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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...

Stacking not always to Blame for Load Damage: Packaging Matters

on June 30, 2017
Damage to merchandise costs companies billions of dollars every year. Most of it occurs during shipment, which would seem to indicate that improper stacking is largely to blame. While that does contribute to the problem, it’s not the only thing failing, and in some cases, not a factor at all....

Your “Fragile” Cargo is Mishandled the Most – How to Protect Yourself

on June 14, 2017
Whether you’re a manufacturer or a consumer, you’ve been there.  You’ve shipped or received a package that became so mangled during transit you wonder if a troop of gorillas hijacked the truck. Clear mishandling has taken place, and if that product was destroyed as a result, someone has to pay...

Extending the Life of Trucks, Trailers, and other Metal Assets – Cleaning and Corrosion Protection

on May 31, 2017
To some, metal assets dictate livelihood. Truck drivers, for example, depend on the structural integrity of the vehicle for both income and personal safety. Maintaining the truck is extremely important, and can often require the replacement of parts. This can be very costly, especially in a sometimes volatile industry. Other...

How to Improve Quality and Save Money in Manufacturing

on May 17, 2017
Mistakes, defects, and damage to product: these are a part of every manufacturing operation. Unfortunately, these things can be a very costly part of an operation. Poor quality is an expense that can be remedied. Consider these four impactful ways to deliver improvement. Define quality as your customer perceives it....

Four No-Cost Tips for Improving Warehouse Productivity

on May 7, 2017
When you research how to increase productivity, you’re not short on options, particularly technological solutions. Software and automation are so advanced today that compared to twenty years ago, present-day warehouses almost look futuristic. These solutions are very effective. However, you might not be in a position to go through such...

Recover Wood Costs by Extending Life of Pallets

on May 6, 2017
In the wake of the recent countervailing duty (CVD) Trump has implemented on Canadian lumber, manufacturers are looking to offset the resulting price hike. There are many measures companies can take to cut costs, and some of them are related to lumber itself. There is one specific lumber cost that...

Internal Considerations to Lower Warehouse Operating Costs

on May 2, 2017
Consumer demand has been hot and steady, and it’s looking to stay that way. You’ve had to make adjustments to your warehouse to accommodate this demand. As the pressure continues, you may find it extremely difficult to reduce your operating costs. After all, with a robust ecommerce comes an increase...