Latest Articles in Strategies & Practices

  • This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend my 35th high school reunion. Since graduating in 1981, my 75 classmates and I have managed to come together every five years—truly a testament to the bonds of our friendship.  During the evening, we learned whose parents have passed on, whose children have married and had babies of their own, whose jobs have changed, and who has retired... more »
  • Window & Door is now accepting nominations for the Dealer of the Year Awards through Friday, August 19. Why should you care? This awards program, sponsored by the Window & Door Dealers Alliance, offers residential window and door retails the opportunity to be recognized in front of a national audience of their colleagues for overall leadership and efforts toward excellence in the areas of... more »
  • Your website’s page load speed is critically important to the effectiveness of your business website in two major ways: it contributes directly to visitors’ experiences and affects search engine optimization. Many visitors won't wait around for even an extra couple of seconds for a page to finish loading. Page speed matters to Google because it matters to visitors. Plus, how well your... more »
  • We all know that social media is massively popular, but is it the best marketing option for your business? Do Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat users browse window and door options when on their social media site of choice? For many years, getting likes and shares and adding friends or followers to your company’s social media pages was a popular tactic. But getting homeowners to... more »
  • In order to stay relevant, it seems companies have to be willing to go digital, especially given the younger generations roaming around with Apple products in hand, expecting accessible information at the swipe of a finger. But, the window and door industry seems to be lagging behind in some areas. For one, there are still many steps within the selling process that rely heavily on handwritten... more »
  • When I think about relationships, I first think about the bond I have with my immediate family. Undoubtedly, these three individuals forge the most significant and meaningful relationship in my life. I can only assume that the rest of the world also sees relationships through this familial lens. As I’ve matured, I have discovered that I tend to value relationships with everyone else outside... more »
  • How a group of manufacturers incorporate Lean Manufacturing theory into action
    Workstations at Earthwise production facilities are designed for lean manufacturing with visual quality cues and written work instructions posted at every position. At this workstation, fabrication dies are located directly below the run-out table of a saw and are angled upward so the employee can easily access and operate them with a minimum of wasted space and motion. (Images courtesy of... more »
  • An overview of Lean Manufacturing practices
    Image courtesy of PGT. Lean Manufacturing is a systematic method of eliminating waste within a manufacturing system. While it’s most commonly used in manufacturing, it can be applied to any process to reduce the cycle time between order entry and receipt of payment. The “high value add” concepts and tools of Lean are fairly easy to understand but can be challenging to... more »
  • What you need to know to prepare and tips to get through it
    In common parlance, a deposition is a sworn pretrial statement normally taken by an opposing party in litigation. The transcript of questions and answers can be used to cross-examine witnesses at a later trial or as independent trial evidence, under the right circumstances. As depositions have become an all-too-common feature of the American business world, we are going to cover a few basics... more »
  • How UX is changing how we think about everything
    The UX Honeycomb by Semantic Studios helps formalize the characteristics of a valuable user experience. See more at semanticstudios.com. User Experience—understanding user needs to help create products and services that provide meaningful experiences to customers—has become a big deal to many of today’s leading brands. With the internet as such a powerful means of how... more »