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Real Issue. Excessive jobsite returns

Real Issues: Excessive jobsite returns

What to do when jobsite returns become excessive, and builders find it easier to switch suppliers than control their ordering?
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Is your company ready for a recession?

This month's Real Issue. Real Answers. question comes from a dealer in the Southeastern U.S. who asks what, if anything, other LBM Journal readers are doing to prepare for a slowdown.
Recruiting outside the box

Recruiting outside the box

This month’s Real Issue survey question comes from a dealer who realizes that what they’re doing to bring on new people just isn’t working, and they need to do something different if they want different results.
cybersecurity

Real Issue. Real Answers: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a growing concern for many LBM companies. While data breaches at large organizations often make the news, we know that businesses of...
Succession Planning

Real Issues. Real Answers: Planning for the next generation

In this month’s timely Real Issues survey, a next-generation family member involved with his company is concerned about the lack of a succession plan, and the absence of ownership transition.
Real Issues. Real Answers

Real Issues. Real Answers: Battling the status quo

What would you do as the manager of an LBM company who wants to embrace new business opportunities, but the owners of your company are more comfortable keeping things the way they are?
Real Issues Gas Prices

Real Issues. Real Answers: Managing rising fuel costs

Gas prices are near record levels, and that’s a problem for the vast majority of LBM dealers and distributors who offer jobsite delivery.
Real Issues. investing in technology

Real Issues. Real Answers: Investing in new technology

This month's Real Issues. Real Answers question comes from a dealer in Colorado who is wrestling with the question of when to invest in new technology.
Real Issues. Company culture

Real Issues. Real Answers: Establishing company culture

Today’s uncomfortably tight labor market is forcing many LBM dealers to focus more than ever before on effectively marketing and selling career opportunities to prospective team members.
Real issues. Real Answers. Future of independent lumberyard

Real Issues. Real Answers: The future of the independent LBM dealer

This month’s Real Issues question is from an independent LBM dealer who wonders what the future holds for their company, and whether staying independent is the smart move, or if it’s better to consider buying or selling.

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