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To instill loyalty in customers, some businesses believe that providing high-quality products or services is sufficient. In some ways, this is still the case. If you offer low-quality products and services you can’t expect to generate much repeat business. Many organizations are starting to understand that loyalty isn’t something that is created overnight, but something that is cultivated over time after building strong relationships with customers. In addition to the obvious benefits of customers feeling…
Wednesday, 04 March 2020 20:00

The Beauty of Bloodwood

In the past, Bloodwood was a deep, dark gorgeous vibrant red color. It was truly a unique looking hardwood species. While that variant of Bloodwood has been gone for quite a few years, for the most part, today Bloodwood is still a red-colored hardwood.  It does show some variance from light red to dark red and the color can also darken over time with exposure to direct sunlight. Bloodwood is very dense and has a…
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 14:46

Not All Red Oak is the Same

Sought after by many in the production of furniture, cabinets, interior decorative items, flooring, stairs, and even moulding industries, Red Oak is one of the most widely used and abundant hardwoods in the eastern United States. However, the more time you spend in the hardwood lumber industry the more you come to realize that not all Red Oak lumber that is produced in the same product. Red Oak grows plentifully in the eastern portions of…
The way in which businesses evaluate an employee’s performance seems to be evolving, as many business leaders recognize that the current ways of evaluating performance often don’t have the desired outcome. The reasons for this? Sometimes the performance reviews occur too late in the year to alter the employee’s real-time productivity. Beyond this, it can also contribute to an atmosphere that employees are being “graded,” among other negative outcomes.    With this in mind, it…
Monday, 27 January 2020 18:12

The African Hardwood, Aniegre

The African Hardwood specie Aniegre has carved out its own niche in the veneer, cabinetry, and high-end millwork industries with its fantastic golden brown color. It can even be seen used in the creation of furniture, boatbuilding, and carpentry uses.   Aniegre’s heartwood is usually a light yellow-brown color and sometimes can even carry a pinkish hue. With age, the color darkens to a pleasing golden brown color. This is what makes it such a popular…
An undermentioned fact about the hardwood industry is its outstanding ability to get the maximum amount of use and value out of each and every log harvested. During the process of sawing logs into lumber, all by-products created like industrial hardwoods, hardwood chips, sawdust, etc. all are used in one way or another. When a log is sawn, typically, the most valuable parts of the log are sawn into “grade lumber”. Depending on the sawmill,…
Wednesday, 18 December 2019 19:45

Helping Your Employees Achieve Work/Life Balance

As the new year approaches, it is always a good time to look back and reflect on the past year and what you can improve on. One of these things could be achieving a better work-life balance for you and your employees. In the last few years, it has become common knowledge that in order to have productive employees, they need to find the right balance between their work and personal lives. However, oftentimes many…
Thursday, 12 December 2019 19:29

Building a Culture of Teamwork

In today's hypercompetitive business climate, can anything short of full collaboration with your team members truly help a business to grow? Teamwork factors into almost all business processes. For us that could be our team of lumber traders to our service personnel. From green lumber buyers to kiln supervisors, teamwork is paramount because it allows us to provide the best possible products and service to our customers. As we continue to try to improve, we…
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 16:32

Procuring African Mahogany

Sometimes there can be some confusion on the origin of African Mahogany hardwood and also on the various properties of the lumber produced from specific origins. The key takeaway is that each region of the world that grows African Mahogany can result in unique characteristics for the lumber even if it is of the same species.  For example: Ivory Coast:  Tends to be a darker and heavier MahoganyGhana:  Lightweight and light-colored MahoganyCongo:  Medium color and…
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 14:13

Tip for More Productive Meetings

Meetings aren’t supposed to be fun, but they should be productive. Unfortunately, meetings are often viewed by many as a waste of time. At American Lumber, make every effort to ensure there’s a good reason behind every meeting that is scheduled and that those who participate come away with a vision of happens going forward. At the same time, we understand the importance of making the best use of our time so that meetings can…
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