Last month’s Newsletter featured a Bloomberg article about the availability – or lack thereof – of warehouse space at or near gateway ports across the country. Warehouses are at capacity, vacancies have dropped to near zero, and rents have skyrocketed – all adding to the challenges of getting much-sought-after cargo off vessels and onto trucks […]
To some, a container ship making it to port may indicate that the ongoing logistics problem of moving goods from their place of origin to their destination might finally be easing. Not so – the warehouse crunch is yet another kink in the supply chain armor that continues to disrupt the flow of global trade.
It was great seeing everyone at the NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention in Dallas last week. It was a fantastic show – great industry insight and information, plenty of familiar faces, and lots of new introductions.
Just when it seemed production headwinds were easing, a growing power supply shortage in China is now forcing factories to cut production, placing even more strain on global supply chains. Coming in the form of power rationing, cuts to weekly work schedules, and complete shutdowns, the hit to the country’s economic growth is inevitable.
Russian Birch remains a scarce commodity on all fronts – continued shortages in raw materials and resin, mill cut-backs, stoppages and closures, and overall demand from other global markets have created considerable strain on availability and have caused prices to increase significantly.
New legislation recently introduced by Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden would renew several expired tariff-reduction programs, including the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), designed to promote trade with developing countries, as well as make certain imports less costly for U.S. companies.
Raw material shortages. Production slowdowns. Container deficiencies. Sailing cancellations. Port congestion. Trucking delays. These kinks – and in some cases, broken links in the global supply chain, are not only impacting the wood panel industry, but they are also causing disruptions in other segments of the economy. Supply and demand imbalances, pricing fluctuations, and overall […]
The first quarter of 2021 saw several challenges in Indonesia that affected raw material availability and created logging delays. As one of the largest global exporters of plywood, Indonesia’s production of Meranti – and Birch – have been heavily impacted as a result, and further slowdowns are expected.
B, BB, CP…you’ve probably seen these Russian Birch plywood grades but what do they really mean? Russian Birch is unlike traditional plywood in that the layers of inner plies are cross-banded and laminated with strong adhesive – that translates to a void-free core with a number of advantages that include superior screw holding, cleaner joinery, […]
The Chinese New Year (CNY) of 2021 starts on Friday, February 12. While the official holiday only lasts for 7 days in Mainland China, most businesses are closed for an entire month. We have done our best to prepare for these closures and will continue to do so.
USply would like to thank you for being a valued partner and for working with us throughout this past year. We can all agree that 2020 was a year filled with change and uncertainty, but as we look ahead to 2021, we see new and innovative opportunities on the horizon. We thank you again for […]
Cyber Monday might be over but there’s still time for existing customers to take advantage of USply’s Cyber Monday Sales Event. Add a minimum of 40 boxes of drawer sides to your next truckload and win free breakfast for your branch. Just place your order by this Friday, December 4 and have it ship by […]
Russian Birch Grading It’s important for your customers to understand the difference between Russian Birch grades when they’re purchasing material for specific applications. That’s why we are putting together information that you and your sales representatives can use to help explain these differences in more detail and to outline the benefits of each grade. We’ll […]
Cabinet Liner Did you know that the Cabinet Liner we source features a poplar core – a highly sought-after alternative to particleboard or melamine core laminates? High-pressure laminate (HPL) over an Araucaria veneer gives this ready-to-use panel an attractive finished surface that is smooth and clean. Most importantly, like every product we source, this liner […]
2020 Football Pick ‘Em Challenge It’s official! USply’s Football Pick ‘Em Challenge is back for a third consecutive year and we hope you’ll join us for the 2020-2021 season that kicks off on Thursday, September 10. Each week throughout the NFL season, we’re offering a $100 gift card to the player from the wood distribution […]
European Maple USply is excited to announce that we are now offering European Maple. Direct from Spain, this 4’x8’ Losán product is available in 5.2mm, 12mm, and 18mm thicknesses, has a veneer thickness of 0.6mm, and features a 100% poplar core. This import maple plywood competes with domestic maple and is competitively priced so be […]
Drawer Sides We know drawer sides are part of your business, but having to order an entire truck load may not be cost effective – plus, stocking them takes up valuable space. That’s why USply can conveniently add smaller quantities to your truck. Our pre-finished birch plywood drawer sides are sourced and imported from Asia […]
Premium Underlayment Now Available. In stock and ready to ship, our Premium Underlayment is available in 4’x8’ sheets and features a Natural Birch face and back. Each sheet is 5.2mm thick with a tolerance of +/- 0.4mm and a 5-ply combi core. Calibrated and sanded on both sides, our underlayment provides a smooth, flat surface […]
Vietnam Plywood Circumvention Petition Recent news confirms that the U.S. Department of Commerce has now postponed their decision date to hear the circumvention case on Vietnamese plywood to June 2. The original petition, submitted by the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood in February, requests issuance of a final scope ruling confirming that “…certain […]
COVID-19 Update The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has designated our industry as an essential critical infrastructure workforce during COVID-19 response. You can view CISA’s comprehensive memorandum here.