Mike Giaccone, Marcus Hicks, and myself exhibited at the RILA (Retail Industry Leaders Association) conference in Orlando, Florida. RILA is a supply chain conference that invites all the major retailers such as Walmart, Lowe’s, Bass Pro, and so on to learn more leadership skills and address other opportunities throughout the industry. The logistics companies that support the retailers come to exhibit at the conference for networking opportunities and to solidify relationships. These logistics companies work with the retailers in the supply chain to get their product from the manufacturer overseas, to the retailer’s distribution centers or stores.
This conference made sense for us to attend in order to go after two different types of customers, the retailers and the logistics companies. While Mike worked our booth, Marcus and I walked the show looking for opportunities. We walked away with leads from the conference and I look forward to seeking these out. We are all working very hard to build the Assemblers, Inc. brand in the retail industry and diversify what we offer.
After the conference was over, we drove to Ft. Lauderdale to attend Orchard Supply Hardware’s spring rally. At the rally, the various vendors had an opportunity to train the employees on their particular products. Mike Giaccone presented for the employees our capabilities and expectations. The store looked amazing and they had nothing but great things to say about Mike Wells, Nick Rowe, and Mike Barone. Great job representing Assemblers, Inc.’s service and building on our partnership with Orchard Supply Hardware!
I want to give the whole state of Florida a round of applause because of the “state” of condition it was in. We walked several stores with the managers and we were impressed with how “In Tuned” the managers were with the store managers, our processes, and procedures. The technicians take ownership of their stores in walking them and finding opportunities to assemble products that were not pulled to assemble, making necessary parts ordering, on top of having outstanding relationships with the store management. Samuel Derico and Jacob Lovett were two of the technicians we had lunch with, and were able to hear their success stories as well as learn what else we can do to make the techs life easier. For all the technicians reading this, get plugged into your stores, manage your business because it is your business to drive. Look for any opportunity to build and support the stores merchandising.
P.S. It was nice seeing our CEO and Director of Business Development and Strategy pitch in to help build the booth.
Paul Diment Area Manager: California
A lot is happening in California, spring resets are in full swing in the Orchard Supply Hardware stores. We have seen an increase in store work orders over the past few weeks. Pictures of the spring set are from the Orchard Supply Hardware in E. Modesto, CA.
We have increased our staff over the last few weeks by adding eight new Techs and are looking to hire Five more for the Bay area. For 2017 we'll continue to stay focused on making sure every tech is on time, engaged, increasing sales, and building relationships with the store personnel. We have built a great staff of techs in California and are looking forward to smashing the sales numbers in 2017.
Joey Stephens Area Manager: South Carolina
Gearing up for Spring in South Carolina. We're expecting big drops, and Home Depot has asked that we have at least two man teams. The CAROLINA GANG will rise to the challenges facing us this season. Assemblers Inc. is growing fast and there are plenty of opportunities for techs who want to step up and accept more responsibility, travel and help with big out of area projects, cover stores, install Beaver Fits, etc.
Things are speeding up which means yes, we are hiring! (remember if you bring someone on and they stay 90 days a $50. Bonus will be added to your check) Make sure you give them your tech ID. and Name so that they can note who they were referred by on their application.
Trainers need to mentor newer techs for at least a year. Make sure to exchange phone numbers with them and check up on them often. We have all worked hard to build our area and we are TOP DAWGS Thanks for all y'all do , and remember IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME so build it all.
Tim Bailey Area Manager: Nashville
Sean Bailey is the tech for The Home Depot in Hendersonville, TN. He was solely responsible for the assembly of all the patio sets, grills, and riders for this store. He completed the entire assembly in four days with no assistance! He has developed a great relationship with the store personnel.
He is definitely an asset to not only the Nashville team but to Assemblers Inc.
Thank You Sean for all of your hard work and dedication.
Nick Row Area Manager: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jacob Lovett we want to congratulate you for making the top tech List or I should say top dog Assembler. Jacob has been with the company for 8 years and is the biggest San Francisco 49ers fan you'll ever meet. We appreciate you Jacob and keep up the good work.
As spring gets closer we’re adding additional staff to better service our customer’s needs.