Obit: Bob Bukowsky of Ideal Industries

BY HBSDealer Staff

Electrical tools manufacturer Ideal Industries has announced the passing of Bob Bukowsky, 71, its former VP sales.

Bukowsky started his career with Ideal as national sales manager and in 1993 was promoted to VP sales. He successfully managed the Ideal sales team and built a network of distributors across the United States. During his tenure with Ideal, Bukowsky achieved many milestones, including the development of several distributor development programs, development of Ideal’s territory growth program, and the successful transition of the company’s position in the market from primarily selling wire connectors and hand tools into a supplier of a diverse range of installation and testing solutions across several markets, including construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.

Bukowsky served as chair of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) in 2008 and was active in several other professional organizations.


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Most shoppers make impulse purchases


A study looking at consumer shopping behavior found that nine out of ten shoppers purchase something not on their intended list, according to The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research. 

Among shoppers who purchase off-list items, 66% say the reason was a sale or promotion, 30% say they found a coupon, and 23% say they simply wanted to pamper themselves, The Checkout study found.

"Our data shows that 6% of off-list shoppers purchase an additional 1-3 items," said Craig Elston, senior VP, Integer. "This shows that if you reach a particular shopper at the right moment with the right message — for example, using in-store signage to play into their desire to pamper themselves— it can end with that item being added to their basket."

When it comes to list-making, 61% of shoppers are influenced primarily by the brand of product they currently use, 57% report that coupons influence their list, and 56% are swayed by store ads or circulars. However, when shoppers are making lists, they typically do not write down brand names of a product, they write the product type. This means that although they may have their brand of choice in mind, there are factors that can influence a shopper to select one brand of a product over the other, telling marketers they need not worry that a shopping list excludes certain brands or creates a barrier to purchase. 

Data for The Checkout comes from a national survey conducted by Integer and M/A/R/C where consumers are asked about their shopping attitudes, shopping behaviors, and economic outlook. Topics range from criteria shoppers use to select retailers, to which in-store stimulus is most likely to drive purchase, to factors that might lead shoppers to leave an aisle empty-handed. The Checkout is available for download at Integer’s blog




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Crossville, Interceramic and Metropolitan Ceramics, three tile products manufactured by Ironrock, are the first three products to receive the new “Green Squared” certification under the auspices of the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS).

Green Squared is the flooring industry’s first sustainability standard for tile and tile installation materials. Developed by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process, the sustainability standard recognizes manufacturers for their environmental leadership and corporate social responsibility across a broad range of indicators. Scientific Certification Systems is among the first third-party certifiers accredited by TCNA to conduct evaluations under this standard.

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