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Wish an Expert Could Show up and Package Your Custom Goods for You?

on September 14, 2017
As a manufacturer, your expertise lies in designing and building your products. You’re proud of your work, and you ensure each completed unit is flawless. Many of you, however, aren’t experts at how to best package and/or crate your products. This is especially true for manufacturers of custom large or...

Both Fire and Water Further Hurting Lumber Industry

on September 5, 2017
The natural disasters are hitting hard right now, forcing many to evacuate, and prompting numerous calls for help. In the south, Harvey has demolished parts of Texas. While many homes and local businesses have been lost, the effects of the hurricane are widespread. They reach plants and mills throughout Texas...

Invisible Thief: How Your Packaging is Bleeding You Dry

on August 28, 2017
Take a moment to define your supply chain. What functions are included? While you’re thinking about product flow, information flow, and finances flow, ask yourself where packaging fits in. Would packaging even make your list if it weren’t mentioned here? Think about everything that packaging is exposed to: conveyors, storage,...

NAFTA Basics: Why We’re Here, What everyone Wants

on August 18, 2017
As talks to renegotiate the North American Free trade Agreement (NAFTA) began this week, you may wonder how the process is going to work and what’s at stake. There has been a lot of conflict over recent changes made between Canadian and American relations. While experts advise keeping these topics,...

Reducing Costs of Firetrucks and First Responder Equipment

on August 15, 2017
We’ve been focusing a lot on the fires in British Columbia and their effects on the lumber supply. This is but one aspect of what is significantly impacting the lives of thousands of people. Over 7,000 residents are still displaced from 27 evacuation orders. Over 250 companies have called the...

Lumber Still Hot Issue as Fires and SLA Disagreements Continue

on August 7, 2017
Any American or Canadian who depends on the latter’s lumber supply has been playing one agonizing waiting game after another since spring. The latest issue, a new softwood lumber agreement (SLA), has been especially confusing to follow. If you’ve been reading news on the matter, reports from both sides of...

Lumber Supply, Prices, Continue to be Impacted by BC Fires

on August 1, 2017
While some highways and one lumber mill have reopened since the British Columbia fires started, the impacts remain heavy and are predicted to get worse. For the US, the resulting price hike on lumber is the most significant effect. This comes at a time when lumber buyers are already in...

What the US can Expect in Lumber Prices During BC Fire Emergency

on July 21, 2017
British Columbia (BC) declared its first state of emergency in 14 years July 2nd, significantly impacting residents and commerce. The worst fires are in an area where a large oil pipeline sits and is also home to a lot of mining, ranching, and forestry. Over 375 fires, thought to have...

Cutting Back on Lumber with Alternative Packaging Solutions?

on July 21, 2017
On June 26, the US Department of Commerce issued a much anticipated preliminary antidumping duty on softwood lumber from Canada. This is in addition to the tariff that was announced in April that created a frenzy in the lumber business. Prices spiked, and buyers scrambled to stock their supplies before...

Could the U.S. Avoid Higher Lumber Prices by Trading with Chile?

on July 3, 2017
A lot has happened in the lumber industry the last several months, and industry professionals brace for more change as the decision on another tariff draws near. The end of the tariff-free lumber trade between U.S. and Canada occurred in April, raising the cost of lumber for Americans. While the...