While the dissolution of a great industry partner is difficult, this is a good opportunity to recognize WSRI. Formed in 1999, WSRI was born out of a desire to raise the caliber of dialog between wood suppliers and consumers, and identify opportunities for supply chain efficiency. Over the last 20 years, WSRI has commissioned and published dozens of reports on topics related to logging, trucking, planning, communications, receiving mill efficiency, raw material sustainability, and more.
FRA is a natural fit for institutional history of supply chain research. As the national association representing the businesses that make up the wood supply chain from the loggers, to suppliers and consuming mills, FRA focuses on the safe, efficient, and sustainable harvest of forest products and their transport from woods to mill. WSRI’s research on the industry is important to this effort and will continue to enhance FRA’s mission going forward.
As WSRI begins to transition its activities and research over to FRA, we have made a commitment to carry on and house WSRI’s research on the forest resources supply chain. The FRA Executive Committee plans to restrict WSRI’s assets to outreach efforts that will benefit the logging and trucking industry, and more broadly the forest products supply chain when and as appropriate. The topics of interest may include market dynamics, supply chain economics, factors affecting the wood supply chain, and supplier/manufacturer communications. FRA has also agreed to make WSRI’s archives and completed research studies publicly available on its website for the use of improving the efficiency, stability, and business successes of the total wood supply system.
FRA would like to recognize WSRI for its impact in bringing together all parts of the wood supply chain to address issues through research. These studies being absorbed into FRA are valuable to both FRA members and the forest resources industry at large. We will make sure FRA continues to be the best place to both host this research, and to further advance initiatives that bring value to this sector of the supply chain.
If you have any questions or concerns about this transition, please do not hesitate to let me know.