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August 26, 2020
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5 Smart Tech Solutions for Today's Workplace

Companies are navigating new safety concerns brought about the coronavirus pandemic, including maintaining social distancing and developing plans for if employees become sick. In response, tech companies are developing several potential solutions for the enforcement of social distancing, as well as contact tracing for sick employees. Read More

 
Free Education Sessions Available Beginning Next Week
GlassBuild Connect begins next week, launching Tuesday, Sept. 1 at GlassBuild.com. Throughout the month of September, the site will be updated every weekday with new product demos and webinar content from association supporters and sponsors; among them are FGIA, Fenestration Canada, WDMA and NGA. Sessions will cover codes and technical information, manufacturing innovations, advocacy updates, business strategy and more. Plus, attendees have access to information on residential window and door suppliers and their products. Registration is free and unlocks more than 20 webinar sessions and hundreds of curated products and suppliers. Register Now
 
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Struggling with inventory? Devoting too much floor space to screens production? Looking to boost plant efficiency?  
 
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The Talk
Getting in Front of the Wave
By Darryl Huber

As we’ve all experienced this year, businesses have been forced to change the way they “do business.” Many have pivoted from more traditional business practices to digital, to maintain business continuity through uncertain times. A switch from desktop applications to cloud-hosted solutions to support employees working from home; machine automation for production teams working with reduced staff numbers due to social distancing measures; B2B eCommerce in manufacturing to support ordering, manufacturing and transportation processes without interruption, just to name a few of the new ways we’re all doing business. What we’ve found through it all is a strong resilience and openness to new technologies from our customers.

A large part of our traditional sales process includes in-person customer meetings, hand shaking, networking and relationship building in face-to-face settings. While Soft Tech is no stranger to using online video conferencing for our meetings, the surge of working online has placed Zoom as a universally accepted means to conduct business. Yes, nothing can replace personal interaction, but this is the future, and technology is here to augment the relationships we build and the way in which we do business.

It's changing the way we showcase our products as well. GlassBuild Connect exhibitors and attendees have begun to see how technology is positively transforming our industry, and people are embracing it, which is very encouraging to see. Read More



 

 

 

 

 
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