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  It’s All About the People: 7 Steps to Turn Employee Potential into Performance - Maximizing Performance: Many companies fail to reach their potential because employees are misaligned in the wrong jobs. Learn how these seven steps can help you turnaround this underachievers.   (3/7/2019)

  You Said It - Paul Simpson, president of Pallet Renew, Inc., shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (3/7/2019)

  Idea Box: Why It’s Important to Monitor Your Competition & Tips on How to Do It - Monitoring Your Competitor: Try out these tips on how to keep tabs on your competition.   (2/4/2019)

  You Said It: Pallet Industry Insights from Seasoned Professionals - John Swenby, president of Paltech Enterprises, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (2/4/2019)

  Part II, GURU: How-to Tips from Industry Experts Maintain Motion – Smart Practices for Power Sources - Maintenance Means Motion: Pallet technician and repair expert, Dustin Johnson, covers basics of power sources for pallet equipment.   (1/4/2019)

  Idea Box: Five Cybersecurity Tips to Protect Your Small Business from Scams in 2019 - Ways to know if your business is vulnerable to cybercrime and how to protect yourself.  (1/4/2019)

  You Said It: Insights, Advice and Predictions from a Pallet Industry Professional - A.J. Cheponis, national sales manager for Pallet Consultants, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry as well as predictions for 2019.  (1/4/2019)

  You Said It: Industry Veterans Answer Relevant Questions - Derek Turney, director of business development for Palnet, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (12/7/2018)

  Forecast 2019, Sunny Conditions Continue: But Economists Ask, “How Long Will It Last?” - Economic Forecast 2019: The coming year promises a robust business operating environment, with a growing economy supporting healthier profits. The sunny jobs picture should brighten still further and fatten consumers’ wallets. At the same time, economists are starting to see early signs of an eventual correction.  (12/3/2018)

  Idea Box: Need a Mentor, But Aren’t Sure Where to Find One? - Practical Advice on How to Choose a Business Mentor  (12/3/2018)

  Markets in Transition: Take the Pallets for Free — I’ll Make Money on the Other Stuff - Logistics columnist, Rick LeBlanc, muses about disruptive business methods and technologies in the pallet industry.  (12/3/2018)

  Caring Funds Help Pallet Company Employees Meet Own Needs - Caring Funds: Some pallet companies are exploring ways to help employees facing disaster or serious life challenges with employee-funded Benevolence Funds.   (11/3/2018)

  Idea Box: Six Tips for Better Productivity - Tips for getting the most out of each workday.   (11/3/2018)

  You Said It - Rick Ziebell, president/CEO of J & B Pallet, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (11/3/2018)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: It’s Time for a Field Trip - Pallet Enterprise publisher, Chaille Brindley, explains how maybe the best way to boost production is to let your key employees take a field trip.   (10/5/2018)

  Go to the Bank Last When It Comes to Funding Pallet Business Acquisitions or Expansions - Funding Sources 101: Both small and large company leaders offer guidance on where to look, how to prepare and what to do when seeking to fund a business acquisition or expansion.   (10/5/2018)

  Guru, How-to Tips from Industry Experts: Conduct Due Diligence Before Auction - Industry auction veteran shares best practices for buying and selling equipment through a machinery auction.   (10/5/2018)

  Idea Box: Ways to Save on Gas Costs for Your Vehicles - How a Few Simple Changes Can Add Up to Big Savings on Gas for Your Vehicles  (10/5/2018)

  You Said It: Question and Answer Column - Tom Andrew, vice president of Henry Poor, shares his insights on working in the wood packaging industry.  (10/5/2018)

  LEADERSHIP LESSONS: Leading Millennials Isn’t Hard, It Just Isn’t Easy - Business leadership expert, Simon Sinek delves into the “Millennial Problem” and explains the causes for the disconnect between them and the current work culture. He outlines a few things that companies can do to bridge the gap.   (9/4/2018)

  Idea Box: If Your Business Uses a PBX Telephone System, Watch Out for Fraud - Is your PBX phone system at risk of being hacked?  (9/4/2018)

  You Said It: Industry Veterans Give Advice - Daniel Reardon Jr., vice president of Reardon Pallet Company, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.   (9/4/2018)

  Thinking Ahead: The Difference Between Success and Disaster in a Crisis is Preparation - Pallet Enterprise Publisher, Chaille Brindley, covers five keys preparation steps to prevent a crisis from turning into a disaster.   (8/1/2018)

  The Onboarding Opportunity: Smarter Ways of Training New Hires Improve Retention - Better New Employee Training: Smart companies are going beyond traditional orientation to a longer approach and more hands-on training. Learn how these two packaging companies have improved retention through a better onboarding process.   (8/1/2018)

  Plant Fire Recovery: Navigating the Insurance Claim Process Can Be Tricky; Public Adjuster Is Lifesaver for Paltech Enterprises - Fire Recovery: These insurance tips can make the difference between getting what you deserve and settling for less than full replacement value. Hiring a public adjuster improves your chances of getting the best deal possible. Paltech Enterprises share how it worked to secure a fair settlement.   (8/1/2018)

  Idea Box: Is an Employee Training & Development Program the Key to Solving Your Labor Challenges? - Recruit and retain more employees with a new training & development program.  (8/1/2018)

  Activities in the News: Pallet Business Workshop Scheduled for Denver in September - Do you want to improve your workplace culture and fix your labor headaches?   (8/1/2018)

  You Said It - Greg Bowen is the founder and president of Bo’s Pallets Inc., a pallet recycler and mulch producer servicing Atlanta, Georgia. The company also offers recycling solutions for cardboard, plastic, metal; roll-off services and trailer rentals.  (8/1/2018)

  Part II: Work as Worship – Success Comes from Having the Right Priorities and Values - Priorities Drive Success: Second article in a series on Christian business principles coming from the 2018 Work as Worship conference. These eight tenets can transform your business philosophy.   (7/1/2018)

  You Said It - Scott Geffros is the general manager of the Canadian Wooden Pallet & Container Association.  (7/1/2018)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Good Leaders Are Usually True Believers - America’s first president and great military leader offers lessons on leadership, and it may not be what you think. These lessons are helpful as many pallet and lumber companies face impossible odds in their business environment.   (6/3/2018)

  Industry Roundtable 2018 – Part I; Rising Raw Material Prices & Automation Are Hot Topics; Labor Remains Top Issue - Leadership Roundtable: A group of industry leaders discuss key issues from the tough lumber market to changing customer demands to the possibilities in advanced automation and robotics.   (6/3/2018)

  Part I: Work as Worship – It All Starts with Relationships - Reduce Work Stress: A lesson from the grapevine can help you improve work relationships and make your job more meaningful. This is the first in a multi-article series on improving your corporate work culture.   (6/3/2018)

  Idea Box: Where is Your Customer Data? If You Don’t Know, It’s Time to Talk CRM - Could a CRM system help your pallet business grow?  (6/3/2018)

  You Said It - Beatrice Vasquez, Corporate Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of Oxnard Pallet Company, shares her insights on working in the pallet industry.  (6/3/2018)

  Idea Box: Negotiating Is a Skill that Must Be Developed - How to Be a Better Negotiator  (5/3/2018)

  You Said It - Glenn Meeks, the Director of Operations for Bettaway Pallet Systems, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (5/3/2018)

  How Does Your Facility Stack Up? Plant Layout Best Practices - Plant Optimization: Facility design is becoming more critical to reduce cost, labor requirements and remain competitive. Is your plant layout the best it can be? Learn from these experts on facility design.   (5/2/2018)

  Leadership Lessons: It Wasn’t Raining When Noah Built the Ark: Prepare for Family Business Quarrels Now - Family business guru, Mitzi Perdue, shares her insights on how to keep things civil.  (4/2/2018)

  Idea Box: How to Use Leverage to Improve Your Business & Maybe Your Quality of Life - Can You Use Leverage to Improve Your Business?  (4/2/2018)

  You Said It - Ralph Knight, owner of Power Pallets, in Las Vegas, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (4/2/2018)

  You Said It - Marshall “Mark” White, president of White and Company LLC, shares his insights on the future of the pallet industry.  (3/14/2018)

  Letter from Ed: Why Pallet Standards Struggle to Stick in North America - Pallet Enterprise founder, Ed Brindley, reviews some of the obstacles standing in the way of an industry cooperative, quality standard program taking root in the North American market.   (3/1/2018)

  Idea Box: How to Make Your Meetings More Productive so You Can Have Fewer of Them - Want to have fewer, more productive meetings? These tips will show you how.   (3/1/2018)

  Leadership Lessons: Army Strong: Top Five Tips to Lift Your Leadership - Former Black Hawk pilot, Elizabeth McCormick, shares five lessons she has learned to be a better team leader.   (2/1/2018)

  Idea Box: Recognize Employees: A Simple, Effective Way to Reduce Turnover - Employee recognition doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.   (2/1/2018)

  You Said It - Todd Conway, president of PalletMaxx, Inc., shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (2/1/2018)

  Letter from Ed: Three Keys to Remember When Starting a Business - Pallet Enterprise founder reveals three things that helped him succeed in the years when it came to starting and launching his company and new products.   (1/1/2018)

  Lean Manufacturing Communication Strategies: Visual Controls Provide Quick, Efficient Communication - The new president of Pallet Services Corp, Travis Huisman, shares principles of lean communication that he has used in consumer products manufacturing.   (1/1/2018)

  Idea Box: Is Exporting the Way to Grow Your Business in 2018? - Exporting is one way to grow your business. These resources help you figure out how to get started.   (1/1/2018)

  Best of You Said It 2017 - Pallet industry leaders share their insights from years in the business.  (1/1/2018)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Adrift in the Sea of Work, Fighting to Plan and Live Forward - Publisher, Chaille Brindley explores the dos and donts of life planning, setting business goals and sticking to a plan that will avoid wasting time and mission drift.   (12/1/2017)

  Psychological Testing Tools Can Help Screen New Hires - Put to the Test: Evaluation of various personality and psychological tests used by companies to find the right employees for the job. Is this a tool that more pallet and lumber companies should be using?   (12/1/2017)

  Vision Casting for Your Organization: As businesses grow, become more complex or face new challenges, a powerful vision can help keep the focus. - What’s Your Vision?: Pallet and lumber companies share their discoveries on creating a lasting corporate vision and how to make it stick in your organization.   (12/1/2017)

  Leadership Lessons: Where Are You in Your Entrepreneurial Life Cycle? - Knowing the current life cycle stage of your business and your attitude toward your business can make all the difference in the world. Learn about the key stages of business development.   (12/1/2017)

  You Said It: Brian Keegan is president of Pallet Express Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, a Southeast manufacturer of wooden pallets. - Brian Keegan, president of Pallet Express, Inc. in Atlanta, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (12/1/2017)

  You Said It - Tom Worthen, general manager of Wasatch Pallet, based in Spanish Fork, Utah, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (11/1/2017)

  LEADERSHIP LESSONS: Five Critical Mistakes That Blunt Leadership Effectiveness - Organizational leadership expert, David Waits, identifies critical leadership blunders that many business leaders make. Are you doing one of these business killers?   (10/5/2017)

  You Said It - John Cory, president of Allegheny Recycled Products, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (10/5/2017)

  How Would Jesus Lead? – Principles for a Christian CEO - Lead Like Jesus: Good leadership principles for any business based on the life and teachings of Jesus. Even for the non-religious, how can you learn to be a better person by putting these ideas into practice.   (9/1/2017)

  Idea Box: How to Solve the Entrepreneurial Conundrum - The EMyth Explored: Have you become your pallet business? And is that way of thinking standing in the way of future success?   (9/1/2017)

  You Said It - Teryl Freeman, CEO and president of Freeman Wood Products, Inc., in Centerville, Tennessee, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (9/1/2017)

  Idea Box: Have You Considered Offering Your Employees Medical Gap Insurance? - Gap Coverage Can Help Employees Manage Higher Health Insurance Deductibles  (8/1/2017)

  You Said It: Reed Esarove,corporate sales, PalletOne - Reed Esarove, who handles Corporate Sales for PalletOne, based in Bartow, Florida, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (8/1/2017)

  Industry Roundtable 2017 – Part II: Historical Trends, Innovation & Best Practices Discussed - Leadership Roundtable: A group of industry leaders discuss key issues from historical trends to business innovation and best practices to lumber and wood waste concerns. This is the second half in a two-part article.   (7/1/2017)

  Powered for Success – Part 2: New Plant Designs and Energy Concerns - Improvements, large and small, can cut energy costs at your plant.  (7/1/2017)

  So Being in the Pallet Business Is Tougher than You Think… - Pallet Industry Startup Advice: Honest assessment of business challenges facing pallet industry startups and guidance on pitfalls to avoid when buying an existing company or starting one from scratch.   (7/1/2017)

  Idea Box: Improvements, Large and Small, Can Cut Plant Energy Costs - If you think outdated equipment or inefficiencies in your facilities might be the causes of high-energy consumption, you might want to consider an energy audit of your facility.   (7/1/2017)

  You Said It: Frank Ritson, owner and president of Cimino Box & Pallet Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. - Frank Ritson, owner and president of Cimino Box and Pallet Company, based in Cleveland, Ohio, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry for 40 years.  (7/1/2017)

  Industry Roundtable 2017 – Part I Labor Remains Top Issue - Leadership Roundtable: A group of industry leaders discuss key issues from human resources to changes in the pallet lumber and core markets to robotics and competitive challenges. This is the first article in a multi-part series.  (6/1/2017)

  Powered for Success – Part 1: New Plant Designs and Energy Concerns - Power Management: Energy expert explains what you need to know when designing or retrofitting a pallet or sawmill plant. His tips can save you money and cut your power bill. The article includes a checklist of key power considerations when designing a facility.   (6/1/2017)

  Idea Box: Tips for Avoiding High Employee Turnover - Ideas on how to avoid employee turnover.   (6/1/2017)

  You Said It - A second generation operations manager in a Canadian lumber company shares his experiences with cross border trade and growing up in an immigrant family in the wood business.   (6/1/2017)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Designed to Fail, Insights on How to Develop Your Best Plant Yet - The May issue of Pallet Enterprise covers a wide variety of topics on how you can improve your plant and lean your operation. The publisher explains some key points for companies to consider when retrofitting or optimizing a plant.   (5/1/2017)

  Idea Box: The Way You Communicate with Employees Matters - Tips for Positively Communicating with Employees  (5/1/2017)

  You Said It - Larry Snyder, vice president and general manager of Pallet Logistics of America, a full-service pallet recycling and manufacturing company in Dallas, Texas, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (5/1/2017)

  Letter from Ed: Faith in Action – Changing Your Workplace for the Better - Pallet Enterprise founder, Ed Brindley, talks about how now is the time to change your workplace by inviting a higher power to the office. He explains how a growing group of Christian business leaders are pioneering a spiritual breakthrough in the industry. And it all starts with changing the people at the top first.   (4/3/2017)

  Idea Box: Pull Yourself Out of that Rut and Learn to Love Your Business Again - Tips to Get Out of that Rut and Re-Discover the Meaning Behind Your Business  (4/3/2017)

  Kingdom Inc.: What You Need to Succeed - A devotional thought and practical action steps for running a faith-based business.   (4/3/2017)

  You Said It: Tips to Keep Your Business Running Efficiently - Henk Vrugteveen, owner of Oxford Pallet and Recyclers Ltd., in Norwich, Ontario, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (4/3/2017)

  You Said It: Gary Leitzel, president of A & L Wood, Inc., Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania - Gary Leitzel, president of A & L Wood, Inc., in Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania, shares his insights on working in the sawmill and pallet industries.  (3/1/2017)

  Idea Box: Make the Most of LinkedIn with a Company Page - Tips on Promoting Your Business with a LinkedIn Company Page  (2/1/2017)

  You Said It: - Paul Cabrol, Industrial Lumber Sales, at Beasley Forest Products in Hazelhurst, Georgia, shares his insights on working in the sawmill industry.  (2/1/2017)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Do You Need a Life or Business Coach? - Pallet Enterprise publisher explores the reasons for using and the pitfalls in trying a life or business coach to help drive change in personnel or your business.   (1/1/2017)

  Kingdom Inc. - New department page offers a devotional thought and practical action steps for running a faith-based business.   (1/1/2017)

  Idea Box: How to Get Customers to Pay Faster - Do Your Customers Pay on Time?  (1/1/2017)

  You Said It: Tom Gardner, owner, Hay Creek Companies, Pittsville, Wisconsin - Tom Gardner, owner and CEO of Hay Creek Companies in Pittsville, Wisconsin, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (1/1/2017)

  Labor Solution: Tips for Working with Refugee Labor - Labor Shortfall: James Ruder of L&R Pallet explains how refugee workers helped change his business for the better and what tips you need to know to utilize refugee workers in your area.   (12/1/2016)

  Employee Surveillance: With video analytics, much of the monitoring is automated - Employee Surveillance: New developments with analytics allows for automated monitoring and better utilization of video systems. Find out how these cost effective systems can make your company function better and be safer  (12/1/2016)

  Idea Box: Why a Small Business Checkup Is a Good Idea - Now Is a Good Time for a Small Business Checkup  (12/1/2016)

  You Said It: - Canadian pallet and lumber veteran talks about doing business across the border and current issues in the Canadian market including the waiting game as governments negotiate a new softwood lumber agreement.   (12/1/2016)

  Lean Vs. Automation: To Automate or Not to Automate? Here’s What Experts Have to Say - Do Lean and Automation Go Together? An important question to consider when going lean. Experts discuss top considerations for making new equipment and lean initiatives work together.   (11/1/2016)

  Idea Box: Ways to Identify Potential New Customers Opening in Your Area - These strategies will help you locate potential new customers or competitors moving into your market.   (11/1/2016)

  You Said It - Steve Cross, owner and operator of Cross Sawmill, in Iron City, Georgia, shares his insights on working in the wood products’ industry and what it’s like to work with President Jimmy Carter.   (11/1/2016)

  Coming into Focus: No Pallet Impact – China Updates Zika Policy for Shipments from the United States - China Updates U.S. Trade Regulation to Prevent Zika Spread to Shipments Leaving Florida  (10/1/2016)

  Idea Box: Is Your Business Prepared to Weather a Hurricane, Flood or Other Natural Disaster? - Is Your Business Prepared to Weather a Natural Disaster?  (10/1/2016)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Customer Service Starts with the Customer in Mind - Pallet Enterprise publisher explains what it takes to become a customer service star or a nightmare.   (9/1/2016)

  Good Questions Lead to Effective Change - What questions should you be asking to change your business for the better? Let these questions inspire you to come up with your own list. If you want to be better, you have to be intentional to improve those areas that have been neglected.   (9/1/2016)

  Lean Principles Can Speed Up Your Changeover Process - Faster is Better: Learn some strategies to reduce changeover times for nailing and sawmill lines. Consider how these tips can reduce downtime and boost your productivity.   (9/1/2016)

  Idea Box: How to Know When Outsourcing Is a Good Idea - When Is Outsourcing a Good Idea?  (9/1/2016)

  You Said It: Larry Miller-Bopp - President of sales, JC Pallets Co., Barhamsville, Virginia  (9/1/2016)

  Idea Box: Avoid Common Communication Mistakes - Learn how to spot and fix some common communication mistakes to help your business run more smoothly.  (8/3/2016)

  Letter from Ed: A Note for the Older Generation on Family Business Transitions - The founder of Pallet Enterprise shares his insights on family business transition and what he has learned about working with his children.   (8/1/2016)

  Shared Vision and Effective Next-Generation Leaders: Two Sides of the Same Coin - Family Business Dynamics: Covers the importance of a shared vision to create effective next-generation leaders in family businesses, including tips for better communication at your company.   (8/1/2016)

  You Said It - John Romelfanger, co-owner and CEO of H&S Forest Products Inc., in Dublin, Ohio, shares his insights on working in the pallet industry.  (8/1/2016)

  Leadership Roundtable – Part III: Exploring Key Business Metrics for the Pallet and Sawmill Industries - Leadership Roundtable Part 3: Key industry leaders discus key business metrics, labor woes, automation and key trends to watch for the future.   (7/1/2016)

  Reality Sales Insights: Bid Busting Sales Strategies - Keys for Effective Bidding: Customers today may want you to submit a bid for business. Knowing how to approach this opportunity can make all the difference between a smart bid and a bad one.   (7/1/2016)

  Idea Box: The Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Does It Offer Something for You? - Boost Business Efficiency: Can the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program help you improve your business?  (7/1/2016)

  Letter from Ed: I Love the Pallet People - Articles in this issue feature companies that focus on how important the family run atmosphere of the pallet industry has meant to them and how much their employees have contributed to their success.  (6/1/2016)

  Leadership Roundtable – Part II More Customers Want Combo or New Pallets - Leadership Roundtable: A group of industry leaders and risk takers explain their outlook on the industry and discuss why so many of them are optimistic about the future. This is the first part of a three part series.   (6/1/2016)

  Idea Box: Using Email for Marketing and Customer Communications - Email marketing remains a key way to drive sales and customer connections for businesses. Find out what you may be doing right and wrong.   (6/1/2016)

  You Said It: Having right people is key. - Jim Kesting, President, Madison County Wood Products, St. Louis, Missouri  (6/1/2016)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: The Key to Bulletproofing Your Business - Customer Service Success: Publisher, Chaille Brindley explores what it takes to make your business bulletproof from competitive pressures and quality or service problems.   (5/1/2016)

  Leadership Roundtable – Part I: Panel Optimistic about Future of the Wood Pallet Industry - Leadership Roundtable: A group of industry leaders and risk takers explain their outlook on the industry and discuss why so many of them are optimistic about the future. This is the first part of a three part series.   (5/1/2016)

  Saving the Family Business: How Addressing Conflict Now Can Be the Best Thing to Secure the Future - Saving the Family Business: Too few family businesses survive into the second and third generations of ownership. Learn how addressing conflict can be the best thing to secure the future.   (5/1/2016)

  Tree of Life: Unchecked Desire Can Shipwreck Everything - Devotional thought for Christian business leaders about how desire can be both a positive and negative driver in our lives.  (5/1/2016)

  Idea Box: Make Time for Networking - Networking is a great way to find new customers and suppliers. To be truly effective, networking requires developing and maintaining solid connections and following up quickly with contacts.   (5/1/2016)

  You Said It - Pallet recycling guru and author shares his expertise.   (5/1/2016)

  Idea Box: Improving Your Website Business - What Are Your Options for Building a Better Business Website?  (4/1/2016)

  You Said It - Pallet manufacturer shares his best business insights.   (4/1/2016)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Tell Your Story, Because Nobody Else Will - Publisher, Chaille Brindley points to recent efforts by the corrugated industry in Oregon to attack wood pallets as another reminder of why the industry’s new promotional program called Nature’s Packaging is so important. Find out how you can get involved.  (3/1/2016)

  Maintenance Process Verification: Pallet Companies Ready to Meet the Challenge - Maintenance Benchmarks: Three companies explain their detailed processes to smart preventative maintenance across multiple locations. Find out what the right approach and possibly software can do to reduce downtime and improve the life of equipment parts.   (3/1/2016)

  Idea Box: Cold Calling in the 21st Century - Lead Generation: Cold calling can still pay off if you approach it the right way  (3/1/2016)

  You Said It - The current chairman of the NWPCA explains how he got in the industry, why many pallet companies fail and what are the key challenges facing the industry  (3/1/2016)

  Idea Box: Develop Successful Habits - Habits of great leaders: Cultivating habits that have contributed to the success of many leaders can improve your effectiveness as a leader.  (2/1/2016)

  You Said It - A rising leader in the Western pallet market talks about the industry’s top struggles and the importance of a new outreach program called Nature’s Packaging.   (2/1/2016)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Economic Forecast – Expect More of the Same for 2016 - Pallet Enterprise publisher, Chaille Brindley, reviews a number of key economic factors to consider as you plan and budget for 2016. Consider how will these drivers impact your market?  (1/1/2016)

  Top Quotes from 2015: Industry Leaders Offer Insights for Better Operations - A collection of the best quotes of 2015 from industry leaders as covered in the Pallet Enterprise.  (1/1/2016)

  Idea Box: Three Key Elements of Time Management - Tips for Better Managing Your Time  (1/1/2016)

  You Said It - Phil LeBlanc of Lumber Resources Inc. explains how he does business and what are some insights he has learned through the years to stay productive and successful.   (1/1/2016)

  Creative Recruiting and Onboarding Are Keys to Building a Good Workforce - Help Wanted: Finding and keeping workers willing to do manual labor is more challenging than ever. These companies share strategies in what is working for them.   (12/1/2015)

  Referrals and Social Media Top the List of Best Practices for Recruiting Workers - Recruitment Strategies: Social media and referrals are prime ways to find the right talent. Learn how these approaches can work for you.   (12/1/2015)

  Idea Box: Mentoring Produces Many Advantages - Research has shown that having an assigned mentor can help new employees better adjust to a new company and as a result, reduce turnover.  (12/1/2015)

  You Said It - James Ruder answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the pallet industry.  (12/1/2015)

  It Is Not About What You Say, When It Comes to Great Customer Service - Beyond Lip Service: True customer service requires a commitment from top managers all the way down to line workers. This article covers insights from two forest product companies committed to top notch customer service.   (11/1/2015)

  Banking and Loan Strategies for Wood Products Companies - Business Expansion: Find out how these bank or loan strategies can help you expand or add the right equipment to boost productivity. Equipment financing can be much easier with these approaches.   (11/1/2015)

  Idea Box: Be a Better Listener - Truly listening to customers takes effort. But knowing how to effectively listen will enable you to meet their needs and improve your customer service.   (11/1/2015)

  You Said It - Victor Ulgiati answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (11/1/2015)

  Letter from Ed: Labor Woes Abound, Could Get Worse - Finding labor continues to be a concern for pallet companies and if Donald Trump has his way, it could get worse. Ed Brindley explains how automation and the right process improvements can make all the difference.   (10/1/2015)

  Idea Box: Avoid Common Marketing Mistakes - Marketing mistakes: Maximize your marketing efforts by avoiding these common mistakes.  (10/1/2015)

  You Said It - Mike Keating answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (10/1/2015)

  Reality Sales Insights: Prospecting Powers Sales Growth, Identifies Sales Targets - Prospecting Power: Sales guru, James Olsen explains how prospecting fuels sales growth and what steps you must take to make effective programs to contact sales leads.   (9/1/2015)

  ‘Fake Lean’ Leaves Out A Key Element: People - Lean business guru, Bob Emiliani explains what sets real lean manufacturing improvement apart from fake lean. Doing the wrong thing can hurt your business success and morale.   (9/1/2015)

  Idea Box: Eliminate Growth Stunting Practices - Growth impediments: Many practices common to small businesses can stunt growth.  (9/1/2015)

  You Said It - Doug Gaines answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (9/1/2015)

  Letter from Ed - Data Management Trends: Software and data are becoming more of a necessity in the pallet and low-grade lumber sectors. Ed Brindley looks at some of the key drivers and trends as well as issues companies need to be aware of as they develop their data strategies.   (8/1/2015)

  Idea Box: Use Technology to Your Advantage - Technology for small business: Try some of these small changes and see how the savings in time and costs add up.  (8/1/2015)

  You Said It - John Cleary answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (8/1/2015)

  Decision Dysfunction – Why Typical Strategic Planning Fails - Pallet Enterprise publisher, Chaille Brindley, explores the typical dysfunction in business planning and strategy processes. By identifying what hangs up your company, you can work to make strategic planning more successful.   (7/2/2015)

  Don’t Fear the Price Question! - Pricing Strategies for Pallets and Lumber that Work - Lumber sales guru, Gary Olsen, joins our team of columnists and provides proven advice to maneuver the price question and makes those conversations work for you.   (7/2/2015)

  Two Key Things You Must Do to Help Your Business Increase Revenue and Efficiency - Strategic Planning: Not all plans are created equal. Expert explains the importance of focusing on long-range goals and how to set your business up for success in the future.   (7/2/2015)

  Idea Box: Achieve Your Dream One Goal at a Time - Setting goals for your company can help you look beyond the daily grind and measure your progress.  (7/2/2015)

  You Said It - Jimmy Wilson, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about his experience in the pallet industry.  (7/2/2015)

  You Said It - Larry Howell, president of Cottondale Wood Products, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (6/2/2015)

  Letter from Ed: The Benefits of Partnering and Collaboration for a Stronger Future - Pallet Enterprise founder, Ed Brindley, talks about the need for pallet companies to develop strong strategic partnerships and networks and the steps to make them a success.   (6/1/2015)

  Markets in Transition: Controlling Your Pallets and Containers and Preventing Loss - Packaging guru, Rick LeBlanc, explores key issues in controlling lost pallets and containers in reusable packaging networks  (6/1/2015)

  Idea Box: Increase Your Productivity - Your time as a company owner or manager is precious. Make the most of it by utilizing these productivity tips.  (6/1/2015)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille - Publisher, Chaille Brindley, asks a key question that the industry needs to consider to prepare for the future. What should be the current priorities for the Pallet Foundation and its industry research and promotion?  (5/1/2015)

  All in the Family: How to Help “Outsiders” Fit into Your Family Business - All in the Family: When family businesses treat non-family employees like second class citizens, morale and productivity can suffer. This article offers insights into workplace practices that make “outsiders” feel like part of the team.  (5/1/2015)

  Idea Box: Don’t Settle for Good Service - It takes unforgettable service to set your company apart from the competition. Find tips on how to go beyond providing only good customer service.  (5/1/2015)

  Tree of Life: Healing Words Can Disarm the Toughest Situation - If you want to produce blessing, speak a word or encouragement or affirmation.  (5/1/2015)

  You Said It - Tracie Sanchez, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (5/1/2015)

  Letter from Ed: Continuous Improvement Requires Constant Vigilance - Increasingly, we are focusing on ways to help you improve your operations and save money. More than just making money, most pallet and lumber company leaders also want to create a business that makes the world a better place for customers and employees.   (4/2/2015)

  Lean Games, Continuous Plant Improvements - Lean Games and Thinking: Continuous plant improvement expert, Mark Wright, explains how Kamps Pallet works with employees to identify bottlenecks and reduce plant inefficiencies.   (4/2/2015)

  Lean Strategy: How Costly Is Keeping Too Much Inventory? - Leaning Your Supply Chain: Researchers from Virginia Tech explore keys to inventory management and factors to consider when buying just the right amount of lumber or logs. Is your inventory costing you more than you realize?   (4/2/2015)

  Energy Savings: Compressed Air System Incentives - Energy expert, Ralph Russell, shares how you can save money on air compressors with energy incentives and other conservation programs.  (4/2/2015)

  Idea Box: Smart Ways to Handle Employee Complaints - Create a step-by-step process to help your company deal quickly and fairly with complaints from employees.  (4/2/2015)

  You Said It - Carolyn Beach-Skinner, president of the Western Pallet Association and vice president of operations for Westside Pallet, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (4/2/2015)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Pallet Companies Are Storytellers Too - Publisher, Chaille Brindley, explores how brand development and storytelling are skills that pallet and lumber companies should master even though they are frequently ignored.   (3/2/2015)

  The Right Stuff: Tips and Best Practices for Attracting and Hiring Productive Employees - The Right Stuff: Pallet industry leaders share insights on what works when it comes to recruiting good employees and retaining top producers.   (3/2/2015)

  Tree of Life: Singing Trees – Creation Calls Us to Recognize God’s Majesty - Overcoming Stress: When running your business becomes too much, go for a walk in the woods and consider what the trees have to say.   (3/2/2015)

  Idea Box: Temp Workers Bring Benefits and Responsibilities - Temporary workers are a great way to deal with seasonal demand. But make sure you understand what your responsibilities are as an employer.  (3/2/2015)

  You Said It - David Evans of Home Lumber Co., answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (3/2/2015)

  Lessons Learned from the Demise of Good Companies - Pallet Enterprise founder, Ed Brindley, reviews some key lessons from failed pallet and lumber companies and how you can avoid the same fate  (2/2/2015)

  Idea Box: Federal Contracts Offer Growth Opportunities - Are you looking for new customers? The federal government has a lot of money ear-marked for small companies.   (2/2/2015)

  You Said It - Richard Hatkoski, president of Commercial Pallet, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (2/2/2015)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: Wasted Energy: Insights into Ways to Cut your Power Bills - Energy consultant Ralph Russell discusses some of the keys to controlling your energy costs. Russell explains the three major components of conducting an energy audit or analysis.  (1/1/2015)

  Idea Box: Four Things are Needed by all Online Marketing Strategies - Online Marketing: When creating your Internet marketing strategy, make sure the four key areas are covered.   (1/1/2015)

  You Said It - Jeff Currier, president of Great Northern Lumber, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (1/1/2015)

  Letter from Ed: Strategic Planning Is Crucial to Making Your Company Important to Your Customers - As we approach 2015, Pallet Enterprise founder, Ed Brindley, encourages companies to evaluate or develop strategic plans to position themselves for future growth in a highly competitive market.   (12/1/2014)

  Crowdsourcing and Outsourcing: Worth It or Worthless? - Jon Golman, CEO of Brand Launcher shares practical tips for finding the right talent for specialty jobs. He points out that new strategies, such as crowdsourcing and outsourcing can make a huge difference in terms of expertise, focus and cost.   (12/1/2014)

  Idea Box: Make Small Changes for Big Savings - Making small changes in multiple areas can lower your company''s overhead operating costs.  (12/1/2014)

  You Said It: Steve Yelland president of J.F. Rohrbaugh Co. - Steve Yelland, president of J.F. Rohrbaugh Co., answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (12/1/2014)

  Coming Into Focus: Survey Suggests Dip in New Pallet Demand and Significant Increased Interest in Pallet Rental - The annual survey of pallet user trends conducted by Modern Materials Handling magazine has some interesting findings this year.   (11/1/2014)

  Idea Box: Data Security: Not Just for Big Companies - A rising number of small companies are becoming victims of cyberattacks, increasing the need for data security in businesses of all sizes.  (11/1/2014)

  You Said It - Butch Ousley, sales manager at Buchanan Hardwoods, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (11/1/2014)

  Idea Box: Get a Fresh Perspective - Avoid operating on outdated assumptions by finding ways to get a fresh look at what is happening in your company and industry.  (10/1/2014)

  You Said It - Joe Campbell, co-owner of Steel City Lumber Company, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (10/1/2014)

  Prepare Now for End of Year Tax Law Changes - Tax Tips: Follow these strategies to reduce your tax burden and take advantage of expiring tax credits and other incentives.   (9/1/2014)

  A Greener Pallet Mill Through Energy Efficiency - Green Operations: Energy consultant, Ralph Russell, explains the basics of analyzing the energy consumption of your machinery and how to reduce costs through energy efficiency initiatives.   (9/1/2014)

  Idea Box: Build a Company Culture to Aid Growth - Culture Building: Getting the right employee attitudes does not come by accident. These tips explain how to develop a culture that will help your company grow.   (9/1/2014)

  You Said It - Chad Gray, owner of Gray and Sons Sawmill & Supply LLC, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (9/1/2014)

  Markets in Transition: How Do Pallet Buyers Inadvertently Shoot Themselves in the Foot? - Pallet user columnist, Rick LeBlanc, explores the mistakes that companies make when purchasing pallets and how to avoid them.  (8/1/2014)

  Idea Box: Measure Key Metrics to Improve Social Media Marketing - Determining the effectiveness of social media marketing can be done by measuring key metrics.  (8/1/2014)

  The Marketing Experts Were Wrong Rethink What You Think You Know About Attracting New Customers - Marketing guru, Jon Goldman explains how you need to rethink what you think you know about crafting the perfect sales pitch.   (7/1/2014)

  Improve Your Financing Chances - Financing: Maximize your company''s chances of being approved for a loan by being prepared and avoiding common mistakes.  (7/1/2014)

  Idea Box: Use Social Networking Effectively - Using social media for marketing a business can be an effective and affordable option if done right. But understanding some important rules is key to success.  (7/1/2014)

  You Said It: - Kyle Arrington, vice president and chief operating officer of Arrington Lumber & Pallet Co. answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (7/1/2014)

  Leadership Roundtable – Part 2: Industry Voices Sound off on Critical Issues and Key Operational Challenges - Leadership Roundtable Part 2: A group of industry leaders discuss key concerns including mold prevention, operational challenges, fire concerns, equipment innovation, best practices and benchmark and much more.  (6/1/2014)

  Idea Box: Increase Productivity with New Employee Integration - Failing to effectively integrate new workers can cost a company productivity and good employees. Avoid this by creating an integration plan that helps new workers understand the company''s core values and culture and how his role contributes to them.  (6/1/2014)

  You Said It: - Steve Watson, managing director of Big Tuff Timber Products Ltd. in New Zealand answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (6/1/2014)

  Thinking Ahead: Good Questions Lead to Better Businesses - Business Improvement: The best way to improve your company is to ask the right questions and stop to consider the answers. Review this checklist with your top managers to analyze areas that need to be addressed.  (5/1/2014)

  The Price Is Right, Except When It Is Not: Keys for Finding the Right Balance between Profits and Sales Volume - Pricing Strategies: In this uncertain market, finding the right price mix can be tough, now is the time to reconsider your strategy. Learn these four keys from expert marketer, Jon Goldman.  (5/1/2014)

  Tree of Life: Dendrology & Photosynthesis: Being a Life-giver in the Business World - Tree of Life: Guest columnist, Kevan Grinwis shares a devotional thought about using Christian principles in the workplace and shares what dendrology and photosynthesis have to do with how you run your business.   (5/1/2014)

  Power Play: How W5H Helps to Reduce Energy Usage and Energy Cost - Power Play: Answering these key questions will help your company find ways to reduce energy usage and save on energy costs. New columnist, Ralph Russell, shares crucial advice for developing an energy plan.   (5/1/2014)

  Idea Box: Return Customers are More Valuable than New Customers - Sales Growth: While new customers are good, it takes a lot more work than earning new business from existing customers. Learn these key strategies to boost sales growth from your current customer base.   (5/1/2014)

  Twitter Tips for Business Marketing - Twitter Tricks: Ideas on how to use Twitter to drive sales and business goals.   (5/1/2014)

  You Said It - Pat Sherry, design manager of NEPA Pallet & Container Co., Inc., answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.  (5/1/2014)

  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)