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Industry Analysts to Hold Market Conference
Raw materials cost increases impact the price of pallets and low grade lumber. Conference addresses future of the market. Experts say it could get worse.

By Pallet Enterprise Staff
Date Posted: 10/1/2005

Many purchasing agents have faced significant increases in pallet and lumber prices over the last three years. Many are wondering when things will return to normal. That is exactly what a new audio conference by LumberAnswers.com is designed to explore in detail.

            Dr. Ed Brindley and Jeff McBee, two leading industry analysts, will discuss recent market shifts, historical trends and how evolutionary changes in the industry could forever change the landscape of the business. Widely recognized as experts in the low grade lumber and pallet markets, Dr. Ed Brindley and Jeff McBee are the principle researchers and analysts with Pallet Profile, the only weekly market report for wood pallet industry in North America.

            The audio conference called “Of course, it could get worse. A look into the low grade hardwood and pallet markets!” will answer questions that many pallet and low grade lumber customers and suppliers have. The conference is designed for industry veterans as well as customers who are new to the world of purchasing pallets and wood packaging.

            “Pallet customers want answers about recent changes in market conditions and pricing. Sometimes suppliers don’t know what to say, and some customers won’t believe the truth coming from them anyway,” said Dr. Ed Brindley, conference speaker and Pallet Profile Publisher. “The LumberAnswers.com conference will provide a knowledgeable third party source for pallet customers and suppliers alike. The entire process is designed to weed out misinformation and create a better understanding of what is really going on in the market.” 

            Done entirely over the phone, attendees get the benefit of a live event without the headache and hassle of actually leaving their office. Registered participants will listen to two presentations by the experts and then get a chance to interact with these analysts by asking questions. Speakers will answer questions in a basic Q&A format. The entire conference will last 90 minutes.

            Conference participants will receive an audio CD of the conference. Thus, participants can share the content with others in their organization even if they can’t make the live event. LumberAnswers.com also will host a free online forum for registered attendees to discuss the conference and network with others, including the speakers, after the conference is over. This private forum will last 90 days after the conference ends.

            The live event will be held at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, November 4. The audio conference is moderately priced to make the event a real value. If you spend thousands or millions of dollars each year on pallets, lumber or wood packaging, you need to hear what these experts have to say. This could be the single best investment you make all year long to educate you and your customers.

            Strategies for using the conference include the following:

  • Hold a special training day where you invite customers to your office to listen in and have a free lunch.
  • Hold a training day where you invite your staff to participate and then brainstorm what was discussed after the conference ends.
  • Screen the material live first and interact with the analysts. Then take the information that is pertinent for your situation and share it with customers.
  • Purchase a block of registrations and give access to your customers. Then, they can participant without having to leave their offices. You can then follow-up with a live meeting to discuss what they learn.

            Jeff McBee, conference speaker, said, “In the puzzling world of low grade lumber markets, there are answers. And we’ll explore them in this new conference.”

            As part of a special introductory offer, companies can register for the conference for only $125.99 per phone line. Pallet Profile and Recycle Record subscribers receive an additional discount of $20 per line. Conference registration includes access for one phone line to the conference, pre-conference materials, access to private discussion board to discuss topic, copy of audio conference on CD and distribution license. Attendees are licensed to copy/distribute the audio portion of the conference internally and to five customers outside of participant’s organization.

            Introductory pricing ends November 1, after that deadline the full conference price is $169.99. Pallet Profile or Recycle Record subscribers do get a $20 discount off the standard pricing. Group discounts are available for companies that want to purchase multiple phone line access.

            The audio conference format has numerous advantages: Companies can have as many people listen to the conference as can fit around a phone, participants don’t have to leave their office, and there is time to interact with speakers via the Q&A session and post conference online forum.

            To register, visit www.lumberanswers.com or call 800/805-0263. Registrations must be paid in advance with either a check or credit cards. U.S. funds only.

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