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Rick Schumacher is the editor and publisher of LBM Journal, and has more than 25 years experience covering the industry. Rick@LBMJournal.com
Real Issues. Real Answers. vendor reps

Real Issues. Real Answers. Vendor reps on the route…again

This month's Real Issues survey question was suggested by a reader who is frustrated with purposeless visits by vendor reps.
Winter is coming - Rick Schumacher

Building connections

As I write this, LBM Strategies Conference 2019 is in the rearview mirror. Many of our industry’s leading thinkers—and doers—were there to share their stories, to learn from other industry pros, and to connect with others who do what they do.
politics

Tough Call: Politics in the workplace

Your two top salespeople are passionate and vocal about their political beliefs, which is costing you customers. What would you do?
enforcing a handshake

Tough Call: Enforcing a handshake agreement

After years of an exclusive with a product line you helped build on a handshake agreement, the vendor is now selling it to your biggest competitor. What would you do?
Winter is coming - Rick Schumacher

Winter is coming

It's true. Summer’s over, kids are back at school, and football season is underway, so yes, winter is coming.
Real Issues. Real Answers. Restocking Fees.

Real Issues. Real Answers. Restocking fees

For years, many LBM companies charged restocking fees on returned material. Why not? It takes time to return products to inventory, and time is money.
Winter is coming - Rick Schumacher

Just listen

Our customers are more than willing to tell us what they want and need from us. If they don’t, it’s up to us to ask. Then just listen. Then just deliver.
Firing customers

Real Issues. Real Answers. Firing customers

Turning away business is a big step. But sometimes, customers create situations where it makes the most sense for your company to refuse to sell to them.
Tough Call Red Flag

Tough Call: The developer and the red flag

A developer who's proving to be less-than-honest is offering the potential for a lot of material sales. What would you do?

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