Category : Articles

Brand Talk: Spruce keeps company strong and profitable as it grows

January 19, 2018

When it comes to supporting growth-oriented lumber yards and hardware stores, nobody does it better than Spruce™ software from ECi. Just ask Janelle Armentrout, chief financial officer at Butler, Missouribased … Read More

Signs your job ad stinks—and how to make it better

January 18, 2018

Job ads have been a staple for as long as companies have existed. It started with hanging a sign in the window (“Inquire Within”), then moved on to newspaper classifieds, … Read More

Winter is a good time for vendor reviews

January 17, 2018

It seems that the only time you notice major issues with a vendor is when you’re just too busy to deal with it. That’s why I recommend taking some time … Read More

Canada begins appealing duties in softwood lumber dispute

January 16, 2018

Tensions continue to escalate in the softwood lumber dispute between the United States and Canada following actions taken by the two countries in November and December. Although the two countries … Read More

The (irksome) due diligence process

January 15, 2018

The excitement of receiving a letter of intent (LOI) for your business is something everyone selling their business looks forward to. The LOI maps out the price a buyer will … Read More

Do it Best Corp. adds to LBM team

FORT WAYNE, IND. – Do it Best Corp. has announced recent additions to its growing lumber and building materials team. Josh Ratcliff joins Do it Best Corp. as Lumber Sales … Read More

How to create a better culture by cutting ties

January 12, 2018

Culture. It’s a buzzword that we hear all the time, and yet it means something different to everyone. The talking heads in business spend countless hours telling you about how … Read More

Breathing too much of your own exhaust?

January 11, 2018

Regardless of how successful you believe your company may be, your place of business is most likely not the most innovative building supply business in North America. I’d say the … Read More

Culture makes the difference: Attracting, recruiting and retaining employees at a best place to work

January 10, 2018

Last fall I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Hancock Lumber and share some of our “secrets” at the LBM Strategies Conference. As I took the stage … Read More

Five Questions With: Ralph Bruno, Derby Building Products

January 9, 2018

Ralph Bruno was recently named CEO of Derby Building Products (formerly Novik, Inc.), which manufactures Tando and Novik brands. Bruno is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for the … Read More