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Sales Trends thing you can count on," he said, "is that things will change. We don't know how, and we don't know when, but we do know that things will change. Your job is to stay in front of the customer and position yourself to be the customer's easiest, lowest risk choice when things finally do change with the competition" What great advice that turned out to be. The best example was a medium-sized account not far from my home. On my first call there, I met with the head of purchasing. After listening politely to my presentation, he said, "Young man, we already have too many vendors. We don't want to add new ones; we want to eliminate some we already have. Secondly, we don't know much about your company, but what we do know we don't like. So, I'd advise you not to waste your time here." I considered that a real challenge. So, about six weeks later, I returned with my strongest product. This was a product called suction tubing, which is a stable item in a hospital. Every hospital uses it in all sorts of ways and places throughout their operations. We had an exclusive with the country's largest and best manufacturer of suction tubing, coupled with excellent pricing. He couldn't say no to my deal on suction tubing. Again, he listened patiently to my presentation. When I had finished, he said, "We don't use any." I looked through the open door of his office, and saw a supply cart in the hall outside, with suction tubing hanging from it. He was lying to me. I knew it, and he knew that I knew it.
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American Crane & Equipment Corporation, an Eastern Pennsylvania based manufacturer of overhead electric cranes and hoists, has promoted Karen Norheim to Executive Vice President. Norheim joined the company in 2002 and has served as Vice President of Marketing and Information Technology for the past six years. As VP of Marketing and IT, Norheim coordinated Karen Norheim marketing activities and established network and computer systems for this large manufacturing corporation. Norheim studied at Pennsylvania State University, earning two undergraduate degrees in Marketing/International Business and International Studies. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Information Science and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining the team at American Crane, Norheim worked in web development, web analysis and marketing management. During her tenure at American Crane, Norheim successfully increased product sales through expanding distribution channels and implementing innovative marketing strategies.
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J D Neuhaus adds new hydraulic hoists to range Hoists incorporating the latest generation of super silent hydraulics have now been added to the J D Neuhaus range of high performance lifting and handling equipment. In both their Profi and EH monorail hoist ranges, units providing 75 and 100 metric ton lift capacities have been added. Where heavy loads are lifted and transported in highly restricted spaces with only minimum headroom, then a JDN ultra-low monorail hydraulic hoist range has been introduced, initially available with 50 and 100 metric ton lift capacities and designated as JDN UH 50-H and JDN UH 100-H. All these new lifting products can be deployed as viable alternatives to air driven equipment in locations where hydraulic lines, control hydraulic systems or hydraulic aggregates form part of an existing power set-up available at a proposed location site. An already existing Profi range of hydraulic powered
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Larson Electronics introduces a portable explosion proof LED work light Larson Electronics has announced the release of a new pedestal mount LED work light configured to work on 24 volts DC or AC. The EPL-PM-150LED-24V-100 LED light can illuminate up to 10,000 square feet of work space and features a convenient pedestal mount base stand for easy handling and operation. The EPL-PM-150LED24V-100 explosion proof LED light from Larson Electronics is Class 1 Division 1 & 2 and Class 2 Division 1 & 2 rated. This portable LED light is mounted within an A-frame portable stand constructed from non-sparking aluminum and powder coated for increased durability and corrosion resistance. This LED work light produces a brilliant flood pattern of light that is ideal for illuminating enclosed areas and hazardous locations where flammable vapors, gases and dusts may be present. This explosion proof LED light fixture is comprised of a 16" wide by 14" tall rectangle light head mounted within a pedestal base stand with a convenient carrying handle built into the top of the stand. www.larsonelectronics.com
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