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The Department of Labor’s Focus on Supply Chains

How to Avoid Safety and Legal Compliance Problems
By Howard Mavity
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The Obama Administration and its union and academic supporters dislike some of the methods by which manufacturers and distributors manage the supply chain. The Administration distrusts the shift of “non-core functions” from large manufacturers to specialized companies and more closely scrutinizes supply chains.


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July 14, 2014: Watsco Increases Ownership in Joint Venture with Carrier

Additional $90 Million Cash Investment Builds on Successful Partnership
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Watsco Inc. announced that it has acquired an additional 10 percent ownership interest in Carrier Enterprise LLC, a joint venture with Carrier Corp. The transaction raises Watsco’s ownership stake to 80 percent. The additional $90 million investment in the business was paid in cash.


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How to Find Supply Chain Talent

By Mark W. Bray
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Organizational leaders need to quickly start asking themselves one simple question, “Where do we find a supply of good talent?” 


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Branding Lessons from Harley-Davidson’s Turnaround

Clyde Fessler Shares Tips for Rebuilding a Brand
By Angela D. Harris
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Whether drawn from experience, knowledge, or the news, brands often leave impressions that are difficult to overcome. Some are positive, others negative, but either way there is something there with the ability to evoke a customer response.


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Feb. 6, 2014: WinWholesale Opens Tulsa Winair

New Winair Serves Metro Area and Beyond
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WinWholesale Inc., one of the nation’s largest distributors, has opened Tulsa Winair to provide HVAC equipment and supplies to contractors in a 50-mile radius of the Tulsa, Okla., metropolitan area.


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Developing Programs to Improve Supply Chain

HARDI Details Top Efforts to Measure Distribution Functions
By Angela D. Harris
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Each program address a specific sector of HVAC distribution in an attempt to define challenges, discover solutions to these challenges, and explore practical applications of the solutions in order to improve distribution business performance. 


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Counterperson Certification Benefits Distributors, Contractors

Program Provides Fundamental HVAC and Soft Skills
By Angela D. Harris
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Most distributors would agree that part and product information is a necessity for their counter employees; but distributors are also finding that contractors need consultants who can not only sell parts, but who can also provide a bevy of relevant information. 


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Family-Owned Distributor Achieves Continued Success

Independent, Large Company Banks on Customer Service Niche
By Angela D. Harris
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Family owned and fairly large — these are two phrases that don’t always mesh in the HVAC distribution industry, but they aptly describe M&A Supply Co. Inc. Headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., the distributor employs 160 people across 20 locations in eight different states.


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Outsourcing Invoices Saves Distributor Money

By Angela D. Harris
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Many consider good customer service to be a key success principle for HVACR distributors. Customer service, however, isn’t found only in a kind attitude and a free coffee. Often it can be found in innovative solutions for daily undertakings.


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Lennox Opens 100th PartsPlus

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Lennox Industries opened its 100th store and distribution center in Depew, N.Y.


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