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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5 Benefits of Mobile Technology for LBM Businesses

Enterprise mobility is the present and future of the hardware and LBM industry. Our forward-thinking clients in this field are making the most of mobility solutions to empower their employees. Cashiers and other frontline workers, traditionally underserved with digital access, are becoming increasingly important to their businesses as mobility becomes the new norm. We are seeing our clients use enterprise mobility to drive competitive advantages and increase market share.

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Protect Your Business from Ransomware

During these unprecedented times with so many people working from home, it’s more important than ever to make sure your business data is protected. According to security experts the coronavirus (COVID-19) is being used in a variety of malicious campaigns including spam, malware, ransomware, and malicious domains. The cloud is the foundation of many of today’s business solutions and can be helpful in addressing data security as a requirement. In this report, learn about ransomware and discover who holds businesses’ data for ransom, why, and what steps you can take to help protect your business.

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Merging the Outdoors with Kitchen Design: Creating the Luxury Outdoor Kitchen Oasis

Combining outdoor in both indoor and outdoor spaces is a key request from homeowners in today’s building market. As revealed in a recent survey of architects, rooms that have seen particularly strong growth in popularity over the past year include outdoor living areas and rooms. Almost 63 percent of residential architects surveyed report that interest in outdoor living areas/rooms are increasing, while fewer than 2 percent report interest to be declining. The increased enthusiasm in outdoor living has pushed this special function room to the top of the most popular list.

Architects and designers are being asked to specify outdoor spaces, in particular kitchen spaces, that are not only functional but aesthetically pleasing. With the renewed energy surrounding biophilic design concepts, architects and designers must understand best practices for outdoor kitchen design, as well as appliance considerations that are available. Overall, the form and function of the outdoor kitchen space must be well thought out and designed in a way that promotes safety and wellness for the homeowners who enjoy it.

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Timeline is Everything: The Path to CarbonPositive

The climate emergency requires us to act now. What are the challenges of the building sector now and over the next 30 years? What are the critical interim and long term carbon targets? How do we begin to address them through planning and policy, design and practice, building and manufacturing?


Over the next 4 decades, the world is projected to construct 230 billion square meters (2.5 trillion square feet) of buildings, an area roughly equal to the current worldwide building stock, or the equivalent of adding another New York City to the planet every 34 days for the next 40 years.



CarbonPositive outlines an immediate and comprehensive plan of action for rapidly decarbonizing all aspects of the building sector, and strategies for planning, designing, building and manufacturing a future where buildings, developments and entire cities are constructed to use sustainable resources, generate surplus renewable energy, and convert atmospheric carbon into durable materials and products.



This content was produced thanks to funding from the AIA California as part of the CarbonPositive Conference, a partnership between Architect Magazine and Architecture 2030.


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2030 is the New 2050: How to Speed Delivery on Global Promises Now

The next 10 years are critical to the global climate movement. How far behind are we on delivering on the promise of the Paris Agreement? Why is the building sector poised to make a difference? How can we take action in our cities and local communities? And how can we best support immediate and impactful actions and policies on the international stage?


This content was produced thanks to funding from the AIA California as part of the CarbonPositive Conference, a partnership between Architect Magazine and Architecture 2030.


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#BuildersAreEssential webinar Series: How LBM Dealers Are Navigating Through the Coronavirus

The coronavirus has taken the world by storm. As with any severe storm or natural disaster, companies should have a business continuity plan in place to ensure they can navigate their way through any associated challenges.

Hear the discussion: The best ways to keep your employees and customers safe; How to preserve revenue during a stay-at-home order; and What to look for that could indicate an economic turnaround.

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