Most Innovative Supplier support program
First place: Elkay Sales, Inc.
Diamond Design Program Worth its Weight in Gold to
Billed as a comprehensive, multi-faceted program which supports the
sales of Elkay products, the Elkay Diamond Design Program is truly
worth its weight in gold.
Revised and expanded to reach out to the entire design community
while providing benefits to Elkay showrooms, the Elkay Diamond
Design Program has earned top honors in K&BDN’s 2003 Industry
leadership Awards for the category Most Innovative Supplier Support
According to Marianne Wnek of Chicago, IL-based Marketing
Support, Inc., the program is not only a combination of specific
showroom support elements but “an investment in the design
Designed as an expanded version of the existing Elkay Diamond
showroom program, the Elkay Diamond Design program provides a
unique combination of support in product, promotion and publicity
targeted specifically to the entire design community, from
wholesalers to reps, interior designers to architects and builders
to retailers. This is accomplished through a variety of mediums,
she points out, including industry education, targeted media, field
training and showroom sales tools.
As she notes, the program which is designed to drive sales and
provide participating showrooms with the tools and assistance
needed to manage and increase its sales also offers benefits to the
showroom based on the number and type of products on display, with
possible benefits including market development funds, free products
for display, display construction allowances and rebates.
The Field Display Allowances provides access to Elkay products
used in displays featured in Parade of Homes, House Walks and
Builders Showrooms. Available directly to the displaying builder,
designer or contractor are sinks and faucets for display, at no
charge, as well as a $200 stipend, per sink displayed.
Part of the company’s “Diamond Showroom” Program, Diamond
showrooms also earn e-commerce opportunities, quarterly promotion
support or “Market Development Funds,” based on the amount of
product displayed by the company.
For instance, she explains, showrooms with a higher level of
display product can qualify for the Marquis level, which provides
the maximum “Market Development Funds” for additional advertising
and promotional opportunities.
Displays of Elkay sinks qualifies dealers for “Market Development
In addition, Diamond showrooms operating at the Marquis level
are also afforded special discounts of 10% on targeted products,
which include Elite Gourmet, Gourmet/ Nouveau
Gourmet and undermounts, she continues.
Wnek also notes that each showroom is entitled to the rebate
regardless of any other rebate programs it is participating in. The
rebates are paid on the incremental portion over the prior year’s
purchases, she adds.
Additionally, showrooms receive the benefit of the attendance of
qualified showroom sales and training managers which increase the
efforts of the attending Elkay Field Sales Force.
The company also offers an expanded trade show, advertising and
public relations presence to promote high-end products and reach
substantially more high-end users, designers and others of
influence to the market
She also points out that qualified showrooms are provided access
to Elkay Express shipping and are listed on the Elkay Web site for
customer searches and potential sales through Elkay’s “Order
As Wnek reaffirms, a main component of the program is its
flexibility, which provides benefits dependent on a showroom’s
level of participation.
She explains: “[This type of reward system] allows all showrooms
an opportunity to participate in and benefit from this program,”
adding that “the many facets of this program, which include Elkay’s
increased advertising and public relations activities as well as
the hiring of trained field and showroom consultants, demonstrates
Elkay’s commitment to partnering with its customers.”
Additionally, Elkay is including field consultants and a
showroom advisor to provide additional field support for showroom
personnel, she explains.
“The field consultant will call on independent kitchen and bath
dealers, sponsors of Parade of Homes, sponsors of House Walks,
wholesaler showrooms and builder showrooms in an effort to increase
visibility and prosperity of the showrooms. They will also be
available to conduct showroom training and supplement efforts to
expand market share and sales,” she explains.
The showroom advisor will be available to provide input and
assistance with training, business practices, effective showroom
displays and marketing programs, she continues.
In addition, the company works directly with various trade
groups and industry organizations so that the most updated
industry, market and trend information will be available.
Concluding, Wnek also points out that Elkay participates in a
variety of NKBA sponsorships and industry seminars to assist in the
continuing education and evolution of the design community at