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What Obexion’s special permit means for lithium battery shipping

What Obexion’s special permit means for lithium battery shipping

If your business ever ships damaged, defective or recalled lithium-ion batteries—or devices that contain them—you need a thorough knowledge of section 173.185 of the 49th volume of the Code of Federal Regulations. Ha! Just kidding! You really only need to know one word: Obexion. Here’s why: In addition to its revolutionary, fire-mitigating fiberboard material, every

Obexion Pro and Obexion Max Lithium Battery Packaging

Industrial Pack 2018 preview: a new chance to discover Obexion

Next week, vendors and buyers from every segment of the packaging industry will meet up at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta for the first annual Industrial Pack 2018. Of course, Labelmaster will be there! The organizers of Industrial Pack describe it as “North America’s FIRST and ONLY free-to-attend trade event dedicated to … bring

As blockchain gets bigger, will hazmat transport get linked up?

Almost a year ago, we asked why no one was talking about blockchain in hazmat shipping. As far as we know, we’re still the only ones asking. There have been no significant developments in the application of blockchain technology to Dangerous Goods transport. Yet, as blockchain continues to grow more important to worldwide logistics, it

7 new lithium battery technologies; 0 new regulations

Considering the sheer impact of lithium batteries and the devices they power on today’s global economy, any new wrinkle in the regulations governing lithium battery transport creates aftershocks among: Battery manufacturers Device manufacturers Airlines and freight carriers E-commerce retailers Product recall managers Third-party logistics companies Hazmat trainers And anyone who owns a cell phone, laptop,

Lithium batteries and new technology dominate our top 10 posts of 2017

If you’re a Dangerous Goods professional, just keeping up with changing regulations can be a full-time job. But you also have to make sure all your team members are compliantly trained, and you might even have to prove to your upper management (over and over again) that hazmat compliance is an area that justifies serious

9 reasons you’re going to love complying with FMCSA’s ELD mandate

The deadline for U.S. truck operators to replace paper logs with electronic logging devices (ELDs) is just a few weeks away. While many operators have already switched, others’ attitudes toward making the transition might best be described as “kicking and screaming.” We get it. Change is hard, and complying with yet another federal mandate can

Is Obexion the lithium battery shipping breakthrough we’ve been waiting for?

To the surprise of absolutely no one, lithium battery shipping once again dominated the agenda at the recent 2017 Dangerous Goods Symposium. The story, in a nutshell: There will continue to be more and more lithium batteries and battery-powered devices to transport, and transporting them safely and compliantly will continue to be challenging. The big

How will hazmat benefit from tomorrow’s smarter supply chain?

Over the last few months, we’ve published several posts about new trucking technologies and their potential impact on the Dangerous Goods industry. But the wave of innovation that’s reshaping the trucking business is sweeping through the rest of the supply chain as well. For example: In 2016, venture firms poured at least $4 billion into

Beyond autonomous—trucking technology that actually helps drivers

According to a recent Business Insider article, no fewer than nine companies are vying to put autonomous trucks on the road. From giants like Uber, Google and Daimler to startups like Peloton, Embark and Starsky Robotics, it seems like all the new trucking technology is dedicated to taking the wheels out of drivers’ hands. Not

Will Uber Freight (and other startups) deliver hazmat more efficiently?

Last week, Uber made headlines by officially launching Uber Freight, a move that had been foreshadowed for months. Uber Freight joins a host of startups who, over the last few years, have set out to do for freight hauling what Uber did for passenger hauling. Is this development good for the trucking industry in general,

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