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Weather Related Shipping Disasters & How to Avoid them

on November 27, 2018
While it may be the most wonderful time of the year for celebrations, it’s a nightmare for any company that ships goods. Temperatures impact products, weather conditions slow traffic, accidents are more likely (and therefore damage to your packages), and roads close. Sometimes a package making it safely to your...

Replacing Wood May not be only Relief from Lumber Prices

on November 12, 2018
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...

Changes to ISPM 15 Standards: Fumigant

on October 15, 2018
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

on October 2, 2018
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...

Fires Through BC Create State of Emergency: Lumber Industry Watching

on August 23, 2018
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...

Can Custom Packaging Save You Money?

on July 7, 2018
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

on June 28, 2018
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

on June 26, 2018
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

on June 14, 2018
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

on June 14, 2018
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...