Posted on Thursday Sep 08, 2016 at 08:00PM in General
Hill & Markes is a story of constant reinvention. And that constant state of change has been the secret sauce at Hill & Markes for the past 110 years.
A distributor you might ask as innovator and change agent? Why? The answer is clear – we are and always have been customer-centric – and we are in a constant state of discovery for avenues to better please our customers.
Hill & Markes has transformed itself from ice cream producer and distributor using horse and buggy, to candy and tobacco peddler out of a station wagon, to current day distributor of cleaning supplies and foodservice products employing 30 delivering tractor trailers.
How does a small town distributor in Amsterdam NY make so many major strategic changes in direction and continue to stay in the leading edge?
- Our people!
Hill & Markes has been owned and operated by three generations of entrepreneurs. Amos Hill & Charlie Markes founded the company, Harry and Harriet Finkle bought the company from Hill & Markes and cemented a brand and reputation second to none, and Neal/Andrea Packer and Jeffrey Finkle grew the company into the largest independent distributor of janitorial supplies and foodservice supplies in upstate NY.
Enter the fourth generation – Jason Packer. Jason has assembled a team of the best e-commerce, social media, IT, data analytic professionals in the janitorial/foodservice industry. With the leadership of that next gen talent, we are proud to present Hill & Markes (HM) 4.0.
HM 4.0 is reinvention through technology.
With the ease of google-like search capabilities, with Amazon-like product descriptions/graphics, and with Quick-books-like budget analytics, Hill & Markes is proud to present HM 4.0.
HM 4.0 is our customer’s new ordering platform. HM 4.0 allows for the consumer shopping experience we have all become accustomed to in combination with the business-to-business capabilities purchasing agents and company owners are requiring in these labor-stretched times.
On October 1, 2016 Hill & Markes will launch this platform to our customers. And with testing already done by volunteer customers, we are confident that our customers will be very pleased.