How Can Social Media Benefit Your Business?

This week, we take a look at an article that was written in the December edition of the Pallet Enterprise discussing how social media affects your business. Are you part of the social media realm? Do you tweet? Do you have Facebook? Or what about LinkedIn? Do you even find it necessary? We are walking this line between generations and seeing the evolution of Millennials in the workplace, social media may seem like a waste of time and money but the reality is, it is where our society is at. We are living in an age where our President will share all thoughts and feelings via Twitter and where there is no such thing as a delay in details on current events. As we run our day to day businesses, although there may seem like there is no benefit, having a presence on social media makes and keeps you relevant. So, check out the article HERE in this month's edition of Pallet Central and learn a few tips on how to maximize your presence on social media. Happy Tweeting!

What are We Thankful For This Year?

It is truly hard to believe that this year is almost over and we are officially in the thick of the holiday season. As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we reflect upon the things that we are most grateful and thankful for. First and foremost, we give great thanks for our indispensable team. Without this "A-Team" (as they are so affectionately referred to) we would not be able to serve our customers to the best of our ability. Our team truly makes this happen, day in and day out. Their dedication to this organization does not go unnoticed. We are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of and participate in both the WPA and NWPCA. We are thankful for our customers who have supported our organization for so many years, helping us grow and constantly improve. We want to wish everyone a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday and thank you for your support. Enjoy a time filled with family and friends. Blessings to all! 

Pallet Central Magazine Features One of Team VP's Own

I can't tell you how truly honored I am to have the opportunity to have been featured in the NWPCA's latest cover story in their Pallet Central publication. Being a part of the "12 Women Who Move Pallets" article is certainly a tribute to the women who are making such a great impact in our industry. I've had the opportunity to get to know many of these women over the years and consider them colleagues and friends, and for that, I will be forever grateful. I'll never forget before I got involved in the industry, I had the perception that it was a mostly male dominated industry and that might have been true to a certain extent, but more and more, we are seeing strong women leaders emerge in this industry, providing innovative ideas and a clear direction of where our association and industry is headed. Click Here to read the article and see what all of these fabulous women are doing for our industry. And a big thanks to the NWPCA team for this honor and the great opportunity to be involved in this association.

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L to R: Kathleen Dietrich of Commercial Lumber/Priority Pallet, Lindsey Shean, Carolyn Beach-Skinner of Westside Pallet

L to R: Kathleen Dietrich of Commercial Lumber/Priority Pallet, Lindsey Shean, Carolyn Beach-Skinner of Westside Pallet

Where In the World Has Team VP Been?

Fall is one of our very favorite times of year for so many reasons. Pumpkin spice is in the air, the weather is starting to change, and the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association's annual Fall Plant Tour's are upon us. It is the final industry event of the year where the membership comes together to tour member facilities and even facilities of companies that are in different business sectors but whose operations rely heavily on pallets and wood packaging. This is such an important and valuable event in that we are able to share ideas and look at different ways that we can improve many common challenges that we face each day within our respective businesses. 

This year, we had the opportunity to visit the great state Texas where we spent two days in Houston. We visited three very impressive operations, where the industries and sectors of business served rely heavily on new pallets. It was quite an experience to see three operations, two of which were pallet manufacturers and the other a logistics service provider. We were able to see two extensive lumber milling facilities and great production automation. We would like to sincerely thank our plant hosts for their generous hospitality. Team Valley Pallet had the opportunity to host last year's (2016) Fall Tours, where we hosted 250 of our closes friends for lettuce and celery field harvest tours, a processing plant tour and finally, a tour of our Salinas, CA facility. It was a great honor to host, an honor which we will forever be grateful. We know the hard work that goes in to the tour so we thank our hosts as well as the NWPCA staff. 

As we wind this year of events down, we are already eager to get the 2018 event season kicked off! You can catch us at the Western Pallet Associations' Annual Meeting in January and the NWPCA's Annual Leadership Conference in March! Also, for a glimpse of the 2017 tours, CLICK HERE

Wood Is The New Green

Now, the team at VPI is a little biased, but we feel like the benefits of wood and its uses are infinite. This week, we want to discuss an article written in the November edition of Pallet Enterprise highlighting the benefits of wood at every stage, from newly planted timber to mature trees to processed timber. Let's briefly talk about the highlights of this piece and the benefits. Did you know that forests absorb C02 from the atmosphere via photosynthesis? Did you know trees are a renewable resource and once they absorb carbon, they store it? Did you know that manufacturing processes typically use all part of the log and do not waste anything? You see, wood is the most recyclable and viable material available. It is manufactured and managed responsibly and although sometimes there is a misconception about the sustainability of wood products, a closer look at the facts truly show that it is in fact the most sustainable. We invite you to head over and take a closer look at the facts about how #WoodWins ! And get in touch with us today for sustainable solutions!

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Celebrating National Forest Products Week

This week, October 15th-21st, 2017 is a very special week for the Valley Pallet, Inc. family and more importantly, for our industry, as we celebrate National Forest Products week. This is a week in which we celebrate the sustainability of this sector and its contributions to the economy and our everyday lives. President Trump recognizes this week as National Forest Products week by saying, "During National Forest Products Week, we acknowledge and celebrate the many uses of our parks, forests, and woodlands, and we honor the dedicated Americans who work to ensure our forests remain productive and magnificent for future generations." And that's what we are doing as sector, we are ensuring that our forests are managed in a way that benefits generations to come. For more information on what the wood packaging industry does every day to create sustainable solutions, visit Natures Packaging

To see a statement from the White House, click here.

We celebrate this week and every week, the great contributions of the wood products sector and know that #WoodWins !

Wood Pallets: The Past, The Present, The Future?

Wood Pallets: The Past, The Present, The Future?

The internet of things is proving you can teach even the oldest of dogs the newest of tricks.

In this instance, the sustainable wooden pallet is that old dog and it could soon be playing ‘fetch’ with its own piece of wood as part of a digital makeover that may soon incorporate smart tracking, and even temperature and load monitoring, to optimise the location of products and the reduction of wastage.

Maximizing Your Unit Load With Today's Best Technology

The team at Valley Pallet, Inc. has over 30 years of experience in pallet and packaging design services. We understand that maximizing the unit load is a key to our customer's business and with a first class pallet design, we can create efficiency within the platform. We do this with the use of cutting edge technology in the NWPCA's Pallet Design System. This design system allows us to develop the proper platform for your unit load to ensure that you are getting the best performance through the supply chain at the most cost effective price. The NWPCA recently released the most updated version (5.3) of PDS, keeping up with continued and improved research. Let Valley Pallet, Inc. help design a platform to meet your needs today by dropping us a line.

Read NWPCA's news release about the latest version of PDS here.