Robert (Bob) Burggraf started as a service manager for Montgomery Ward where he got the idea to open his own appliance service business from a small storefront in Lakewood, CA. It didn’t take long for the word to get out that Bob knew how to keep appliances humming, and it meant an increasingly happy customer base. Soon Bob went from doing evening service calls to an appliance distributor selling to independent dealers in Southern California. In 1969, Caloric Corporation asked Bob to become the authorized service center for three Southern California cities. His territory soon grew to 10 cities, and Bob’s small company was on its way to becoming R&B Wholesale Distributors, Inc (R&B) serving California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.
Celebrating its sixth annual show, the largest reinforces our focus on fostering and growing a global edition of the fair to date welcomed 175 exhibiting brands and more than 13,000 top- tier architects, interior designers, set decorators, consumers, educators, and press to the picturesque indoor/outdoor modern design exhibition. In addition to the products on display, 65 thought leaders and tastemakers shared their expertise and discussed a variety of design and architecture related topics with a robust educational programming schedule. The Citi Culinary Pavilion added another element of programs with daily chef demonstrations and tastings. “WestEdge continues to benefit from the creative freedom and support that the design community extends to the fair each year,” said Megan Reilly, co-founder of WestEdge Design Fair. “This year’s positive feedback from both attendees and exhibitors design conversation in Los Angeles — we are excited to be at the forefront of this dialogue.”
The growth predominantly came from abroad, which is also attributable to the newly introduced VIP program of spoga+gafa. For example, among others, 400 trade visitors from Australia attended the trade fair. “In total, the share of international trade visitors rose once again by 4 % up to 64% overall. This growth from abroad impressively underlines the strong international significance of spoga+gafa, whereby both the specialized trade and large-scale retailers of international quality were strongly represented,” said Katharina C. Hamma, chief operating officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. “The positive response of the trade visitors and their quality demonstrates that the course we have taken both in terms of content and the concept with new themes and added value is the right one." In total 2,152 exhibitors from 61 countries (foreign share: 85%) presented the trends and highlights for the coming garden season on 230,000 square meters of space.
By Max Muller
The bar is set high for inventory control professionals—and well-ordered stock rooms and records are just the beginning. Beyond core tasks such as locating items, you’ve got to project future business needs, hold down costs, and fix supply chain problems. You need strategic and financial knowledge, and the skills to manage many moving parts.
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Max Muller is an attorney, businessman, and consultant who has been chief executive officer or chief operating officer for companies distributing products ranging from food to ATMs to safety equipment. An authorized general industry outreach trainer for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), his 3,000+ seminars, webinars, podcasts, and audio conferences throughout the United States, England, and Canada have drawn more than 100,000 attendees. He is also the author of several books on inventory control, human resources management, and OSHA.