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

Hidden Costs of your Cheap Pallets

8/13/2020 by Hartson Poland on Plastic Pallets

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As I was planning my blog posts for the coming year, nothing seemed more important to my point of view than how to save my customers money. Focusing on pallet cost per use rolled out my first blog, soon to be followed by hidden costs of "cheap" pallets. Then the world changed. Continue reading...

New 45x45 Plastic Pallet Solves Used Supply Problem

5/7/2020 by Mike Cunneen on Plastic Pallets

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Supply and demand for used plastic pallets is already, by nature, organized chaos. Add in the recent global pandemic and the market is being thrown one curve ball after another. First, inventory was scooped up by early panic buying. Then, trade restrictions Continue reading...

Cost-per-Pallet vs Cost-per-Use in a Closed Loop

4/9/2020 by Hartson Poland on Plastic Pallets, Total Packaging Management

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Early in my career, I was introduced to the CEO of the company that had just hired me to help make plastic pallets. "Mr. Leo" as he was affectionately called, shook my hand and welcomed me to the team. To help me get my head around what I had just gotten myself into, Mr. Leo said, "Our pallets cost a lot of money. But remember. They are the cheapest product out there!" Continue reading...

What to Consider when Buying Used Pallet Containers

2/13/2020 by Penny Peirce on Crates And Containers

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If you've been shopping around for used pallet containers for sale, you probably know by now that these plastic containers come in two flavors: used and refurbished. Is there a difference? Yes. Which one should you choose? That depends... Continue reading...

Nelson Company Named Top Five Pallet Company Website

12/20/2019 by David Caltrider on News And Events

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When your company wins an award, it's easy to get swept up in the excitement. I mean, who doesn't like to win? It is especially satisfying when you didn't even know you were competing for the trophy. But, it's also a time to take stock of how you got here and where you're going. Continue reading...

Plastic Resins Used in Pallets: ACM, HDPE and HDPP

10/10/2019 by Lindsey Silverman on Plastic Pallets

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Trying to decide which type or grade of plastic your pallet should be made of? With a variety to choose from, choices can be overwhelming. I hope this post helps you to make the best decision. Continue reading...

Hot Topics and Popular Posts

6 Freight Terms Everyone Should Know

4/11/2013 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...

5 More Freight Terms Everyone Should Know

11/8/2018 by Amber Potts on Shipping And Freight

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When I wrote my original post, 6 Freight Terms Everyone Should Know, I had no idea it would become so popular. Since that time, a lot of interesting freight questions from all over the world have come my way. Continue reading...

2 Most Common Wood Species for Pallets and Why

10/30/2014 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)

3/24/2016 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?

9/5/2013 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...

1,800 RACKABLE pallets in ONE Truckload: Fact or Fiction

2/8/2018 by Mike Cunneen on Plastic Pallets

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Paying an arm and a leg for pallet freight these days? What if you could get 3 truckloads of rackable pallets delivered for the price of one traditional load? Continue reading...

Should I Choose Recycled or Remanufactured Pallets?

4/12/2018 by Jonathan Haynes on Wood Pallets

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Recycled wooden pallets or remanufactured? ​It's a question that comes up often. Before we get into which pallet is better for your packaging needs, let's sort out the definitions of recycled vs remanufactured. Continue reading...

Industry Standard Pallet Sizes: A Complete List

10/29/2018 by Jonathan Haynes on Plastic Pallets, Wood Pallets, Industrial Packaging

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The most popular standard pallet size in US inches is 48L x 40W. How popular? The 48x40 accounts for approximately 30% of all wooden pallets produced each year. Continue reading...