Category : Commentary

The LBM Industry, Disrupted

3 days ago

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. … Read More

NADRA Update: Best Practices, Labels, and Safety

1 month ago

As the voice of the decking industry, the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) represents manufacturers, retailers, installers, and all industry professionals. That responsibility includes promoting safe practices, ensuring … Read More

Professional Development: MBA vs. Lean Six Sigma

1 month ago

You have been passed over for that coveted promotion. Once you have moved through the range of emotions that inevitably ensues, you are determined to move forward. In assessing your situation, … Read More

Millennials, Economics and the Profitable New Hire

2 months ago

I’ve been hearing it for 12 years: No young talent; trouble retaining workforce; the young generation has no work ethic; how to sell the younger buyer? “Those darn millennials,” I … Read More

Challenges and Opportunities For LBM Dealers

3 months ago

Here’s what you, as an individual LBM dealer, can do to make a difference for your business and our industry. When I think about the state of our industry, I … Read More

The Fear Factor of a Non-Compete

4 months ago

As humans, there is nothing that grabs our attention and controls our behavior like fear. Our 24/7 news cycle has leveraged current events and fear with great success. Sadly, fear … Read More

Norway Spruce 101

4 months ago

COMMENTARY In October 2016, Norway Spruce was approved by the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) for construction use (home construction applications like wall studs, floor and ceiling joists, and industrial … Read More

It’s Not a Millennial Problem; It’s a Leadership Problem

6 months ago

COMMENTARY Along with four others, I participated on a panel titled “Real World Strategies to Attract, Hire, and Retain Millennials” at September’s LBM Strategies conference. As a group we had … Read More

Watch for These Trends in Sustainability

11 months ago

The green building movement has changed. There’s an ongoing focus on energy efficiency and green building certification and more recent emerging trends around water, health and wellness, productivity, and resilience. … Read More

Use the Cyclical Building Economy to Your Advantage

1 year ago

Anyone who has been in the building supply industry for more than a decade knows that it’s a highly cyclical industry. As we saw recently, the new-home sector can deliver … Read More