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Joe Gargiulo

Editor Joe Gargiulo has 20-plus years in copy writing, public relations and marketing. He enjoys connecting story leads to all aspects of the human experience.

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How Do I Guarantee the Payment of Delivered Building Supplies?

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 @ 06:45 AM

Cash, check or charge, there are only three ways to guarantee the payment of delivered building supplies to residential or commercial job sites. Simultaneously, there are only three main channels for delivering supplies: pay the dealer to do it, hire a third party delivery service, or do it yourself. The meshed processes entail having an adequate vehicle to transport the supplies, a safe way to load and unload them, enough manpower, and of course, the means to make and accept payments. Read More

Tags: Building Supplies

2019 Las Vegas Winter Market for the Home Furnishings Industry

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, Nov 07, 2018 @ 09:45 AM

It’s easy to find trade events with the tag line, “the premier event of its kind in the XYZ industry,” but in the realm of home furnishings, the Las Vegas Market truly lives up to the hype. The upcoming 2019 Las Vegas Winter Market is slated for January 27 – 31 at the World Market Center with a massive offering of exhibits, products and services for anyone and everyone involved in the home furnishings industry.

The Las Vegas Market takes place twice each year (winter and summer) and attracts a cross-section of attendees from around the globe in the home furnishings trade such as retailers, buyers, interior designers, architects, specifiers, service providers and purchasing companies.

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Tags: Home Furnishings

Auto Dealers Convene at the 2019 NADA Show

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Mon, Nov 05, 2018 @ 08:45 AM

The 2019 NADA Show takes place Jan. 24 – 27, 2019 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. The mega assembly of auto dealers, managers, consultants and industry experts will make the most of the NADA expo, educational opportunities, distinguished speakers, franchise meetings and social events.

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Tags: Auto Dealers

Annual Meeting & Conference for Veterinary Hospital Managers

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 11:45 AM

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association presents its Annual Meeting & Conference October 18 – 20 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel. The business event features educational sessions, well-qualified speakers, networking and social opportunities, and a tradeshow. The learning presentations include continuing education units, certification, a pre-conference Legal Symposium, and a post-conference practice management software workshop. Attendees consist of veterinarians, hospital administrators, practice managers, office managers and consultants. Read More

Tags: Veterinarians

Five Trends in the 2018 Building Materials Industry: Pt 2

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 @ 01:59 PM

As introduced in part one of this series, consumer and contractor demand for sustainable building materials, connectivity in the home and workplace, and an “easy button” for simplified installations have spurred a wave of new products and services.

The demand for sustainable products and technologies such as connected living and working spaces have been the harbinger of change in today’s building materials industry, but other trends are prompting positive changes affecting home and commercial construction.

This second and final part reviews technology, DIY trends and simplified installations. See part one for details about industry growth and sustainability in the building materials industry.

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Tags: Building Materials

Reasons People Stop Payment on Checks

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 @ 07:44 AM

Buena Vista Auto Works repairs a customer's vehicle, accepts a check payment for the services, and sends the happy motorist on his way. All is well until the next morning when the driver discovers that he wrote the check for $4,000 instead of $400, the correct amount.

In this instance, most people would simply ask the shop to destroy the original check and write an amended check for $400.

Unfortunately, the customer decides to initiate a stop payment on the $4,000 check at his bank instead of contacting the shop for resolution. The bank charges him a $35 stop-payment fee and the shop now possesses a check with no apparent value. What recourse does the shop have?

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Tags: Stop Payment

Five Trends in the 2018 Building Materials Industry: Pt 1

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 @ 06:45 AM

The building materials industry has experienced significant change in recent years — granite is the “new” Formica; two-by-six framing is as common as two-by-fours; and wood (solid, laminate, engineered or reclaimed) has replaced wall-to-wall carpeting as the flooring of choice for many Americans. Beyond this veneer of change is a fundamental framework of industry growth, sustainability, technology, do-it-yourself homeowners, and the need for simplified installations.

The focus is on sustainable products and technology, but other trends are also having a profound influence on the building materials industry. Many of these disruptive changes are interdependent, and as expected, there is a direct correlation between construction and building materials.

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Tags: Building Materials

Help, I Need a New Check Guarantee Service

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 @ 07:45 AM

Check guarantee companies are a small segment of the financial services industry, and CrossCheck has seen competitors come and go since launching in 1983. Over the years, some privately owned check guarantee firms have been gobbled up by much larger conglomerates, yet CrossCheck has remained independently owned throughout its distinguished history.

More importantly, though, CrossCheck is periodically contacted by merchants who are looking for a new check guarantee company because they just parted ways with their old one. Disgruntled merchants come in all shapes and sizes, but their reasons for dissatisfaction generally center on a group of check processing faux pas:

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Tags: Checks

CrossCheck’s Multiple Check Is Better Than Instant Financing: Here’s Why

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 @ 10:45 AM

The story you are about to read is true; the names have been changed to protect the innocent. On one side are the numerous instant financing options for consumers to use for virtual and in-person purchases. On the other is CrossCheck’s Multiple Check service that accomplishes everything the “other guys” do and then some. As the saying goes, “seeing is believing,” so stick around for closing arguments.

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Tags: Payments

Self-Driving Cars: How Soon, How Safe?

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Mon, Aug 06, 2018 @ 12:54 PM

The term “shoot the moon” means to attempt the near-impossible or to attain great heights per UrbanDictionary.com. Ironically, the daring 1969 Apollo 11 lunar landing qualifies as an ideal example and according to some experts, the promise of producing autonomous cars in the immediate future is not far behind.

The top automakers from around the globe are individually committed to self-driving cars, and so is a U.S. advocacy group for the legally blind that longs for the day when its beneficiaries can attain self-determination or autonomy behind the wheel.

Despite the widespread interest, push back to self-driving cars became international news in March 2018 after they were directly involved in two fatal accidents within five days of each other.

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Tags: Auto Industry, Auto Dealerships

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