Planning and Communication: Opportunities for Improvement in the Wood Supply Chain

Final Report-Planning and Communication-State of the Forest Industry and Opportunities for Improvement in the Wood Supply Chain(Dr. Rien Visser, Virginia Tech University)
Current planning is primarily reactive rather than proactive due to extremely short planning horizons for many segments of the wood supply chain. Frequent short-term changes in mill wood requirements drive many of the downstream constraints to planning. Over 75% of loggers are informed about the next tract they will harvest less than one week in advance.

KEY FINDINGS: See FRA Technical Release 03-R-15 State of Planning and Communication in Industry Wood Supply