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From the Editor James Anderson

The good kind of ‘unprecedented’

Every lumber dealer is experiencing the same unprecedented prices and demand challenges, just as they’re now looking back on the same unprecedented pandemic.
From the Editor James Anderson

Attracting and retaining great people

Without a doubt the labor shortage is the biggest issue facing dealers that I talk to for our monthly dealer profile stories.
From the Editor James Anderson

Looking forward to LBM Strategies

Over the past five years, I’ve seen our conference grow in strength and scope through the quality of content as well as the networking opportunities with LBM dealers, managers, salespeople, HR directors, and so on.
LBM Century Club

Celebrating 100-year-old businesses

Since 2016, LBM Journal has promoted the LBM Century Club as our salute to the many 100-year-old businesses we’ve met over the years.
From the Editor James Anderson

‘What are you hearing from dealers?’

While LBM Journal serves as an information source for lumber and building supply dealers and hardware retailers to learn about manufacturers’ offerings, it’s also where manufacturers turn to learn of the challenges that dealers (their biggest customers) are facing.
Rikka Brandon Recruit + Retain podcast

Introducing the Recruit + Retain Podcast

If you've ever wanted to know more about recruiting, hiring, and holding on to top-tier talent at your LBM business, chances are your research has brought you to Rikka Brandon.
From the Editor James Anderson

Congratulations to our 2021 Dealers of the Year

Congratulations again to each of our winners, and thank you to everyone who participated in the nomination process. It is truly a pleasure to share these stories.
From the Editor James Anderson

The stories behind the selling

If you haven’t yet heard, Rick Davis and I have launched The LBM Sales Podcast, though we both agree that there’s much more to it than sales.
From the Editor James Anderson

Culture leads the way to success

As the staff here at LBM Journal prepared for our annual LBM Strategies conference last month, I couldn’t help but notice how the importance of company culture stood out in many speakers’ presentations.
From the Editor James Anderson

Communication, efficiency, and the new normal

As I interviewed Sunny Bowman for the cover story on Dakota County Lumber here in my home state of Minnesota, the conversation often came back to one simple, yet incredibly important action that most Minnesotans aren’t exactly known for doing well—talking about issues.

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