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Masters of distribution: Energy Metals

Energy Metals continues to excel at what it does best — taking care of the customer.
February 9, 2013
John Drewry and Mike Priesmeyer had a simple reason for founding Houston-based master distributor Energy Metals eight years ago.
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Quite a Site

New Supply House Times website aims to make your job easier.
February 8, 2013
What did we do without cell phones and the Internet? That thought crossed my mind New Year’s Eve night while out to dinner with family. I observed a gentleman to my left perpetually engrossed in his smartphone despite a female companion and another couple seated with him at the table.
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Solving team dysfunction

Unity goes a long way in achieving critical objectives.
February 8, 2013
There is a lot of talk about leadership development but very little specific leadership skill training is available.
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Rising Tide at Pacific Plumbing Supply

‘Green Room,’ revamped account protocols make big splashes for Pacific Plumbing Supply.
February 8, 2013
Pacific Plumbing Supply came across some found money.
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Looking up from survival mode, Part 2

Supply house executives talk about government priorities, consolidation and recruiting young talent in the second of a two-part series.
February 8, 2013
Now that the nation is a few months removed from the uncertainty brought by the national elections, wholesalers can get their businesses back on track.
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CPVC piping systems and materials iPad app

February 8, 2013
The Lubrizol CPVC app for the iPad features a collection of digital tools to inform users about Lubrizol CPVC products and assist with finding and implementing the right solutions for building and construction projects.
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The name game

After a series of aggressive moves, Torrington Supply rebrands itself as TORRCO.
January 15, 2013
Everything is under one canopy – the TORRCO canopy. After some aggressive business moves in the Connecticut, western Massachusetts and eastern New York markets, it was time for 95-year-old Waterbury, Conn.-based Torrington Supply to streamline its message so there was no confusion among customers.
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Showrooms of the future

Stop thinking wholesale and start thinking retail.
January 14, 2013
I’ve visited a number of showrooms the past several months and found they look pretty much the way they did 10 and even 20 years ago.
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Hiring is not easy

Have the right approach and ask the correct questions.
January 5, 2013
The first thing we need to establish before going through any job interview is the objectives of the selection process. Interviewing should not be just about filling an open position. Anytime you have an opening to hire someone, you have an opportunity to build bench strength, organizational effectiveness and introduce fresh ideas and new insights into the organization.
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Looking up from survival mode

PHCP distributors talk about social media, diversification and boosting sales in the first of a two-part series
January 4, 2013
The supply house business is more complicated than ever. Social media, the next generation of employees, and new technology that either helps or hinders communication present challenges to owners and managers.
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BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.

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How To Use Your Strengths To Fight The Threat Of Amazon Supply

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND A new 8,000 lb. gorilla, Amazon Supply, has taken aim at many of the customers of PHCP supply houses. Supply House Times columnist Dick Friedman, an authority on business planning and the strategic use of inventory, warehouses and technology will present strategies and tactics for you to compete with Amazon Supply.

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April 2014

2014 April

In the April issue of Supply House Times, there is much focus on young professionals in the distribution industry. Find out who is being recognized as this year's Young Executives for the American Supply Association and read who will be taking over Aaron & Co. when it's current owners retire. Read about Central Plumbing Specialties' recent expansion, catch up on the latest news from the distribution industry as well as the latest products!
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