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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March 2017

A Funny Thing Is Happening…

March 1st, 2017|Business|

As we work with more contractors and licensees around British Columbia, it has become apparent that the concept of business management using analytics and big data has not been a mainstay of the harvesting supply chain. The forest industry has relied so much on the fact that contractors will do their best to deliver logs, [...]

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February 2017

Logging MBA?

February 15th, 2017|Advice, Business|

A lot of us started working in the forest industry before we finished high school.  We worked in family run logging company repair shops during weekends or perhaps the summer or both.  Spending hours’ steam cleaning equipment is just one of the special tasks in “putting in the dues”. Sometimes it was working out in [...]

January 2017

Insanity of Contract Logging

January 16th, 2017|Advice|

The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. This speaks to the current relationship between many contract loggers and many of their customers, the major licensees in British Columbia. It is often anecdotally observed that licensees carry the hard line on contractor rates [...]

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 [...]