Innovation

  |  Posted in Strategy

We are seeing more black swans in our personal lives everyday. We are also seeing more black swans in building materials.  A black swan is something that comes as a surprise and…

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  |  Posted in Installation

The End of Waste in Construction

While manufacturing and distribution have made big advances in efficiency and waste reduction, the construction industry hasn’t really changed. Despite advances in construction management by big builders and general contractors,…

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  |  Posted in Big Box

Is Lowe’s More Innovative Than Home Depot?

You’d think the competition between big box home improvement retailers would be pretty evenly matched. After all, there aren’t a lot of differences between Lowe’s and Home Depot – right?…

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  |  Posted in Marketing

Too Many Old White Guys in Building Materials

The building materials industry is ten years behind most other industries in marketing. Compared to many other industries, the building materials industry has too many old white guys in leadership…

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  |  Posted in Big Boxes

Building Material Manufacturers Left Behind Again

Once again, building material manufacturers are being left behind by big boxes. This time it’s Lowe’s who is testing robots in store while manufacturers continue to shy away from trying…

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  |  Posted in New Product

Competition in Building Materials

Most building material manufacturers are too focused on their competition and not enough on their customers.  They start with the premise that their product is basically the same as their…

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