A New Day for Dealers?

Christina Lewellen
October 20, 2010
THE TALK...

I'm thrilled that today we finally present our 2010 Dealers of the Year award winners. I personally worked with these companies and was truly impressed by their stories of survival, innovation and values.  I'm glad it's time to share these stories with the industry.

The Dealers of the Year issue is always my favorite project of the year and has been since we founded the program in 2004. But these last couple of years, the companies making the final cut are cut from a particularly tenacious cloth. We all know that the last few years have been hard, so I'm pleased to see that there are still plenty of window and door specialty retailers that didn't let the Great Recession get in the way of their business goals.

Do you have a story to share about a particularly impressive dealer? Either a customer or your own company? Please send me an email to share how the dealership you have in mind has overcome the obstacles of the last few years to survive and thrive.  Or post a comment below and let's Talk.

Maybe I'm just giddy on our Dealers of the Year program, but I'd venture to say our industry retailers have become more nimble and innovative than ever. What do you think? Take a peek at our poll and weigh in on how you think this downturn has impacted our supply chain partners.  And once again, a big congrats to our 2010 Dealers of the Year. Read their stories...and I guarantee you'll be as impressed as I am.

Survey Results as of 10/26/2010:

I believe that window and door dealers are:

Still mostly focused on survival as a result of the downturn.

  

 

71%

Generally, more innovative and focused as a result of the downturn.

  

 

26%

Overall, very similar to before the downturn.

  

 

3%

I'm pleased at the results of this poll. I certainly didn't think the vast majority of dealers would be in "innovation" mode, given the continued economic challenges our industry faces. But the fact that 26 percent of voters shared my optimism and consider either themselves or their supply partners more innovative today than they were just a few years ago is encouraging to me.

To me, that 26 percent means we'll continue to have impressive and worthwhile stories to share in future editions of the Window & Door Dealers of the Year program. Don't feel like you need to wait for an official form or nomination period to touch base with me about the innovative dealer in your universe. Share your story, and perhaps you'll see familiar faces in next year's issue highlighting the annual Dealers of the Year.

Contact Christina Lewellen, senior editor, at clewellen@glass.org.

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