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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How Building Firms Can Optimize Their Customer Experience

For builders and contractors, a better customer experience can turn clients into brand advocates.

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Resilience is More and Less

Building processes are being reinvented to cut time and reduce labor costs. By taking advantage of these modern construction processes and innovative materials you can build resilience into your projects and your pocketbook.

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10 Ways to Boost Your Business in Challenging Times

While change isn’t always easy, these simple tasks will set you up to stand out from your competitors, increase your business and help you become a go-to expert in your field.

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Need to Preserve Our Nation's Road -
Plus, the 2019 U.S. Road Conditions Map

Roads are vital to life: work, recreation, commerce/shipping of goods and services, safety, aesthetics for communities. They are also in need of maintenance beginning the first year after placement for the remainder of its life. Drivers want a good road, and bad roads cost drivers money. So what can be done? More crack sealing. Crack sealing is the lowest cost with highest benefit surface treatment to preserve roads.

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Field Report: Caltrans Mountain Pass, CA

The road is a heavily travelled two lane highway. The roads in endure temperatures that range widely. Read about this project to treat potholes on Highway 15 - and it's results.

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Recession-Proof Your Business

Current global events and the ensuing economic pressures are forcing businesses to adapt in order to survive. The result is an economy built on businesses that have made themselves immune to the ravages of previous downturns. In order to thrive in today’s climate, technology is key. Cloud-based business management systems allow employees to work from anywhere and help streamline daily tasks. Businesses that pivot to embrace technological progress share evolutionary advantages.

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12 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. The Big Boxes have changed retail by offering a large assortment of products and, due to the volume they process, lower prices. It’s also not a secret that the advent of the Big Box retailer has put independent establishments of all types out of business and forever changed many American communities. Read how many independents have survived this change by having a plan and competing intelligently for their business.

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Competing on Convenience: How to Win the Retail Race

The word “convenience” is becoming an important part of the customer experience and something that our industry can leverage to better compete with big box retailers. You have the industry expertise, dedication to customer service, and community involvement that gives you an edge over your competition. By making it even more convenient for customers to do business, you can improve loyalty.

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10 Steps to Ensure You Select the Right ERP Software for Your Business

Deciding to invest in new ERP software is a major undertaking for any business. The software you select will impact employees, customers, and vendors and can even change some business processes. Training employees on new technology and updated workflows can be a scary proposition. It’s essential to clearly understand your organization’s requirements and effectively manage the information available for different ERP solutions to help ensure you choose the solution that best fits your needs.

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