General Advice:


  Letter from Ed: Managing Family Succession and Intergenerational Differences - Pallet Enterprise founder, Ed Brindley, shares his thoughts on selecting a successor for your business, generational differences in family businesses and executing an effective family succession plan.   (4/1/2014)

  Family Feud: How a Buy-Sell Agreement Can Save Your Family Business - Family Feud: Conflicts inevitably arise when family businesses attempt to accommodate personal goals to the demands of the enterprise. Well-designed buy-sell agreements can help resolve clashes that might prove costly to the bottom line or cause a dissolution of the enterprise.  (4/1/2014)

  Social Media Strategies for Pallet & Lumber Companies - Follow Me: Social media strategies require more than generating followers to be a success. Learn from pros how to develop a winning Internet marketing approach.  (4/1/2014)

  Idea Box: Develop Leaders for Long-Term Growth and Success - Cultivating leaders: All levels of workers can develop skills and attitudes that give a company a larger pool of workers qualified to step into new roles and achieve more sustainable long-term growth.  (4/1/2014)

  You Said It - Sam Donadio, president of Power Pallet, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (4/1/2014)

  Thinking Ahead - Letter from Chaille: Every Growing Business Needs a Dream Team - Publisher, Chaille Brindley, encourages pallet and lumber companies to make their own dream team by seeking outside advisors and mentors. Creating an advisory board may help you add talent, perspective and foresight to your upper management decisions.   (3/3/2014)

  Top Ten Low-Cost No-Cost Methods for Reducing Energy Costs - New energy columnist, Ralph Russell, explains the top ten low-cost/no-cost methods you can take to reduce your energy costs. If your power bill is getting out of control or could use a trim, these practical, easy-to-do steps can help.   (3/3/2014)

  Keep Your People and Business Safe: Fire Prevention Starts with Strong Inspection and Compliance Procedures - Fire Safety: Catastrophic plant fires have become all too common in the pallet industry. By conducting a self-assessment and revisiting procedures, a pallet or lumber operation can reduce its fire hazard and possibly save money on insurance. Learn how to conduct a beneficial inspection of your facilities.   (3/3/2014)

  Idea Box: Protect Your Company From Unnecessary Risks - Reducing Risks: Companies can take steps to minimize some of the risks that just are part of doing business  (3/3/2014)

  Tree of Life: Your Tongue Can Help or Hurt You in Business - Conflict Negotiation: Learning how to control your tongue can empower you to lead your company in the way you want instead of being led by the emotion of the moment.   (3/3/2014)

  You Said It: John Ed Anthony is the chairman of Anthony Timberlands, Inc. - John Ed Anthony, chairman of Anthony Timberlands, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (3/3/2014)

  Proper Maintenance Keeps Companies Running Smoothly - Maintenance Tips: Industry members share insights on structuring an effective maintenance division.  (3/1/2014)

  Idea Box: Ensure Compliance with Email Marketing Laws - Email marketing compliance: Federal law includes strict requirements for all commercial email and stiff penalties for violations.  (2/1/2014)

  You Said It: Larry Konz is the CEO of Konz Wood Products - Larry Konz, president of Konz Wood Products, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (2/1/2014)

  Idea Box: How to Review Employees - Employee reviews should not be a waste of time. If conducted properly, employee reviews can be an effective way to motivate workers and improve performance.  (1/1/2014)

  You Said It: Mia Allen, vice president of Rose Pallet - Mia Allen, vice president of Rose Pallet, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (1/1/2014)

  Best of 2013 - Short Highlights From the Best Articles, Innovations and Ideas of 2013  (1/1/2014)

  Be Purposeful with Human Resources - Human resource practices shouldn’t be done haphazardly. Paying attention to human resources will help a company grow and avoid common pitfalls.  (12/1/2013)

  Idea Box: Ways to Get Paid by Trouble Accounts - Many companies deal with late-paying customers, but there are strategies that companies can use to receive payments on time.  (12/1/2013)

  You Said It: Chris Lasseter, sales director, Summerford Pallet, Ashford, Ala. - Chris Lasseter, sales director of Summerford Pallet, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (12/1/2013)

  Herwood Pallets Makes Online Marketing a Priority - Website Marketing Gurus Share Best Practices - Online Marketing: Herwood Pallets make the Web a priority to attract new leads and boost its online presence. Website marketing gurus share best practices and what has worked for Herwood.   (11/1/2013)

  Idea Box - Setting Goals Keeps Companies Focused - Most business owners want their company to be successful and grow. But few set concrete goals to help it make progress toward ultimate goals.  (11/1/2013)

  You Said It - Larry Markey, president of Pine Forest Lumber Company, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (11/1/2013)

  Letter from Ed: Small Companies Are Different from Large Ones - Pallet Enterprise founder shares thoughts on what makes small companies competitive and how they can thrive in the future based on a few lessons he learned from a friend and fellow entrepreneur.   (10/1/2013)

  You Said It - Mac Troyer, industrial sales manager of Townsend Lumber, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (10/1/2013)

  Cut the Fat with Lean Practices - Lean Manufacturing: More than just a buzzword, lean business practices help pallet companies reduce wasted motion and decrease costs. Practitioners share insights as well as a basic primer on various strategies and practices.   (9/1/2013)

  Idea Box: Be Curious - Be curious: Curiosity in business can spark innovation and drive sales.  (9/1/2013)

  Strategies for Getting Favorable Financing Terms for Pallet Operations - Loan expert, Ian Liddell, shares his insights for obtaining favorable financing for purchasing pallet and sawmill equipment. Your local bank may not be your best option any more.   (9/1/2013)

  You Said It - Bill Lovvorn, president of Lovvorn Wholesale Lumber answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (9/1/2013)

  Letters to the Editor - Letters to the Editor  (9/1/2013)

  Must Reads-The Advantage: Organizational Health Provides Greatest Competitive Advantage - Organizational Health: Business consultant and author, Patrick Lencioni, contends in his latest book that communication and clarity are the key to organizational health, which has become the major driver for business success in the technology age. Find out if your company is healthy enough to succeed.   (8/1/2013)

  Idea Box: Handle Difficult Customers with Care - Following these tips on handling difficult customers can help companies avoid bigger problems.  (8/1/2013)

  You Said It - Brooke Ziegler, general manager of R & R Wood Products, Inc., a wooden pallet and lumber manufacturer located in Mainland, Penn.answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (8/1/2013)

  You Said It: - John Lucy, president of Clary Lumber, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (7/1/2013)

  Idea Box: Do’s and Don’ts of Using Twitter - For social media newbies, basic explanation of the do’s and don’ts of using Twitter.   (7/1/2013)

  Letter from Ed: Running a Business Can Change You for the Better or for Worse - Pallet Enterprise founder, Ed Brindley, thinks about the impact that starting and running a business has had on his personality. It can have either positive or negative effects, and it all depends on how you react to whatever you encounter.   (6/1/2013)

  Idea Box: Tips for Developing Better Employee Training and Handbook Materials - An employee handbook can help a company communicate policies and other important information to your staff and production workers.  (6/1/2013)

  You Said It - Kurt Batey, owner of T.J. Forest Products, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (6/1/2013)

  Letter from Chaille: Good Metrics Lead to Better Management - Smart managers can’t let their companies go into autopilot. You have to know what to measure and how to use this data. This article covers the key business metrics you can’t afford to ignore and strategies to consider to improve your business position.   (5/1/2013)

  Idea Box: Customer Service can be Improved in Many Small Ways - Customer service tips: Ideas on how to improve your company''s customer service.  (5/1/2013)

  You Said It - Jim McGinnis, president of McGinnis Lumber, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (5/1/2013)

  Letter from Ed: Media Detox and Leading in a Time of Uncertainty - Pallet Enterprise founder, Ed Brindley, shares his thoughts about leading in uncertain times and the need to think positive and remember why you are in business.   (4/1/2013)

  Problem Solvers - Problem: A pallet company wanted to switch from hand-building pallets to an automated line, but was unfamiliar with operating the machinery and how to troubleshoot problems that arose.  (4/1/2013)

  Must Reads--Street Smarts: A Mindset for Success - Street Smarts: A review of a business strategy book that seeks to help business entrepreneurs gain a mentality that allows them to respond to problems and opportunities.  (4/1/2013)

  You Said It - Kathleen Dietrich, operations manager at Commercial Lumber and Pallet Company, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.   (4/1/2013)

  Back to Basics: Plant and Conveyor Maintenance Tips - plant maintenance, conveyor maintenance, Clarence Leising, preventative maintenance, maintenance shop, checklist, lean manufacturing, breakdowns, parts inventory.  (3/1/2013)

  Idea Box: Get More Out of Your Smartphone - Using smartphone apps is an inexpensive way to make many business tasks easier and faster.   (3/1/2013)

  Get Ready for Tax Time - It''s tax time. Ease the hassle this year with these tax preparation tips as well as guidelines for recent deduction changes.  (3/1/2013)

  Idea Box: Give Employees Reasons to Stay - Use these tips to build employee loyalty and decrease turnover.  (2/1/2013)

  Must Reads: Great by Choice: Choose to Build a Great Company - Great by Choice: A business management book explores the key behaviors and actions that separated great companies from average companies.  (2/1/2013)

  Markets in Transition: Dirty Tricks That Pallet Buyers May Encounter and How to Avoid Them - Pallet user specialist outlines dirty tricks that pallet suppliers may play on unsuspecting customers to skimp on quality specifications and strategies to avoid this problem.  (2/1/2013)

  You Said It: Eric Foust, president of Custom Forest Products, Spartanburg, S.C. - Eric Foust, president of Custom Forest Products, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (2/1/2013)

  Top Quotes from 2012 - A selection of some of the top quotes from industry members cover some highlights of 2012.  (1/1/2013)

  Idea Box: Get Rid of Time Wasting Activities - By eliminating common time-wasting activities, you can make a lot more time in your work day.  (1/1/2013)

  You Said It - Frank Shean, President and CEO of a pallet manufacturing and recycling company, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (1/1/2013)

  Best of 2012 - Short Highlights From the Best Articles, Innovations and Ideas of 2012  (1/1/2013)

  Smart Quotes - Best quotes from current articles.  (12/1/2012)

  U Said It: John Heller, president of H&S Forest Products - John Heller, president of a pallet brokerage and wood products firm answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the pallet industry.  (12/1/2012)

  Integrating Lean Manufacturing Techniques and Energy Saving Practices Boosts Productivity and Cuts Costs - Experts identify how lean manufacturing and energy savings practices boost productivity and cut costs through an integrated approach.  (11/1/2012)

  Back to Basics:How Can You Turn Around Productive Problem Employees? - Recycling guru, Clarence Leising, offers tips for how to deal with a production employee who also causes problems for the rest of the operation.   (11/1/2012)

  Idea Box: How to Increase Employee Motivation - Pay raises are not the only way to increase worker motivation. Consider these ways to promote higher motivation among your employees.  (11/1/2012)

  Smart Quotes - Highlights of the top quotes of the current issue.  (11/1/2012)

  U Said It: Frank Hall - Frank Hall, chairman of a pallet, lumber, and specialty wood products company, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (11/1/2012)

  Idea Box: Delegation Enables Growth - When managers or supervisors delegate tasks to other employees, it enables them to focus on more important responsibilities and allows for professional development of their workers.   (10/1/2012)

  Smart Quotes: October 2012 - Highlights of the top quotes or statements from the current issue.  (10/1/2012)

  U Said It - Michael Doyle, president of a pallet manufacturing and recycling company, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the pallet industry.  (10/1/2012)

  Idea Box: Execution Is Better Than Innovation - Innovation is a goal of many companies. But it has little value in and of itself. It is only when coupled with good execution that it brings benefits.  (9/1/2012)

  Smart Quotes - Highlights of the top quotes or statements from the current issue.  (9/1/2012)

  Edisms: The Pace of Change Is Accelerating - Pallet Enterprise founder, Dr. Ed Brindley shares his insight on inflation, pallet pricing and the remarkable way that companies have been able to keep pallet costs down through the years.   (9/1/2012)

  You Said It - We ask some key questions from one industry leader, and report the answers.   (9/1/2012)

  Back to Basics: Fleet Management Strategies – Lease or Own Trucks? - Recycling columnists debate the best strategy for fleet management including leasing vs ownership, truck maintenance and tracking best practices.   (8/1/2012)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: All in the Family – Hard Lessons from Family Business Reality TV - Publisher Chaille Brindley shares from experts and his own personal experience the top ten things to remember to keep the peace and more importantly keep a family business thriving  (7/1/2012)

  U.S. Economy Recovering Slowly, Forecast Predicts Trend to Continue - Economic Outlook: Despite talk of an ongoing recovery, many analysts expect to see only small improvements throughout 2012.  (4/1/2012)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Computer Migration Nightmare Is No Dream - Publisher, Chaille Brindley, explains the key lessons he learned after a recent computer/IT network project turned into a nightmare. These tips can make your next system upgrade or migration much easier.   (3/1/2012)

  Improve Your Facility Maintenance - Facility maintenance is one of the most critical functions for a pallet company. Several industry members share what practices have helped make their maintenance routines more effective.  (3/1/2012)

  Proper Blade Maintenance Reduces Costs - Proper blade maintenance reduces downtime, increases productivity and saves money. This includes sharpening blades correctly, finding the right tension and preventing other common damages.  (3/1/2012)

  Make Your Bank a Partner in Profits: Negotiating the New Lending Maze - New Lending Maze: While banks have more money than ever on their books, business owners have difficulty qualifying for loans. The mismatch between lender and borrower results from a more conservative financial environment in which bankers rely on cash flow projections and businesses struggle with an uncertain market.  (3/1/2012)

  Back to Basics: Cost Effective Pallet Logistics Starts with Pallet Loading and Proper Trailer Management - Recycling columnist shares how proper trailer loading and managing backhauls can reduce transport costs and improve profitability  (3/1/2012)

  It’s Almost Tax Time - Tax time has plenty of complications. Make it a little easier on yourself and save some time during tax season by following a few tips.  (3/1/2012)

  Letter from Ed: Financing Instability - It’s All Dollars And No Sense In Decision Making - The slow pace of growth has caused financial institutions to become leery about making loans to even stable companies; news about more cash flow problems for a prominent industry playerIn the Mid-Atlantic lumber market.   (2/1/2012)

  Pallet Machine Electrical Systems 101 - Review of basic electrical troubleshooting for pallet nailing systems, includes practical advice on dealing with routine problems.   (2/1/2012)

  Business Reader: Book Series Review -- All Strategy is not Good Strategy - Good Strategy Bad Strategy: A book on organizational strategy outlines the dramatic differences between good strategy and bad strategy. It describes what to avoid and what is critical to crafting a good business strategy.  (2/1/2012)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Let’s Make a Deal! - Knowing how to make a good deal is a very important skill for almost any business person. But it is an often overlooked aspect of American business. And it can be easy to deceive ourselves into thinking that we are better at negotiating a deal than we really are.  (1/1/2012)

  Back to Basics: Maintenance Plans and Tips for Pallet Recyclers - Machinery and pallet repair gurus outline the basics of a once per month repair program designed to fill in the gaps of your regular service routine.  (1/1/2012)

  [OLD - DO NOT USE, CANNOT DELETE] Best of 2013 Articles - Short Highlights From the Best Articles, Innovations and Ideas of 2013  (1/1/2012)

  Reform and Rising Health Care Costs: What Is the Impact of Proposed Changes on Your Business? - Looking for a Cure: Analyzing the impact of the Obama health care reform and rising costs on your business.   (12/1/2011)

  It’s Time to Prepare for Tax Season - Tax Credits: A summary of tax changes and deductions that will affect small businesses in 2011  (11/1/2011)

  Letter from Ed: The Wind Is Whipping and the Earth is Quaking But We Live in a Blessed Land - Pallet industry guru, Dr. Ed Brindley shares his thoughts on surviving the recession by making some moves that may seem counterintuitive. It all starts with being positive about the future and making smart moves now to prepare.   (10/1/2011)

  Manage Your Best Resources Responsibly - These human resource tips can help you establish a positive workplace culture and monitor progress in getting the right people and motivating your employees.  (9/6/2011)

  Letter from Ed: The Future – Looking for Certainty in Uncertain Times - The future of the pallet industry and its products is affected by so many things in today''s rapidly changing world. This letter covers an overview of these factors and the direction of change as it impacts our society.  (8/1/2011)

  Business Reader: Book Series Review - Making Change Happen Can Be Your Toughest Challenge, But Does It Have to Be? - Making Change Happen: The first in a new series of business book reviews focuses on Switch, which details processes necessary to make hard business changes stick in your company.   (7/1/2011)

  Pallet Industry Websites: Insights and Benchmarking from the Best of the Web - Top Industry Websites: The Enterprise searches the Internet looking for the best industry websites, offers ideas and tips for ways to improve your website and online marketing efforts.   (7/1/2011)

  Back to Basics:Tips for Overcoming Language Barriers in a Pallet Shop - Like all businesses, things change, including the workforce. Smart pallet shops will keep an eye out for the best, hardest working talent and will not let a language barrier get in the way.  (7/1/2011)

  Letter from Ed: Prioritization + Focus = Effective Time Management - Pallet Enterprise founder and president Dr. Ed Brindley shares his thoughts on prioritization and focusing on key tasks as the most important strategies for effective time management.   (6/1/2011)

  Structuring Employee Pay for Peak Success: Considerations for Piece-Rate Pay Plans - Controller from Kamps Pallets shares his advice on crafting a piece-rate pay scale and policies that encourage improved productivity.   (5/1/2011)

  Lean Thinking Part III: The Fundamental Blocks of Lean Value: Stream Mapping Leads to Simpler, More Cost Efficient Processes - Experts from Virginia Tech finish their three-part series on lean manufacturing principles for the forest products industry. This final article reviews explains the upper level blocks of the lean thinking process, especially value stream mapping a production process.  (3/1/2011)

  Small Business Budgeting 101: Budgeting Can Help Make Goals a Reality - Budgeting for a small business does not have to be difficult. This article provides a simply look at how to create a business budget.  (11/1/2010)

  Lean Thinking Part II: The Fundamental Blocks of Lean - Part II in a series on lean manufacturing strategies with a focus on the forest products industry, covers the fundamental building block of lean manufacturing.  (10/1/2010)

  Letters to the Editor - Comments from readers.  (10/1/2010)

  Back To Basics: Tool Room – The Ideal Place for Controlling Inventory - Clarence provides valuable information concerning affectively using a tool room for management control in a pallet factory.  (9/1/2010)

  Letter from Ed: True Leaders Stand Out, Stand Up When It Counts - I have learned that people are looking for good leadership and are willing to follow. They just need leaders with big hearts and wise council.  (8/1/2010)

  Lean Thinking Part I: Understanding the Lean Thinking Process - Experts from Va Tech review the differences between traditional and lean manufacturing with a focus on what it takes to reduce waste and costs in your operations.   (8/1/2010)

  Back To Basics: Trucking – A Great PR Opportunity - Virtually every pallet supplier delivers its products on trucks. Many realize that truck drivers and company trucks can be good public relations tools.   (7/1/2010)

  Improving Your Business Process 101 - A Guide to Major Frameworks - Primer on major business process improvement frameworks and how these principles have helped make some forest products companies more competitive.   (6/1/2010)

  Back to Basics: In One Door and Out the Other – Using Forklifts Effectively - Proper use of forklifts is one of the key ways to bring efficiency and profitability into a pallet recycling plant.  (5/1/2010)

  Five Steps to Setting up an Effective Preventative Maintenance Program - Jim Gookin of Viking Inc. gives five key steps to create an effective preventative maintenance program.   (3/1/2010)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Future Shock: Predictions, Warnings & Musings - Future Shock: Predictions, Warnings & Musings   (1/1/2010)

  News Story of the Year 2009: Uncertainty Dominates Industry Landscape - Uncertainty Dominates Industry Landscape   (1/1/2010)

  Pallet User Education Series: Five Key Elements to Superior Customer Service - Customer service professional describes the five critical elements to superior customer service.   (12/1/2009)

  What Is the Underground Economy and How Does It Affect You? - Investigation looks as the impact of unreported, non-taxed business and how it affects the pallet industry.   (12/1/2009)

  You Said It… A Review of Some of the Best Quotes from 2009 - Market analyst Jeff McBee selects the top quotes of the year from the industry. Covering everything from politics to pallet rental to lumber markets, you are sure to find something funny and sad in this memorable review.  (12/1/2009)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: It’s Just Not Fun Any More - Chaille Brindley explores the things that make running a small business a hassle and how to simply the office and do new things to make everyone happier, including the boss.   (11/1/2009)

  Rising Costs Are Too Big to Ignore:Health Care Legislation May Significantly Impact Small Businesses - Since most pallet companies offer some form of health insurance, the current reforms considered by Congress are too big to ignore. How will reform legislation impact your business and employees?  (11/1/2009)

  Letter from Ed: Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zone – Just One! - Are you taking a more active role in our society as well as your company? I want to encourage you to step out, even if it takes you out of your comfort zone. Think about what you can do. Make a list of options if needed.  (8/1/2009)

  Forecasting Pallet Usage for JIT Delivery - Forecasting Pallet Usage: Andrew Mosqueda writes about forecasting pallet usage in order to keep pace with ‘just-in-time’ delivery services.  (8/1/2009)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: 7 Key Trends to Watch for Lumber & Pallet Markets - This column covers a number of interesting trends that you might miss if you focus only on the daily grind at your company.  (7/1/2009)

  Letter from Ed: From “Tweet Tweet!” to RSS - Unlike Twitter, RSS makes sense because it saves time and effort. RSS delivers content directly to a reader’s desktop using a general Web browser or small program called a news aggregator.   (6/1/2009)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: The New Face of Guerrilla Marketing - The presence of two major players touting different pallet materials is reigniting the age-old plastic vs. wood pallet debate. And it looks like white wood pallet companies may be caught in the middle  (5/1/2009)

  Letter from Ed: So, You Think You Know Your Costs? - When trying to calculate costs, you have to look at the details. Every time your people touch a pallet, it adds cost.  (4/1/2009)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: The Stress of Ownership - Stress is becoming a more common challenge for employees and bosses alike. The American Psychological Association (APA) recently conducted a survey that found that 80% of Americans say the bad economy is a significant source of stress in their lives.  (3/1/2009)

  News Story of the Year: Economic Roller Coaster Impacts Industry - The economy had a significant impact on the November election as the country elected a new president and appears to be turning more toward government intervention in major sectors of the U.S. economy.  (1/1/2009)

  New Ownership Transition Insights -- BC Wood Products Changes Hands - BC Wood Products: New father-son owners use their manufacturing experience to build on and expand Virginia-based pallet manufacturing company; they offer a former outsiders perspective on the pallet business.  (12/1/2008)

  Sell Out vs. Selling Up -- Best Practices for Selling and Determining the Value of Your Business - What Is Your Business Worth? Learning how to value and prepare your business for sale is worthwhile even for companies that won’t be placed on the market. This primer covers standard models and approaches for determining the value of your business.  (12/1/2008)

  Options Abound for Choosing Health Insurance for Your Company’s Budget - Health Care Options: Health insurance is a burden for small businesses, but there are various plans and cost sharing options to make it effective and affordable for employers and workers.  (10/1/2008)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Asking the Right Questions Leads to Finding the Best Answers - Taking a look at critical business questions and innovation can get dropped if you let it. Smart managers have to learn to schedule time to think about something more than just the latest office fire.  (9/1/2008)

  Letter to the Editor - Asher Tourison of Acme Pallet in Michigan shares some insights on surviving during difficult economic times.  (8/1/2008)

  Surviving and Thriving During a Recession - Surviving a Recession: Dr. Brindley supplies ideas for surviving and even thriving in today’s economic environment; several industry people contributed ideas to bring industry suggestions to this perspective.  (7/1/2008)

  Creating a Climate for Good Communication - Family Matters: A family business makes a very powerful statement to its members and employees when it commits itself to improving communication in a rigorous, disciplined manner.  (5/1/2008)

  Part II: Forest Economist Explores Trends and Biz Opportunities - Economic Outlook: Al Schuler, research economist for U.S. Forest Service, discusses certified forests and lumber products, other changes in the forest products industry; conclusion of two-part interview.  (2/1/2008)

  Deadbeat Customers and Debt Collection: Money before Trust - Overdue Collections: Checking credit references of a potential customer and implementing a thorough collections program can help reduce past due accounts, keep receivables timely.  (2/1/2008)

  The Burdening Cost for Small Businesses’ Health Care Insurance Is Far From Healthy - Health Care Cost Burden: Small and large businesses alike struggle to keep up with double digit health insurance premium increases; what are the options and what does the future hold?  (8/1/2007)

  Banks Not the Only Source of Funds For Emerging, Growing Companies - Capital Ideas: It is often difficult for new companies to obtain financing to get their businesses up and running; however, there are other alternative sources of capital for small businesses.  (6/1/2007)

  A Waste of Time: Best Practices For Productive Business Meetings - A Waste of Time: Learn best practics for turning your company meetings into fruitful exchanges for growing your business and increasing production. It can be easy to let meetings turn into business disasters. Find out how to save your company from meeting hell.   (4/1/2007)

  Letter from Ed: What You Are Hearing Is Not What I Am Saying - In today’s society all of us need to watch what we say and, more importantly, how we hear things. Unless we are careful on both the giving and receiving fronts, there will be a great deal of room for spin when communicating.  (10/1/2006)

  Post-Disaster Business Continuity: There’s No Such Thing as Luck - Disaster Recovery: There is no such thing as luck when it comes to the ability of your business to recover from a disaster and continue operations; planning and preparation are the keys.  (8/1/2006)

  Mold, Fungi Still Pose Threats to Pallet Businesses - Mold & Fungi on Wood — Causes & Remedies: Explores why mold and fungi tend to grow on pallets in the summer and what companies can do to fix the problem.  (8/1/2006)

  Markets in Transition: Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best; Flu Pandemic Planning in Spotlight - Flu pandemic planning is rapidly becoming a requirement for many larger customers, pushed down to the distribution center or plant level by corporate headquarters. Many large customers are preparing contingency plans for a H5N1 flu outbreak.  (8/1/2006)

  ERP 101 -- The Instrument Panel and Navigation System For Your Business: New Technology Unites Business Management Functions - ERP 101: IT expert from AMS explains why ERP software may be what you need to take your company to the next level.  (7/1/2006)

  Family Businesses and Succession Planning: Driver’s Ed. All Over Again -- Pallet & Lumber Companies Share Their Succession Experiences - Succession Planning: How do you plan to pass the reins of the company to another, younger family member when the head of the family business wants to retire?  (5/1/2006)

  Setting a Value on Business Now Will Help You Sell It in the Future - What You Are Worth: The time to think about your company’s value is not when you want to sell it, but while you are building it; valuation process can benefit your business now and in the future.  (4/1/2006)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Managing for the Next Quarter vs. Ten Years down the Road - After a number of accounting scandals, the new reporting laws that followed and a flat stock market, many companies are wishing that they had never gone public.   (2/1/2006)

  Risk Control Techniques For Pallet Operations - How far does a business have to go to protect itself against liability losses and guard against the rising cost of liability insurance?   (11/1/2005)

  Violent Brainstorming: Mining Eureka Moments From Your Employees - Brainstorming: If you are not listening to your managers and staff, how do you know what is really going on in your business? Brainstorming with employees can produce good ideas.  (9/1/2005)

  Letter from Ed: The New Pallet Board: Users Will Discover Its Benefits in Time - Many of you know that we recently changed the software that manages the Pallet Board. Some have questioned why we changed software and why we selected the one we installed.  (9/1/2005)

  So You Want to Get in The Pallet Business? - What would it take to make an entry into the pallet industry and start a business manufacturing new pallets? Article examines what is required for start-up operations.  (8/1/2005)

  Key to Start-Up Recycling Operation Is Developing Reliable Supply of Cores - One of the keys to starting a pallet recycling business in the current market is developing a reliable supply of cores; teaming with existing pallet recyclers can help get a new business going.  (8/1/2005)

  Deductible Buy Down Option to Control Costs - With the ever rising costs of health insurance, employers in every industry have begun scrambling to find ways to reduce their premium costs while still maintaining employee participation in their plans.   (8/1/2005)

  The Pallet Business – Is It Changing? - Letter from Ed  (5/2/2005)

  Strategies for Healthy Families Building Successful Companies - Much of the success of a family business depends on relationships and the skills of the family running the show.  (5/2/2005)

  Growing Companies Face Challenges of Managing Multiple Plant Locations - Managers offer ideas on dealing with growing pains.  (4/1/2005)

  Past Provides Valuable Pallet Management Tips - Column: Markets in Transition  (2/2/2005)

  Out with the Old, in with the New - Letter From Ed  (1/3/2005)

  Lean Manufacturing Offers Manufacturing Efficiencies, Improvements - Highlights from 2004 Articles  (1/3/2005)

  Anticipating the Next Move – Managing Customer Expectations - Highlights from 2004 Articles  (1/3/2005)

  Government Grants Provide Great Source for Capital Improvements, Expansion Funding - Highlights from 2004 Articles  (1/3/2005)

  Companies ‘Winterize’ to Stay Efficient - Winter Preparations Are Standard for Pallet Companies and Sawmills in both the Northern U.S. and Canada  (12/1/2004)

  Avoid the Cash Flow Crunch - Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille   (10/5/2004)

  Health Savings Accounts May Help Tame the Health Insurance Monster - Health Insurance Savings Accounts Provide a New Option  (9/1/2004)

  Understanding, Managing Hispanic Workers Goes Beyond Language Barrier - For those in the pallet and sawmill industries, as with other businesses, they have proven indispensable in getting the job done  (9/1/2004)

  Can’t We All Just Get Along? - Markets in Transition  (8/1/2004)

  Where’s the Pain? - Letter From Ed  (5/3/2004)

  Don’t Believe Everything You Read - Economic Statistics May Be Spun This Way, That – or Just Plain Wrong  (4/5/2004)

  Searching for the Secret Formula - Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille   (4/1/2004)

  Do You Know Your True Costs? - Reader Forum Special  (2/3/2004)

  The Pallet Business Is a People Business - It''s still pallets, but pallet recycling is a poeple business.  (2/3/2004)

  N.C. Recycler Makes Innovative Use of Information Technology - Microsoft Recognizes East Industries for Application of Its Software Products  (2/2/2004)

  Happy New Year with a Bang! - Issues Facing Pallet Industry in 2004  (1/5/2004)

  Workers Comp: Put a Lid on Costs - The cost of workers compensation insurance is escalating  (12/2/2003)

  Tax Law Increases Depreciation, Expensing - Federal law provides several new tax benefits for businesses  (12/1/2003)

  Bonds an Attractive Source of Funds for Capital Improvement Projects - Government-authorized bonds may be an option for financing capital improvements  (11/3/2003)

  Managing the Whole Person - Letter from Chaille: Thinking Ahead  (10/1/2003)

  Miracles Don’t Happen By Accident! - Millwood’s Pillars & People Are the Key to Its Amazing Success  (10/1/2003)

  Filling the Information Void - IRI Adds to Pallet Publications   (9/2/2003)

  What You Always Wanted to Know About Pallets! - Your Own References — At Your Fingertips  (9/2/2003)

  Who's Telling the Truth? - Dr. Ed Brindley explores the issue of whom to believe in the debate over forest health public policy and the bias against the industry in the ''mainstream'' press.   (6/1/2003)

  Rev Up Business By Thinking Over The Wall - Ed Brindley explains how benchmarking from others can lead to improved plant efficiency and company profitability.  (5/1/2003)

  McPallet: Supersize™ Your Business! - A Pallet Company Owner Should Not Be Running His Plant from a Forklift.  (3/3/2003)

  You Can’t Fire Me — I’m Your Father! -   (1/6/2003)

  Insurance Nightmares Abound - Over the last 18 months, insurance costs have steadily risen.  (12/2/2002)

  Pallet Maker Cultivated ‘People Person Mentality’ - Tommy Orr helped build WNC Pallet & Forest Products   (12/2/2002)

  Weathering the Economic Doldrums - Pallet Companies Offer Advice for Tough Economic Times  (12/2/2002)

  9-11 Anniversary — Time to Reflect - How can we pull together as an industry to face the future?  (9/3/2002)

  The Dash in the Middle Makes the Difference - A Pallet Salute to Bill Nelson  (6/4/2002)

  Getting Third-Party Valuation of Business Has Pros, Cons - Second Article in a Two-Part Series on Business Valuation for Pallet Companies  (4/1/2002)

  The Economy Recovering? - While economists may have characterized the recession as mild, many pallet professionals held a different opinion.   (4/1/2002)

  Determining Your Company’s Value May Be an Adventure - Proceed with caution when it comes to spending your hard earned money on a valuation of your business.  (3/1/2002)

  ‘Quote of the Week’ in Pallet Profile Becomes Fan Favorite; - Quips from Pallet People Are a Big Hit in Weekly Pallet Industry Newsletter   (12/1/2001)

  What Makes the Difference During Difficult Times? - Virginia Tech associate professor examines the tough economic climate that sawmills face and offers suggestions for how they can weather it  (10/1/2001)

  Canadian Lumber Duty Determined - Letter from Ed  (8/31/2001)

  Changes Shape Tomorrow - Letter from Ed: by Dr. Ed Brindley, Jr., Publisher - 'Changes Shape Tomorrow'  (6/1/2001)

  Liking the Look of Used - Rick LeBlanc takes a look at the recycling industry.  (5/1/2001)

  Contingency Plan Can Help Your Business Survive a Fire or Other Catastrophic Event - Eye on Safety: by Don Rung - Contingency Plan Can Help Your Business Survive a Fire or Other Catastrophe  (3/1/2001)

  Letter from Ed - Be Prepared - Opinion piece on the Boy Scouts Supreme Court case.  (12/1/2000)

  Integrity of Unit Loads Gaining in Importance - Automated storage will continue to take hold, but it is more sensitive than ever to pallet or unit load failure.  (8/1/2000)

  Letter to Ed - Death to the Death Tax! - The Senate just voted 59 to 39 to pass the death elimination bill; nine Democrats joined most Republicans in voting for the repeal.   (8/1/2000)

  Letter From Ed- Friends in Low Places - Establishing relationships beyond the local plant may help you retain customers when upper management calls the shots. Dr. Brindley explores how customer relationships are changing in the pallet industry.   (6/1/2000)

  Letter from Ed - Going, Going, Gone! - Online Auctions - PE publisher explores the impact of online auctions for pallets.  (5/1/2000)

  Talk to Higher Level in Organization To Move the Sale Away from Price - Selling to higher level in an organization enables you to close more strategic business opportunities: long-term deals, big ticket sales. Article based on presentation at NWPCA annual meeting.  (4/1/2000)

  ‘Brand Trilogy’ Can Give Your Company A Competitive Edge - The ‘Brand Trilogy' can help you create a competitive advantage while realizing greater market share and margins.  (4/1/2000)

  Change Shook Pallet Industry in '99 - Year in Review: The pallet industry faced a number of changes in 1999. One of the most significant is the continued rise of pallet rental, fueled by the growth of industry giant Chep.  (12/1/1999)

  Letter from Ed - Here Comes Y2K! - PE publisher explores the Y2K issue and makes a few predictions about its impact on the industry.   (4/1/1999)

  Brokers Fill Valuable Role for Some Pallet Companies - Pallet Brokers: Pallet brokers, wholesalers, and distributors serve a valuable function for some pallet manufacturers and recyclers.  (2/1/1999)