WSRI is collaborating with Team Safe Trucking to speed up the development of a trucking safety and issue awareness training system.  The target audience ranges from drivers and wood suppliers to wood producers and consumers.  This is a departure from the traditional model for projects funded by WSRI. The goal this time is to support…
The estimated, region-wide (Texas to Maine) annual cost associated with “excess” truck idle-time at mills is between $39 and $109 million. Main factors affecting turn-time are wood/load form, truck/trailer type, unloading equipment, month of delivery, and human resources utilization at mills. KEY FINDINGS: see FRA Technical Release 03-R-1, Benchmark Log Truck Turn-Times…
The project evaluates the current harvesting capacity for four U.S. regions, estimates roundwood demand, and quantifies supply chain capabilities to meet that demand, in view of loggers’ ability and willingness to invest in capacity expansion, with recommendations to overcome identified obstacles. KEY FINDINGS: Summary of findings in…
With the University of Georgia’s Southern Logging Cost Index now being reported quarterly in Timber Mart-South, this Project concluded that the Index appears to be a reasonably accurate measure of input cost changes and that production variability is still a major driver of cost changes…
In the year 2000, loggers through the American Loggers Council set out to create a third-party, auditable set of standards and a certification program that holds to account the business and on-the-ground practices of loggers who hold the certificate.  The ALC Master Logger Certification Program demands compliance with Seven Areas of Responsibility that ensure environmental…
Project Objectives: to develop and test a Google-based app to monitor truck movements and delays and to archive data for analysis. Results of project summarized in this Presentation.
Number one in a series of articles that review past WSRI work and its relevance today.WSRI Research Highlights – Unused Logging Capacity
The project collected data through personal and confidential face-to-face interviews with both wood supply contractors and wood procurement personnel participants, region-by-region, to identify factors that cause relationships to break down, including underlying causes. The study identified best practices that materially improve these business relationships. These interviews also collected and…
(Dr. Dale Greene et al., University of Georgia) Compare the cost of doing business in the U. S. wood supply chain with costs of selected foreign industries and determine how the U. S. wood supply system might be modified or redesigned to improve its competitiveness in world markets. KEY FINDINGS: See FRA Technical Release 06-R-18 Potential Impacts…
(Shawn Baker, Dale Greene, Tom Harris, and Richard Mei, Center for Forest Business, University of Georgia) The research team developed and implemented a logging cost index methodology to extend forward in time the trend lines established in the well-known logging cost index project based at Mississippi State University, but informed by more frequent data-gathering intervals…
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