Category : Commentary

12 Best Practices for Employee Recruitment and Retention

6 days ago

Finding and keeping good employees requires thinking beyond traditional salaries and benefits. There’s no denying that the rebounding housing market is great for business. But the market turnaround has reintroduced … Read More

Canadian Softwood Tariffs: Who Benefits, Who Pays More?

1 week ago

Both the U.S. and Canada produce lumber products and have had disagreements over lumber since the 1800s. We have traded wood products in both directions with and without tariffs. Previous … Read More

The One Thing More Important Than Industry Experience

3 weeks ago

A respected lumberyard owner recently told me that he’d never hire someone without industry experience. I disagreed with the gentleman, and when he asked why, I told him the story … Read More

How Storytelling Can Help Our Industry

1 month ago

I was returning from a trip, visiting LBM customers in Ohio. It was late and the 900-mile road trip had me ready for the weekend. Pulling in to home, the … Read More

The LBM Industry, Disrupted

2 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

4 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

5 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

6 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