Quikrete Industry Dashboard
The latest version of the Quikerete Industry Dashboard shows gas prices retreating — just in time for the nation’s collective Thanksgiving road trip. Monthly retail sales for September, the latest available month of data for both NAICS 44413 (hardware stores) and NACIS 444 (total home improvement and building supply stores) show unadjusted numbers slightly down for the latter and slightly up for the former. The Stock Roundup shows Tractor Supply leading the performance chart, and Beacon trailing.
Leadership night for NLBMDA
Bob Sanford steps into role as chairman of the national association of dealers.
Chicago — Lumberyard companies together are stronger than lumberyard companies divided.
That’s one of the messages from Bob Sanford, incoming chair of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association. The president of Connecticut-based Sanford & Hawley encouraged dealers to take part in efforts that promote the well-being of the LBM industry.
“I’m going to listen to the stakeholders, I’m going to learn, and I’m going to build consensus — that’s my goal,” said Sanford.
Sanford replaces outgoing NLBMDA chair Rick Lierz of Boise, Idaho-based Franklin Building Supply.
Sanford was installed as chairman of the NLBMDA on opening night of the 2018 ProDealer Industry Summit, which concludes Oct. 19.
Other highlights of the three-day conference include a keynote address from Commander Mark Nutsch, the Green Beret whose experiences in Afghanistan were portrayed in the Hollywood film “12 Strong.” The event also includes presentations on competing against Amazon; and best practices for succession planning and attracting talent.
Happy Labor Day from HBSDealer
HBSDealer offices will be closed on Sept. 3.
The offices of HBSDealer will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 as we observe Labor Day.
We will not publish the daily HBSDealer Newsletter on Sept. 3 and will resume a full, regular schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
A safe and happy Labor Day to you, your families, and friends.