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IMARK honors RAB Lighting

BY Ken Clark

Northvale, N.J.-based RAB Lighting, a manufacturer of LED lighting, was recently chosen Supplier of the Year by the IMARK Group, the member-owned marketing group of independently owned electrical distributors in the United States.

Supplier of the Year award winners are selected by IMARK’s more than 1,100 member companies. The criteria used in the selection process includes annual sales growth and overall performance; marketing support for IMARK programs, new product promotions and communications activities; member training through IMARK University; and creative efforts to serve new members.

“The fact that RAB was chosen by our IMARK customers as Supplier of the Year makes this award especially meaningful to us,” said Terri Dumas, VP strategic accounts at RAB Lighting.

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Readers Respond: Is the mortgage deduction safe?

BY HBSDEALER Staff

While politicians attempt to balance budgets, the mortgage interest tax deduction is again in the news. Readers respond here.

"There could be nothing worse our government could do than discourage the ownership of a home. I would like to think that our elected officials are at least smart enough to realize that!"
— Bruce M. Currie
President
C.A. Niece Lumber Co.
Lambertville, N.J.

"[Eliminating the deduction] would be a major blow to housing sales. The sale of a new or existing home has a major impact on our total economy. Durable goods and the service sectors of the market could be negatively impacted."
— Ed Sims

"I suggest Congress allow the mortgage interest deduction on the primary residence only but disallow it on second, third residences, which include motor homes, yachts, cabins etc. Ditto for real estate tax deduction, primary residence only."
— Name withheld

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Post Office to try same-day delivery

BY Brae Canlen

In a pilot now being conducted in San Francisco, the U.S. Postal Service is experimenting with a same-day delivery service of e-commerce packages. The project, called “Metro Post,” will begin on or about Dec. 12 in San Francisco and run for the next 12 months, according to John Friess, a public relations representative for the postal service.

If all goes well, the Post Office has selected more than two dozen cities that are large, densely populated metro areas that could support the Metro Post business model, according to Friess.

During the San Francisco test phase, consumers can place an online order with a participating retailer until 2 or 3 p.m. If they click “same-day delivery,” postal workers will then pick up the merchandise from nearby retail stores or warehouses for delivery to homes between 4 and 8 p.m. that day. Work hours, travel costsand package volume will be tracked and measured.

The Postal Service is working out agreements with eight to 10 national retail chains for the project, although the agency said its nondisclosure agreements don’t allow it to reveal the companies. But the retailers must have a physical presence in 10 or more big U.S. cities to be a Metro Post partner, which narrows the list.

Other companies such as eBay, Amazon.com and Walmart already offer same-day delivery, usually for a flat $10 fee.

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