If the cooperative has a principal competitive advantage, it is the ˘take all you can eat÷ invitation that makes buffets such a good deal. In essence, every fallen mahogany tree in Honduras belongs to the cooperative; all the group has to do is find them, process them, and take them to market. Their standard methods of finding and harvesting the trees could be simply and inexpensively improved merely by employing some basic technology. A scanning device to help them find the trees and a laptop to view the scans on would eliminate manual searching and save time. Saws and hand-sawmills can be evaluated to see if more efficient models exist and are adaptable to the steep terrain of Honduras. Transport options can also be explored; modern transport methods such as crossdocking and intermodal transport¨using more than one method of transport for a single trip¨can save time and money. The cooperative would benefit from some knowledgeable advice by a mentor who is expert in the industry.
Nebbe, N., Hunger, J.D. Guajilote Cooperativa Forestal, Honduras.
An understanding of the Guajilote Cooperativo ForestalĂs operations is helpful in identifying the components of the value chain in the production and sale of mahogany in Honduras. The primary activities in the value chain include:
means of exploiting natural resources to provide jobs without damaging the environment, and although the steps to harvest the wood are arduous, they are uncomplicated for minimally skilled labor to handle. As such, the Guajilote Cooperativo Forestal is an admirable business venture concept.
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