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

Chaos in the Freight Industry. Where's my Truck?

12/13/2018 by Aaron Pascarella on Shipping And Freight

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Can we just say that 2018 will go down as a year that tested the patience of everyone and anyone shipping and receiving freight? ​As the year winds down, we're finally starting to see the pressure ease. But, before we get our hopes up... 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...

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...

How Custom-Designed Wooden Crates Save Big Money

9/13/2018 by Kent Longardner on Crates And Containers

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Think custom-design means expensive? Allow me to change your mind. In this post, I'll show you how expert crate design and a return program can add up to big savings. I'll even back it up with a real-life example of a returnable crate design that resulted in immediate payback for one manufacturer. Continue reading...

Does Your Plastic Pallet Container Really Need a Lid?

8/9/2018 by Penny Peirce on Crates And Containers

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If you're shopping for plastic pallet containers, you may be wondering if you really need a lid. I get asked that question all the time. Especially if we're talking about stacking the containers. The answer is (as you probably guessed) that it depends. Continue reading...

When do I Need True Freezer Grade Plastic Pallets?

7/12/2018 by Hartson Poland on Plastic Pallets

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​OK, so you run a cold storage operation and the FDA has been in a time or two talking about the FSMA and other interesting subjects. So far you are in full compliance, but you thought it might not be a bad idea to look into switching to plastic pallets for your sub-freezing storage. 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...