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Embracing new technology is not easy. Is the wood packaging industry ready? The following comments from our industry thought leaders share on several areas of old and new technology, along with a little nostalgia. We reached out to all of our members and here is what they had to say in answer to the following questions: Q1: What ‘old’ technologies/equipment do you still use? Fax machine, dot matrix printer, walkie talkie, pagers, paper rolodex, etc? Q2: What modern day technology/equipment do you use (laptop computer, smartphone, paperless fax machine, electronic billing/invoicing, business software? Q3: Which new tools are your favorite toys that you or your business couldn’t survive without in today’s business environment? Q4: Which available new technologies, such as driverless vehicles, drones, robotics, 3-D printing, RFIDs or other, do you anticipate using for your business in the short term (1-3 years) or long term (3-10 years)?

 

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Q&A: Carolyn Beach, Vice President, Westside Pallet

Posted By Carolyn Beach-Skinner, Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A1: We still use our fax machine although we are scanning and emailing more frequently. I use my paper rolodex quite often. We also have a 2" binder with a daily calendar to pencil in our delivery schedule. It's how we all communicate with what is going out every day.

A2: Definitely my smart phone. If I'm not at my computer, then I am working from my iPhone emailing or connecting to my computer to create and print sales orders. I couldn't live without GPS.

A3: Our computers are the most important technology we use. Quickbooks and Microsoft Office are necessities.

A4: I have an "if it's not broke don't fix it" mentality. So I don't expect to use new technology unless I am forced to. But I will say that I’m keeping the robotic pallet making machines in the back of my mind because it is getting harder to find good labor.

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