam will improve your business. Foam packaging comes in numerous forms, from pouches to custom-fit. It’s a bigger expense than other kinds of protective packaging, but still cheaper than replacing damaged parts or losing a customer. It’s important to consider the big pic...
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Who and What Benefits from On-Demand Manufacturing? - Between evolving technologies and lean strategies, it makes sense that manufacturing would adopt an on-demand model. It’s known to unite the best of other models, like the streamlined operations from just-in-time, and the waste minimalization of lean. On-demand manufacturing specifically supports the shorter life cycles and mass customization we see in today’s supply chain. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when evaluating whe...
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