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11.01.2016
  • In Shift, White House Offers Platform for Housing Reform
  • Canada Expresses Willingness to Finish Softwood Lumber Deal
  • Digital Case Study: Using Slack to Keep Your Team Connected
  • Pending Home Sales Up in September
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

In Shift, White House Offers Platform for Housing Reform

The White House called on Congress to rethink its approach to rebuilding the hobbled mortgage market and offered, for the first time, a set of principles for housing reform.

Affordability and access to credit, especially for middle-income Americans and minorities, must provide the foundation of any new system, the White House said. Revamping the arcane infrastructure of the global mortgage market, which has challenged policymakers since the 2008 housing collapse, should take a backseat.

Read the whole story at Politico


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Unified Purchasing Group: Volume Discounts for Your Organization

Unified Purchasing Group UPG offers eligible members significant savings on essential products and services from the most respected brands. We bring together independent suppliers in the construction industry to leverage collective purchasing power to negotiate significant volume discounts with vendor partners such as Verizon Wireless, UniFirst, Staples and other well-known brands. UPG membership provides economies of scale that help your organization better manage supply and operating costs.

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Canada Expresses Willingness to Finish Softwood Lumber Deal

Top Canadian officials say they are eager to forge a new softwood lumber trade deal with the United States.

Chrystia Freeland, minister of international trade, and David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the United States, sent a letter on Wednesday to President Obama and a bipartisan group of about two dozen senators countering arguments that they are reluctant to complete an agreement.

Read the whole story at The Hill


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Digital Case Study: Using Slack to Keep Your Team Connected

CURRENT SITUATION: You recently heard from a valuable builder customer who has become frustrated because your staff members just don't seem organized. He said that if he wastes any more time with your team getting prices mixed up or deliveries wrong, he's going to start looking elsewhere for his building supplies. You admit to him that he's right. With business picking up in recent months, it's all you can do to keep everyone on the same page. With inside sales reps and estimators in the store and outside sales staff and delivery drivers on job sites, you need a way to connect everyone who is working together on the same project. A new sales rep has been encouraging you to get everyone to download a free app called Slack on their smartphones. She claims it can keep your staff on the same page and allow frequent, focused communication between team members.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

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EOY CFE LBM Journal's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards recognize leaders from three companies of different sizes who epitomize the entrepreneurial spirit. By our definition, an entrepreneurial company excels at identifying underserved-or emerging-markets, satisfying customers, and constantly working to grow and improve its business.

We'll recognize entrepreneurial LBM dealers in three revenue categories: under $10 million, $10-$50 million, and $50 million-plus. Winners will be profiled in the January 2017 issue of LBM Journal.

There is NO cost to enter. All entries/nominations must be received by November 1.

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Pending Home Sales Up in September

Pending home sales shifted higher in September following August's notable dip and are now at their fifth highest level over the past year, according to the National Association of Realtors. Increases in the South and West outgained declines in the Northeast and Midwest.

The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, grew 1.5% to 110.0 in September from a slight downward revision of 108.4 in August. With last month's gain, the index is now 2.4% higher than last September (107.4) and has now risen year-over-year for 22 of the last 25 months.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


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News Briefs

NLBMDA Announces New Leadership Team for 2016-2017 MORE

Norway Spruce Inclusion Represents Industry Firsts MORE

Huttig Sales, Profits Rise in Q3 MORE

NRLA Presents Historic Award MORE


Industry Events

Nov. 3-4, LMC Forest Products & Building Products Expo, Philadelphia, PA

Nov. 8-10, Western Building Material Association (WBMA) Annual Convention, Portland, OR, www.WBMA.org, 888.551.9262

2017
Jan. 11-13, International Builders Show, Orlando, FL, www.buildersshow.com/Home/

Jan. 16-17, Northwestern Lumber Association (NLA) Building Products Expo, Bloomington, MN, www.nlassn.org

Jan. 17-19, North Dakota Retail Lumberman's Association Annual Convention, Fargo, ND, www.NDRLA.com

Jan. 31, Wisconsin Lumber Dealers Convention, Wisconsin Dells, WI, www.nlassn.org

Feb. 1-2, Building Material Suppliers Association (BMSA) Building Products Show, Hickory, NC, www.mybmsa.org

Feb. 15-17, Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA) LBM Expo, Providence, RI, www.NRLA.org

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