News from the Construction Suppliers Association

January 10, 2018

Throw the Rice! CSA and OLA are Married

Jim MoodyBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

Welcome to our new family members from Oklahoma! Our merger with the Oklahoma Lumbermen’s Association became official on Jan. 1.

CSA grew by about 50 dealers and 30 associate members on that day. I want to thank all the people from OLA and CSA who worked diligently over the past year to make this merger a reality.

The joining of two organizations didn't just happen. It took a lot of soul-searching, and it required us to answer some difficult questions. It took both groups figuring out how to get to a “win.” The volunteers sitting on both sides of the table did a remarkable job of this.

Underlying all of our discussions, however, was an irrefutable fact: The dealers in Oklahoma and the dealers in the deep Southeast are a lot alike.


Wilson Lumber Named ProSales'
2018 Dealer of the Year

Congratulations to Wilson Lumber of Huntsville, Ala., for being named the ProSales 2018 Dealer of the Year.

Wilson Lumber President Robb Wilson and his team have created strategies to propel their revenue from $33.3 million in 2015 to at least $47 million in 2017.

Wilson said in an interview with ProSales magazine, "“I don’t think we do anything that’s particularly unique, but we have 150 people who are fanatical about doing the right thing.”

about how Wilson Lumber achieved their success and their plans for the future.

Eagle Users Group Now Forming

Epicor LogoWe’ve had a request from an Eagle user to create a users group for this platform. CSA is already hosting Spruce and BisTrack users group.

CSA’s users groups meet twice a year and typically feature information from a third-party expert, the company, and sharing of tips between users. It’s an interactive format that facilitates relationships that can be helpful throughout the year.

If you have interest in joining this group, please contact Katie Bodiford at [email protected]

2018 Georgia Legislative Session -- Session Preview

By Katie Base Roberts
Director of Governmental Affairs
Fiveash Stanley, Inc.

katie robertsThe 2018 Georgia General Assembly convened Monday, Jan. 8.  The session will last forty working days, typically stretching into late March.  Because 2018 represents the second year of a two-year legislative cycle, all legislation not enacted during 2017 remains viable for consideration.

2018 is an important election year in Georgia.  All 236 offices within the House and Senate face election, as do most constitutional officers including the Governor, Lt. Governor, Insurance Commissioner and others.  This is the first time in more than two decades that so many of the state’s top offices do not have incumbents seeking reelection.


18 Easy Ways to Become a Happier Person in 2018

By John Rampton VIP

2018 is a new year and an opportunity for you to hit restart. Even though there is no fundamental difference between making a change on Dec. 31 compared to Jan. 1, it can be helpful to use a specific moment (like a new year) to catalyze these transitions.

Here are John's top 10 ways to become happier. Click "Read More" for explanations and the remaining eight ways.

  • Exercise more frequently.
  • Eat healthier.
  • Spend more time outside.
  • Be more grateful.
  • Spend more time with people that you love.
  • Learn a new skill.
  • Worry less what others think.
  • Meditate.
  • Smile more.
  • Love yourself.


Retail Workers Feel Disruption from Shifting Shopper Habits

By Anne D'Innocenzio
Associated Press Retail Writer

A report prepared by Cornerstone Capital Group for the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute predicts that more than 7.5 million retail jobs are at risk of being eliminated by automation over the next several years.

Amazon is testing a grocery store in Seattle without cashiers, using cameras and shelf sensors to keep track of the items that shoppers grab and charge them. Eatsa, an automat-style restaurant in San Francisco, lacks cashiers as well — diners order at kiosks and workers prepare the food behind an opaque wall, with virtually no interaction between them.

A labor group representing 1.3 million grocery and food workers is trying to combat automation by highlighting that workers' specialized skills — like the care they take in icing a rose on a wedding cake, or arranging flowers, or the ability of human workers to recognize spoiled food — provide a benefit to shoppers.

Others say automation and happy workers are not necessarily incompatible.


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