Is Your LBM Business “A Fan” Of Social Media?

We hear from many LBM dealers, that they are struggling with Social Media if they are using it at all. Those that are using it are challenged to consistently produce engaging content. When I hear this, I usually ask where social media fits in their overall marketing plan. In a lot of cases the response […]

With the New Year upon us, do you have an Actionable Marketing Plan in place?

We hear all the time from LBM dealers that they struggle with marketing planning. For many, they just need some help in developing an actionable plan. For others, it appears the focus is on marketing tactics verses marketing strategy. Most successful marketers have a process to develop well-grounded strategies to make strategic decisions. I like […]

Finding talented young people for the LBM business

Photo Veterans 23V Recon   We have heard for some time how hard it is to attract young people to the LBM business. In today’s environment where unemployment is around 3.7%, this is adding to the challenge. So as NRLA members what can we do? In previous operations roles, one of the things we always […]

The push for a $15 minimum wage is affecting you, whether you see it or not.

The announcement that all Amazon workers will earn no less than $15.00 per hour coupled with nationwide efforts to bump fast food workers and others to that level has created a new reason for employees in your business to feel underpaid. They are likely talking about it in the break room, saying that if someone […]

The “Slow Season” Never Comes

We engage with dealers all the time that are straight out, so busy that they can’t imagine spending any time on forward thinking, strategy, or anything else besides that day’s to- do list. They say: “I know I need to find time to address these things, but now is not the time, I’m too busy. […]

Want more young people to join your team? Try an internship program.

         Photo by Andrej Lišakov on Unsplash   For a long time, we have heard from dealers that they feel the “younger generation” is not interested in the LBM field, and they wonder how to change that? “Here’s one thing that works – Internships”! The peak of your season coincides fairly well […]

Attracting young people to the LBM business

  For many years, we have heard frustrated dealers lament… young people don’t want to work at lumber yards. Where are our future leaders going to come from as we move into retirement? If you are one of those who find it difficult to hire young, energetic employees who are driven to grow and take […]

Do you have a process to evaluate the productivity of your inventory?

Inventory decisions are at the heart of an ultimate Lumber Yard goal: getting the right product to the right customer at the right time—via the right channel—at the right price, while being profitable! With the New Year upon us, many lumber yards are taking physical inventories. If some of your inventory has had more than […]

Are you too busy working in your business to work on your business?

If you are like many lumber yard operators, you are up every day working before dawn and long after the sun sets. You live, eat, breathe, and sleep the business. You know your customers by name and have your fingers on the pulse of daily operations, finance, product and inventory, delivery, ordering and personnel. But […]