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Update: Do it Best dealers gather for Spring Market

By / May 18, 2018

Do it Best Corp. kicked off its Spring Market in Indianapolis with a full lineup of educational sessions on a wide range of topics. Presentations included “How LBM Dealers can Build Their Brand with Social Media” by Natalia Dittmer of TAL Holdings, “Instruments of Cash & Profit” by Thea Dudley of SRS Distribution, as well as computer software-specific discussions and one presentation focused on the effects of the implications of the 2018 Tax Reform.

The spring market is designed to help Do it Best members, including many new and prospective members, discover the value of a co-op partner driven to provide the best products and programs uniquely tailored to help independent business owners grow and achieve their dreams.

“This is certainly an exciting time of tremendous opportunity during this transition in our industry, and our team’s sole focus is on helping grow our members’ businesses with the proven programs and products available only through Do it Best,” explained Dan Starr, President and CEO of Do it Best Corp. “We serve our members as the only single-source distributor for hardware, lumber, building materials, and industrial/commercial businesses – simplifying operations, lowering costs and driving growth across the industry. And the spring market is simply the best way for them to experience everything their co-op has to offer them.”

The LBM Industry Update lunch started off by recognizing award-winning Do it Best members, including Jason Wehrung of Wehrung’s Lumber and Scott and Heather Limeberry of Limeberry Lumber, both of whom were named LBM Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2018.

Gary Nackers, Do it Best Corp.’s VP of Lumber & Building Materials, led a discussion of industry trends and challenges by Todd Hixson, Division Manager for Lumber & Panel Products, Jean Fahy, Division Manager for Building Material Sales, and Joe Corah, Division Manager for Building Material Purchasing. This information-packed session addressed many of the key challenges facing LBM dealers in 2018, including the ongoing labor shortages, the impact of the U.S./Canada softwood lumber situation—and the logistical challenges that have resulted from the “choking of the lumber supply.”

The spring market will spotlight numerous product categories, programs and services to drive member profitability. One key highlight is the Digital Dashboard as part of a broader strategic emphasis on customizable, integrated marketing strategies for store owners. Popular programs that made their debut in recent markets will also continue to feature prominently, including a dedicated Connected Home interactive display, which features four dedicated living spaces, all utilizing connected home products run by a voice interface; The Color Bar in-store paint experience; and Best Look paint applicators and tools. Special vendor partnerships with Milwaukee, Yeti and Big Green Egg further highlight the growing number of exclusive product opportunities available to Do it Best members.

“Our drive to be the best—and help fuel our members’ continued growth—has never been stronger,” Starr added. “And we believe our members will experience that drive and the many opportunities available at the spring market.”

Rick Schumacher

Rick Schumacher is the editor and publisher of LBM Journal, and has more than 25 years experience covering the industry. [email protected]