Business and engineering solutions retailer Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) has made another streamlined move into the energy space with the launch of its energy-exclusive retail outlet, the ATL Eco-Store.
The first of its kind in Jamaica, ATL’s Eco-Store, located in the Manor Park Plaza in Kingston, marks the company’s continued expansion into the alternative energy space following the launch of its Energy Solutions division in April this year and the introduction of its own ‘Eco-Smart’ electronics-efficiency certification.
Teaming up with long standing partner Panasonic as well as Israel’s top solar water heater provider Nimrod, the ATL Eco-Store boasts the latest ‘green’ technology from the Panasonic inverter product line including air conditioners and refrigerators, Panasonic HIT solar panels, televisions, LED and CFL lighting as well as Nimrod’s solar water heaters and other photovoltaic (PV) systems. The store will also carry a range of timers, energy monitors and power strips from the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) with whom ATL forged a strategic partnership in May to retail energy saving products.
Speaking at a media tour of the Eco-Store, General Manager for ATL Ian Neita reaffirmed the company’s commitment to provide more eco-efficient solutions for Jamaican homes and businesses. “One great catalyst of consumer interest in ‘green’ electronics is cost savings. It is proven that older appliances and our high electricity consumption will continue to inflate our energy receipts and drain both our national and environmental resources. While consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to reduce their energy consumption, many remain uncertain of the measures they can take. ATL through its Energy Solutions division and the ATL Eco-Store are prepared to help Jamaicans make the all-important savings switch to go green.”
In addition to showcasing eco-electronics, the new ATL energy- exclusive outlet also boasts an interactive Panasonic Eco–Simulator which compares consumption patterns of energy saving appliances versus inefficient models to aid customers in learning about conservation and efficiency.
The ATL Eco-Store, previously one of the company’s two Kingston outlets, will be open to the public Monday June 10 and will operate Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturdays.
It’s the beginning of a new week, and Danila Haddon is up early.
She muses on her day ahead – mentally plotting her rounds and routes – checks in on her orchids and makes her way to her office in Ocho Rios, St Ann.
Before she downs her first, full cup of coffee, she has already pursued sales leads, dispatched technicians, checked in with the service team, visited a job site as well as ordered new stock for her showroom and warehouse.
Nine months into her role as branch manager for Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) Ocho Rios, Haddon has blazed an impressive trail in a field most would expect to be headed by a man. “It is truly a technical business and much more than televisions, irons or air conditioners.
From installing generators that power hospitals to designing and outfitting commercial laundry room solutions – we do it all,” Haddon is proud of her job.
“Not many people would believe that a woman could hold her own selling Italian DAB water pump systems; know the ins-and-outs of generators or speak to hotel engineering teams on their industrial system requirements. But that’s just it, I am a woman – I can master anything,” she said with pride.
And mastered them she has. As the first female to head a regional branch for ATL, she notes that she had no reservations about being ‘man enough’ for the job. “Prior to this (assignment) I worked for almost a decade in the hospitality industry, which thrives on three things – expectations, execution and energy. I’ve taken that approach to my new role and being a new industry for me, I was willing to learn and wasn’t daunted to step up to the plate.”
Since her appointment, Haddon has bolstered sales for the branch, reporting a marked 25 per cent increase in transactions as well as a surge of in-store traffic. “The first thing I did when I took the job was to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of our current team then we made some fundamental changes,” she stated. “We came together as a unit, reassessed our customers – their needs and requirements, addressed our challenges, set new personal targets then overshot them.”
Haddon and her team have also made impressive strides in the St Ann community partnering most recently with the St Ann’s Bay Hospital to fund a new Electrocardiogram (ECG) printer for its department of internal medicine.
She revealed that her developing platform includes a lot more community work as well as plans to fortify her team with training and development. “There is a lot of potential within our group and I think that the desire to be the best at what we do is ingrained in us.” And the team’s respect for the pint-sized dynamo is mutual. They describe her as “tough but fair, with an open door and a ready solution.
“With a cohesive team in play, you can always expect excellence and that is my strategy,” she notes.
Danila Haddon has no reservations about stepping into a man’s world.
Congrats to our FIRST Honda V6 Winner: Dwight
(L-R) Danila Haddon, ATL Ocho Rios Branch Manager; ATL’s Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart; V6 Accord Winner Dwight (seated in car); Niddia Mattherson, Sales Rep and ATL Assistant Deputy Chairman Ian Neita
One down, one more Honda Accord to go! Next V6 draw is Oct 5
Reporting to the IT Manager, the Programmer /Analyst will be a key team player who will play a role in planning, designing, implementing and maintaining efficient business, financial and operations application systems in support of core organizational functions and business process
This includes the responsibility for analysis and evaluation of procedures and processes in order to provide software solutions aimed at facilitating and optimizing business processes.
Profile of Candidate:
The successful candidate should possess:
- Practical experience in developing, enhancing and supporting applications systems.
- Strong analytical and communication skills
- Knowledge of financial/accounting applications
- Ability to perform all technical processes related to the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
- Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment while exhibiting good analytical and problem solving skills.
- Knowledge and experience working with Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL database management systems.
- Expertise in Crystal Reports, HTML, CSS, VB.NET, ASP.NET and PHP programming languages.
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Project Management skills
Qualification and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in computer science from an accredited tertiary institution
- Training in system analysis and design
- A minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a similar role.
Interested persons may submit their applications to no later than August 3, 2012
The Human Resource Administrator
Appliance Traders Limited
35 Half-Way-Tree Road
Fax: (876) 754-2797