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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
Tough Call

Tough Call: ‘Hey, I’m the customer’

Vendor consolidation has taken you from valued client to just another number. What would you do?
Rick Schumacher

Off and running

In my view, today’s realities represent very real opportunities for everyone in the LBM industry. The question is, are you and your team prepared to meet the challenges that these opportunities represent?
Rick Schumacher

The Roaring Twenties, v.2

Here’s to working together throughout the Roaring Twenties, v.2, to build your sales, your business and your brand.
Copyright

Tough Call: The copyright conundrum

A photo that inadvertently made it onto your website has turned into a choice between a $3,000 payoff or a copyright lawsuit. What would you do?

Tough Call: The poaching problem

A big builder customer has poached two of your top people to work for him. What would you do?
Rick Schumacher

Playing to win

There’s a reason that sports analogies are so common in business—they’re two sides of the same coin.
Epicor Insights warehouse management

Epicor reports robust growth at 2019 LBM User Conference

Resiliency was the theme of opening remarks. The increasing frequency of weather-related disasters—especially hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires—have cost billions of dollars in government disaster aid.
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?

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