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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
August Tough Call-Murphys Law

TOUGH CALL: Murphy’s Law and Your Biggest Customer

You and your company are in the midst of those crazy few months of summer that you spend the rest of the year hoping,...

REAL ISSUES. REAL ANSWERS: Attracting and Retaining Qualified Associates

The Issue This month’s issue was suggested by multiple readers over the past few months. As we do each month, we sent our brief Real...
The Milk Run Salesman

TOUGH CALL: The Trouble with ‘Milk Runs’

“It’s a good problem,” and “It’s better than the alternative.” Those are two variations on your response to staffers who are working harder and...

REAL ISSUES. REAL ANSWERS: Managing Growth

As the worst housing downturn in history fades to black, many LBM dealers who have gotten extremely skilled at running bare-bones operations are facing...

TOUGH CALL: Bitten by Bad Reviews

Negative online reviews are threatening your company’s reputation. What would you do? (Scroll down to take our poll) Ever since you were a youngster, certain...

EDITORS NOTE: Strength by Association

A lot of things have changed in the past quarter century, but I remain a firm believer in the unique role that our associations...
Real Issues. Real Answers. SocialMedia - May 2015

REAL ISSUES. REAL ANSWERS: Social Media

Now that most LBM distribution companies have embraced the necessity of having a website…social media represents the next digital debate. Once a company decides...

TOUGH CALL: Your Competition, Version 2.0

Your longtime competitor has been acquired by a much larger company - are you ready for the change this will mean for your local...

EDITORS NOTE: The Waiting is Over

The Waiting is Over One week ago today, my town was hammered with 10 inches of snow. Today, the temperatures are forecast to enter the...

TOUGH CALL: Breaking Point

Your local market is well into recovery mode, but the owner of your yard refuses to ramp back up. What would you do?This June...

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