December is a month for making lists. I'm not talking about who's been naughty and nice. I mean writing down those get-’er-done items so you can finish this year (and start the next one) on the right note. Here’s where to start:
1. Check 2015 Pricing
By now you should have received your 2015 Red Dot pricing CD (if you haven’t, contact your Red Dot account manager to get one). The disc contains pricing effective Jan. 1, 2015, on more than 4,000 items in the Red Dot catalog and eCommerce site.
If you have questions about which pricing tier you’re in or how to qualify for each level, your Red Dot account manager can give you a full explanation and help you budget for the coming year.
In fact, why wait until 2015 to place orders? Use your time this month to review your purchases in 2014, develop an inventory plan for 2015 and place orders at 2014-level pricing.
2. Order Your 2015 Catalogs
How many 2015 Red Dot catalogs do you need? Place your order online or contact your customer service representative.
3. Schedule Training
If you want to expand the work your technicians can do, or you have customers whose technicians need training, ask your Red Dot account manager about Section 609 certification. It takes just one session to cover the proper equipment use and service procedures under Section 609, followed by a 25-question, multiple-choice test.
4. Get Red Dot Mobile
Search for parts, find distributors, and place orders with the Red Dot Mobile App, the simplest way to access the industry’s most comprehensive parts catalog. Available for Android, Windows Mobile, and iOS, you can find the right part and place your order from wherever your work takes you.
5. Plan for MACS
We’ll be at MACS in Orlando next month and it’s always a good time to catch up. Be sure to register for the event at macsw.org.
6. Say Thank You
Actually, saying thanks to our distributors is on our list at Red Dot.
This industry gets more competitive with each passing year and we know we have to work harder to earn your business. That means delivering better aftermarket products, customer service, and distribution. We’ll introduce some of these changes at our 2015 Distributor Conference in Hawaii next month, starting with a redesigned R-6100 rooftop unit that you’ll have to see to believe.
As 2014 comes to a close, thank you for your continued commitment to Red Dot. Here’s to a prosperous (and very warm) 2015.