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Multi-Family Housing

Navigating the multifamily market

The multifamily market remains steady. Here’s what savvy dealers know about serving these projects. Throughout the housing recovery, the multifamily sector has been booming, in...
Truck Telematics

Turn On, Tune Up, and Rev Out

Pro dealer lumberyards brace for big data truck telematics and self-driving vehicles.Two thousand, two hundred and ninety-nine. That’s how many forklifts and subcontracted delivery...
Employee Recruitment

12 Best Practices for Employee Recruitment and Retention

Finding and keeping good employees requires thinking beyond traditional salaries and benefits.There’s no denying that the rebounding housing market is great for business. But...
Softwood Tariffs

Canadian Softwood Tariffs: Who Benefits, Who Pays More?

Both the U.S. and Canada produce lumber products and have had disagreements over lumber since the 1800s. We have traded wood products in both...
Circuit City Final Days

The LBM Industry, Disrupted

Building materials will be ruled by a marketplace. Will the industry let it be Amazon? Over the past couple years, Amazon has been making a...

Professional Development: MBA vs. Lean Six Sigma

You have been passed over for that coveted promotion. Once you have moved through the range of emotions that inevitably ensues, you are determined to...

NADRA Update: Best Practices, Labels, and Safety

As the voice of the decking industry, the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) represents manufacturers, retailers, installers, and all industry professionals. That...
Challenges & Opportunities

Challenges and Opportunities For LBM Dealers

Here’s what you, as an individual LBM dealer, can do to make a difference for your business and our industry.When I think about the...

The Fear Factor of a Non-Compete

As humans, there is nothing that grabs our attention and controls our behavior like fear. Our 24/7 news cycle has leveraged current events and...

Norway Spruce 101

COMMENTARYIn October 2016, Norway Spruce was approved by the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) for construction use (home construction applications like wall studs, floor...

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