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What are these ELDs Driving up Carrier Costs?

on October 13, 2017
In our last article, we discussed yet another factor that’s driving up the cost of lumber and other goods: the shipping itself. The demand for trucks is sky high as there’s more freight per truck available now than ever before. Demand is not the only reason prices are going up,...

Trucking Demand Spikes: Prices and Availability are Unstable

on October 1, 2017
The trucking industry has experienced its share of highs and lows in the last ten years. The 2008-2009 recession hit the industry hard. In 2014, the US economy expanded at its fastest rate to that point following the recession, and was so significant, it remains a point of comparison. A...

Some Oregon Lumber Workers Returning to Work

on September 23, 2017
Parts of Canada and the US have had a grueling fire season this year, forcing numerous mills to shut down, and resulting in the loss of thousands of acres of land. The fires, along with two major hurricanes and CVD on Canadian lumber, have contributed to low supply and high...

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...