Management by measurement

When was the last time you evaluated your managers’ contributions to the bottom line?   Every time a recession rolls around, the cuts start at the...

BLITZES are coming

Machine guards safely in place? The Ministry of Labour in Ontario (MOL) has a list of “workplace inspection blitzes and initiatives” for the new year,...

Import costs rise with the loonie’s tumble

Currency exchange rates are like a rising tide that raises — or lowers — all boats. So, for importers in Canada, the precipitous plunge of...

Opinions and optimism

Wood Industry's reader survey: Canadian manufacturers weight in This should surprise nobody, but most of you prefer that your magazines give you what you want,...

Face-to-face: Find the marketing mix that connects

To play on a famous line from the movie Field of Dreams, believing you build the best cabinetry, doesn’t necessarily mean customers will come....

Guilded by association

When businesses think about marketing nowadays, there are many vehicles to consider: internet, social media, advertising, trade shows, ad mail, showrooms and direct sales....

Export: Go big or go home

According to Wood Industry’s November 2014 survey, 79 percent of Canadian respondents expect revenue growth this year — a figure that approximates a similar...

Advertising: finding value and trust

Many wood shops hum along just nicely on word-of-mouth, and wouldn’t know what to do if more business came in the door. However, there are...

Safety Focus 2011: Do the safety dance

A brave new world in safety compliance? By Dennis Furlan On Christmas Eve, 2009, four men fell to their deaths while working on a scaffold situated...

Match people with process

Logistics equations that succeed include the human factor Automation has changed the way Canada’s wood industry works. What once was done by hand and tool,...