Report Volume a - 116

Report Volume a - 116

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...covered. That there are more retail lumber yards than necessary to serve the public and yet maintain competitive trade there can be little doubt. That a less number of yards could handle the business more cheaply by transacting a larger average volume likewise seems dear. These statements, however, necessarily need amplifying. At many points there is only a reasonable number of yards and a fair volume of business is available. On the other hand, there is a larger number of points at which there are more yards than are necessary or justified by the demand to be supplied. This is true of cities as well as towns and villages. Replies from 608 dealers throughout the 11 States showed that an average of over 40 per cent more business could be transacted with their present investments if it were available. Accepting these estimates as fair, retail plants, considered broadly, are operating at only a little more than 50 per cent of their capacity. Table 4 shows that the Middle West has a retail yard for every 2,185 inhabitants. This figure merely indicates the situation in a broad way. In country towns of 2,500 population and less there is a yard for every 1,470 inhabitants. At larger points the ratio of population to yards increaes until in cities of over 100,000 it stands at one yard to every 13,912 people. In order to exist, city yards must handle a much larger volume than country yards; hence the different classes of trade are not directly comparable. For each city or distributing point there is a given volume of potential business, and the larger the number of yards the smaller, the average volume of business per yard. The result is a greater charge against each dollar's worth of business. Throughout the country districts more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 9781236883483