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  • Real Issues. Real Answers: Optimizing Deliveries
  • Canada, U.S. unlikely to get lumber deal by mid-Aug: Canada source
  • Congress might take away homeowners’ tax advantages
  • Trump's tax plan can boost, not reduce, homeownership
  • “Forever Homes” Not Forever Anymore
  • Building materials will be ruled by a marketplace. Will the industry let it be Amazon?
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
Real Issues. Real Answers: Optimizing Deliveries

For LBM dealers, nothing happens until a sale is made. For our builder customers, nothing happens until the material arrives on the jobsite. Deliveries are an important and fundamental service that, when done effectively, can give dealers a competitive edge. With the cost of equipment and fuel, combined with the scarcity of CDL drivers, deliveries can also be a major expense. The challenge is determining what combination of technology, equipment, drivers and other personnel makes the most sense for each individual dealer.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

Create Material Take-Offs Everyone Can Agree On

Displaying DeckWise250x300.gifEliminate the guesswork with a Bill of Materials that can be visually tracked in 3D. SAPPHIRE® Supply offers EWP layout and design for all the leading brands, and time-saving integration with back-office and POS systems. Plus, compatibility with SAPPHIRE® Viewer — a free download — lets you set a new standard of collaboration leadership with your customers. Share access to 3D framing models for easier confirmation and more confident execution.

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Canada, U.S. unlikely to get lumber deal by mid-Aug: Canada source

Canada and the United States are unlikely to strike a deal on a dispute over lumber exports by the time talks on renewing NAFTA start in mid-August, a source close to the matter said on Thursday. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said earlier in the day he hoped the issue would be solved before the formal start of negotiations on the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement.

"It's hard to imagine a deal being done that soon," said the source, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter.

Read the whole story at Reuters

Is Your Trim Inventory Getting Bulldozed Before it Even Leaves the Yard?‚Äč

PalramPVC trimboard has a tough journey from manufacturing to distributor to dealer to job site. Along the way, trim is at risk for dirt, scuffs and scratches. For a dealer, that means spending time and money on special handling and storage, cleaning, inventory shrinkage, product returns and delivery refusals.

That's why Palight Trimboard is your inventory friend: EverClean™ Protective Film on both sides of every board. Three no-paint colors (white, sand and clay). Two finishes (smooth/smooth and smooth/woodgrain). Palight Trimboard puts lost trimboard margin back into your pocket.

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Congress might take away homeowners’ tax advantages

With the healthcare bill back-burnered on Capitol Hill, the focus has shifted to tax reform. Among the key financial matters in play: Homeowners’ prized mortgage interest and property tax deductions.

Though no major version of a reform bill would eliminate the mortgage interest deduction, the House Republicans’ tax legislative “blueprint” would essentially side-step it by doubling the current standard deduction from $12,600 to $24,000 for joint filers ($12,000 for single filers).

Read the whole story at Miami Herald

PVC Trim-Board Screw Combines Superior Holding Power and Low-Torque Driving

SSTThe Simpson Strong-Tie® PVC Trim-Board screw is a special-purpose fastener engineered for easy, low-torque installations of exterior PVC trim and fascia onto wood. This fastener’s triple-thread design, box-shaped cutter head and flat underhead allow seemingly effortless installations with higher pull-through resistance and clean, flush finishes. Available in a white exterior-grade coating that provides medium-level corrosion resistance, this fastener is perfect for outdoor trim applications and blends into popular white PVC trim.


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Trump's tax plan can boost, not reduce, homeownership

President Trump’s tax plan has the housing industry in a tizzy. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) says it puts “at risk…targeted tax incentives” like the mortgage interest deduction (MID) and property tax deduction (PTD), which “help lower- and middle-class families purchase” a home. It would “effectively nullify the current tax benefits of owning a home for the vast majority of tax filers,” the NAR continues. In addition, it could make “home values plummet ... equity evaporate,” and Americans’ “nest eggs” disappear.

It sounds scary. But almost none of it is true.

Read the whole story at The Hill

Effortlessly Transform a Treated Post into a Finished PVC Wrap

KleerWith our unique locking joint and mitered moulding sets, KLEERWrap Post Wraps are so simple and userfriendly, they can be installed easily by one person. And like all KLEER products, our post wraps are covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty that includes labor for the first two years. They never need to be painted for protection, but if you desire a color other than white, 100% acrylic latex house paint, with an LRV above 55%, can be used with amazing results.

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“Forever Homes” Not Forever Anymore

“Forever Homes” are a thing of the past according to a recent survey by Wakefield Research. On behalf of Taylor Morrison, a national homebuilder and developer based out of Scottsdale, Arizona, Wakefield Research reviewed 1,000 adults who have either purchased a home in the last three years or are planning to in the next three. They found that 56 percent of overall homebuyers and 58 percent of millennial homebuyers expect to move again due to changes in lifestyle.

Read the whole story at The M Report

LBM Strategies Conference 2017. Real Dealers. Real Insights. Real Solutions.

LBM StrategiesJoin other LBM industry leaders from across the U.S. to learn, share and connect this September, then get back to work armed with fresh ideas and actionable insights to grow your sales, your business and your brand. Breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks and cocktail receptions—all included with your registration—offer an ideal opportunity to reconnect with old friends and build fresh connections.

LBM Strategies 2017 will be held at the new Omni Hotel, Frisco, Texas, (opening: July 2017). The cornerstone of the Dallas Cowboys brand new, state-of-the-art training facility and world headquarters, the hotel is located 20 minutes north of downtown Dallas, and less than 30 minutes from both DFW and Love Field Airports.

Register by June 15 to save $200!

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Building materials will be ruled by a marketplace. Will the industry let it be Amazon?

Over the past couple years, Amazon has been making a huge splash in B2B distribution. After it stood up Amazon Business as a separate unit in April 2015, the company labeled the effort a “must win” in public court documents and has been steadily and quickly building a marketplace for B2B goods.

Amazon views B2B as a likely “fourth pillar” alongside its consumer retail marketplace, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Web Services, and it’ll likely carry Amazon to that fabled trillion-dollar valuation.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

Management software for lumber, building materials and hardware dealers

SpruceSpruce™ software is based in Microsoft® Windows® making it easy to learn and use. Designed around a document management solution, Spruce provides information from point-of-sale to the integrated general ledger. With drill-down capability throughout the software, users can connect outside data and web-links directly to transactions, customers, jobs, or vendors, ensuring all information is easily accessible.

Spruce offers integrated business intelligence through tailored analytic views, including alerts and drill-down ability. Reports are easily exported to Microsoft® Excel® or PDF and users can access Spruce from any workstation or tablet with internet access.

Find out how Spruce can help you manage your business. 800-777-8231

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News Briefs

R.P. Lumber VP Named Young Retailer of the Year MORE

Do It Best Corp. Unveils New In-Store Paint Experience MORE

Fairway Appoints New VP of Sales and Director of Marketing MORE

Multifamily Drop Brings Down Housing Production 2.6% in April MORE

Industry Events


July 27-30, Building Material Suppliers Association (BMSA) Summer Conference, Virginia Beach, VA

Aug. 24-26, Orgill Fall Dealer Market, Boston,

Sept. 7-8, LBM Strategies Conference, Frisco, TX,

Sept. 20-22, Construction Suppliers Association (CSA) Annual Conference & Expo, Savannah, GA,

Sept. 25-27, True Value Fall Reunion, Chicago.

Oct. 4-6, Florida Building Material Association (FBMA) Convention and Gulf Atlantic Building Products Expo, Orlando,

Oct. 13-16, Do it Best Fall Market, Indianapolis, IN,

Oct 24-26, Forest Products & Building Materials Expo, Philadelphia, PA,

Nov. 7-9, Western Building Material Association 115th Annual Convention, Marysville, WA,

Nov. 8-9, West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) Annual Convention and 100th Anniversary Celebration, Rancho Mirage, CA.

Nov 8-10, NAWLA Trader's Market, Chicago, IL,