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2016 Trends Kitchen & Bath Cabinetry

Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Business Smarts, Coatings, Wood Coatings | 0 comments

2016 Trends Kitchen & Bath Cabinetry

“Over 90 percent of the consumer’s initial assessment of your product quality is related to its color and appearance, so having the right color and right finish is extremely important.” — Angela Simone, Director of Global Color Marketing, AcromaPro Get this year’s top colors. When consumers ask for it, you’ll be ready. 2016 WOOD TRENDS Trends with OEM customers include minimalist, European-style cabinets without a face frame, seen most prevalently in urban areas, says Doug Clark, Sales Manager for Timber Products Company. For...

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The Consultancy: October-December, 2015

Posted by on October 15, 2015 in Business Smarts, Case Studies, Coatings | 0 comments

The Consultancy: October-December, 2015

The Consultancy: October-December, 2015 As we move toward the end of the fourth quarter, 2015 continues to be a strong year of growth for Accessa Coatings Solutions and HIT Solutions. We have outstanding new people on our team, both in sales and operational roles, and the diversification and “bread and butter” account growth we have experienced over the last 6-18 months is a positive trend. Accessa is always looking for opportunities to improve. In this same vein, Accessa is a good company with good people, working its way down a path...

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If You Don’t Retain Your Customers, Someone Else Will

Posted by on July 27, 2015 in Business Smarts | 1 comment

If You Don’t Retain Your Customers, Someone Else Will

We are very much in a growth-oriented mode at Accessa, focused, like you are, on building a bigger, stronger business. We also fully recognize that replacing lost customers is like running in place. You never get ahead. Maintaining customers remains first on our list of priorities, while securing new business remains at No. 2. Fortunately, we have a strong customer retention record, due in no small part to the following three traits our men and women — from the sales side to the production side — strive to reach every day. These are three...

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How to Buy Your Next Coating

Posted by on July 15, 2015 in Business Smarts, Coatings, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Buy Your Next Coating

Whether you are shopping for a new coating, evaluating a coating you have in use or on the brink of ditching your current coating, three factors should be considered: Service and Support (50%) Product Quality (35%) Product Cost (15%) How people measure the importance of each factor is typically how they fail in the decision-making process. Based on my decades of experience in this industry, this is how I have seen customers be most successful. It’s 50% Service and Support If you get a great price on a coating but it shows up a week late,...

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Get the Antimicrobial Advantage

Posted by on July 7, 2015 in Coatings, Electrostatic Coatings, General Industrial, Plastic Coatings, Wood Coatings | 0 comments

Get the Antimicrobial Advantage

In high-traffic environments where conditions are ripe for the growth of microbes, businesses have to take extra precautions. But lately, forward-thinking business leaders are taking similar precautions not just to protect themselves against risk, but also to differentiate themselves in their marketplace. Antimicrobial additives can be used in many types of coatings to fight the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, mold, fungus and other microorganisms, and the benefits of using such additives are gaining traction worldwide across a range...

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Who Wants to Tighten Up Cash Flow?

Posted by on June 23, 2015 in Business Smarts, Material Insights, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Who Wants to Tighten Up Cash Flow?

Charles “Red” Scott is credited with saying, no doubt in his signature Texas drawl, “Cash ain’t cash until it’s cash.” The famous corporate leader, who died in 2013, was talking about cash flow. Staying competitive and excelling in your industry require a strong cash flow system. Without one, you are at risk of unnecessarily spending money on things that aren’t critical or urgent. With a system in place, you can more effectively build funds to invest back into your company, strengthen your chances of getting business loans and...

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Sales Are Up! 4 Ways to Ensure Your Finishing Line Keeps Up

Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Business Smarts, Coatings | 0 comments

Sales Are Up! 4 Ways to Ensure Your  Finishing Line Keeps Up

With the upsurge in the economy, our customers have recently experienced steady sales growth. Generally, a rise in sales equates to positive gains. However, attaining higher production targets on the finishing line can lead to changes and disruptions that hurt the bottom line. Here are 4 ways you can routinely evaluate your finishing line design plan to help maintain your business objectives. 1. Carry Out Design Audits: Designing a flexible, efficient finishing line can be time-consuming and intense, and it’s easy to say, “Job well...

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2015 Trends: Color & Cabinetry

Posted by on January 22, 2015 in Business Smarts, Wood Coatings | 0 comments

2015 Trends: Color & Cabinetry

Get this year’s top design styles, with a focus on wood. When consumers start asking for it, you will be ready. (Download a PDF of the trends here.)  2015 COLOR OF THE YEAR: CORAL Coral Reef, a vivacious hue, is AcromaPro’s Color of the Year 2015. Upbeat and optimistic, Coral Reef celebrates a time for renewal and is the perfect mélange of pink, orange and red that can be used to liven up any space. “Its unexpected versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage, cottage or contemporary,” says...

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Shades of Gray in Cabinetry Finishes

Posted by on January 15, 2015 in Coatings, Wood Coatings | 0 comments

Shades of Gray in Cabinetry Finishes

Consumers, retailers and manufacturers ask for it often, but there is a lot of gray area when it comes to getting a gray finish right. The trend shows up primarily in the residential cabinetry industry, and it’s been going strong for about four years. A more opaque driftwood look was first on the scene, where applying a gray glaze and pigment often got the job done. But during the last 18 months, a semi-transparent look—between a paint and stain—has been what is hot. With no signs of stopping, we’re sharing what we’ve learned about...

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2014 Recap: 4 Topics to Promote 2015 Finishing Excellence

Posted by on January 7, 2015 in Business Smarts, Coatings | 0 comments

2014 Recap: 4 Topics to Promote 2015 Finishing Excellence

The last six months of Accessa’s blog focused on getting your finishing business ready for 2015. Here are eight of the best stories, organized by topic, and summarized for your browsing pleasure. Four of the most important high-level topics any finisher needs. It’s finishing wisdom from the Accessa Coating Solutions blog. Get caught up— begin 2015 with a great finish. Topic 1—STRATEGIC ALLIANCES Two stories that illustrate how joining forces can give your business instant competitive advantage: Leverage an industry ally for a clear...

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