Blog Category: Departments


Mark My Words—December, 2018

By Mark Lipton,

sponsored by Write On? Right On! My fiancée has a strange habit. She marks the passage of time by noting the closest holiday to the current spot on the calendar and declaring “I can’t believe it’s Valentines Day already: I can’t believe it’s Tax Day already, I can’t believe it’s July 4th already!” and so  … Read more

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Paint Scene—December, 2018

By The Paint Dealer,

Indie Award Narrows It Down Americans cast thousands of votes for 171 nominees during the nominations phase of the eighth annual Independent We Stand Independent Small Business of the Year Award, also known as the Indie Award. Each year, Independent We Stand, a national small business movement, gives consumers the ability to honor locally owned  … Read more

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Prime Coat—December, 2018

By Hans Mugler,

Into the Sunset What can I say as this company clocks out after serving you independents for 27 years? “Thanks for the memories?” Nah. “Best of luck?” Sure, but all you indies need more than luck to survive out there. “See you again down the road?” You can bet that won’t be happening! You will  … Read more

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Mark My Words—October, 2018

By Mark Lipton,

sponsored by Penning the Penultimate Mark Twain once said, “a man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn no other way.” I feel the same about a man who drives round trip from New York to Ohio—with his fiancée! I’ve been writing for The Paint Dealer and the Mugler family  … Read more

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Retail Details—October, 2018

By Contributing Writer,

Another Prep Article—This Time for Disasters The weeks and months immediately following a natural disaster can be a busy time for paint dealers and contractors. After homeowners and businesses clear out damp wood after a flood or bulldoze after a tornado, it’s time to rebuild—and repaint. As a result, disasters can lead to a sudden  … Read more

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Prime Coat—October, 2018

By Hans Mugler,

The Little Engine That Could Can’t Anymore “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness,  … Read more

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Mark My Words—September, 2018

By Mark Lipton,

sponsored by     A Call to Paint-Makers: Pay Attention to Us! I’ve gotten used to living my life at the bottom of the food chain. When we go out, my fiancé tells me where we are going and how I am to dress. My daughter tells me where to send my money and how  … Read more

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Just Say Yes—September, 2018

By shephyken,

Service vs. Experience: Know the Difference What does a good customer experience look like at your company? What does good customer service look like? Ask everyone on your team and listen to the answers. Will they define both terms the same way or differently? It will be interesting to see if your team recognizes the  … Read more

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Paint Scene—September, 2018

By The Paint Dealer,

Richard’s Appoints Tom Griffey Richard’s Paint Mfg. Co., Inc., has announced the appointment of Tom Griffey to the position of Director of Sales. Eric Richard, President, of Richard’s Paint, indicated Griffey’s promotion will serve to propel the strategic sales plans and growth of the Company. Griffey has been with Richard’s paint since 2001, when he  … Read more

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Prime Coat—September, 2018

By Jerry Rabushka,

We’ve Got Change to Spare Did you hear about the guy who kept making jokes about mistints? He got fired for “off-color” humor. Shakespeare wrote about paint in Romeo and Juliet: “Epoxy on both your houses!” he said. I’d like to do a whole column of those, but I can’t think of enough. But there  … Read more

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