This section features news and analysis on litigation taking place throughout the supply chain – manufacturers, food producers, lumber and wood products, retailers, transportation and distribution centers.
iGPS Makes Unexplained Changes to Published Chemical Amounts — Numbers Relevant in Lawsuit: In the ongoing public policy debate on the use of the controversial flame retardant decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS) has chosen to quietly lower the amount of that chemical – not in its millions of pallets, but in its data chart. Doing so in the midst of a lawsuit based on numbers iGPS has promoted for nearly three years in its own life cycle analysis (LCA) on its own website not only weakens iGPS' position in court, it raises questions about the dependability of the reports on which iGPS relies. Read more
A Teaching Moment – Leave Pallet Building to the Professionals: The Montague Company, a manufacturing company that has been building commercial kitchen equipment since 1857, chose to build its own skids for distribution of its products. A worker was severely injured when unloading industrial ranges. This article is a cautionary tale for any non-pallet company that thinks what our industry does is easily replicated. Read more