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November-December-2014

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I N S I D E V O L . 1 4 | N O . 6 INDUSTRY 32 Agriculture and Immigration Reform: Putting Things in Perspective If your company provides products or logistics support for transporting fruits, vegetables, dairy and horticultural products, you have a stake in seeing wise and balanced immigration reform. See what the prospects are for comprehensive immigration reform in 2015. Guest Editorial by Craig Regelbrugge BUSINESS 36 Industry Forecasts & Wishes As we conclude 2014 and are looking ahead to the New Year, PalletCentral asked some of our members to give us their most realistic forecast and their hopes for the industry. DEPARTMENTS Chairman's Message ........................................6 Inside NWPCA ..................................................8 Capitol Hill Corner ..........................................12 Pallet Design System™ Game On....................19 PalletFest – Denver Style Upcycling ................40 The Pallet Foundation-Making A Difference ......43 Advertisers ....................................................44 16 Trucking On-Demand The old company line of "Ready Now, Ship Tomorrow," just got better with the click of a button. There is an emerging technology that could lead to a new trend in shipping logistics with its "Uber" approach to trucking. Co-Founder and COO of Cargomatic, Brett Parker, opened-up to PalletCentral about their cloud-based app that connects shippers with qualified carriers who have unutilized capacity on their trucks. By Annette Ferri MARKETS 20 Lightweight = Sustainability The world's largest privately-held company and parent to many top shelf adult beverages, Bacardi Limited, is also looking to be a world leader in sustainability. Wood pallets can play a role in that ambitious program. By Esme Neely Smith 22 Industrial Markets Update– The "Perfect Storm" Rages On Production of U.S. hardwood lumber is up 10% from last year and is now pacing at an eight-year high. Grade lumber availability is up ... what does this mean for industrial products? By Hardwood Publishing Company SAFETY 26 A Tale of Two Injury/Illness Rulemakings OSHA has recordkeeping on its mind, in fact, the accuracy of injury and illness reporting has been under scrutiny by the agency for about five years now. New reporting requirements will become effective on January 1, 2015. Learn about the reporting requirements and what this means for your business. By Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP Published six times annually by the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association, 1421 Prince Street, Suite 340, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-6104; Fax: 703-519-4720; info@palletcentral.com. Subscriptions to PalletCentral are complimentary, however you need to subscribe at PalletCentral.com. Additional postage may apply to subscriptions located outside the United States and Canada. iStock.com/shansekala Connect with NWPCA FEATURES Pallet Central On the cover: Truck – iStock.com/Grafissimo; Present – iStock.com/nico_blue

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