dpd1 - 11:16 pm on Feb 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think the way products and materials are bought and sold, is in a real state of change right now. It's going to take a while for all the old heads to disappear, but hopefully everything will become a lot more streamlined after that. The fact that, to this day, the majority of parts/materials manufactures that I call, refuse to take direct payment right over the internet or phone for what I'm looking to buy, is ridiculous. During a time when everybody is whining so much about the economy, you would think people would be doing everything they can to sell stuff. But I can call most manufacturers and say... "Hey... I want to buy 500 of these right now... Got my card in my hand"... and all they do is tell you they're going to mail you some 5 page account application.
I've worked at many businesses, where you soon find out that the person who is really in charge is not the owner, but some ancient bookkeeper that lives in the stone age... Their main priority is not making money, but following some sort of Nazi-like paperwork scheme she's laid out. Nothing is allowed to get in the way of that, including sales.