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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

Fresh perspectives and hat tricks

A few weeks ago, my son’s first season of traveling soccer was nearing its end, and he had yet to score a goal. That’s...
haggle

Tough Call: The hassle of the haggle

Back when you launched your lumberyard in the early 1990s, you figured the path to success was to make your company an invaluable resource....
lumber quality

Real Issues. Real Answers. Lumber Quality

Many readers cite quality products as a defining difference that separates their company from the competition. So what to do when the lumber you’re...

Editor’s Note: Leadership

By virtually any metric, it’s a very good time to be in the LBM industry. Builder confidence hit a very strong 70 in May...
pay me too

Tough Call: The payroll secret is out

After rewarding a top employee with a healthy pay raise, they shared the news and now you are faced with disgruntled employees who want...
lumber prices

Real Issues. Real Answers. Rising lumber prices and the credit crunch

The housing market is strong, which is great. And lumber prices are rising sharply, which is good for the bottom line, because 10% markup...

Editor’s Note: To our stakeholders—Thank you

The first issue of LBM Journal was published in July 2003. So this issue marks the final issue of our 15th complete year. As...
company training chart

Real Issues. Real Answers. Training Programs

Conversations about employee training raise all kinds of questions: “What if we train them and they leave?” “What if we don’t and they stay?”...
for pros only

Tough Call: The ‘For Pros Only’ distraction

You've created a great event specifically for builders in your market, but a vendor wants a free ride. After spending 15 years working for an...

Editor’s Note: The law of attraction

In the 28 years that I’ve been immersed in this great industry, we’ve gone through booms, busts, and everything in between. Regardless of where...

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