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09/17/2018

Better Business Tips: Smarter Planning & Budgeting   Tired of sifting through piles of expense reports and old invoices before you can even start planning and budgeting? Today’s Better Business Tips will cut down on your paperwork and give you a better look at how your company makes purchases. Watch the video below to learn how you can use PestWeb’s purchase history report to understand and categorize past orders — and plan for future needs in record time.   More Tips Coming Soon Looking for more quick ideas to keep your business running smoothly? Kee...

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09/14/2018

Investing in Your Techs A little education goes a long way... We deliver an enormous range of products for our customers throughout North America. But interestingly enough, our most valuable offering is something that can’t be moved by trucks. That’s because it’s not a physical product — it’s the knowledge that reaches thousands of pest management technicians every year via Univar ProTraining delivered in-person and online. Since the introduction of ProTraining online in 1998, we’ve put an enormous amount of work into providing technicians the conven...

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09/10/2018

By Karl Kisner, VP Marketing, Environmental Sciences & Agriculture   Recruiting and retaining top talent is a struggle for the pest management industry as a whole. Pest management professionals share the pain in keeping their current employees happy and engaged, while expanding their business with new skilled talent.   It’s predicted by 2020 more than 50 percent of the workforce will comprise Millennials, also known as Gen Y. Transitioning into the largest working generation, Gen Y is drastically changing the ways our customers do business, most importantly recruit...

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09/07/2018

Tim Bricker – Bricker Pest Control – Bay City, TX   Tim Bricker’s entire business strategy can be summed in six words: winners go home in the dark.   For Bricker, who operates Bricker Pest Control with his wife Barbara, it’s more than an inspirational quote. He lives out his motto quite literally. It’s not uncommon for Bricker and his staff to work late into the night, ensuring all their customers’ needs are met. “The day I hired my first employee outside my family circle, I brought him back at 12:30 a.m.,” Bricker says, chuckli...

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09/04/2018

We live in a world where the answer to just about anything can be found in the palm of your hand. Phrases like “Google-it” replace a trip to the library and a quick search on YouTube can result in a plethora of videos covering every topic imaginable.   At Univar, we understand the importance of getting information effectively and efficiently, so that you can spend time and energy on the things that matter most. We’ve been hard at work creating a series of Better Business Tips videos and How-To videos:   Better Business Tips: This series of videos provide an o...

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08/22/2018

Q. I need to treat for spiders, but the customer is very chemical sensitive. What products would be best for this situation? We do use a web remover.— Richard, GA A. Correction—you need to manage spiders for a customer who is very chemical sensitive, in which case applying any pesticide is not a good idea. It doesn’t matter whether a pesticide has synthetic or natural active ingredients. The real choice is between applying or not applying a pesticide. Removing active spider webs with a web remover and crushing spiders is the best that should be done for this particular ...

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08/17/2018

Rod Diehl – Rod Diehl Pest Control – Sonora, CA   It’s common for Rod Diehl’s customers to be surprised when he — the namesake of Rod Diehl Pest Control — personally shows up at their homes.   “They’re like, ‘You’re the Rod? We expected you to be playing golf and having one of your minions coming out,’” Diehl says. “I just explain to them, I love this work. I enjoy it every single day. I want to meet every customer and hear about their ups and downs, and their grandkids graduating from high...

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08/10/2018

As temperatures heat up, so does pest activity — and your business. It can be difficult to keep track of everything you need during the rush, so we put together this quick checklist of warm weather essentials. Follow these four steps to make sure you’re making the most of pest control’s busiest season. 1. Stock Up Check your inventory — do you have all the products and tools you need? The last thing you want is to keep customers waiting while you look for more of a particular product. Univar offers over 6,000 products for a variety of markets. Order exactly what y...

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08/06/2018

By Trace McEuen, VP-Environmental Sciences, Americas   Leading a business, whether there are three employees or three thousand employees, comes with immense responsibility. Both to succeed and grow, but also to evolve and improve the business’ operations.   Many of today’s pest management professionals, like yourself, are overwhelmed by the varying types of technologies available and can never find the time or resources to vet each one. This glut of technological choices leads to an even greater problem - doing nothing.   From my beginnings with Van Wat...

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08/01/2018

August 8 marks the 94th anniversary of Univar’s inception. What started as a small firm in Seattle has grown into one of the world’s largest chemical distribution companies. We wanted to share an overview of our growth through the years and thank you for partnering with us! We hope you enjoy these throwbacks as much as we do: In 1924 Van Waters & Rogers (VWR) was established in Seattle and sold only a few items including paint, raw materials, soda ash, cotton linters, and denatured alcohol. Today, Univar Environmental Sciences alone sells more than 6,000 products! In 1...

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07/27/2018

At the height of busy season, it can feel like there’s no break in sight. Endless calls, difficult scheduling, and backlogs can all pile up — and that’s before you even have time to manage inventory and reorder products. But there is a way — actually, two ways — for busy professionals to squeeze more minutes out of an already saturated work week. And with our new Better Business Tips video series, you’ll see how to start doing both, today.   Saving Time with Quick Lists If you’ve used the Univar Online Store, you may know about how Quick Li...

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07/25/2018

The Power of ProCenters Essential knowledge and tools under one roof From our Online Store to our mobile-friendly ProTraining platform, Univar brings tools and expertise to customers wherever they go. That includes giving PMPs and managers the option to walk into a ProCenter that houses the service and products they need — all in one place. That’s why Univar operates over 60 ProCenter locations across the country. Each store location functions as a local hub with quick access to essential products and knowledge. ProCenter visitors get the exact tools they need, in a...

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07/20/2018

At Univar, we take pride in providing customers with the most current industry news and knowledge - within local communities and nationwide.   Here's an overview of this fall's biggest trends as reported by Univar sales managers across the country.   (click to enlarge)  

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07/09/2018

Q. What would you recommend to prevent rodents from burrowing down into a crawlspace from the outside? If they have already done so, what is the best way to exclude them? I've heard of using screening in an L shape along the foundation as well as trenching gravel along the perimeter. — Jayce, WA A. I don’t know that a gravel trench would keep rats from digging in and out of the crawlspace, but a curtain of hardware cloth should. Use 19-gauge hardware cloth or stronger with a ½ in. x ½ in. mesh or smaller. Attach it to the outside of the crawlspace and have ...

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07/05/2018

Jason Payne - President, Payne Pest Management – San Diego, CA   When you talk to Jason Payne, President of Payne Pest Management, one thing is abundantly clear: exceptional customer service is his foremost priority.   Taking care of the customer first is a benchmark of doing business that Payne inherited from his parents, Willie & Kathleen, who have worked in the pest control industry for many, many years before founding their company in 2006.   “In this business the customer is not just buying a tangible product but a service”, explained Jason. ...

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07/02/2018

Choosing a distributor can be a daunting task. For many businesses, finding the right distributor takes a ton of research in order to meet your business needs. This month, we wanted to shed light on tips from the pros on finding the right distributor: Work with a distributor who partners with manufacturers to successfully deliver the products they make through the most comprehensive distribution network in the industry. Ensure that there is a strong portfolio of products that will serve your business year-round. Ensure your distributor is involved at every level of the industry. From ...

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06/19/2018

Q: What diseases do roaches carry? — Christopher, CA A: Because German cockroaches may travel between unsanitary conditions and food, it’s possible for them to carry disease microbes on their bodies and deposit them onto food and utensils. In this manner, the main concern is pathogens that cause food poisoning or gastroenteritis, a.k.a. stomach flu. There is a more direct connection between German cockroaches and acute asthma attacks. People may become allergic to proteins in cockroach feces from chronic exposure to cockroaches, as in long-term infestations. In sensitive peop...

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06/01/2018

Throughout June organizations across the country are putting forth their best effort to promote safety. National Safety Council aims to ensure that “No 1 Gets Hurt” and provides great resources to reduce injury at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. For our industry we should always be reminded of the importance of personal protective products that we all use every day, and that make our job easier, cleaner, and safer. For Univar employees, safety is top of mind regularly! We start every meeting with a safety share and prioritize safety above all else. During t...

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06/01/2018

Q: Will the use of repellent products cause bed bugs to disperse further from the treatment area and spread an infestation to untreated locations?-- Stephanie, FL A: Studies have shown that bed bugs don’t sense dried repellent residues like cockroaches and ants and will walk across and even sit on them. However, there’s a better chance of bed bugs picking up a lethal dose from sitting on dried residue for some time than by walking across it, so application to harborages is key. They’ll still run away from a direct application of a repellent product, but they are not kep...

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05/30/2018

Q: What is the home range of a Norway rat and a roof rat from their nesting place?-- Joey, MSA: The average for commensal rats is a 25-100 foot radius, but the reality is that it depends on how close a food source is located. If a rat can find food within 10 feet of its nest, it has no reason to go further in search of food. But if it has to go beyond 100 feet in search of food, then it will. It depends on the situation and it’s important not to limit your mindset to textbook numbers.

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05/18/2018

Univar has proudly served our customers including licensed pest management professionals for more than 90 years. Through the years we’ve been the go-to resource for pest and product information.   Our commitment to customer success starts with making sure products are delivered when and where they’re wanted. What keeps customers coming back are the many services available alongside those products - deep industry experience, dedicated service, and the array of business resources available via PestWeb. Since its inception over 20 years ago, PestWeb continues to be the struc...

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05/15/2018

Supplier Days are some of the most exciting times at Univar. We have the opportunity to partner with Bell Labs, to promote their products and business for two weeks on PestWeb and across our ProCenters. During this time, Univar customers can connect with sales representatives from both companies, earn CEUs, take advantage of the exclusive savings, and engage with other industry pros.   We wanted to invite you in on the fun! Check out some great images below:                        We’ve had a ...

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05/09/2018

You asked and we’ve delivered. We understand that customers like yourself are busy, time is limited, and resources are tight. Our goal is to ensure that we communicate as effectively as possible to meet your needs and keep you in the know. Introducing The Hub!   The Hub is our newest landing page to provide you with a one-stop-shop for the latest news in:   Corporate Updates             Customer Spotlights               Connectivity Newsletter           &n...

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12/15/2017

Twice a year, Univar commissions Net Promoter Score (NPS) customer surveys that reach out to professionals nationwide for their feelings about their preferred distributor.We learn a lot from these studies, and this year was no different. Loud and clear, pest management professionals across the country said in 2016 that they expect insight into business growth from their distributors. Not just that they want it or appreciate the help. They expect it.To a company like ours that places tremendous value on not just serving customers, but guiding them, that’s a directive. And it’s a la...

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10/23/2017

Starting today, the industry’s two most respected training catalogs will be available through a single online platform: ProTraining by Univar. We have partnered with PCT to integrate their entire Label Training library directly into ProTraining on PestWeb, giving professionals unparalleled access to courses approved for CEUs in most of the United States and Canada. See the end of this article for the full list of everything that’s been added today. With two course libraries available on a single unified platform, technicians and managers can now review training history from U...

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