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Doug Howard Independent We Stand

Recently, the folks from Independent We Stand rolled through Atlanta. They were able to sit down with a few of our folks including Doug Howard.

It is great to be a part of brands, like STIHL, who care about the “little guy.”

At the same time, we care about you. Large or small. Corporation or individual.

We’d love to help you with any project or need that you may have. We want to earn your trust!

Doug Howard Independent We Stand

Doug Howard Independent We Stand

 

 

The web is buzzing today about Apple's new iOS7 operating system for its "iDevices." In fact, I'm 3 minutes out from seeing if my iPhone will update or turn into a brick. As I'm sitting here waiting, I was thinking about how advanced the power equipment that we have has become. If you go under the hood of some of the brands we sell like Exmark, STIHL or Honda, you'll find technology that has come a LONG way since the "dumb" engines and single/simple usage that these products used to do. No longer do we employ small engine mechanics. Our service department is filled with specially trained technicians who use a variety of tools to diagnose problems and resolve issues. Take a look at the technology of newer Exmark mowers and you'll find equipment that adjusts to its environment and even learns how to improve to be more efficient. Electronics and circuit boards are finding their way onto handheld/battery operated powertools and outdoor power equipment. Fuel injection is becoming more of a default need as R&D departments do everythign they can to get more power out of the products. I really do not think we are that far off from having equipment that the manufacturers will be able to "update" through the internet. Wouldn't it be cool to have a buzz in our industry as we wait for the CEO of STIHL to come before a crowd and talk about the next generation of power equipment. Younger generations of end users expect it. We just want it to work better. And with the regulating of our country with regards to pollution, gas and recycling, we know that research and development is one of the ways that companies are trying to differentiate themselves from competitors. Landscape contractors HAVE to think GREEN now and more residential consumers are living in communities that require the same. The one thing that you can be sure of at Howard Brothers is that we keep on top of the technology and new product development that is in the works. Being one of the largest dealers in the Atlanta area, we often get to try out new products before you do. We are alpha and beta testers of the next generations of power equipment. The manufacturers know that we have a customer base that we get great feedback from. Who knows, maybe tomorrow's lawnmower will have a front mounted camera so that the landscape contractor can take pictures of the yard he's cutting. Perhaps there will be a keypad so that he can send a tweet, email or text message to his customer to let them know that his yard has just been maintained. Perhaps all equipment will soon come with GPS tracking capabilities so that our pesky theft problems will be less an issue than they are right now. Perhaps those "Roomba" style lawn mowers will actually get to a point where landscapers have a self aware lawn mower that they take out to jobs. What would you like to see when it comes to new technology in your power equipment or power tools? Maybe Jony Ive from Apple can give us his thoughts on the future of lawnmower design :) I discovered at an early age that all I've ever wanted to do is design... but recently, I've been thinking about cutting my grass. I discovered at an early age that all I've ever wanted to do is design... but recently, I've been thinking about cutting my grass.

The web is buzzing today about Apple’s new iOS7 operating system for its “iDevices.” In fact, I’m 3 minutes out from seeing if my iPhone will update or turn into a brick.

As I’m sitting here waiting, I was thinking about how advanced the power equipment that we have has become. If you go under the hood of some of the brands we sell like Exmark, STIHL or Honda, you’ll find technology that has come a LONG way since the “dumb” engines and single/simple usage that these products used to do.

No longer do we employ small engine mechanics. Our service department is filled with specially trained technicians who use a variety of tools to diagnose problems and resolve issues. Take a look at the technology of newer Exmark mowers and you’ll find equipment that adjusts to its environment and even learns how to improve to be more efficient.

Electronics and circuit boards are finding their way onto handheld/battery operated powertools and outdoor power equipment. Fuel injection is becoming more of a default need as R&D departments do everythign they can to get more power out of the products. I really do not think we are that far off from having equipment that the manufacturers will be able to “update” through the internet.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have a buzz in our industry as we wait for the CEO of STIHL to come before a crowd and talk about the next generation of power equipment.

Younger generations of end users expect it. We just want it to work better.

And with the regulating of our country with regards to pollution, gas and recycling, we know that research and development is one of the ways that companies are trying to differentiate themselves from competitors. Landscape contractors HAVE to think GREEN now and more residential consumers are living in communities that require the same.

The one thing that you can be sure of at Howard Brothers is that we keep on top of the technology and new product development that is in the works. Being one of the largest dealers in the Atlanta area, we often get to try out new products before you do. We are alpha and beta testers of the next generations of power equipment. The manufacturers know that we have a customer base that we get great feedback from.

Who knows, maybe tomorrow’s lawnmower will have a front mounted camera so that the landscape contractor can take pictures of the yard he’s cutting. Perhaps there will be a keypad so that he can send a tweet, email or text message to his customer to let them know that his yard has just been maintained. Perhaps all equipment will soon come with GPS tracking capabilities so that our pesky theft problems will be less an issue than they are right now. Perhaps those “Roomba” style lawn mowers will actually get to a point where landscapers have a self aware lawn mower that they take out to jobs.

What would you like to see when it comes to new technology in your power equipment or power tools?

Maybe Jony Ive from Apple can give us his thoughts on the future of lawnmower design :)

The web is buzzing today about Apple's new iOS7 operating system for its "iDevices." In fact, I'm 3 minutes out from seeing if my iPhone will update or turn into a brick.   As I'm sitting here waiting, I was thinking about how advanced the power equipment that we have has become. If you go under the hood of some of the brands we sell like Exmark, STIHL or Honda, you'll find technology that has come a LONG way since the "dumb" engines and single/simple usage that these products used to do.   No longer do we employ small engine mechanics. Our service department is filled with specially trained technicians who use a variety of tools to diagnose problems and resolve issues. Take a look at the technology of newer Exmark mowers and you'll find equipment that adjusts to its environment and even learns how to improve to be more efficient.   Electronics and circuit boards are finding their way onto handheld/battery operated powertools and outdoor power equipment. Fuel injection is becoming more of a default need as R&D departments do everythign they can to get more power out of the products. I really do not think we are that far off from having equipment that the manufacturers will be able to "update" through the internet.   Wouldn't it be cool to have a buzz in our industry as we wait for the CEO of STIHL to come before a crowd and talk about the next generation of power equipment.  Younger generations of end users expect it. We just want it to work better.  And with the regulating of our country with regards to pollution, gas and recycling, we know that research and development is one of the ways that companies are trying to differentiate themselves from competitors. Landscape contractors HAVE to think GREEN now and more residential consumers are living in communities that require the same.  The one thing that you can be sure of at Howard Brothers is that we keep on top of the technology and new product development that is in the works. Being one of the largest dealers in the Atlanta area, we often get to try out new products before you do. We are alpha and beta testers of the next generations of power equipment. The manufacturers know that we have a customer base that we get great feedback from.   Who knows, maybe tomorrow's lawnmower will have a front mounted camera so that the landscape contractor can take pictures of the yard he's cutting. Perhaps there will be a keypad so that he can send a tweet, email or text message to his customer to let them know that his yard has just been maintained. Perhaps all equipment will soon come with GPS tracking capabilities so that our pesky theft problems will be less an issue than they are right now. Perhaps those "Roomba" style lawn mowers will actually get to a point where landscapers have a self aware lawn mower that they take out to jobs.  What would you like to see when it comes to new technology in your power equipment or power tools?   Maybe Jony Ive from Apple can give us his thoughts on the future of lawnmower design :)  I discovered at an early age that all I've ever wanted to do is design... but recently, I've been thinking about cutting my grass. I discovered at an early age that all I've ever wanted to do is design... but recently, I've been thinking about cutting my grass.

I discovered at an early age that all I’ve ever wanted to do is design… but recently, I’ve been thinking about cutting my grass. – FAKE Jony Ive

Creative STIHL ad from New Zealand

I love this ad from STIHL that came out a few years ago in New Zealand.

And they even followed it up with this. I’m sure that there are some North Georgia Brothers who have had similar situations like this happen to them. There’s a lot of competitive nature in the North Georgia and Atlanta area!

What do you think? Think this would fly over here in the United States?

Creative STIHL ad from New Zealand

Creative STIHL ad from New Zealand

Suncast Outdoor Storage On Sale

Did you know that you can order thousands of items from True Value Hardware and have them shipped to your closest store? On a weekly basis we have between 2 and 5 people who are taking advantage of this service and are coming to either our Doraville, Duluth or Oakwood stores to pick up everything from outdoor lawn chairs to power tools to chemicals. You can shop 24/7 from anywhere at TrueValue.com, pay for your purchase online. Once your order hits our dock, you’ll receive a notification that it is ready to be picked up. We get weekly orders from True Value on Friday mornings, so if you have a need for the weekend, as long as you get the order placed by Wednesday, you can pick it up that week!

This program has been great, but it is about to get better!

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lead free plumbing

It seems like every day that we get closer to the end of the year, we hear questions from customers about the lead free legislation that will effect our plumbing departments at each of our stores. It definitely has caused us to monitor our inventory levels better as we have been reducing stock of non compliant products.

What in the world am I talking about? Let me explain.

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LaborDayClosedSign

Head’s up… Howard Brothers will closed on Labor Day (Monday, September, 2)

A lot of retail stores will be gearing up for labor day sales, and while we will be recognizing the National True Value Labor Day sale that weekend prior, we felt that it would be best to give our incredible employees an extra day off to spend with their families and relax. Our busiest time of year is Summer, and we’ve had a VERY busy 2013 summer. This is a way to reward our company as a whole.

That being said, if you’re planning on doing a cookout or get a little bit of work completed around the house that day, you are gonna need to come by early.

  • Don’t let your Big Green Egg charcoal or Traeger wood pellets run out.
  • Don’t let your propane tank go empty.
  • Don’t run out of Socks Love Rub
  • Don’t run out of 2-cycle mix for your trimmer or edger
  • Don’t put off that blower purchase… expecting to do it on Labor Day
We’ll be back at it on September 3th providing the service that you expect from us.