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How to Lower Freight Costs

In response to pandemic uncertainty, logistics managers are closely examining how to lower freight costs by increasing efficiency, reducing waste, minimizing risks, and spending smarter. While the pandemic’s long-term impact on the shipping industry is difficult to foretell, short-term uncertainty has had a significant impact on freight rates. By September 2020, rates on some trucking…

wood pallets

How Strong Are Wood Pallets?

Wood—a fundamental component of nearly every early American industry—has been essential to modern shipping and logistics for decades in the form of wood pallets. But just as the homebuilding and ship manufacturing industries adopted stronger materials than wood, the modern shipping industry has likewise evolved. Nowadays, a simple question like “How strong are wood pallets?”…

Reducing contamination in the pharmaceutical supply chain

Reducing Contamination in the Pharmaceutical Industry: How Simple Changes Can Help

In the pharmaceutical industry, there are two related kinds of damage that can happen to a company: reputational damage and damage to the bottom line. Few things impact both of those as much as contamination.  Contamination in the pharmaceutical industry may lead to returned shipments, regulatory oversight, strained relationships with vendors, and increased costs, as…

Stacks of loaded pallets in the warehouse

Stacking Loaded Pallets: Everything You Need to Know

In warehouses and storage facilities, stacking loaded pallets correctly is crucial to preventing accidents. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Standards (OSHA) guidelines, materials should be stacked, blocked, interlocked, and limited in height to secure them against sliding or collapsing. The storage of the materials should not create a hazard as well. Poorly stacked…

Spraying for pests under pallets in the warehouse

What Are the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Pest Control Guidelines?

The Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) pest control guidelines prescribe a preventive approach to avoid infestation or contamination of food products by insects, rodents, and other pests. The guidelines are particularly aimed at producers and manufacturers involved in the production, handling, storage, and transportation of food products, and aim to help these organizations outline an…