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LAST WORD

THOMAS FOREMAN

BSIA PRESIDENT

W

ell, here we are in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and my article is
due. Where to start? We have been watching this virus creep across
the world for over two months and done everything we can to provide
warning of the pending issues. It was quite remarkable to hear people's reactions
to our warnings. Everything from "you are overreacting" to "this isn't going to
happen here." Well, here we are as the circle closes in on us. BC has over 1,600
confirmed cases and over 80 deaths. Although slow off the line, I am very proud of
our industry and strength of our people in dealing with the new dynamics of this
crisis. Our members have worked hard to adhere to the new rules of doing business
and our members have been busy filling orders and helping their customers with
the same dedication and commitment as always. I am impressed with the positivity
of our industry leaders as they are faced with so many unknowns. I have always
said that our industry is made up of people that make things happen and we are
seeing that now. The next few weeks adhering to the social distancing are critical
to keeping the number of COVID-19 cases to a minimum. Keep safe and I look
forward to getting beyond this horrible reality we are in now. Thanks to Jackie,
Susan and Colleen for their dedication and help in assisting our members during this
difficult time.
Below is the original article I had started to write in February when our world was
very different.
We were looking for a new television as our old Sony had finally retired. What
an interesting experience, shopping for a TV. While we roamed the big box and
chain stores (non-building supply retailers), I was drawn to one particular area that
was filled with high tech hardware for homes. What a display! The first thing that
caught my eye was a lineup of full-size doors (cardboard cutouts) - they looked
so real! My first thought was, what are they doing here? The doors were equipped
with electronic door handles, openers, locks, keypads, smart keys and pads, keyless
entry locks, electronic deadbolts and much more. It was an amazing display of
smart home door hardware. I couldn't resist spending an hour looking at all the
selections and options. It was an a-ha moment! As I started to leave, my eyes were
drawn to the huge lighting arrangements and again I was drawn to that section and
spent another hour playing with the lights, dimming, changing colours, turning them
on and off. Connecting to my smart phone, I could control just about all the lights
inside and outside, creating quite the light show. The adaptability was incredible! All
controlled from my phone and I don't even need to be home.
The possibilities are endless. My mind was racing with ideas and how quickly our
industry is changing. A few more steps out of the lighting area and I'm in another
area filled with electronic thermostats. I thought, boy, I must get out of here - it's
way too much for me to comprehend.
So, my quick trip into the store opened my mind to the rapidly changing
landscape of the building supply industry. With electronic stores selling "hardware"
and building supplies available online, our traditional methods of going to market
will have to change as consumers' shopping habits change.
Change, yes that is where we are now.
Keep safe,

Thomas Foreman

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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020

Chair’s Message
Board of Directors
BSIA News and Events
Calendar of Events and Education (On Hold Until Further Notice)
What's Next in Outdoor Living? Top 10 Trends for 2020
Youtube Videos and Home Improvement Products
Credit Card Fraud Prevention
5 Things BSIA Members Should Know About Working With Baseline Processing
President’s Message: Last Word
BSIA Affinity Partner Program
Index to Advertisers
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - Intro
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - ebelly1
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - ebelly2
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - cover1
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - cover2
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - 3
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - Chair’s Message
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - Board of Directors
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - BSIA News and Events
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - 7
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - 8
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - 9
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - Calendar of Events and Education (On Hold Until Further Notice)
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - What's Next in Outdoor Living? Top 10 Trends for 2020
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - 12
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - Youtube Videos and Home Improvement Products
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - 14
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - Credit Card Fraud Prevention
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - 5 Things BSIA Members Should Know About Working With Baseline Processing
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - President’s Message: Last Word
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2020 - Index to Advertisers
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