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Email PDF Services

The email PDF service will allow you to print out the report from your computer printer. However, email subscribers to the complete versions of our newsletters may find it convenient to also subscribe to the mailed copy for a nominal extra charge, so that it can be easily and efficiently saved in your library. 

  Adobe Reader is free. You can download it from the Adobe website at: Get Adobe Reader (http://get.adobe.com/reader/).

Fax Services

Random Lengths Lumber, Panel, and Midweek reports are transmitted automatically to your fax machine. Subscribers receive their reports via an automated fax broadcast service. Subscribers must subscribe to postal or email delivery of the 12-page weekly Random Lengths report. Available only in the U.S. and Canada.

Spreadsheet and Database Services

Random Lengths offers its reports in spreadsheet and database formats, using email for delivery to your email address. Release times are the same as for the Fax services. The spreadsheet and database formats allow a subscriber to easily manipulate the price guide information at their site, and are bundled with a separate ASCII text file containing the Market Commentaries. See the Spreadsheet and Database Resources section for more information.

  • Subscribers to Lumber, Panel, and/or Midweek Market Reports must subscribe to postal or email delivery of the 12-page weekly Random Lengths report.
  • Subscribers to the International Market Report (XLS and DBF formats) must subscribe to postal or email delivery of the 8-page bi-weekly International report.

PLUS! Random Lengths Special Reports

Random Lengths Special Reports carry important, late-breaking news to decision makers in the marketplace. All subscribers to the Lumber, Panel and Midweek Random Lengths Market Reports receive accurate reports of important developments as soon as they occur.

Link to the Price Guide Revisions page for current information about any upcoming changes.

Samples

Samples of our publications in the formats listed below are available on the product detail pages (see publication links under the Publications and Schedule section below), They are are also available by emailing a request to: rlmail@rlpi.com, or by toll-free phone (in U.S.A. and Canada): (888) 686-9925, or phone: (541) 686-9925.

Publications and Schedule

Click on the publication name to go to the product detail page, for more information about pricing, delivery options, and sample files.

Publication

Email PDF

Fax

Email XLS

Email DBF

Release day and time

Newsletters

The email PDF service will allow you to print out the report from your computer printer. However, email subscribers may find it convenient to also subscribe to the mailed copy for a nominal extra charge, so that it can be easily and efficiently saved in your library. 

Random Lengths (complete 12-page)

 Y

 N

 N

 N

Released every Friday by 2 pm Pacific time. Delivery usually occurs within two hours of the listed release time.

International (complete 8-page)

 Y

 N

 N

 N

Released by 4:30 pm Pacific time every other Wednesday night. Delivery usually occurs within one hour of the listed release time.

Yardstick (complete 24-page)

 Y

 N

N

 N

Released by 10:00 am Pacific Time on the publication date, which is between the 15th and the 18th day of every month. Delivery usually occurs within one hour of the listed release time.

Random Lengths Market Reports

The Random Lengths Market Reports include the prices and market commentary. Email PDF files include a special feature called UPS AND DOWNS.  This is a second copy of the price pages, with the price change from the previous week shown. Subscribers to the Lumber, Panel, and Midweek Market Reports must subscribe to the full 12-page Random Lengths Report by postal or email PDF delivery. Subscribers to the International XLS and DBF service must subscribe to the full 8-page International by postal or email PDF delivery.

Lumber Market Report

 Y

 Y

 Y

 Y

Released by 6:00 pm Pacific Time every Thursday, to be available at the beginning of the work day on Friday. Delivery usually occurs within one hour of the listed release time.

Panel Market Report

 Y

 Y

 Y

 Y

Released by 11:30 am Pacific Time every Friday, to be available by 12:00 noon Pacific Time on Friday. Delivery usually occurs within one half-hour of the listed release time.

Midweek Market Report

 Y

 Y

 Y

 Y

Released by 6:00 pm Pacific Time every Tuesday, to be available at the beginning of the work day on Wednesday. Delivery usually occurs within one hour of the listed release time.

International Market Report  N  N  Y  Y

Released by 4:30 pm Pacific time every other Wednesday night. Delivery usually occurs within one hour of the listed release time.

NOTE: Delays in delivery of email messages and fax broadcasts can occur that are out of our control. We cannot guarantee delivery precisely at the release times for the reports.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Email PDF FAQ

 

Fax FAQ  

 

Email Spreadsheet (XLS) and Database (DBF) FAQ

 

Email Whitelist FAQ

Spreadsheet (XLS) and Database (DBF) Resources

Available files with more detail about how to use them below:

What computer file formats are available through Random Lengths’ XLS and DBF email service?

The format transmitted for the spreadsheet XLS service is: MS Excel v5.0 spreadsheet. The format transmitted for the database DBF service is: Comma Separated Values (CSV) format file.

Random Lengths Item Code Key

The Random Lengths Item Code Key files are available to download (or Save As) and view as XLS and PDF files. These files have the same design as the printed price reports, but contain item codes in place of prices.

  • Random Lengths Item Code Key - Microsoft Excel 5.0 format (XLS)  (RL_Tags.xls)
  • Random Lengths Item Code Key - Adobe Acrobat PDF format (PDF) (RL_Tags.pdf)

When you create references from the Random Lengths spreadsheets to your own, custom spreadsheets, use labels instead of cell locations. That way, your spreadsheet links will still work properly if there were revisions to the Random Lengths Spreadsheet. Database users can also use this key, along with the database description file, as an easy reference for item locations, since they appear in the same position as on the printed report.

Database Description Files

The Lumber Database Description File, Panel Database Description File, and International Database Description file in Comma Separated Values (CSV) format is also available to download (or Save As) and view. These cross-reference tables contain complete text and key-word descriptions for all price guide labels. The Midweek prices are included in the Lumber and Panel Database Description Files.

Database Support Tables

Database subscribers please note: Support tables are available in Microsoft Access format on request.  We're making the support tables used to expand the field codes, including the query used to concatenate the Short, Medium and Long descriptions, available in Access format on request.

Copyright Compliance Form

Before beginning the spreadsheet and database services, all users will need to fill out and return a Copyright Compliance Form and Subscriber license. The form will need to be updated annually for the license to be renewed.

More information

For more information, see the  XLS & DBF FAQ .

Random Lengths will also email or fax you any of these files, if you would prefer. Please email us at rlonline@rlpi.com, and we will send them to you.

 

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