Since October, 2016, the NWPCA received official notification from the USDA that they had been approved for the USDA BioPreferred® program and met important criteria, allowing use of the biobased label for all PDS licensees. Now, manufacturers that license PDS are listed in the USDA BioPreferred Catalog to help federal purchasers and their contractors identify biobased products. This official USDA Certified Biobased product label has been specifically designed to empower consumers and purchasing contractors to readily identify products with verified biobased content. PDS users can proudly use the label:
- in product literature, for a certified product or package
- on a website to identify a certified product of package
- in advertisements where it is used next to or on a certified product or package
- in promotional and educational outreach materials; electronic media
- in collateral materials.
In addition, all the documentation produced with PDS make very impressive and useful presentations to customers. All PDS materials clearly display the company name, address and other contact information for both the PDS provider and the customer. Any special or custom notes you wish to add can be displayed on the pallet specification sheet. To make PDS even more effective as a marketing tool, guides to the PDS specification and analysis are created as customer hand-outs.
The built-in (electronic) User’s Guide in PDS is a wealth of information. The User’s Guide not only explains how to use the PDS software, it contains extensive information on pallet design, construction, and performance. Any part of the User’s Guide can be printed for reference or to provide customers who have a question about some aspect of PDS or wood pallets.