Monday, 07 March 2016 21:18

Best Ways to Build a Mixed Load of American and Tropical Hardwoods.

It wasn’t that long ago that a full tractor trailer loads of imported tropical hardwood lumber species was considered the standard order size.  The popularity of species and above normal delivery intervals had hardwood lumber buyers willing to keep higher inventory levels and manage procurement from more of an artistic sense than a scientific one. But in today’s market that seems to have shifted. 

Don’t get me wrong, many manufacturers and hardwood lumber distributors purchase full loads of tropical species. Some of them even receive shipments direct from overseas providers.  However, more and more are looking to manage their raw material inventory levels in tighter increments and are focusing on improved inventory turns using more custom designed inventory management programs with their suppliers.  From what we see, more customers are looking to order tropical hardwoods in allotments of 4,000-8,000 bf and fill out a truck by adding some popular North American hardwood products.

For example, last week alone, from our Cove City NC facility, we shipped several loads of lumber to customers that contained combinations of Sapele, Poplar, and Red Oak and others that included a mixture of African Mahogany, Spanish Cedar and White Oak on the same truck.

Customers have also requested specific thickness combinations, width sorts as well as full packs of one particular length to reduce un-usable inventory issues in their warehouses.

From our perspective here are five tips to ordering and managing mixed load deliveries.imported hardwoods

  1. Be as knowledgeable as possible on your average lumber consumption rates and develop a forward thinking plan on how far in advance you have to place an order with your hardwood lumber supplier.
  2. Determine your suppliers delivery internals and manage to a 48 or 72 hour buffer for future planned deliveries.
  3. Identify 2 or 3 different species you can order together, even if they are all different tropical species that you know you will consume in relatively short order, and work with a supplier that can supply all of them combined and on a regular basis.
  4. Think of different hardwood lumber products you could use other than random width and length boards and see if your supplier can fill out a truck with those items.  Hardwood lumber products as Sapele squares, SLR2E or S4S moulder blanks or even live sawn slab products can really help make freight costs more palatable.
  5. Think North American species first. If you consume traditional domestic type of lumber faster than tropical perhaps reverse your thinking and add 2,000 or 3,000 bf of tropical onto a domestic shipment and manage your inventories that way.

Let us know if you are looking for a new or better way to manage your hardwood lumber inventories.  We help customers do this all the time.  Maybe we can help you.

Jesper Bach
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