Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Survey Provides Snapshot of U.S. Pallet Industry - Reusable ...

Pal­let Enter­prise Online
By Scar­lett Sanchez, Dr. Henry Quesada-Pineda
Date Posted: 2÷1÷2012

Hav­ing expe­ri­enced a num­ber of ups and down over the recent years, the pal­let indus­try has been in flux with the move of the over­all econ­omy. Seek­ing to get a snap­shot of the cur­rent state of the indus­try, researchers from Vir­ginia Tech have con­ducted an indus­try sur­vey. It aimed to fos­ter increased under­stand­ing of the U.S. wooden pal­let indus­try and its sup­ply chain.

This sur­vey was com­pleted last sum­mer and included a mail sur­vey of about 1,500 wood pal­let man­u­fac­tur­ers and recy­clers. About 13.5% of those sur­veyed responded with use­able infor­ma­tion. This pro­vided a large enough sam­ple size to make the researchers com­fort­able with the infor­ma­tion data­base. The ques­tion­naire had three sec­tions: (1) gen­eral infor­ma­tion, (2) impor­tance and char­ac­ter­is­tic of imported and domes­tic wood pal­lets, and (3) sup­ply chain man­age­ment factors.

To read a sum­mary of the results click here


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