May 1, 2015

An in-depth look into the 2015 Retailer of the Year: Orchard Supply Hardware.

April 10, 2015

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to rise 8% this month over the same time last year as West Coast ports continue to recover from a backlog of cargo that built up before a tentative new labor agreement was signed.

March 2, 2015

As the urgency to sell increased in the SPF lumber market, prices grew weaker. A few producers reported taking additional orders from China.

February 17, 2015

Limited trading activity in the SPF market placed more downward pressure on prices, especially at eastern Canadian mills.

February 17, 2015

The National Retail Federation is welcoming the direct involvement of Labor Secretary Tom Perez in the ongoing dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

February 6, 2015

A breakdown in contract negotiations between labor and management at America’s west coast ports is threatening to turn a work slowdown into a full-scale strike, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) warned.

February 4, 2015

Concerns over lumber tax.

December 12, 2014

Here are three lessons learned from the West Coast storms this week: When it rains, it pours. Better safe than sorry. And retail is detail.

In the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley, Eric Hassett of Hassett Ace Hardware came to grips with all three lessons during the state’s headline-grabbing deluge. There were reports of 12 inches falling overnight in some counties -- high winds, widespread power outages and fears of mudslides.

December 8, 2014

The “Lumberyard of the Future” panel discussion during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California brought together three lumberyard executives to look ahead to the year 2025. 

November 12, 2014

There’s still no resolution to the ongoing contract talks affecting West Coast port workers.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to escalating tension between labor and West Coast port operators. The International Longshore & Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association are in the process of negotiating a new contract to replace one that expired on July 1. A work stoppage on the West Coast would disrupt the flow of goods through America’s busiest ports.

November 10, 2014

Sean Fogarty is stepping into the role of president of the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association.

Fogarty is VP of Osborne Lumber in Newark, California, where he represents the third generation of the family business that opened in 1950. 

During the organization’s annul convention last week in Indian Wells, California, Fogarty encouraged the industry to stick together and stay involved.

September 16, 2014

The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association continues to offer guidance to pro dealer members in the wake of a$1.6 million Lowe’s settlement regarding alleged violations of dimensional lumber descriptions.

In a letter to members from WCLBMA executive director Ken Dunham offered advice on how to avoid run-ins with the state agencies when it comes to labeling and advertising products.

September 5, 2014

Nominal, actual or both? That’s one of the questions lingering after news of a $1.6 million settlement Lowe’s was ordered to swallow in California over the labeling of dimensional lumber. 

More specifically, is it good enough to call a 2x4 a “2x4,” or do you have to also call it a “1.5 x 3.5” in order to be truthful in advertising?

September 3, 2014

The way the lumber industry sees it, everyone knows a 2x4 is actually a bit smaller than two inches by four inches. But the way California sees it, failure to provide the actual accurate dimensions might cost you.

August 26, 2014

Sandy Kennedy, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), has offered her two cents on the standoff surrounding the union negotiations at the West Coast ports.

Kennedy addressed a letter to the heads of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), speaking on behalf of retailers who are experiencing uncertainty and instability over the ongoing conflict.

August 19, 2014

Benjamin Moore & Co. is buffing up its West Coast presence with the opening of a new distribution center in Oakland, California.

The Oakland DC -- what is now known as the Goodman Logistics Center -- will support the full line of Benjamin Moore products and will eventually serve as the key distribution center for retailers and distributors in the Asia Pacific region.

Benjamin Moore also announced plans to expand its operations in the Southeast later this year, as well as in the Mid-Atlantic region by mid-2015.

July 16, 2014

Dallas-based Roofing Supply Group is opening up two new locations on the West Coast -- one in McClellan Park, California and one in Woodinville, Washington.

The roofing supplies distributor now stands at 19 locations in the Western U.S., where it is currently making moves to expand.

July 9, 2014

Uncertainty at the West Coast ports has caused a rush of activity, according to a monthly tracking service.

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to total 1.5 million containers this month, says the Global Port Tracker from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. That’s the highest monthly volume in at least five years and follows a trend of unusually high import levels that began this spring as labor strife pushed retailers to import merchandise ahead of any potential problems.

July 1, 2014

Both sides of a West Coast labor dispute are entering extra time as the contract between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Long Shore and Warehouse Union officially expired June 30.

As expected, both sides are negotiating in an effort to avoid the economic damage from a costly strike on the docks that, according to a recent study, could cost as much as $2.5 billion per day. 

June 27, 2014

Kelly Kolb, VP government affairs of the Arlington, Virginia-based Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), made a statement on behalf of the organization regarding union contract negotiations at West Coast ports.

With the deadline to resolve the negotiations drawing near, RILA said its priority was to avoid work stoppage and to keep supply chains functioning as usual.

June 23, 2014

You’ve seen the TV show where entrepreneurs pitch their products to a panel of “sharks.” Something similar is on tap at the PCBC event, the West Coast’s largest home-building tradeshow and business exchange. 

June 19, 2014

Tampa, Florida-based VOLT Lighting, a direct-to-consumer e-commerce lighting manufacturer, is making moves on the West Coast via the opening of a new distribution center in Las Vegas.

The new facility, which is fully stocked and staffed, will make 1- to 3-day ground shipping possible for the company's West Coast customers.

May 30, 2014

San Jose, California-based Orchard Supply Hardware president Richard Maltsbarger said the future looks bright for the West Coast chain, especially after a $20 million investment in Northern California stores.

The investment includes a complete rebuild of the Orchard Supply Hardware San Jose – Midtown, which will serve as the flagship of the 73-store chain that stretches from Portland, Oregon, to Southern California.

May 27, 2014

WOLF has cemented a new distribution partnership with Tacoma, Washington-based Capital Lumber, extending its reach to the West Coast for the first time.

Capital Lumber will distribute WOLF's PVC Decking and Capped Composite Decking deckboards in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.

“WOLF focuses on helping independent dealers separate themselves from the pack,” said Craig Danielson, CEO of WOLF. “Capital is the ideal partner because they share that focus. With the Capital agreement, WOLF Decking has become a coast-to-coast success story.”