Val-Test inks a deal with Vendor Center
Lisle, Illinois-based The Vendor Center announced an alliance with Val-Test Group.
Under the partnership, Val-Test Vendors will be able to use the secure business-to-business website to allow qualified independent retailers to access a wide range of vendor information, including pricing, catalogs, educational and demonstrational videos, and even order products online with all billing processing via their Val-Test distributors.
“We are thrilled to be affiliated with the Val-Test and look forward to working with all their distributor members and vendors,” said Darrell Wabschall, president of The Vendor Center.
Val-Test president Russ Meeks said: “The Vendor Center will be a great help to our Distributor Salesman, and we look forward to the opportunity that it represents.”
Each distributor salesperson will be able to access a Vendor e-Space on The Vendor Center, whether in the office, car or retailer store and view catalogs, pricing, training videos, planograms and even write an order using VOOP (Vendor Online Ordering Program) exclusively offered by The Vendor Center.
The Vendor Center will be presenting to Val-Test distributors and vendors at the 2015 Val-Test Annual Meeting and Show in January in Naples, Florida.
Joseph Liotine named EVP at Whirlpool
Joseph Liotine has been promoted to EVP, Whirlpool Corporation and president North America, reporting to Vice Chairman Marc Bitzer.
"Joe has proven himself a strong leader with an ability to drive profitable growth," said Bitzer. "He brings a vast array of experiences including sales and marketing, and he understands what it takes to create opportunity in each of the markets that comprise the important North America Region."
Liotine’s promotion takes effect Nov. 1. His new role will see him charged with leading all North American operations, expanding on his most recent role as president U.S. operations.
Liotine has been working for Whirlpool since 2004. He held various roles since, including VP and general manager of Whirlpool Canada, general manager key account sales for the U.S., and VP marketing North America. He was named president U.S. operations in November of last year.
Knowledge is power at Searing
This year’s Horizon Distribution PRO Hardware Retailer of the Year, Searing Electric & Plumbing in Longview, Washington, features a team with more than 150 years of combined experince.
“If I had to choose one word to describe Searing Electric & Plumbing PRO Hardware, it would be knowledgeable,” said Mike Dawson, Horizon Distribution’s retail division manager. “Plumbing and electrical projects can be intimidating, but with the pros at Searing helping you out, they become much less daunting.”
Owner Chris Searing and his store were selected due to outstanding support of PRO key suppliers. The Searing customer service team has over 150 years of experience in plumbing, electrical and hardware and can be counted upon to provide top-quality service and knowledgeable advice in a clean and well-merchandised environment.
The store was honored along with Paul L. Cosgrave Memorial Award winner Cherokee (North Carolina) PRO Home Center and other honorable mentions.
“These annual awards honor the best of the best of the PRO family,” said Shari Kalbach, managing director of PRO Group. “These independent retailers are more than competing — they’re successful and thriving. We’re proud to have these businesses represent PRO Group.”