RTA Cabinet Store 4th of July Sale is Coming!

Fireworks, family & friends, good food, AND an extra long weekend… what more could you ask for this 4th of July?  How about a HUGE sale on cabinets?  We are having our annual 4th of July sale and passing on big savings to you.

4th of July Weekend Sale

Save big on new kitchen cabinets this 4th of July weekend!

Invest in your own dream kitchen AND build equity in your home – we’re giving you an exclusive discount of up to 20% off all kitchen cabinets through July 6th on orders meeting or exceeding $3000! Act soon – this special will NOT be extended and the discount is only applicable to orders of $3000 or more from today to – July 6th.

For $3000 in cabinets, you can add up to an average of $5000 in equity to your home!

10% OFF $3000 or more CODE: FOURTH10
15% OFF $4000 or more CODE: FOURTH15
20% OFF $6000 or more CODE: FOURTH20
Use these codes when checking out on:

Spruce up your home with our incredible designs – styles range from old world charm to sleek and modern. There’s a dream kitchen waiting for you at RTA Kitchen Cabinets – where solid quality meets rock bottom prices.

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Contractors: Increasing the WOW Factor with…..art?!?

Creating a WOW factor in construction
Construction & Rehab. “1% for Art”. That’s the tagline you’ll see across government construction and remodeling projects everywhere in the US. There’s a reason for it- and not just an excuse to give the artistically talented something to do.
Art makes people happier and creates the WOW factor.
Science even agrees with the fact that the Arts have an impact on mental health.
As a contractor this is something you can use to your advantage in every project you do as a method to create a happier client, gain more referrals and charge a higher premium for your work (we hope that got your attention). And it does not have to be expensive.
The method lies in having an art fabrication subcontractor on-demand that can source or create the custom pieces you need, fast, at the right price, who understands your goals.
So what “art” are we talking about? Well, art can be everywhere and in everything from furniture, lighting, railings- you name it.
Sure those inexpensive Home Depot lighting fixtures work okay with a set of our cabinets, but the customer has a unique Asian theme going on in the house. So what unique type of lighting scones could be built for the application instead that help you create the WOW factor for the client?
I’m sure the customer has an idea and I’m sure you do too.
But the average contractor approach is, “if its ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” because that only means more headache you’re probably not going to make any money on. So if the client isn’t going to say something about the lighting not meshing with the theme of the house, you’re not going to bring it up.
That’s the wrong approach. When you see an opportunity that could blow the client’s mind or make the space you’re working on FEEL better- jump on the opportunity by asking questions and attempting to enhance the living environment in collaboration with them.
Making your project standpoint is critical with the competition you’re up against. And many contractors don’t like these discussions because it feels like they’re dragging out the job or trying to nickle and dime the customer for add-ons or upgrades.
But trust me, when its making sure a customer’s space FEELS right… the space they’re going to be living in day after day- they appreciate you stopping to question things on their behalf.
If this sounds like what an interior design company does- it is more or less.
However most people can’t afford an interior design company outright. But they still want those “wow” results.
This is where your opportunity comes in; and its for you to identify those small artistic touches that can be done quickly and within budget by working with an art fabrication team to build you what you need, like a personal short-order cook.
One resource on this front we can recommend is the company, SODA Fabrication (http://www.sodafab.com). These guys work with a lot of builders, contractors and architects on residential and commercial jobs and were actually the ones that brought up the importance of art and suggested we share this information.
So whether you reach out to them or someone else, take this information to heart, as its an area where you can undoubtedly make a bigger impact with your clients and generate more revenue.
Working with SODA is as simple as emailing them over a napkin drawing, a video walkthru of the idea or if you need something real specific, an engineering drawing and they can get you a bid to factor into the job. And depending upon the job size, they do offer kickbacks.
They do most of their builds in-house, at their shop in Asheville, North Carolina and can ship anywhere in the world.
Although if you’re needing a high-end custom spiral staircase with aquariums for steps instead of a new set of light scones or some custom chairs, you’re probably going to want to have them come onsite and help with the install.
Think of companies like SODA with their custom art “on-demand” approach as another tool in your tool-belt to help you grow your business and make a bigger impact with your clients. Avoid being a cookie-cutter contractor, add some flair and make your projects standout and wow your customers.
You can checkout SODA Fabrication’s portfolio online at http://www.sodafab.com or get in contact with them at 828-338-8587.
Creating that WOW factor with lighting

Lighting doesn’t have to be the same boring stuff from Home Depot. Turn lights into art work!

Using Art to Create a WOW Factor

This reception desk has been turned into the focal point of the room with intricate art work.

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Wanted: Your Questions and Requests

Contractor Feedback: We need your questions
Contractor Feedback: We need your questions

Contractor Feedback: We need your questions

As a contractor, you have special concerns, challenges and product needs…and here at RTA we want to be sure we are addressing those and helping you with them in every way we can. So…

Today, could you take a few seconds to drop me a line in the comments
below and let me know:

1. What are your main challenges as a contractor right now?
2. What kinds of resources would you like to be able to access more quickly and easily?
3. What type of products do you use the most or wish were more easy to come by?

Thanks a million for your feedback on this, and you can expect to see a followup post with the results as soon as I get your comments in!

Have a good one,

- Gary

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Kitchen Cabinet Industry Analysis: How Changes to the Freight Class Could Impact The Cost of Cabinets

The average consumer (including myself) doesn’t really consider how freight costs impact the price of something…  trust me, if I didn’t know this business, I probably wouldn’t think twice about it either.  However, having worked in the logistics industry for 10 years, I try to keep on top of changes that could affect our distribution network.

Whether you buy kitchen cabinets from us or another large distributor, more than likely they will be shipped by the same mode of transportation – common carrier or LTL carrier (less than truckload).  All of the LTL carriers go by the NMFC (National Motor Freight Classification) codes for determining how to rate a shipment (or in other words, how much to charge).   As of December 31st, that classification was changed and could have a big impact on the cost of shipping cabinets.   For anyone not familiar with the NMFC codes, here is a brief explanation of how it works.

The NMFC book is literally about 4 inches thick and they have tried to create a category for any and every product that is shipped.    Since we started this business, we have always used NMFC # 80470  sub 3, which means that our freight was classified at class 70.   This was the accepted classification for Ready-to-Assemble, knockdown kitchen cabinets.    With the new changes, our product goes by density.   They eliminated the 80470 number and our product now falls under 80440

nmfc classification

the new nmfc classification for kitchen cabinets and knockdown kitchen cabinets

 

So What Does This Really Mean?

Now that you are probably more confused than you were before, what does this mean?   Well it completely changes the way that kitchens (especially ready-to-assemble) are going to be shipped.    Previously, we could put whatever we wanted on to a skid and as long as it we used 80470-03 it was always shipped at class 70.   It was really easy to calculate the costs, we could protect items by leaving room on the skid to avoid it getting damaged, and we could lay large pieces, like pantries and oven units, on a large 8 ft skid to ensure it’s safety…  NOW everything is based on dimensional weight.   The less weight on a skid the higher the freight class, which means it will cost more to ship.  In most cases, this probably won’t be an issue but when there are odd shaped boxes or light products, it could drive the cost of shipping up quite a bit.

This also means that each skid will have to measured and the density calculated so that we can ensure it moves at the right freight class, and it makes it harder to estimate what the cost will be beforehand.    These new regulations went into place as of December 31st, so most people may not be aware of them or are just finding out about them.

So as a distributor or manufacturer, what should you do?

Now you really have to think about how you ship cabinets.  If you are using LTL carriers, really start to think about how you are palletizing product.  Take the time to ensure the density to high enough that it won’t impact your costs.   In our case, we have FAK’s that will help minimize the added expense if the density changes significantly.

For more information about the changes, head over to the National Motor Freight Traffic Association website.  If you have any specific questions that I can help with, feel free to comment below or contact us at http://www.rtacabinetstore.com

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New Cabinet Line Being Added: Casa Blanca White

We just added a new cabinet line to our collection, which we know everyone is going to LOVE!  The name of the cabinet line is Casa Blanca, and it is a cream or off-white door with beige antique glazing to give it an aged look.  What we really like about the design of the Casa Blanca is the that it is a full overlay door and has the pillowed edges on the doors that give it a unique detailing that most of our cabinet lines don’t have.

Casa Blanca Kitchen Cabinet Line

Casa Blanca Kitchen Cabinets

It is a very warm color that would go well with most browns, black, beiges, and greens.   In terms of features, the Casa Blanca has all the bells and whistles.   Dove-tailed drawers, full extension drawer glides, and soft-close doors.   As with all of our cabinet lines, it also features solid plywood sides and solid maple doors and face frames.

Even though this is a brand new cabinet line, it is already one of our most popular.   For the month of December, we are running a special on the Casa Blanca.   Save 10% with coupon code CASABLANCA when your order is placed before December 31st.    Head over to https://www.rtacabinetstore.com/RTA-Kitchen-Cabinets/casa-blanca-glazed/ for more details.

What do you think about the new cabinet line?   We would love to get your feedback in the comments below.   If there is a particular style of cabinet that you are looking for, but don’t see, we might be able to get it… let us know what you are looking for and we will put our team of secret investigators to work to find you exactly what you are looking for.

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Top 10 Holiday Gifts for the Kitchen

Top 10 Holiday Gifts

As we all know, the kitchen has become the focal point of the home.  So whether you love to cook, or just like to eat what other people cook, there is absolutely someone on your Christmas list that loves to be in the kitchen but you just can’t figure out what to get them.   Am I right?     Well this year, we scoured the internet and found some of the top holiday gifts for the kitchen.   Whether you are looking for the latest gadget, something high tech, or just plain functional… we tried to pick some of the most popular for every budget and need.    So here are our top 10 Holiday gifts for this season (in no particular order:

OXO Good Grips Wooden Spoons

3 piece wooden spoon set

wooden spoon set by OXO

We love all of the OXO product lines, but these are definitely one of the most popular sets out of their collection.   OXO just makes great products… period.  Wooden spoons are a necessity for any kitchen, and these are just well made spoons.  Their design makes it easier to reach along the walls and into the corners of your cookware, and their large spoon heads allow for scooping up larger portions.   For the price, this is a GREAT gift for anyone that likes to cook (even if they already have a set of wooden spoons).

Best Price:  $11.99

Link to order: OXO Wooden Spoon Set

Oster FPSTBW8207-s Wine Bottle Opener

Oster Wine Opener

Cordless wine bottle opener by Oster

Every kitchen needs a good cork screw or wine bottle opener, and this is one of our favorites.  For one, it is cordless and easy to use (no more broken corks).   It can open up to 30 bottles of wine on a single charge, doesn’t take up a lot of space, and is all around easy to use.  As a gift, this one is versatile because it can be for the kitchen, bar, wine cellar, or anyone that just enjoys drinking wine.    The best part is the price!  You can get this great cordless wine bottle opener for less than some of the more cumbersome openers that are on the market.

Best Price: $9.99

Link to Order: Oster Wine Bottle Opener

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-IN-1 Griddler

Griddler by Cuisinart

Cuisinart 3-1 Griddler

What really makes this one awesome is the ability to use it 5 different ways.   It helps eliminate the need for a lot of other small appliances in the kitchen.  It can handle everything from pancakes to sausages to grilled cheese to steaks, hamburgers and panini. A floating cover and one set of reversible plates that snap in and out turn the Griddler® into a Contact Grill, a Panini Press, a Full Grill, a Full Griddle, or Half Grill/Half Griddle. Dual temperature controls ensure everything is perfectly cooked!

Best Price: $78.95

Link to Order: Cuisinart GR-4N Griddler

Vitamix 1782 Turbo, 2 Speed

vitamix blender

vitamix 1782 Turbo, 2 speed blender

The Vitamix line of blenders are extremely popular right now.  You can puree fruits and vegetables, blend smoothies, create salad dressing, sauce, baby food, ice cream and even grind grains. It is this versatility that has allowed VitaMix to be one of the front-runners in home blenders for so long. The special jar that this blender uses allows it to blend a small amount (as little as 4 oz) with as much precision and consistency as a full container (64 oz.) thanks to the Vita-Mix design. The 1782 Turbo only has two speeds, but if you are looking for more options there are other models.   It is a bit more expensive than other blenders that are on the market, but from everything we have heard, it is well worth the price.

Best Price: $373.95

Link to Buy:  Vitamix 1782 Turbo

Artisan Metal Works Non-Stick Baking Sheets

Non-Stick Baking Sheets by Artisan Metal Works

Artisan Metal Works non-stick baking sheets

This may be one of our favorite products that we never knew actually existed.  Not only do these non-stick baking sheets make baking a breeze, but they also eliminate the need for non-stick cooking sprays.   You simply put these on top of your regular baking sheets and cookies, cakes, and whatever else you bake just simply slide right off.    They are also great for rolling out dough on the counter.  They also make clean up super easy.

Best Price: $13.36

Link to Buy: Artisan Metal Works Non-Stick Baking Sheets

Cuisinart CJE-1000 Juice Extractor

Cuisinart Juice Extractor

Cuisinart Juice Extractor

With the growing popularity of “Juicing” and making healthy, natural juice drinks it shouldn’t be a surprise that we have one of them listed on our top 10.  Besides the price, we picked the Cuisinart Juice Extractor because of some of the added features it has – 5 speed settings, large feed tube for bigger fruits and vegetables, and a large pulp container.  If you are looking to improve your diet for 2014, this is definitely something that should be on your Christmas list!

Best Price: $112.49

Link to Buy: Cuisinart Juice Extractor

Hamilton Beach 33967 Set-N-Forget

Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Slow Cooker

Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Slow Cooker

There are a couple of things that set this slow cooker apart from others that are on the market.  The price point is great, but it also offers three ways to cook – program, manual, and probe.  Yes, it comes with a temperature probe that can be used for large pieces of meat to ensure that it doesn’t get under or over cooked.  This is a great feature that most slow cookers don’t offer.   It also has a clip lock lid that makes it great for travel so that you don’t have to worry about spilling your favorite meal while transporting it to the party or dinner.   For the price, this is definitely one of the better slow cookers on the market.

Best Price: $39.99

Link to Buy: Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Slow Cooker

Wilton 570-1121 Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicon Spatula Set

Wilton 3 Piece Silicon Spatulas

Wilton 3 Piece Silicon Spatulas

Everybody thinks a spatula is a spatula, but that is not the case.  Of all the different spatula’s on the market, we have found the Wilton Silicon Spatulas to be the best by far.   They are easy to handle, are heat resistant up to 500 degrees, and they are firm enough for any cooking situation yet flexible enough to contour to any shape.  In terms of price, they are very reasonable and would be a great addition to any kitchen for someone that likes to bake.   We think EVERY kitchen should have a set of these!

Best Price: $6.54

Link to Buy:  Wilton Easy Flex Spatula Set

Cuisinart MSC-600 3-IN-1 Cook Central

Cuisinart 3-in-1 slow cooker

Cuisinart 3-in-1 slow cooker

This isn’t your average crock pot!  What we really love about this one is the versatility of being a slow cooker, brown/saute pot, or steamer. It simplifies combination cooking, letting you bypass the stovetop by browning ingredients right in the unit before switching to Slow Cook.  The 24-hour timer and automatic Keep Warm feature are great for families on the go that want to be able to set it and forget it!

Best Price: $143.99

Link to Buy:  Cuisinart 3-in-1 Cook Central

 

 

 

Did we leave anything off the list?   If you have a favorite product that you think we overlooked or should be added to the list, let us know about it!  Leave a comment below, or post a comment on our facebook page: RTACabinetStore

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