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6 things to look for in a lumber supplier

Posted by IndustryNet on Thursday, October 19, 2017

100000126LumberSupplierAre you a wholesale buyer or lumber procurement specialist struggling to figure out the right lumber supplier to source the lumber your business needs? Wholesale lumber is a nearly $2 billion industry and buyers need to find sources that will help them satisfy their business's customers while staying within budget.

Here is a comprehensive list of the most important factors to consider when deciding on what lumber supplier will best meet the company's wholesale lumber needs.

1. Availability of materials and ability to source your needs

Does a supplier keep the variety of lumber in stock that ensures they can source items rapidly to meet the needs of the business? The chosen supplier should be like Great Northern Lumber -- able to provide customers with the kind of lumber they need, when they need it, at the best price - delivered anywhere.

2. Make sure they're experienced and knowledgeable

It's a given when companies are dealing with someone new to a business. They'll probably end up learning and making mistakes on the company's valuable time. Buyers should seek out suppliers with only the most experienced and knowledgeable staff - who have been active in the industry for many years.

Only an experienced and knowledgeable staff is capable of doing everything necessary to provide top-quality lumber at the best price. Suppliers like Lashway Lumber and Neiman Enterprises draw on the expertise of staff with decades in the lumber business.

3. Reputation

Business is going to rely on a lumber company's reliability, so buyers need to verify that they have a solid reputation:

• Determine how long have they been in business
• Investigate their reputation online
• Ask around to find out what experiences other industry professionals have had with them
• Learn about the most common complaints against them
• Check to see what other buyers like best about their services.

For example, Klumb Lumber Co., a family-owned business based in Missouri, has been around for more than 65 years and has a reputation for honesty and old-fashioned values. Suppliers like Universal Forest Products are ready to do whatever it takes to satisfy their clients.

4. The best supplier is creditworthy

Creditworthiness is a crucially important consideration. This is because if a supplier is not eligible for the necessary forms of credit, it will negatively affect how soon you'll receive product and the price you pay. Rocky Mountain Timber Products Inc. is a supplier that prides themselves on their creditworthiness.

5. Able to resolve disputes fairlyConstructionLumber

You don't want to worry when trying to solve a dispute over product or shipping. Find a supplier like Conner Industries that works to keep the relationship with your business secure and values open lines of communication.

6. Communication skills

When it comes to lumber companies, the ability to communicate quickly about stock changes, requirements and orders could mean saving time and money. This is crucially important if a business is concerned about shipping or importing product overseas.

Ask if their salespeople are readily available and do they have business numbers that can be used to quickly contact them. Business communication is increasingly conducted online, so you want a supplier that responds to email and online inquiries quickly.

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