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Real Issues. Real Answers. Smart Bonus Plans

In an industry where many companies are struggling to attract and hire quality candidates, the first order of business should be making sure the...
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Real Issues. Real Answers: Material Takeoffs: Good or Bad?

At what point does a value-added service effectively work against us? One prime example is material takeoffs, which most LBM dealers provide to their...
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Real Issues. Real Answers: Managing Evolving Inventories

“Evolve or die.” That jarring little sentence from an LBM Journal reader packs a powerful punch, and in today’s LBM industry, it is more...
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Real Issues. Real Answers: Creating Great Employees

As far as your customers are concerned, your employees are your company. With housing and remodeling heating up, and LBM dealers reporting difficulty attracting...
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Real Issues. Real Answers: Optimizing Deliveries

For LBM dealers, nothing happens until a sale is made. For our builder customers, nothing happens until the material arrives on the jobsite. Deliveries...
Five Ways To Beat Amazon

Five Ways To Beat Amazon

While some LBM dealers are just starting to consider how online retailers like Amazon may affect their bottom line, a small-town Arkansas dealer has...
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Real Issues. Real Answers: The Amazon Factor

For retailers in a growing number of industries, Amazon.com has proven to be a relentless competitor. (Fun fact: relentless.com actually redirects to Amazon.com). Thanks...
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Real Issues. Real Answers: Managing Generational Transitions

In a very real sense, our companies are our people. They’re what set us apart from the competition, and they’re a big reason for...
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REAL ISSUES, REAL ANSWERS: To Non-Compete Or Not?

The LBM industry at large is wrestling with a shortage of qualified help. With business up at least modestly in many markets, this problem...
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REAL ISSUES, REAL ANSWERS: Desperately Seeking Good Salespeople

Real Issues. Real AnswersFinding and keeping good people has emerged as the number one challenge facing LBM companies. And since nothing happens until a...

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