The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Monday, July 11, 2011

Technology Marches On

While researching a logistics topic for a client, I ran across this interesting video of robotic pods that move items around in a logistics warehouse. We've witnessed the evolution of "lean production", but the real advances in our society seem to be in logistics.

Twenty years ago, how many of you could envision the ability to order a book, or a table, or even a couch, on a hand-held device today and have it delivered to your home tomorrow? I recently found a phone ap from Home Depot that gives one the ability to browse thousands of stock items from that retailer, order it and have it delivered. It may seem limited in application today, as I enjoy the browsing experience offered by an hour or two in the Big Box...but I used to enjoy browsing in the book store, too.

Business is changing fast, and technology will not be denied. Even the wood industry will be different ten, twenty years from now than it is today. Can you envision those changes?

1 comment:

Lumber1 said...

Thank you for sharing even in this kind of different area. There are great applications in cost savings when applying hourly costs to operations. As I watched the people filling orders with virtually no down time between them, I see awesome opportunities for order processing with hardwood products. Now, if we only had the money?? But always good to look! Thanks.