14 Ways to Compete Against the Big Boxes

It’s no secret that Big Box retailers have emerged in almost every sector, including lumber and hardware. Big Box stores offer an assortment of products and, due to the volume, lower prices. The advent of the Big Box retailer has put independent establishments of all types out of business and forever changed American communities. However, many independents have survived by competing intelligently. Having a plan for competition can only help your chances for success.

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EBook - 7 Myths of Cloud Computing: Debunked!

There remains a great deal of uncertainty among business owners about whether moving to a cloud-based solution is right for their businesses. Let’s examine the myths holding businesses back from moving to the cloud.

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The Reline Answer Book

Find the answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding pipe reline and rehabilitation in this informative eBook.

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The Future of Sustainability and Green Design: Health, Daylighting, and Material Selection (Print Course)

This course will examine biophilia and sustainable and green design, focusing on the ways in which these concepts have evolved to incorporate human health and well-being. It will also specifically focus on concepts such as daylighting, demonstrating how the incorporation of natural light in design can contribute to productivity and well-being.

Finally, the course will examine several case studies where different products helped to contribute to sustainable, green design as well as occupant health and well-being.

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Occupant Aware Buildings, or Building Aware Occupants?

As technology and intuitive interfaces enable occupants to become more aware about buildings, buildings are becoming more aware of them. Smart buildings leveraging big data collected from thousands of inexpensive sensors and the IoT, promises to improve convenience and comfort, all in a more sustainable manner. Is this a win-win?

High performance buildings with passive design strategies require engaged occupants. Training these occupants for hoped behavioral changes, is both an imperative and a challenge. Even if trained people forget or don't care, or the specific people occupying a building changes.

Does this mean ultimately your building may know more about you than you are comfortable with, even though you are more comfortable in your building? Is the next generation of high performance only possible at the expense of personal privacy? Can we count on this additional layer of systems complexity to be reliable, affordable, maintainable and secure?

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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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Designing Restrooms for Sustainable Operation (Print Course)

Designing restrooms for sustainable operation requires unique strategies beyond those typically associated with green building. This course does not discuss the details of LEED certification or environmentally responsible materials and related documentation. Instead, the focus of this course will be to educate architects and designers on operational approaches that encourage sustainable restroom project design.

Thoughtful product specification considers energy costs, battery usage, waste, and usage of consumables that in turn allow the architect or designer the opportunity to educate the client on the benefits and incentives that sustainable design creates for both building owners and occupants. While architects and building designers who specify sustainable design products must take into consideration the economical investment necessary from the client, specifying for sustainable operation allows a restroom to operate both sustainably and cost-effectively while retaining the architect’s aesthetic vision.

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Increasing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Architecture (Print Course)

The under-representation of many ethnic groups in architecture translates not only to inequities within the profession, but also to missed opportunities in business. Leveraging the benefits of a diverse workforce requires a culture of inclusion and equity, one that values differences among people and ensures a culture of fairness.

This article explores the barriers that people of color face in entering the design profession, the organizations working to mitigate several of these barriers, and internal firm initiatives to create a more equitable work environment.

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