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Ask Hermie: Order (Consolidation) in the Court!

Hermie is the consummate AV Professional, having lurked behind the scenes at Herman Pro AV and Herman Integration Services for years. When it comes to the professional audiovisual business, Hermie walks the walk and talks the talk. In fact, he doesn’t just talk about AV stuff until he’s blue in the face, he’s done it so much he’s blue all over! So, if you have a burning AV question, just “Ask Hermie!”

Dear Hermie:

I’m turning so blue with frustration here I am starting to look like you! I’m an integrator in the great State of New Jersey, know what I mean? Fortunately, things are starting to pick up here business-wise. That said, I’m having a helluva time getting things going as one of my big client jobs – outfitting a local courthouse with a proper zoom-room for remote hearings – requires stuff from around 14 different manufacturers and I’m still short-staffed here. How am I gonna stay on top of all these orders and shipments and keep my client happy?
– Signed, Short-staffed in Jersey

Dear Short,

Er, I mean dear short-staffed… As someone who is vertically challenged myself, I should not be casting aspersions on those of us who may be slight on height. Anywho, it sounds like you’re slight on help and bogged down with a common problem – procurement logistics! This is why I always encourage folks to use a proven distributor like Herman* to streamline the procurement process for maximum efficiency and cost savings. Why put your short staff (oops, there I go again) under the pressure of creating 14 different PO’s, managing multiple shipments, multiple receipts, and processing multiple invoices. Herman not only can give you the same manufacturer direct pricing you already have, Herman is also a logistics expert and will source all your products across all the different manufacturers with a single P.O., and you’ll get automated daily reports so you’ll know exactly when you’ll have what you need to start and finish the job on schedule. With Herman’s order consolidation you’ll end your frustration and keep order in the court by delivering a great installation!

– Hermie

*Full Disclosure – Hermie is on Herman’s payroll as an official spokescreature so he does have an incentive to recommend Herman. That said, he fully believes in and stands by the benefits of order consolidation.

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