So maybe we ripped that quote from someone fairly famous on TV, but that doesn't mean it isn't true.
Winter is indeed coming, and along with winter weather comes longer lead times and longer trucking runs. Do yourself (and your customers) a favor and prepare for your bedding needs ahead of time.
Here at Pine River Bedding, we recommend that you call in your orders for the winter and spring as soon as possible. Why, do you ask? Well that part is a little more complicated.
1) The mills slow down in the winter. No, the mills don't work fewer hours, but it does take much longer to produce each load of shavings. Winter weather (think ice and snow sitting on the logs) means much longer drying times in order to make our shavings as absorbent as possible.
2) Trucking gets tight. Additionally, the large trucks that move logs and finished lumber have a much harder time getting into and out of New England. Winter weather means that trucking is harder to secure, and even after the product is loaded, there is still no guarantee that there won't be additional weather issues along the way.
3) Ramp up in customer need. As the winter comes along, our customers need more and more shavings for their stores, their farms, and their livestock shows. Our production schedule gets awfully tight as we get deeper into winter.
So what can you do to ensure you get delivery as you need product? Call us ASAP and let us know how many loads you need and at what interval. For example, maybe you need 2 loads per month, every 2 weeks. By having your schedule planned ahead of time, we can make sure you are scheduled to receive the production during the week you asked for it. Anyone that does not have a spot reserved will have to be placed in line for us to deliver as we get extra production.
As always, thanks for being the best customers in the world.
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