Over the last few months, mobility dealerships the length and breadth of the country have been flat-out to shift scooters and wheelchairs while the surge in demand lasts.
Naturally, it’s been all hands on deck for distributors, who have had their work cut out matching products to customers and no doubt changing orders, carrying out repairs and servicing equipment.
Every scooter selling season is a stressful time for dealers and while appreciated by manufacturers, the sweat and tears of retail businesses has tended to go largely unrecognised in this industry.
It was therefore fantastic to see the flood of votes from equipment suppliers that came in when we launched the online voting for the forthcoming AMP Awards, in association with Sunrise Medical and supported by TriLift.
Keen to have their say on which of their partners have excelled in recent months, the word among suppliers spread like wild fire. I am pleased to say that the competition has been fierce with the lead in some categories changing hands several times.
The level of engagement from manufactures in the voting process shows how much suppliers do support their dealers and do appreciate the relentless work that goes on to shift their products. Judging by the apparent interest from suppliers in the Awards, dealer channels are clearly still regarded as pivotal to manufactures.
What was also exciting to see was the pouring in of votes from mobility dealers supporting their supposed rivals. While no one would dispute that the mobility retail market is highly competitive, it was warming to see that dealers have been very supportive of their peers, able to fully appreciate the hard work each one puts in throughout the year. They are, after all, the people that know best.
With just a month to go until the glittering Awards ceremony, all mobility retailers are warmly invited to come and celebrate not just the individual companies shortlisted for the Awards, but the excellence in every dealership that goes on day in, day out.
We hope you can join us on Sunday 7 October, when all will be revealed!