Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:53

New Year - New Tropical Hardwood Inventory

In the hardwood lumber industry, it is very typical for distributors and manufacturers to reduce their inventory on-hand at the end of each calendar year.

sapele1Many times companies do their best to eliminate as much of their slow moving stock as possible. They do this to make way for more mainstream materials that can help boost sales for the coming year.  This can be especially true when it comes to tropical hardwood lumber inventories.

That’s why Baillie Lumber has adopted a practice in recent years to accept shipments of new fresh stock from our suppliers overseas in an attempt to boost our inventories in the month of December. Our goal is to be prepared for our customer's increased interests in certain species at the start of a new calendar year.

This year has been no different.  We expect the first quarter of 2018 to be rather busy. We were fortunate to have a dependable network of tropical hardwood lumber suppliers in Africa, Central American and South American willing to work with us over the last several months.  They helped us to increased our inventories by 25-30% in certain high demand species so we are properly prepared to service our customers with prompt shipments.

For example, for us, 4/4 Sapele and 4/4 African Mahogany are two of the fastest moving items in our portfolio.  In December, we were able to nearly double our prior on-hand inventory to be properly positioned to satisfy our customer's request.  We were even able to develop a few special sorts in both species in all thicknesses ranging from 4/4 to 16/4.

If you are looking to replenish your tropical hardwood inventories to start the new year please contact us today. We are ready to help!

Jesper Bach
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