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NLBMDA to provide legislative and regulatory updates

BY HBSDealer Staff

The National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association will provide members with a Legislative Update Webinar regarding the latest issues impacting dealers in Washington, D.C.

The Nov. 30 webinar will be led by Ben Gann, NLBMDA’s vice president of legislative and political affairs. 

Topics on the agenda include tax reform and what it means for dealers, updates on the Canadian softwood lumber dispute, and political analysis of upcoming elections. Dealers can also suggest topics for the discussion. 

Participants can register for the webinar here

Separately, the NLBMDA’s Washington Regulatory Update Webinar will be held on Dec. 7 and look at key regulatory issues affecting dealers, including those currently in place and those pending. The webinar will be led by Frank Moore, NLBMDA’s regulatory counsel, and participants will have any opportunity to ask questions during the presentation. 

The webinar will look at recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules such as those affecting hours of service recording and review key compliance elements for cargo securement and other known sources of roadside inspection citations. OSHA standards will also be reviewed with an eye towards those standards most cited in LBM yards during inspections and recent developments, such as an employer’s responsibility in reporting work-related injury and illnesses, the federal court ruling against the Overtime Rule, and prospects for a new rulemaking on crane operator certification. 

The webinar will also review the recent federal court ruling in Fuchs v Menards, Inc. on how dealers market and label dimensional lumber. 

Participants can register for the Washington Regulatory Update webinar here

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Mill Creek Lumber invests in software

BY HBSDealer Staff

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a software solutions provider, reported that Mill Creek Lumber & Supply Company has chosen K8 as its business management software for their LBM business.              

Mill Creek will leverage the KCS product portfolio to take their business industry standards and prepare for future growth, KCS said in a press release. In business for more than 80 years, Mill Creek operates over 20 locations across Oklahoma and Kansas.

Mill Creek’s offerings include windows and doors, roofing, custom millwork, and hardware. The Broken Arrow, Okla.-based dealer also operates a carpet and tile division.

“Kerridge Commercial Systems is a leading software company that provides a highly integrated system with proven capabilities in two core industries that are vital to Mill Creek – lumber and building materials as well as flooring materials,” Mill Creek CFO Wade Lennon said. “The software, combined with KCS’s culture and drive to work with its customers, proved to be the right solution for our company.”

Based in Cary, N.C., KCS and its software products are focused on servicing the building materials, lumber, floor coverings, home décor, electrical and plumbing distribution, wholesale and retail markets.

 

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Epicor enhances BisTrack offerings

BY Andy Carlo

Orlando — Epicor Software Corp. launched two new Epicor BisTrack applications at its LBM User Conference, held here at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort Nov. 15 to 16.

Epicor BisTrack Price Checker allows a business’s customers access to instantly learn product prices. With this self-service, customers can scan barcodes, view prices on a mountable terminal display and even print item labels throughout the retail store.

According to Epicor, the application promises to reduce wait times and enhance the customer's buying experience to help build shopper loyalty, while giving customers the convenience of in-aisle price verification. It also eliminates the time and costs associated with pricing individual items while freeing sales associates to focus on generating sales, Epicor said.

The BisTrack Warehouse Management application is now available for Android devices, is a bundle package that consists of the BisTrack Count, BisTrack Picking and BisTrack Receipt applications.

The BisTrack Count tool empowers users with instant inventory adjustments, as well as quick and accurate inventory counts. BisTrack Picking allows warehouse staff to pick more accurately using barcoding with fewer missed items, quantity errors, or wrong products. BisTrack Receipt gives users the ability to expedite the receiving process with fewer mistakes, while supporting precise and up-to-date inventory data. 

"Epicor BisTrack is focused on solutions that fit LBM businesses, are easy to use and allow our customers to grow. BisTrack Warehouse Management for Android and the new BisTrack Price Checker are just the latest examples of our continued investment in fit, ease and growth for lumber and building materials businesses,” said Kevin Hodge, Epicor Software's director of product development and product management.

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