From the fabricator: Some positivity amidst the worry
Thankfully, this was a quieter week after the adventures of the past few. Honestly, I think we all needed to catch our breath. While, unfortunately, there are a few more dominoes to fall, hopefully some stability can start to seep back into our world. With that, the latest Architecture Billings Index was positive for the third consecutive month, and analysts are trumpeting it as more positive than past upturns. The problem is this uptick may be coming way too late for a lot of folks. So, while it's exciting that good things seem to be on the horizon, we still have bumpy roads to navigate.
- And on those bumpy roads, it’s going to cost a lot more to drive. The ever-rising gas price debate is close to hitting fever pitch. Stories this week had the price of gas reaching anywhere from $6 to $8 a gallon! I have to think that if that happens, all bets are off in our industry.
- Does anyone wear a watch anymore? The reason I ask is I don’t, and I always use my phone for the time. But this week, I left my phone in the car by accident and had the amazing adventure of asking folks “What time is it?”, only to be shocked at how many didn’t know because they wore no watch or had to fumble for their phone to tell me.
- Reminder on the awesome Glass Magazine Awards. The nominations are due April 16, so there's plenty of time, but picking the winners with the amazing talent out there will be wild. Especially in “Best Salesperson” and “Best Installer” categories; there are just so many deserving candidates…
- My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone caught in the horrid weather of the past week. This winter has been bizarre for its lack of snow and cold, but the tradeoff of severe storms is not a welcome one. I hope everyone is staying safe, and Mother Nature cuts some breaks on the tornado outbreaks.
- Last this week, nice announcement on a partnership with Dorma and Brivo Systems on a new line of electronic access control systems. Pretty slick stuff, and with our world needing that bigger dose of security and protection, these guys really positioned themselves well.
The author is founder of Sole Source Consultants, a consulting firm for the building products industry that specializes in marketing, branding, communication strategy and overall reputation management, as well as website and social media, and codes and specifications. E-mail him at MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.
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