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  • You probably noticed that today's WDweekly looks a little different. And if you look closely at the top, you'll see there's a link to view a new mobile version of WDweekly. We know many of you were already looking at WDweekly on your smartphones and we suspect many more will going forward, so we're pleased to introduce this new option today. And we will continue to involve. But we'd like your... more »
  • Most window and door folks I've talked to recently sound more than a bit disappointed about 2011 to date. Sales are off at many companies and flat at others. It's not what people expected.    According to our Industry Pulse study featured in the January/February issue this year, 55 percent of our readers predicted sales would increase slightly in 2010 over 2011.  About 15... more »
  • About six weeks ago, I asked whether window and door retailers were getting in the habit of “channel blurring,” a concept whereby former product specialists or niche-targeted retailers start branching out to carry seemingly unrelated products for the convenience of their customers. Like the Home Depot carrying laundry detergent or a window specialist carrying fencing or something... more »
  • "At the heart of the growing trend toward 'modern traditional' residential design is the desire to blend the ordinary with the extraordinary," says a recent press release from CMI, announcing th company's new hollow core CraftMaster Conmore molded flat panel interior door. "Today, homeowners are seeking the familiar comforts of traditional design in more contemporary, fresh styles... more »
  • I tip my hat to MI Windows this week for its impressive product launch strategy. As we highlight in this week's news, MI is supporting its new product using today’s latest technology—including iPad apps and a strong Facebook presence—to help its customers sell more windows in an efficient way. This impressive marketing approach is just one of many ways companies are using mobile... more »
  • There is a reason why business networking site, Linkedin, was able to go public and grow in a down economy. Its growth is a result of the majority of its members being out-of-work, mid- to senior-level executives searching for any opportunity to network in their fields of expertise to obtain a job. If they are not out of work, they are running scared that the bleak outlook for the economy will... more »
  • This week, I received an announcement from American Vision Solar about a new program for homeowners.  It caught my eye because the Southern California company is also a window dealer. Another reason it caught my eye is that it followed on the heels of a news report last week about Lowe's Home Improvement entering the solar business. Obviously solar has been capturing more attention in the... more »
  • We have seen some unbelievable images coming across the news wires following the devastating tornadoes in Missouri this week.  Those storms follow on the heels of an equally destructive tornadoes in Alabama, as well as other storms across the country. Some window and door companies were directly impacted, including Lincoln Windows in Wisconsin, and our hearts certainly go out to all of the... more »
  • Many in the industry have problems with the EPA's lead paint rules. But I've also heard many argue that if the laws are in the books, they need to be enforced. WDDA representatives were in Washington just yesterday making the argument that enforcement of current regulations need to begin before EPA expands its those requirements further. Well, it doesn't mean the EPA doesn't want to move forward... more »
  • I love this phrase: “channel blurring.” Thank you Home Channel News for a very interesting article on the mix-and-match happening in retail channels. This “channel blurring” can be seen in Home Depots selling household cleaning supplies, the article points out, or traditional hardware stores selling pet supplies. The strategy behind such efforts is that when shoppers are... more »