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August 5, 2015
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Key Factors for Creating a Dream Showroom

This fall, fenestration dealers will gather at Window & Door Dealer Days, held in conjunction with GlassBuild America. The focal point of the new event will be the Dream Showroom, a 4,400-square-foot pavilion on the GlassBuild America tradeshow floor featuring residential windows and doors from the industry’s leading suppliers. To get in the spirit for this anticipated debut, Window & Door interviewed dealers across the country for insight on their inspiring showrooms. Read More

 
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Product Spotlight
TouchQuote by WTS Paradigm
WTS Paradigm developed TouchQuote, a mobile selling tool for in-home use, on job sites, or wherever building products are sold. The solution assists in the selling, quoting, pricing and ordering processes. It allows sales teams to present a product line, gather information about the job, configure and price units, and close the sale with an e-signature using a tablet. Configuration and pricing data can be customized, comparison quoting can be generated in seconds, according to the company, and an agreement and/or invoice can be printed or emailed to the homeowner on the spot.
 
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The Talk

By Emily Kay Thompson

Each year, Window & Door magazine recognizes window and door retailers and distributors for excellence in the areas of marketing, customer service, showrooms and community service. Designed to recognize dealers and/or distributors of windows and doors, the goal is not only to recognize leadership and excellence overall or in a particular aspect of the business, but also to share compelling stories.

And that—the storytelling of business successes—is what makes this one of the most inspiring programs in Window & Door. Last year, our coverage unveiled the following takeaways:  

  • Treat customers not in the way you would like to be treated, but in the way the customer would like to be treated.—Ted Kirk, North Georgia Replacement Windows
  • After an install, leave the house cleaner than when you show up.—Niko Frithof, Charles Window & Door
  • From the display to the signage, the carpeting and flooring—everything should make customers feel that they are taken care of and that a large investment is worth it.—Cori Brown, Franklin Window and Door
  • Strive to be better and find ways to improve the customer experience.—Brad Wright, Alan-Bradley Windows and Doors


Through the Dealer of the Year program, we want to provide benchmarks for professionalism in our industry, to offer new ideas that others can implement in their businesses, and to highlight the continued development and evolution of companies in the window and door supply chain. And we are well aware that there are many window and door dealers out there that have so much to contribute in this aspect.

So, please, share your company’s story by filling out a nomination for the 2015 Dealer of the Year awards. Also, take this week’s poll, post a comment and/or email your questions and comments.

Window and door dealers: is your company worthy of a Dealer of the Year nod? Manufacturers: should one of your customers be recognized?
Yes, and I'll nominate the company before the Aug. 21 deadline
Yes, but I can't find five minutes to fill out the nomination form
No, I don't think ours is a good success story
 

How Accurate Are Your Time Estimates for Getting Windows and/or Doors Installed?  
More than 55 percent of respondents to last week's poll report that they install within the timeframe provided to the client. Read the Full Results

 
 
The Outside View
June Construction Spending Up 12 Percent Year-Over-Year
From Glass Magazine
Remodeler Confidence Remains in Positive Territory
From NAHB News
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