December

11

2018

 

BlueVolt Survey Finds Most Employees Want to Learn On The Job By Video, In Five Minutes Or Less

Portland, Ore. – December 11, 2018 – BlueVolt in cooperation with market research firm Cascade Insights has released the second edition of its “Voice of the E-Learner” survey, which asked 1,327 workers from manufacturers and distributors in the electrical, plumbing, HVAC and industrial tools industries about their perceptions of online learning. BlueVolt launched the first edition of the survey in 2016...

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November

29

2018

 

Learning, Development Strategies Lead to Increased Sales, Brand Building

AdvancedManufacturing.com – November 29, 2018 – A manufacturer’s education initiatives should exist to sell more and create better brand engagement. If a fab shop owner asks for a competitor’s lathe, we certainly want our distributors to offer our value proposition on why our products are better. My employer’s educational challenge, which is similar to many manufacturers, is threefold...

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November

14

2018

 

Ramping up Sales and Brand-Building Effort with Strategic Learning

Industrial Distribution – November 14, 2018 – Any manufacturer that offers a wide variety of products generally has a service network that people rely on. Whether those customers are industrial tradespeople on a jobsite or a home shop, you have sales goals to reach. A manufacturer’s learning and development strategy and tactics may be one of its best weapons if deployed widely. According to elearning expert Douglas Gastich, a savvy learning and development strategy should help educate your distributors...

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September

26

2018

 

Educating Your Distributors in a Short-Attention-Span World

IndustryWeek – September 26, 2018 – Imagine if everyone who sold a manufacturer’s products knew the value and quality as well as the maker. What if distributors understood that selling goods on price was the least important proposition? Instead of selling a single item and treating it like a simple commodity, sales people and counter associates would differentiate an OEM’s wares by looking for ways to sell a package of products and accessories to outfit, for example, an entire fabrication facility or job shop...

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August

20

2018

 

Geary Pacific Expands Employee Learning via Technology

Portland, Ore. – August 20, 2018 Geary Pacific Corp., a distributor of heating and air conditioning equipment, parts, and service, belonged to an industry purchasing cooperative that offered online learning to its members. Success with the co-op’s online product courses developed by manufacturers led Geary Pacific to invest in a learning management system (LMS) exclusively for Geary Pacific. Kelley’s LMS, made by BlueVolt, has 272 users who take, on average, nearly 12 courses from a catalogue of more than 200 ranging from tutorials on new products to handling customers...

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August

15

2018

 

Turtle & Hughes Taps Into E-learning Platform

Electrical Wholesaling – August 15, 2018 Turtle & Hughes, Linden, NJ, recently launched a new electronic training platform to standardize the culture of learning for its 800 employees. The company has a history of focusing on training but managers felt learning was inconsistent across branches. The management team solicited feedback from the field to give workers a consistent experience across each location and product line by means of a company-wide learning management platform...

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August

6

2018

 

Making the Grade

lightED – August 6, 2018 With LEDs evolving so fast and some product standards remaining in limbo, manufacturer-sponsored training and education on applications, system compatibility, dimming, and other features continues to be a vital means of accelerating marketplace adoption of this light source. Following, two lighting manufacturer veterans — David Kaminski, Wattstopper Product Marketing Manager at Legrand, North & Central America and Benjamin Koyle, Director of Training at RAB Lighting – share their experiences regarding the most (and least) effective approaches to distributor and end-user training...

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August

2

2018

 

HVAC Distributor Geary Pacific Launches Learning Management System

Portland, Ore. – August 2, 2018 – Geary Pacific Corporation, a distributor of  Bard heating and air conditioning equipment, parts and service, belonged to an industry purchasing cooperative that offered online learning to its members. Success with the coop’s online product courses developed by manufacturers led Geary Pacific to invest in a learning management system (LMS) exclusively for Geary Pacific...

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July

8

2018

 

A Culture Change That Helps Attract Talent

PHCP Pros – July 8, 2018 – Today’s distributors fight a war on three fronts. First, there’s competition for labor. It’s tough to find good people to work at a counter or in a warehouse. Once hired, how do you retain them? Second, the products distributors sell are increasingly complex and the technology underpinning the sales branch and its delivery arm, such as ordering systems and GPS, make for a steeper learning curve. Third, the “Amazon Effect”....

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July

5

2018

 

Innovation headlines BlueVolt’s seventh-annual LEAP Ahead Conference for channel sales companies

Portland, Ore. – July 5, 2018 – From June 19-20, 2018, BlueVolt held its LEAP Ahead conference focused on inspiring innovation in business learning for distributors and manufacturing companies. BlueVolt President Douglas Gastich set the tone for the seventh-annual LEAP conference with words from writer William Gibson who said, “The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed.”...

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December

14

2017

 

2017 Talented Learning LMS Awards: Best of the Best

Talented Learning – December 14, 2017 – As 2017 draws to a close, the learning community is buzzing with chatter. Why? It’s time again for the annual Talented Learning LMS Awards! Sure, there are lots of other awards in our industry – probably too many – but our awards are very different. The Talented Learning Awards are not a money-making affair for us. Vendors can’t buy their way onto these lists....

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August

18

2017

 

ICC Recognizes New and Renewing Preferred Education Providers

PHCP Pros – August 18, 2017 – The International Code Council's Preferred Provider Program recognizes and promotes ICC-approved educational courses offered by a variety of educational providers, opening the door to extensive training opportunities. The program includes courses focused on the areas of construction codes, standards and guidelines, building construction materials, products and methods, and more....

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May

24

2017

 

Now hiring: Portland learning management firm has new digs, seeks people to fill it

Portland Business Journal – May 24, 2017 – Online training and learning management firm BlueVolt recently revamped its sales and marketing strategy. The moves have, clearly, paid off: BlueVolt now plans to hire aggressively across its engineering and support units. To accommodate the new positions, the company, which has 35 employees, moved into a new 9,000-square-foot office in the Marquam Building, at 2501 S.W. 1st Ave...

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February

26

2015

 

InSinkErator announces new modules for eLearning center

Racine, Wis. – February 26, 2015 – Trade partners can be more successful and confident in recommending disposers and instant hot water dispensers after completing training at the new InSinkErator eLearning Center. Beginning with the “Disposers 101” module, these short, engaging modules will cover a variety of topics including category education, upsell techniques and technical product Information.....

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February

24

2015

 

InSinkErator unveils eLearning center

Racine, Wis. – February 24, 2015 – The modules, which are designed specifically for plumbers, contractors, kitchen designers, showroom staff, wholesalers, builders and industry sales personnel, feature video, voice narration and interactive games. Segments can be completed in less than 15 minutes. “At InSinkErator, we like to give you more so you can do more,” said Michelle Gross, Vice President of Channel Marketing and Communications. “Our goal with eLearning is to help...

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January

8

2014

 

Unico adds BlueVolt’s Learning Management System

Portland, Ore. – January 8, 2014 – BlueVolt, a leading full-service online training company specializing in growing business for manufacturing, service and channel-sales industries, launched Unico University for Unico, Inc., maker of small-duct, high-velocity heating and air conditioning systems. Unico University, powered by BlueVolt, offers extensive product training for Unico’s sales channel, wholesale distributors, and contractors...

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