Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tornado's path includes at least one Oklahoma cemetery

We were relieved to hear that all of the employees of Central Vaults, based in Oklahoma City, were safe after the tornado. But one driver had a close call. We'll let Mike Peery, Central Vaults Sales and Marketing, tell you what happened in his own words:


"One of our drivers was in the cemetery at Moore waiting for a funeral to arrive. I called him and told him to leave NOW! He did what he as he was instructed, thank goodness! The following pictures are of what is left of our setup and the cemetery." 


We are, of course, so glad that everyone associated with the funeral was unharmed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the many families who weren't able to escape the path of the tornado. 

This article originally appeared in Trigard Tuesdays, our weekly electronic newsletter featuring information for the funeral industry. Sign up for your free subscription at http://www.trigard.com/tuesdays.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How to protect your business from scams

Stuart McDaniels, Materials Manager

It seems as though you can't pick up the paper or watch the news without hearing about some new form of a scam. Most business gets done either via the internet or telephone, so we see an increase in scams in both forms of communication. Remember, scammers are more experienced at scamming you than you are at defending against being scammed, so they have the upper hand.
Here are some general guidelines that can help minimize your exposure to scams when dealing with outside vendors:

  • Don't buy from new suppliers until their existence and dependability has been verified.
  • Before you buy, ask for a sample of items being offered.
  • Be sure all items or services are received to your satisfaction before you submit or pay invoices.
  • Unless you're sure with whom you're talking, don't give out any information about your business over the telephone.
  • Ask for a callback number you can verify.
Scams really are nothing new, but the methods of scamming continue to evolve. It is important to keep a healthy dose of skepticism when in new or unknown business situations. It can save the heartache and embarrassment of being a victim of the next new scam.
This article originally appeared in Trigard Tuesdays, our weekly electronic newsletter featuring information for the funeral industry. Sign up for your free subscription at http://www.trigard.com/tuesdays.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Central Burial Vaults creates an impressive display


The Healing Tree® burial vault, Aegean® urn vault and Serenity® casket vault were on display along with a memorable tag line from Central Burial Vaults at the 111th Annual Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association Convention. Mike Peery did a great job of assembling a wide range of products and graphics.

We have so many great tools for you to purchase or borrow when you have an open house or attend a convention. From literature geared specifically toward funeral directors (ask for the Product Guides) to pop-up displays, we can help you make the most of your event. Call Trigard Customer Service at 800.637.1992 for more details.

This article originally appeared in Trigard Tuesdays, Trigard's weekly electronic newsletter featuring information for the funeral industry. Sign up for your free subscription at http://www.trigard.com/tuesdays.