The Mayor’s Hardware Review – AWFS 2013…

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Many of the exhibitors had new items on display – from battery operated LED closet rods to decorative European hinges… This is part 1 of my review of AWFS – Hope you enjoy it!

Here is a look at 4 items that I thought were interesting –

Light up rod and mini light

The above photo shows two different types of battery operated LED lights for closets or cabinets.  Yes you heard me battery operated…

The LED closet rod comes in 5 different sizes, features a motion sensor and can be trimmed…

The mini LED light fits into your 32mm hole pattern and is great for adding extra light to your shelving sections – Think about how cool a light up shoe section would be or imagine lighting up the inside of drawers…                             Salice hinge-1                     Salice hinge-2

Next – European decorative hinges by Salice – the pictures doesn’t do it justice…

It comes in chrome, brass, orb and more wood grains than I can remember.  It features soft close and the installs like a standard European hinge.

If you’re installing high end closets, cabinets or furniture, you may want consider offering this… I have never seen anything like it and it could be what separates you from your competition…

Torque Hinge

Another interesting hinge that I saw was the “Torque Hinge.”  At first look it appeared to be a heavy duty butt hinge… After playing with the display I was very impressed…

The stainless steel hinge can be surface mounted on any toy chest or cabinet and it will allow the door to be held in any position or angle without the need of a flap stay.  All of a sudden those flip up doors have become very easy to install… For heavier doors, just add more hinges…

Your turn – What was your favorite part of AWFS 2013?

Was it the Stiles machine tour of Tanked?   New hardware or all of the new board colors??

Stay tuned for next week’s post for more on AWFS.  As alway if I can be of any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me at richdemarco@optonline.net

 

Total Storage Solutions… The event that you won’t want to MISS!

December is a crazy month, trying to do 4 weeks’ worth of work in 3, figuring out what to get your significant other, planning your holiday travel etc…

Before you know it you are two weeks into January and still haven’t planned to get away for those important 3 days at the end of February… Do yourself a favor and begin to prepare now…

The ACSP has listened to your requests and created the EVENT that you asked for…

It’s in the Northeast so many of our members are within driving distance.

There will be an emphasis placed on social media, marketing and networking.

Our yearly tour is one that you will not want to miss… There will be nobody leaving early this year!

And of course you can count on a few surprises along the way…

Due to the location and the large number of cabinet shops in the area the conference, hotel rooms, and tour will fill up fast… Don’t wait until the week before the event to sign up, you might miss the best part of the show!

No matter what room in the house you work in, the Cabinet & Closet Conference should not be missed… Start planning now…

Click here to register for the Total Storage Solutions EVENT.

I look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions about the show or want to know where to get the best pastrami sandwich please contact me at 347-723-7433 or you can email me at richdemarco@optonline.net

Are you using contact cement to apply edgebanding?

overspray2

Why?  Because it’s what you have always done?

How much time do you waste cleaning up the overspray?

Fastcap has the solution… Its call Speedtape, it will save you time, energy and some aggravation.

Speedtape is the heavy duty double sided tape that you find on the back of Fastcaps or rolls of Fastedge.

Fastcap knows that they don’t make every color available and sometimes using Fastedge is not appropriate…

That is why selling rolls of the adhesive separately is such a great idea!

Speedtape comes in 50’ rolls and is available in four different heights so you will be sure to find one that works for you.

Repairing a damaged vertical on-site or banding a corner shelf by hand was never so easy.

Your turn, have you used Speedtape?  Do you have any unique uses for Speedtape?

Are there any reasons that you would prefer contact cement?

Your local Fastcap distributor should be able to answer all of your questions.  If not, feel free to contact me at 347-723-7433 or you can email me at richdemarco@optonline.net.

Using Facebook to Fill your Funnel…

 

I have to admit that in the beginning I was anti-Facebook… I couldn’t understand why I would want to know what someone that I knew 20 years ago was eating for dinner.

In the last 2 years I have completely changed my outlook on Facebook and social media – I hope after you read this you will too!

Facebook was the first social media platform that I used to build “The Mayor of Hardware” brand… With over 500 million users I was sure that I could find a few friends…

The first thing that I had to do was create my personal page… It took minutes and I have to admit that as I made connections there was a sense of satisfaction… Almost like the pulling the plastic off of that new iPhone for the first time, you can’t explain it but it’s a great feeling…

I use my personal page as “business casual” sure I am connecting with friends from my past, but I am also connecting with many customers and colleagues.  Getting a glimpse into their personal life solidifies our working relationship…

Next it was time to create my business page – this was equally as easy.  The main difference between the two is instead of adding friends I was adding “Likes.”

Once you reach 25 “Likes” be sure to create your vanity URL.  You must visit facebook.com/username to pick your name.  You only get make one shot so make it a good one!

If you don’t have a vanity URL you will look like a newbie…

The second thing that I did was create custom tabs…I know I just lost you – what’s a custom tab?

See screen shot below… Facebook allows you can create up to 12 custom tabs.  My tabs contain a sign up form, links to my blog, photos and links to my other social media platforms.  It allows people that find me on Facebook to see where else I am “hanging out” and hopefully they will join me.  This is another way for me to engage my clients.

The last thing that you have to do is show up regularly!  You should be sharing content at least a couple of times a week.  Funny works well on Facebook, be sure to mix it up – remember this isn’t about you, it’s about your audience.

Big Bold Tip Coming At You…

Please make sure to interact with anyone that comments on your photos or posts… This is social media – You Must Be Social!

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I help individuals and organizations to be successful… If you have any questions about social media or hardware please contact me at 347-723-7433 or you can email me at richdemarco@optonline.net

 

What’s New at IWF 2012

Were you too busy to attend IWF?  Did you attend but spend all of your time researching machinery?

This was the best show in years, many new exhibitors, new products and attendance was up over 40%.

Here are 3 items that I thought you would find interesting…

Floating cabinetry is a hot look that is spreading.

Coming soon to the market is a hardware kit that easily installs on your cabinets and has up to 5/8” of adjustment.

It overcomes the challenges that traditional hangers present like interfering with your drawer slides or not sitting flush against the wall.  This will be available in the coming months.

It’s not always about the product, sometimes it’s about packaging…

Most of you are familiar with the leg levelor pictured above… Most of you also know the problems –

You or an employee spend hours screwing the legs into the t-nuts.  You also have to inventory two separate items…

How many times have you had legs without any t-nuts?? I know sounds painful…

Finally you can buy a leg levelor set, which is a leg and t-nut pre-assembled.  Tap the assembly into the vertical and you are done…

Last but not least is a new soft close hinge that has a piston built into the hinge arm.  The concealed piston eliminates the problem of changing your current drilling and the need for stocking an additional soft close dampener.

The best part of this hinge is not the soft close, it’s the cam adjustable plate.   There are many import hinges on the market, but most of them don’t have a cam adjustable plate. This adjustment will save you time and aggravation on the job site.

Your turn, what new items did you find at the show?

I help individuals and organizations to be successful… If you have any questions please contact me at 347-723-7433 or you can email me at richdemarco@optonline.net.