Alternative Materials (Plastic, Corrugated, etc.):

  Litco to Supply Engineered Extruded Wood™ Blocks in United States, Looking for Feedback - New supply for engineered extruded wood blocks planned for 2019.  (1/4/2019)

  Unique Pallet Designs Focus on Easing Customer Pain Points - Pallet Designs: Recent innovation in wood pallets focuses on plastic/wood combos, pallet coatings, unique design patterns, wood composites and more. Find out if these developments will impact your market or could add to your business.   (6/3/2018)

  Cleanliness Issues Arise Thanks to New Food Safety Laws, iGPS Launches New Sanitation Service - Pallet Contamination: Plastic pallet pooler, iGPS, launches new pallet sanitizing process that can reduce contaminants from previous loads by 96%. How will the Food Safety Modernization Act change how end users look at pallets and transport packaging?   (2/1/2018)

  Making Sense of the Sizzle: Can We Learn from Failed High-Tech Pallet Poolers? - Challenge of High-Tech Pallets: Logistics guru, Rick LeBlanc, discusses the challenges of technology to improve pallet pooling when the business case fails. How can you learn from the successes and failures of iGPS and Axios?   (9/1/2017)

  Ox Box Transitions with Times, Leverages Innovative Material to Offer Eco-friendly Container - Ox Box: Illinois-based pallet and packaging company develops innovative, strong corrugated container, offers a wide variety of specialized wood products.   (2/1/2017)

  A Behind the Scenes Look at RM2 and Its Pultrusion Pallet Manufacturing Process - RM2 Innovation: Discover how the unique pultrusion pallet manufacturing process works for RM2 and what makes this pallet company distinct in the market  (6/1/2016)

  Markets in Transition: Investing in an Alternative Pallet Company? — Read This First - There are some key lessons that can be unearthed before you get behind the next big thing in pallets.  (4/1/2016)

  Many Companies Offer Pallets Made from Alternative Materials - Alternative Materials Guide: Directory of non-wood pallet including plastic, metal, corrugated and composite pallets from a variety of suppliers with information designed to help companies select the right pallet for their application.   (11/1/2015)

  Markets in Transition: Plastic Pallet Advances Aim to Seduce Pallet Users - Packaging guru, Rick LeBlanc, explores the latest developments in plastic pallets, including new fire retardants, additives and features that are helping plastic companies better respond to changing market demands.   (4/2/2015)

  Many Companies Offer Pallets Made from Alternative Materials - The Alternative Materials Pallet Guide features 78 businesses that offer pallets made from alternative materials besides wood.  (11/1/2014)

  Coming Into Focus: Composite Pallet Co. Raises $225 Million In IPO, Plans North American Pool - Currently, RM2 offers BLOCKPal™, a 48x40 block design that boasts a high strength to weight ratio and has very good levels of impact strength for long service life.   (2/1/2014)

  Problem Solvers: United Pallet Services Provides Pallets Which Eliminate Food Safety Concerns - The pointGUARD pallet protector eliminates wood debris for food processing manufacturer.  (2/1/2014)

  Litco Launches Pink Pallet to Support Breast Cancer Awareness - New on the Market  (2/1/2014)

  Alternative Material Pallets Meet Variety of Needs - Alternative Pallet Guide: A grid showcasing a wide range of pallets made of plastic and other alternative materials.   (11/1/2013)

  Markets in Transition: Export Pallets – Trending Toward Lightweight Alternative Materials; But Is That the Big Picture? - Reusable packaging guru, Rick LeBlanc, explores the impact of alternatives to wooden pallets for export shipments and the opportunities for domestic wooden pallet companies to take advantage of potential trends.   (10/1/2013)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Lamenting What Could Have Been – The Downfall of iGPS - Investing in the pallet industry just got harder after the recent bankruptcy of iGPS. What lessons does this major event offer for those who want to revolutionize the industry in the future.  (7/1/2013)

  Alternative Material Pallets Offer Wide Range of Options - Alternative Material Pallet Guide: This listing of the leading suppliers of alternative material pallets is designed to help pallet companies find unique pallets for specialty applications.  (11/1/2012)

  COMING INTO FOCUS: Innovation Seeks to Reduce Damage, Improve Pallet Life - California pallet company develops protective plastic shield to reduce damage and increase the life of a pallet.  (11/1/2012)

  2011 Story of the Year:iGPS Loses Two Major Accounts, Pallet Availability Problems Dampen Earlier Successes - Editorial staff of Pallet Enterprise selects the downfall of iGPS due to pallet availability problems as the story of the year. It raises the question, “Can plastic pallets work in the mainstream grocery supply chain?”  (1/1/2012)

  Customization Marketed by Alternative Material Pallet Companies - Alternative Materials Guide: A listing of the leading suppliers of alternative material pallets.  (11/1/2011)

  Orbis Obtains FM Approval for DecaBDE Free Fire Retardant - Orbis Obtains FM Approval for DecaBDE Free Fire Retardant  (10/1/2011)

  Markets in Transition: PallTek Bullish on the Opportunity for Plastic Pallet Repair Service - Columnist Rick LeBlanc discusses the business opportunity and challenges involved in repairing plastic pallets with a focus on the growing need and technology advancements.   (8/1/2011)

  Letter from Ed: iGPS Sues NWPCA – The Tension Between Wooden Pallets and Plastic Pallets Intensifies - Dr. Ed Brindley shares his thoughts on the increasing tensions between wooden and plastic pallet interests over the issue of food safety and contamination.   (2/1/2011)

  Markets in Transition: NewWood Banks on Market Readiness for Wood-Plastic Composites - Logistics and packaging consultant, Rick LeBlanc focuses on the market potential for wood-plastic composites by examining the story of NewWood Manufacturing.  (2/1/2011)

  Alternative Materials Pallet Guide Provides Insight into Non-Wood Pallet Markets - alternative materials guide, plastic pallet, steel pallet, aluminum pallet, corrugated pallet, composite pallet, custom pallet, nesting, racking, export pallet  (11/1/2010)

  Unipal International Corporation, Ltd. Co. Handles Unipal Worldwide - Unipal International Corporation, Ltd. Co. Handles Unipal Worldwide  (9/1/2010)

  Mondi Sells UNIPAL Rights, New Owners Looking for Strategic Business Partners - Mondi sells UNIPAL rights, new owners look for strategic business partners.   (4/1/2010)

  Deca-bromine to Be Phased Out - Chemical manufacturers reach agreement with EPA to phase out deca-bromine, a controversial flame retardant used in iGPS pallets.   (2/1/2010)

  Alternative Materials Pallet Market Continues to Grow - A survey of the leading suppliers of alternative material pallets and transport packaging serving the North American market.  (11/1/2009)

  Markets in Transition: Wood, Plastic Pallet Makers Team in Effort to Save Industry - The following column by contributing author Rick LeBlanc, which pokes fun at the current debate over plastic vs. wood pallets, is completely fictitious in nature.  (8/1/2009)

  How Safe Is Deca Bromine? FDA Statement Raises Toxicity Concerns for Some Plastic Pallets - Toxic Pallets?: Explores the risks associated with deca bromine and other chemical fire retardants used in plastic pallets.  (7/1/2009)

  Newspaper Plant Uses PDQ Plastic Pallets for Slave Pallets, Shipping - Pallet User Focus: A daily newspaper printing facility relies on PDQ Plastics for its highly automated operations; plastic pallets are used internally for slave pallets and also shipping out newspapers.  (5/1/2009)

  Wood or Plastic Pallets: Which Options Are More Eco Friendly? - Wood or Plastic: Sustainability has become a hot topic, and it can be hard to separate fact from spin; the Enterprise explores some of the arguments behind which material is really “greener.”  (11/1/2008)

  Green Biz 2.0: NextLife Develops 100% Recycled Pallet for Major Retailer - NextLife Launches 100% Recycled Plastic Pallet: NextLife helps retailers turn their plastic waste into products they either use or sell; it has designed a new plastic pallet made entirely from 100% post-consumer waste.   (11/1/2008)

  Pallet Lessons from the USPS - Postal Pallet Update: U.S. Postal Service switches from plastic to wood pallets after massive leaks from its pallet pool; discover what went wrong and lessons to help your customers.  (8/1/2008)

  Trio Launches Pennsylvania Company That Manufactures Wood Fuel Pellets: Control Over Raw Material, Quality Assurance Are Key Considerations in Venture - PA Pellets: Trio launches Pennsylvania company to manufacture wood fuel pellets; control over raw material, quality assurance seen as key considerations in venture.  (5/1/2008)

  Plastic Pallets Available with Wide Range of Designs, Features, Properties - Alternative Pallet Guide: A grid showcasing a wide range of pallets made of plastic and other alternative materials. This guide is designed to help wood pallet companies find unique pallets for specialty applications.  (11/1/2007)

  Texas Recycling Company Develops Plastic Lumber Product for Pallets - Pallet Outlet: Texas pallet company enters the plastic pallet arena by manufacturing plastic lumber and supplying plastic pre-cut stock to other pallet companies.  (2/1/2007)

  Plastic Pallet Makers Respond, Adapt to Market Opportunities:ISPM-15 Spurs Interest; Manufacturers Launch Edge-Rackable Versions - Plastic Pallets: Manufacturers of plastic pallets and containers have made a number of improvements and changes to their products in recent years as they adapt to new market conditions.  (11/1/2006)

  Alternative Pallet Materials 101 - Alternative Materials 101: A guide to the wide variety of pallets available today that are made of alternative materials. Covers things to consider when looking for a new supplier.  (11/1/2006)

  Is Recycled Plastic Lumber a Viable Alternative for Pallets? - At present wood pallets dominate the pallet market, nevertheless, pallets made from alternative materials are necessary in certain niche markets.  (11/1/2006)

  Rehrig Pacific Launches New Business, Looks to the Future - Leading manufacturer of plastic pallets and containers enters the pallet services arena; Rehrig Pacific acquires portion of Penn Pallet and its interest in Penn-Alliance.  (11/1/2005)

  Airdex Seeks to License Wood Pallet Suppliers to Produce Its Foam Pallets - Maker of light-weight foam pallets for air freight and export applications begins offering its patented manufacturing system to pallet suppliers.  (11/1/2005)

  Airdex Offers Line of Plastic Pallets - Pallets Are Lightweight, Shock Absorbent  (3/1/2005)

  Some Shippers Look for Wood Alternatives to Handle Exports - Phytosanitary rules steer some shippers to materials other than wood.   (11/17/2004)

  Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Show Promise - The NEW Wood  (4/5/2004)

  Analyst Projects ‘Nice’ Growth for Plastic Pallets Next 5 Years - Markets in Transition: Consultant predicts growth, reports on plastic pallet trends.  (11/3/2003)

  Suppliers Offer Alternative Products - Corrugated, Plastic, Blocks, Fastening Systems Offer Options  (10/1/2002)

  Metal Pallets Are A Durable Packaging Solution - Overview of metal pallet trends, technologies and products.   (10/1/2002)

  Limits on Export Pallets Creating Corrugated Window of Opportunity; - Corrugated Pallet Suppliers Experiencing Renewed Interest for Export, Domestic Markets  (4/1/2002)

  Plastic Pallets - Opportunity or Opposition? - Plastic Pallet Primer: Plastic pallets are an opportunity to build stronger relationships with customers and grow sales; second of a three-part series on plastic pallets.  (5/1/2001)

  Pallet People Should Become Knowledgeable About Plastic - Plastic Pallet Primer: Wood pallet suppliers can provide a valuable service to customers who are considering plastic pallets by giving them information on the pros and cons of different types and the differences between plastic and wood.  (4/1/2001)

  Technological Advances Making Plastic Pallets More Attractive - Plastic Pallets: Dr. Mark White gave an exceptional overview of the plastic pallet industry at this year's Canadian Pallet meeting; its like a Plastic Pallets 101 in an easily understood form.  (12/1/1999)

  Rehrig Pacific Pallet Is Warmly Received by Soft Drink Bottler - Rehrig Pacific says its new plastic beverage and general duty pallets have crossed a hurdle, providing superior impact resistance and stiffness at the same time.  (9/1/1999)

  Letter from Ed - Where Do Plastics Stand? - PE publisher looks athe plastic pallet and container industry and evaluates its impact on the wood pallet industry.   (6/1/1999)

  Plastic Pallets Keep Evolving - Plastic Evolution: Plastic pallets continue to evolve in performance, variety, as well as the marketing approaches by manufacturers and vendors.  (5/1/1999)