The next big thing?

Publisher Letter


Your LBM Journal team attended the International Builders Show (IBS), which was held Feb. 8-11 in Orlando. Since our purpose is to find and deliver the information and insights to help you work better and smarter, IBS is a can’t-miss annual event for us, as it is the single biggest showcase of the latest and greatest building materials.

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Our primary goal at IBS is to comb the show floor—which this year included more than 800 companies and more than 425,000 square feet of exhibits—in search of the most notable new products, and improvements on existing products. Again this year, I was honored to serve as a judge for the Most Innovative Building Material category, as part of the Best of IBS Awards Program. Again this year, I was truly impressed with the product offerings that manufacturers have been working on. If you’re on the lookout for some innovative new products to bring to your market, I encourage you to check out our Hot Products from IBS recap. Who knows, perhaps the next big thing in your market is there.

There’s a big change coming to IBS for 2023 that may prompt you to mark your calendar for a few days out of the office. For the first time ever, the National Hardware Show (NHS) will be co-located with IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Consider marking your calendar now to be in Las Vegas from January 31-February 2, 2023. Jerry Howard, CEO of the National Association of Home Builders says, “Co-locating NHS with IBS and KBIS will allow attendees to explore additional products and opportunities to grow their businesses and maintain a competitive edge in the market.” Watch LBM Journal, and for more information.

A theme that ran through all of our conversations at IBS was supply chain issues—which rivals the labor shortage as the number one issue facing the LBM community. While the problem won’t completely disappear anytime soon, virtually every manufacturer we talked to has this issue at the top of their list of concerns. Product shortages and delays help no one. Between a renewed focus on American-made and efforts to maximize production of commodity materials, we’re cautiously optimistic that the worst is behind us.

Here’s to continuing to work together to navigate a very challenging market, and to help you grow your sales, your business, and your brand.

— Rick Schumacher
Executive Editor & Publisher




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