Latest News and Updates for TimberTracks

August 2017

Announcing TimberTracks™ Time Apps!

August 15th, 2017|TimberTracks News|

It has been some time since our last TimberTracks™ blog post. It’s not because we have not been here. It has been because we have been very busy on new software development. In April we launched TimberTracks 2.0 which enhances our Blocks, Roads, and Equipment interfaces. It also allowed us to fully implement TimberTracks™ Time, [...]

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December 2016

Why TimberTracks™?

December 5th, 2016|TimberTracks News|

TimberTracks™ was born of necessity. The forest industry has rightly been managing its supply chain costs for years. Logging contractors have watched their peers exit the industry and their own profit margins compressing. These financial stresses have been a part of generally deteriorating relationships between contractors and their customers. Contractors want to get paid more [...]

November 2016

Profit in the Forest Industry

November 16th, 2016|TimberTracks News|

It is common to hear in the forest industry that logging contractors should earn a 10% profit. Profit means different things to different people. By definition, profit means a financial gain experienced by the amount earned exceeding the amount spent. When talking about profit, you need to make sure all participants are speaking of the [...]

When is a Cubic Metre not a Cubic Metre?

November 4th, 2016|TimberTracks News|

Recently we were asked by a logging contractor to answer the question of “What is the definition of a cubic metre?” On the surface, the factual definition is the amount of wood in a one metre by one metre by one metre cube. However, logs are not nicely crammed into neat cubic blocks for simple [...]

October 2016

Impacts of Piece Size on Productivity

October 31st, 2016|TimberTracks News|

The goal of TimberTracks™ is to not only benchmark industry performance but to also be a management tool that help contractors improve their businesses. One component of improving a business is to understand what factors lead to greater efficiency and in turn sharing of best practices that lead to incremental improvements in the industry as [...]

Understanding Payroll Loading

October 17th, 2016|TimberTracks News|

Recently we were asked by a licensee to develop a new rate model in a non-union worker environment. The objective was to build a rate model that represented the actual average industry costs to perform the work and to provide commentary on the competitiveness of those costs. We spent the most time understanding and building [...]

July 2016

Supply Chain Optimization Using TimberTracks™

July 13th, 2016|TimberTracks News|

How TimberTracks™ can analyze trends in harvesting and identify best practices that lead to optimized supply chains An optimized supply chain uses resources efficiently and cost effectively. Supply chain optimization is complex and often has counterintuitive thought processes throughout. The need to understand value within a supply chain and the interrelated influences is what makes [...]

Impact of Undercutting on Productivity

July 7th, 2016|TimberTracks News|

We often hear that volume undercutting on blocks causes significant impacts on harvesting productivity. We decided to analyze TimberTracks™ data to gain a better understanding of the impact of undercutting. The results were surprising. Methodology As a control factor we performed analysis in June 2016 from a single BC interior Timber Supply Area. [...]

June 2016

Contractor Sustainability: Understanding the Numbers

June 21st, 2016|TimberTracks News|

Truck Loggers Magazine, July 14, 2016 By Aaron Sinclair At the 73rd Convention and Trade Show in January, I was honoured to be invited to speak on the sustainability of logging contractors. One part of the presentation featured the Figure 1 Graph showing the profitability trend of logging contractors and publicly traded licensees operating in British [...]