Leaving these products “in wet conditions can compromise their structural capabilities, impact product dimensions, and cause installation problems. In addition… [they are] at risk for fungal decay if exposed to repeated wetting or high-moisture environments.” (Product Transportation, Handling, and Storage.)There are specific guidelines for each individual product but the following guidelines are basic handling and transporting methods that should always be applied. The products are shippedin wrapped bundles. The ends of each individual piece is protected with a high-quality sealer thatwill “inhibit end swelling by forming a barrier against moisture.”When transporting their lumber products, they advise that the product is covered with a weatherproof tarp. Be sure to check for water underneath the wrap to prevent mold. The combination of water and a tightly wrapped tarp ‘can create a warm, humid environment that may support the growth of mold or mildew.” It is also recommended that the product lies in a vertical orientation. The product’s edges and ends should be protected from damage and the stackof lumber should be lift from the center.For distribution within North America, Weyerhaeuser uses railcars and trucks for safe, dependable, cost-effective delivery. They develop and maintain positive, ongoing, long-term carrier relationships and work to develop innovative strategies to safely deliver integrated solutions that meet customer needs. The proximity of Weyerhaeuser’s millsto customers allows them to reduce transportation costs and increase efficiency.
21A visual representation of how to store various products can be seen below:(Product Transportation, Handling, and Storage.)-Georgia-Pacific LLCGeorgia-Pacific has a specific type of shipping to ensure the customer gets their product in a timely manner. This shipping is known asFasTrack Shipping. They take the most popular products based off of their customers’ past purchases and predict what they will buy in the future.These predictions are what they build their inventory off of. Georgia-Pacific explains how they do this by:●Keeping their most popular items in stock, so they are able to ship within days.●With this convenience, the customers are able to re-order and re-stock very quickly.●All of these techniques are “backed by an extensive distribution network.” ("Georgia-Pacific Building Products.")The benefits of FasTrack Shipping are listed by the company as the following:●“Helps our customers because it is easier for you to project your needs one-to-two weeks out as opposed to a month or more●Keeps your unsold inventory at a minimum●Then our customers have less inventory cost” ("Georgia-Pacific Building Products.")Georgia-Pacific also has a Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Program for their customers. The idea of this program is their promise to deliver undamaged products to their customers; otherwise they do not have to pay. This firm makes and delivers their products and will not require the customer to pay for the product until it is installed.
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