The Nelson Blog

Sharing our Transport Packaging Know-How

Our top transport packaging experts offer their best advice, research, how-to's, and more to help customers make sense of some of our industry's most perplexing challenges. Plus, we answer frequently-ask-questions including concerns about shipping, pallets and crates. See all posts or check out our blogroll of hand-picked favorites below.

Most Recent Blog Posts

Packaging Return Program: Is it for me?

11/9/2017 by Kent Longardner on Total Packaging Management

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Will a return program transform your expendable packaging expenses into reusable packaging assets? Start by asking yourself four key questions about your packaging usage and distribution system. Continue reading...

A Captive Pallet for the Future

10/16/2017 by Jonathan Haynes on Plastic Pallets

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Plastic lumber offers captive pallets a new future. Captive pallets are designed to save money by being reusable. Plastic lumber is repairable and durable. Continue reading...

Rackable Pallets - What About the Load?

7/13/2017 by Hartson Poland on Plastic Pallets

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​What makes a pallet rackable? Well, we've been spending some time on that question including getting into pallet structure, material stiffness and the seven racking systems we most commonly find in industry. Continue reading...

How is Wood Packaging Impacted by an Improved Economy and Housing Demand?

6/8/2017 by Rich Reiher on Wood Pallets

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So what does the cost of my wooden pallets and packaging have to do with an improved economy and greater new housing starts? The wood packaging industry depends on many of the same lumber producers that supply the housing industry. Continue reading...

Save Space with Collapsible Plastic Containers

5/10/2017 by Penny Peirce on Crates And Containers

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Are empty containers taking up too much room in your warehouse? When not in use, collapsible plastic containers fold to a fraction of their size and can drastically increase your available warehouse space. Continue reading...

Why is Mold Growing on my Pallet?

4/13/2017 by Mike Cunneen on Pallet Mold, Wood Pallets

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Your pallets look clean, your production facility is exemplary, yet once you put your product on the pallet and stretch wrap the unit load, mold starts to appear! What's to blame and how can I avoid this from happening? Continue reading...

Hot Topics and Popular Posts

6 Freight Terms Everyone Should Know

4/2013 by Amber Potts on Shipping And Freight

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Freight terms can be confusing. Acronyms, abbreviations, shorthand, and jargon make up the shipping freight lexicon. Many terms commonly used in the freight world can often leave people in a state of confusion... Continue reading...

2 Most Common Wood Species for Pallets and Why

10/2014 by Jonathan Haynes on Wood Pallets

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The two most common wood types used for making pallets are southern yellow pine (SYP) and oak. A former study done by the USDA and Virginia tech determined that SYP made up 18.9% of all woods used while oak made up 17.1% (by volume)... Continue reading...

Are your pallets ready for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

3/2016 by Hartson Poland on FDA, News And Events

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FSMA enforcement begins summer 2016. Are you ready? The Food Safety Modernization Act is a group of regulations signed into law in 2011. The act is meant to apply the best available science and good common sense... Continue reading...

When is a container considered a Gaylord?

9/2013 by Penny Peirce on Crates And Containers

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Gaylord was originally a trade name for a bulk-size corrugated box. You have probably seen a Gaylord box in your local grocery or big box store. They are big corrugated boxes attached to wood pallets. These corrugated containers... Continue reading...

Can Your Moldy Wood Pallets Be Saved? Maybe...

6/6/2013 by Rich Reiher on Pallet Mold, Wood Pallets

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Don’t scrap that moldy pallet just yet... we might be able to save it! The bad news is you found mold on your pallets. The good news is that mold grows on the surfaces of the pallet components. Continue reading...