March 2003

From the Editor
    The Issue at Hand

So Many Products!

The arrival time for our twin boys is getting closer, with less than two months in counting.

Lately, I feel like all I’ve been doing is shopping for baby stuff—clothes, diapers, cribs, toys, receiving blankets, etc. There are tons of manufacturers out there, and I’m so clueless about the products that I’m never sure which are the best. I ask my friends their opinions, but it seems that all of them have different viewpoints on which products are best. They also all have different opinions on what products are essential to have before the babies arrive.

Like baby products, there is an array of millwork products in the marketplace for jobbers, dealers and wholesalers. I’m sure many of you feel as overwhelmed as I when you are deciding which products to buy.

I hope that this issue of SHELTER will help alleviate some of your anxiety. 

If you missed the Builders’ Show in Las Vegas this year, managing editor Penny Beverage gives you an in-depth account of the show as well as what products were displayed (see related article, "Monster Madness.")

Looking for frames or sills to use on your customers’ windows and/or doors? SHELTER outlines manufacturers who are offering products in this category (see related article, "Getting Framed").

You may be searching for a software or e-commerce program to help with the tracking and distributing of your products in the marketplace. We highlight software manufacturers and also give feedback from fellow jobbers on the software products they are using (see related article, "Track it or Sell it").

In addition, we are publishing SHELTER’s First Annual Web Directory. So if there is a product you want to know more about, locate the manufacturer on the website list, go to the company’s website, and learn more about the product and what the company has to offer.

It is our job at SHELTER to make your life easier by supplying you with helpful information in each issue. So, take advantage of SHELTER as the tool it is designed to be.


Samantha Carpenter

P.S. If there are additional topics you would like to see covered in SHELTER, please let us know. 




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