Friday, 04 October 2019 14:19

Building a Mixed Load with both North American and Tropical Hardwoods

In the not so distant past, the standard order quantity of imported tropical hardwoods consisted of a full tractor trailer load. Many customers still order in these quantities. However, we are seeing more and more customers order tropical hardwoods in lower boardfeet quantities to fill out their inventory and supplement the rest of the load with North American species.

It is common for us to ship a variety of mixed load containers from our Cove City, NC facility. Sometimes these containers have Sapele, Red Oak, Ash, Mahogany, etc. all on the same load. We are even able to accommodate a variety of thickness, widths, and lengths to suit a customers needs. This allows customers to minimize the amount of unusable inventory in their warehouses and gives a greater degree of versatility to our customers.American Mixed Load

Think ordering a mixed load may be something that is of benefit to you? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Identify needs and find the right supplier. When placing your order, identify a few species you can order together. This could be a variety of different tropical species that you are sure you will consume in a short period of time. Then find a supplier that can supply you with all of your combined needs on a regular basis.
  2. What North American species do you need? If you find that you consume traditional North American hardwoods faster than your tropical hardwood stock, consider reversing your thinking by working up an order of domestic hardwoods and supplementing them with 2,000 to 3,000 bf of tropical hardwoods as a different way to manage your inventory.
  3. What are your delivery intervals? It is important to determine your hardwood lumber suppliers delivery intervals and then plan a 48-72 hour buffer between scheduled deliveries.
  4. Consider other hardwood lumber products. We have found that it has been helpful for customers to consider hardwood lumber products like Sapele squares, SLR2E, S4S moulder blanks or even live sawn slabs. This helps keep freight costs manageable.
  5. Plan for the Future. Research and document your average lumber consumption rates to develop a plan that can help you lay out how far in advance you will need to place an order with your hardwood lumber supplier of choice. 

Regardless of whether your business deals mostly with North American or Tropical hardwoods, if you are looking for a different way to manage your hardwood lumber inventory, we think we are able to help you with that.

Want to learn more? Reach out to us, we are always happy to see what ways we can meet the hardwood lumber needs for your business.

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