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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

Live and in-person

There's no question about it: our reality is far more “wired” than ever before. The internet is a formidable tool that has transformed virtually...

Tough Call: The case of the poor project manager

A large, high-margin customer expects you to come to the rescue with immediate deliveries because of his poor planning. What would you do? Like LBM...

Real Issues. Real Answers. Hire or hold off?

While business remains rock-solid in most markets, economists remind us that a slowdown is inevitable. It’s impossible to know when that’s going to happen,...

Beyond the money

Each month, when we read over the business challenges that readers share as part of our “Real Issues” surveys, there’s one issue that consistently...

Tough Call: Attack of the low-cost competitor

A supplier from another market has moved into your territory and is using low pricing to capture business from your long-time customers. What would...

Real Issues. Real Answers. Credit Card Fees

Accepting credit cards for payment is great for cash flow. But in a business known for razor-thin margins, the 2% or 3% fees charged...

Introducing LBM Journal’s Dealers of the Year

Back in 2005, we launched our Entrepreneur of the Year program. Al Bavry of Kimal Lumber in Florida was our inaugural winner, and Al...

Tough Call: When different isn’t better

The new manager's new ways are creating conflict and hurting your store's performance. What would you do?As the owner of a four-location LBM dealer,...

Tough Call: The case of the non-effective employee

A long-time employee's performance declines as the years go on. What would you do? When you took over as general manager of your company three...

Real Issues. Real Answers: Transitioning to a new ERP/business software

Knowledge is power. That’s especially true in the wildly competitive LBM distribution market, where accurate, up-to-date insights into sales, margins, deliveries, inventory positions and...

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