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DO's AND DON'Ts of Shopping for Suppliers - It Isn't Retail Therapy! BY KARYN LAITIS s school owners/managers, whether in business for decades or just beginning the educational journey, critical supply, equipment and student kit decisions are a significant part of your operating equation. Our current operating environment presents its challenges. Now, more than ever, decisions need to be clear, consistent, compliant and defendable. The overarching theme is: providing quality education to develop successful industry professionals. Our education is greater than the sum of "theory and techniques" for licensure. Products, supplies and equipment play an integral role to develop students into professionals. So, how can we, as school owners/managers assure that our selection criteria and suppliers are the perfect mix for a successful program? Let's Consider Some "Do's" 1. Review your curriculum with your instructors to determine the education value you provide with your existing product/equipment/kit selections. Having a clear valuation indicates areas needing more focus. Technology and science are Learn More driving the beauty industry; YouTube is filled with educated and ignorant portrayals of how to use or misuse products/ equipment. We want to be current without overinvesting in fads. 2. Review your school facility before making equipment changes. There is nothing more frustrating to a student than to get that new 2000W professional hair dryer and the first day that the entire class is working on a blow dry assignment (or competition) the circuits blow. It's the "Ooops!!!" that keeps on giving - in school, social media, Yelp, etc.; and educators need to re-arrange assignments to manage the electrical demand. The same dynamic can occur when deciding to use a robust "online" education component when you only have one T1 line for everything in the school. The bandwidth is inadequate and the floodgates open to...oh, it's just too scary! So dedicated IT lines for school operations and education would be a consideration. 3. Visit the AACS website ( The great news: as a member of AACS, you have an extensive list of Associate Members dedicated to our industry and providing the value you are seeking for your school. You have your goals, your budget - now shop!!! Our AACS conferences provide "speeddating" for schools. Talk with more than one vendor and get references from other AACS members. You are creating a relationship. Assure that your goals, become theirs - that they have the commitment and capacity to deliver - whether it's product volumes, timely delivery or education support. Many vendors have School Partnership Programs and those that don't will work with you to fulfill your needs. 4. Have an internal communication plan for change. It is a different dynamic for new vs. existing schools or 1 school vs. multiples. The more campuses you have, the communication challenge increases to manage the "CHANGE." Change needs to be supported through training your staff, educators and students. Co-create a "roll-out" schedule with your vendor. Even if you don't make physical changes in your backbar, kits or retail, DO make sure that you review any collateral or messaging that is presented to prospective students. It needs The course ML134 - Career Management is available on the AACS Online Training Center. The course ML147 - Decision Making is available on the AACS Online Training Center. Members call AACS at Members call AACS at 800-831-1086 for your VIP Discount Code. Visit the following URL 800-831-1086 for your VIP Discount Code. To learn about this course, visit to learn more about this course: BE AUT YLIN K | F O CUSI NG O N F I NANCI A L S | 20 1 6 | 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 2

Message From the AACS President and CEA Chair
Workings of Washington
CEA Gets Amped Up in Vegas
The Bottom Line: What You Should Discuss With Your CP
Revelations About the Department of Education
Do’s and Don’ts of Shopping for Suppliers — It Isn’t Retail Therapy!
And Then There’s Compliance
Students and Money Management
Voices From the Classroom
Superstar Graduate
Beauty Changes Lives
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Financial Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2016 Events
Index to Advertisers

BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 2