Benchmarks

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How Do You Measure Up?

Get out your financial statements, for here are the latest numbers: 6.06, 19.82, 23.78, 41.65, and 59.61. No, this isn't the lottery; it's benchmarking, the practice of measuring the performance of your business against others in your industry. Those numbers are a few of the key financial ratios reported and calculated in the latest Cost of Doing Business (CODB), prepared by Jim Enter of the American Association of Roundtables (AART) for the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealer's Association LBM Institute. More

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Battle Plan

Citing inconsistent performance and low return on investment, 84 Lumber announced April 4 that it will pull out of the majority of its rural markets as part of an overall strategic plan to hit $10 billion in sales by the end of 2009. More

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It's Time for a Checkup

Monitoring the financial health of your company. More

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Business Benchmarking

NLBMDA expands the benefits of its annual Cost of Doing Business survey with company-specific analysis and benchmarks. More

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Smarter Buying Through Software

Big Buck Lumber boosts accuracy and efficiency with an automated lumber pricing... More

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In Other Words

Some expert advice on employee performance testing -- straight from the source. More

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