The Nelson Company launches packaging design center

The Nelson Technical Center offers expertise in the field of pallet design, testing and custom packaging.

Latest News

State of Logistics 2016: Pursue mutual benefit
May trade between U.S. and NAFTA partners down 3.1 percent
UPS reports solid Q2 earnings paced by international and B2C growth
AAR reports another week of declining volumes
Despite mixed Q2 results, transportation & logistics deal making prospects look bright
More News

Latest Resource

Managing Global Transportation: How NVOCCs can operate more profitably
Global transportation isn’t getting any easier to manage. With new rules and regulations to learn, new compliance requirements to adhere to, and new customers and business partners to onboard, navigating the complexities of the global market can be difficult for any company. To fully leverage their global supply chains, firms need a robust, global transportation management system that helps them navigate this ever-changing environment.
All Resources
By ·

Companies looking for sustainable packaging solutions to cut packaging costs, reduce waste and decrease product damage have a new resource in The Nelson Technical Center. Recently launched by The Nelson Company, an international pallet and transport packaging solutions provider, the new Technical Center offers expertise in the field of pallet design, testing and custom packaging.

One example of The Nelson Technical Center at work is with a large electronics client. This client shipped tall top-heavy metal units on solid wood pallets with protective packaging made from corrugated and wood pulp. The pallet base was not compatible with some international material handling equipment, the packaging design limited carrier options, and longer distribution lanes were leading to increased damage rates. Shipping damages to these units could result in significant delays at time-critical facility startups. The Nelson Technical Center worked with a cross functional team of engineering, logistics, operations, and purchasing to design, lab test, field trial, and implement an overall pallet, packaging, and logistics solution. The new unit load design is rarely damaged, it is compatible with all material handling equipment, and there are significant packaging and freight cost savings.

The capabilities of The Nelson Technical Center has been built over the last few years as The Nelson Company provided more and more of its clients with this type technical assistance. The Nelson Technical Center will continue these efforts with a focus on packaging design assistance, pallet design, laboratory testing, custom packaging development, opportunity analyses and packaging project implementations.

The Nelson Company, established in 1921, has a long history of innovation with wood packaging, packaging return programs, plastic pallets and unit load design. John Clarke, who will serve as Director of the Center, has been the Technical Sales Director for The Nelson Company for the last eight years. Clarke said, “Our customers are running with leaner packaging and sourcing personnel today. We are being asked to take a more integrated role with our partners to assist with many of these activities. The Center expands our capabilities to assist customers – allowing them to focus on their core activities while we manage packaging projects for them.”

John Clarke has his master’s degree from Virginia Tech, and worked in the Virginia Tech Pallet Research Lab for 10 years under the direction of Dr. Marshall White. His last six years at Virginia Tech, Clarke was Director of the Virginia Tech Center for Unit Load Design. In that role, Clarke gained significant experience in solving a wide variety of pallet and packaging challenges. “It was nothing to have 10 to 15 inquiries per day about a variety of packaging related issues such as insects on pallets, mold, international regulations, and how to lower packaging costs,” said Clarke.

Also working in The Nelson Technical Center is Kent Longardner who has a package engineering degree from Michigan State University. Longardner has many years of experience as a packaging engineer with Fortune 500 companies, and he also managed a package testing lab for the past five years.

The Nelson Technical Center is ready to assist the pallet, packaging, and cost savings challenges of the manufacturing and distribution communities. More information can be found at
http://www.nelsontechcenter.com.


Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

· All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Managing Global Transportation: How NVOCCs can operate more profitably
Global transportation isn’t getting any easier to manage. With new rules and regulations to learn, new compliance requirements to adhere to, and new customers and business partners to onboard, navigating the complexities of the global market can be difficult for any company. To fully leverage their global supply chains, firms need a robust, global transportation management system that helps them navigate this ever-changing environment.
Download Today!
From the July 2016 Issue
While it’s currently a shippers market, the authors of this year’s report contend that we’ve entered a “period of transition” that will usher in a realignment of capacity, lower inventories, economic growth and “moderately higher” rates. It’s time to tighten the ties that bind.
2016 State of Logistics: Third-party logistics
2016 State of Logistics: Ocean freight
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Getting the most out of your 3PL relationship
Join Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates, as he explains how creating a balanced portfolio of "Top 50" global and domestic partners can maximize efficiency and mitigate risk.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
Regional ports concentrate on growth and connectivity
With the Panama Canal expansion complete, ocean cargo gateways in the Caribbean are investing to...
Digital Reality Check
Just how close are we to the ideal digital supply network? Not as close as we might like to think....

Top 25 ports: West Coast continues to dominate
The Panama Canal expansion is set for late June and may soon be attracting more inbound vessel calls...
Port of Oakland launches smart phone apps for harbor truckers
Innovation uses Bluetooth, GPS to measure how long drivers wait for cargo