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Articles by Hank Darlington

Have a Plan

Proper marketing strategies will help your showroom business.
April 12, 2013
I recently did a webinar for a group of kitchen and bath dealers on the subject of marketing. It prompted me to think about the wholesale showroom and independent decorative plumbing and hardware showroom businesses.
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Eye on the prize

Sports teams and showrooms have a lot of similarities.
March 12, 2013
I have several big passions. My family, friends, showrooms and sports are way up there on the list.
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How to improve your close ratio

A proper follow-up system will produce more sales
February 8, 2013
I recently hosted a 45-minute webinar for kitchen and bath dealers/owners/managers on how to improve close ratios. Here are some key points from the well-received presentation.
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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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Big and bold

Kohler announces game-changing Internet policy.
December 1, 2012
Kohler Co. recently announced a game-changing policy pertaining to how its products are sold on the Internet. Perhaps you read my Supply House Times Web exclusive last month.
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Kohler announces game-changing Internet policy

November 5, 2012
Pertaining to how its products are sold on the Internet. 
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A win-win

November 1, 2012
Adjust your compensation plan and everybody benefits. 
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Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing pack a great one-two punch

October 1, 2012
Tag team champions. This month we catch up with another unique and special decorative plumbing and hardware showroom.
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Showrooming and the Internet

Embracing technology will help strengthen your business.
September 1, 2012
I, like you, have had a great concern on how the Internet is changing the way decorative plumbing and hardware showrooms do business.
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Best Plumbing Tile & Stone has forged its own path to success

Bucking the trends with Best Plumbing Tile & Stone.
August 1, 2012
Since I sold my showroom business in 1995, I have had the unique pleasure of working with dozens of wonderful plumbing wholesalers; some of the very largest and a number of smaller ones, as well.
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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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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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