Paving the Way Forward in a Touchless Environment: How building suppliers and distributors are doing business

In light of states opening back up, learn what LBM businesses are doing right now to thrive in a contact-less environment regarding employee safety, business operations, and communication:


* Customer communication - loyalty starts with transparency and assistance, even at a distance
* Ecommerce - short term solutions that turn into log-term
* No-contact service - from placing orders, to the lumberyard, to delivery, to invoicing.
* Avoiding cash transactions - have customers place orders online through simple, but powerful software

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Survive and Advance: A Webinar with Craig Webb

Navigating the Current Health Situation While Setting Your Business Up Long-Term

The economic impact caused by the current public health situation will affect LBM dealers for several months. It's certainly not business as usual-and that may turn out to be a good thing, because smart dealers also are finding new and better ways to run their companies. The most reactive dealers will not only survive, but they'll advance to a higher, more efficient operating state.

Hear Craig Webb, LBM industry analyst, detail the adjustments dealers are making now in the current public health situation and should embrace long-term.

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Opportunities For Wood in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings (Print Course)

This course is intended for building designers who want to learn more about the use of wood framing systems in low-rise commercial projects. The course content will provide practical information that can be applied to projects, the course begins with code-related topics, including cost implications of construction type, opportunities for achieving unlimited area, and implications of multi-tenant occupancies. It provides an overview of wood wall and roof systems commonly used in commercial buildings, and highlights key design considerations. Examples of wood-frame buildings are highlighted, and a recent cost and environmental comparison of a big box store designed in wood versus steel is summarized. Code references refer to the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) unless otherwise noted.

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The Impact of Wood Use on North American Forests (Print Course)

As green building has evolved beyond its initial emphasis on energy efficiency, greater attention has been given to the choice of structural materials and the degree to which they influence a building’s environmental footprint. Increasingly, wood from sustainably managed forests is viewed as a responsible choice. Drawing from a wide range of research publications, this course will examine the current state of North American forests, modern forest practices, and criteria for sustainability, and consider some of the challenges that could profoundly impact the future of the forest resource.

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How Building with Wood Helps Multifamily Developers Succeed

Read about various multifamily construction projects where the use of wood was critical to the success of the building. New design, manufacturing, and construction techniques - coupled with evolutions in building codes - allows light-frame wood and mass timber buildings to reach higher heights and densities. New wood construction also achieves superior design aesthetics and fire safety characteristics in residential buildings.

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Flyer: Does Your LBM Software Empower You With Real-Time Analytics To Drive Growth?

Our technology provides the data and insights to offer more value to your customers and increase your bottom line. Consider these eight questions for your lumber and building materials business. Epicor BisTrack software supports LBM businesses with analytic tools to help you grow.

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Infographic: 8 Questions to Help You Drive LBM Business Growth Through Better Data Analytics

The best business management software provides real-time data and insights—helping leaders reduce costs and make strategic decisions. Consider these eight questions for your lumber and building materials business. Can your current system support your growth goals?

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EBook: Driving LBM Business Growth With Better Data

Business Intelligence (BI) refers to a range of software applications that are used to analyze raw data and support the important function of business analytics. Today’s business management systems come equipped with powerful analytics tools that can enable insights into your organization and positively impact growth.

With better data, your lumber and building materials (LBM) business can reduce costs, identify new opportunities, develop targeted strategies, and improve decision making.

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Hard Surface Flooring Options for Hospitality, Multifamily Housing, and Senior Housing Projects

This course will explore three building sectors—hospitality, multifamily housing, and senior housing—and the flooring challenges these projects face, including heavy foot traffic, maintenance, safety, and aesthetics. Hard surface flooring such as tile, luxury vinyl tile, laminate, and engineered wood can be specified throughout these projects to meet the demands of public spaces such as lobbies and restaurants and private areas such as bedrooms and baths. The course will also examine a case study from each sector.

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Achieving Growth During a Labor Shortage

There’s a shortage of labor in the lumber and building materials (LBM) industry. If you’re an LBM dealer or distributor not affected by the labor shortage, chances are your customers—or your peers—are. It has created opportunities for businesses to find creative ways to do more with less. Technology is proving to be a valuable asset, and is helping dealers and distributors position themselves as the manufacturers and suppliers of choice for their customers. In this eBook see how this labor shortage came about and look at the impact it’s had on the industry.

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