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: 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. 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. 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. 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: 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.
Real Issues. Real Answers: Unexpected price increases
This month’s Real Issues. Real Answers. question asks how your company is navigating unexpected price increases.
Real Issues. Real Answers: Growing forward
This month’s Real Issues. Real Answers question, from a dealer in Rhode Island, acknowledges the opportunity for growth and asks, “where to start?”
What is fair compensation?
This month’s Real Issues. Real Answers. survey is a variation on a theme from our September issue, in which we asked about creating a “sticky” workplace where people wanted to come to work—and stay long term.
Real Issues. Real Answers. Employee loyalty
It’s no secret that attracting and hiring good people remains a top challenge for many LBM companies.