This mobile app is for the mom-and-pops
From small business movement Independent We Stand, a new app helps consumers easily locate locally owned businesses across the country in lieu of their big-box competitors.
"This is a tool for travelers and locals alike, giving people the opportunity to find the locals’ favorites or discovering a business they didn’t know existed," said Bill Brunelle, executive director of Independent We Stand. "Using the app is as simple as writing ‘pizza’ or ‘paints’ and having all of those types of independent businesses in your location come up."
The app uses a search engine composed of millions of small businesses, allowing users to easily search using a zip code, location or search term. It also features business pages including Yelp! reviews, photos and website links.
"Big box stores have big budgets for marketing and app development," said Nick Jiannas, VP sales and marketing for STIHL Inc., founding sponsor of Independent We Stand. "But there is growing demand on the part of consumers to buy from local retailers, like our STIHL dealers, and thanks to Independent We Stand small businesses now have a search application of their own to drive traffic right to their doors."
The app is available for both iPhone and Android. Check out the cute (albeit cheesy) "Find Love in All The Local Places" promo trailer here.
Fastenal posts sales gains in Q1
Winona, Minn.-based Fastenal Co. reported net sales of $876.5 million in the first quarter ended March 31, an increase of 8.7% over the same period last year.
Net earnings increased 2.6% to $111.9 million.
Those gains came despite the weather. “In 2014, our sales growth was hampered in January and February due to a weak economy and foreign exchange rate fluctuations (primarily related to the Canadian dollar); however, the biggest impact was a severe winter in North America and its negative impact on our customers and our trucking network,” the company said.
The company’s store count was 2,683, up from 2,660 in March of last year.
Cordwin Custom Sawmill joins Wood-Mizer
Wood-Mizer, a sawmill manufacturer, announced the opening of a new sales center for small mills located in Reddick, Fla. Cordwin Custom Sawmill, owned by Chad Cordwin, will join Wood-Mizer’s growing distribution network as the 22nd sales center located within the United States and Canada.
A Wood-Mizer owner for nearly two decades, Chad Cordwin will become the company’s first Pro Sawyer Dealer. Chad became a member of Wood-Mizer’s elite group of approved sawyers, the Pro Sawyer Network, which enabled him to list his business on Wood-Mizer’s online custom sawyer directory — a resource for those looking for a sawyer to saw their own lumber.
“Chad’s sawing experience and knowledge of Wood-Mizer products factored in the decision to add Cordwin Custom Sawmill as a new sales center in Florida,” said Wood-Mizer national sales manager Dave Mann. “We are looking forward to his contributions to the company, and I’d like to welcome him to Wood-Mizer’s growing network of dealers.”
Wood-Mizer will host the grand opening for the Florida Pro Sawyer Dealer on Saturday, April 26 at 900 W. Highway 316 in Reddick.