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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...

Countervailing Duty Announced on Lumber Creates Conflict

on April 30, 2017
As expected, President Trump has announced a countervailing duty (CVD) on Canadian lumber companies, which directly affects the price of lumber materials in the US. While Canadians and some Americans are displeased with the tariff, the good news is that it isn’t quite as high as expected. Last week, lumber...

The Volatile Price of Lumber and how You Should Respond

on April 20, 2017
Earlier this month, West Fraser was the first lumber company to announce a widely feared and anticipated price hike on wood. Despite months of speculation that Canadian lumber mills would increase prices to offset a potential countervailing duty (CVD), this is creating panic and confusion. Here is some information to...

Manufacturers Spending the Most on Flexibility and Efficiency in 2017

on March 30, 2017
Modern Materials Handling (MMH) recently discussed the results of Peerless Research Group’s 2017 Warehouse/DC Equipment Survey. This survey polls industry professionals on the topics and issues that they spend their resources on, be it money, time, or intellect. This year’s results reflect the changes that manufactures have been forced to...

How Custom Packaging Saves Money at Tradeshows

on March 21, 2017
We’ve outlined how custom packaging can save you money by protecting your valuable products during shipment to a tradeshow, but the opportunities for cost-efficiency go beyond product damage.  This is especially true for larger tradeshows that run events for more days than the actual show takes place. Let’s look at...

Manufacturing and Warehouse Hidden Costs: Factoring Injury into ROI

on March 16, 2017
If you’ve been weighing your options to create a more efficient operation, you’ve likely run across numerous solutions. Most likely they involve facets of Lean strategies and automation or other equipment. A lot of these choices will cost you money, which can cause managers to pump the brakes. You want...

Should Rising Cost of Lumber Change your Pallets?

on March 8, 2017
As we described in this article, uncertainty in the world of lumber is driving prices up. Consequently, companies that use a lot of wood products are considering alternatives. One of the most commonly used wood products is the pallet. There are many materials used to make pallets, but the two...

Price Hike Trends Spill into Containerboard and Boxes

on February 26, 2017
If you know what’s happening in lumber, shipping, and trucking, you probably aren’t surprised to learn that containerboard prices are going up. Customers have been steadily informed over the last few weeks of increasing prices on linerboard, corrugating medium, sheets, and boxes. This in itself isn’t a great shock. However,...

Increasing Production through Total Productive Maintenance

on February 10, 2017
If you’re finding lean manufacturing to be a bit overwhelming, it can help to separate the process into parts. Once you improve one aspect of production, it becomes easier to widen your focus to the rest of it. One place to consider starting is Total Productive Maintenance. TPM is part...

Uncertainty is Raising the Price of Softwood Lumber for 2017

on February 5, 2017
The US Department of Commerce is postponing a decision in the CVD case against Canadian lumber imports until April 24, leaving two nations uncertain about the state of the lumber industry.  Speculation in both Canada and America is creating some concerns, which are already translating into action. We are seeing...