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  • “Mobile” is a word everyone knows, but it has a specific meaning regarding online marketing. But what exactly does mobile mean in this context and how can you optimize your website for mobile devices? Responsive DesignMobile refers to the way potential customers are receiving information online via mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Not only did sales for this category... more »
  • Accepting Product Info for Hardware Product Focus
    We're planning to publish a special product focus on hardware in the March/April issue of Window & Door. Submit your products for consideration.    Fill out my online form. var q1fykct809dvbp0;(function(d, t) { var s = d.createElement(t), options = { 'userName':'windowanddoor', 'formHash':'q1fykct809dvbp0', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'1116', 'async':true, 'host':'wufoo.com', '... more »
  • A few years ago, I was contracted by a dealer to perform the take-off of full-frame replacement windows for a very old home. This was my only role for this job. A general contractor would hire out the installation to a crew with window replacement skill-level unknown to me. Most of the existing windows were double-hung wood, old-generation weight and pulley, with very robust exterior casing and... more »
  • I vividly remember a specific encounter years ago when I stepped into a fenestration dealer’s sales office to order some full-frame window units for a replacement job. The units were round-top mulled combinations, so they required more attention than normal for proper sizing. The salesperson and I were only acquaintances. However, I was purchasing from him because he had referred this... more »
  • In a recent Talk from last month, we started a discussion on the labor issue—that is, the lack of qualified candidates for work in this industry. More than 70 percent of poll participants reported that they cannot find skilled laborers to hire. We received some more insight on the subject, and it seems that the topic has yet to be exhausted, so we’ll finish it here. We received a good... more »
  • It seems as though the holiday season ramps up earlier and earlier with each passing year. When we’re buying Halloween candy, holiday decorations are in the next aisle and Christmas music is playing over the store’s speakers. Americans have holiday shopping and celebrating on the brain earlier than ever. Following suit, most businesses lose the majority of their efficiencies in... more »
  • Tax Credits Poised to Receive Last Minute Stay of Execution
    Housekeeping activities such as legislative extensions of tax credits are typically among those that get lost amid the politics until the last moment for Congress, and 2014 was no exception. Some 50 tax credits worth almost $42 billion were among those who received the nick-of-time reprieve on December 3, 2014 when the House voted 378-46 to reinstate them retroactive throughout 2014, setting the... more »
  • It’s hard to find good help these days, especially in the window and door industry. It’s particularly challenging to find skilled labor or even simply to find applicants looking for work in this trade, according to industry professionals. I recently exchanged dialog on the topic with Jennifer Lawler, president of Fenessco Inc., a California-based window and door dealer, who had an... more »
  • Groupon and other deal-of-the-day services, such as LivingSocial and AmazonLocal, have been big business the past few years. Many consumers love them because they can get huge discounts, typically ranging from 50 to 70 percent. But they can be a mixed bag, at best, for the local businesses that contract with such deal-a-day websites. Every business that partners with Groupon is required to cut... more »
  • There looks to be some positive change on the horizon for manufacturers in the New Year, according to results from the annual Window & Door Industry Pulse survey. Sixty percent of surveyed manufacturers report that they plan to modernize and increase efficiency in 2015. Second on the priority list in terms of where they will invest is in expanding production capacity. This aligns with other... more »