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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Falls Still #1 Work Injury – Protecting Warehouse Workers

For warehouses and manufacturing, week three of National Safety Month (NSM) – preventing falls – is particularly relevant. When you get into work-related injuries, these industries top the charts in reported incidents. Falls top the charts in frequency of all reported work injuries. So preventing the most common injury should…

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…