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JOB POSTING: INSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE

The Dero Bike Rack Company, a leading and rapidly growing manufacturer of bicycle storage racks, shelters and systems, is looking for a full-time, hourly Inside Sales person.  This career position offers a fast-paced work environment with good growth potential.  Estimated start date is ASAP.  To apply, email resume and cover letter to Stephanie Beebe at [email protected].  No phone calls, please. Please submit your application by 1/28/15.

Summary

Inside Sales Rep is a member of the Dero sales team.  This candidate will focus on increased inside sales performance using the Reed Construction Database to submit quote proposals, find and track new leads and find additional sales opportunities through competitor specifications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Explore project leads in Reed Construction Database
  • Find current projects in Reed to prepare detailed sales proposals, quotes and bids to potential customers
  • Search competitors’ specified projects to suggest possible alternates
  • Track share of projects specified to Dero vs. competitors
  • Research projects in planning stages
  • Work with marketing department to proactively market to architects
  • Analyze market trends including project locations, project types, and common products
  • Reach out to potential specifiers through emails, mailings, and cold-calling
  • Focus on contacts, sales leads, project bidding via the following:
    • Construction databases
    • Internal vetted lists
  • Prepare CAD layouts of installation locations (training provided)
  • Follow-up with customers regarding sales related projects
  • Help prepare sales goals and lists for pro-active sales
  • Work with production and shipping to make sure timelines and quality goals are met

Qualifications:

  • Excellent organization skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word)
  • Ability to learn multiple software and account systems
  • Self-directed and ambitious
  • Highly driven and able to work independently
  • Can-do, helpful attitude
  • Willing to work in a team/group environment
  • Professional verbal and written communication style
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and conflicting deadlines
  • Education and/or Experience
  • Bachelor degree preferred with 2 years of experience in sales.
 

Travel

No annual travel  

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint software. Dero will provide AutoCAD training  

Compensation:

  • Competitive pay
  • 14 days PTO (prorated for the first year, with 1 additional day each year thereafter)
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Simple IRA (Dero matches up to 4%)
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Bonus plan
  • Alternative transportation compensation
 
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A Very Dero Birthday: Twenty Years of Bike Parking and Bicycling Infrastructure Innovation

By Ben Hovland

It’s our birthday! In 2015, Dero is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Though we’re still not old enough to legally drink, twenty years of distributing bike racks around the world has taught us a few things about bicycle security, innovation, and living bike-centric lifestyles.

Throughout the year, we will bring you several looks back on Dero’s origins and the exciting directions we’re headed into the future. In our first installment, Rolf Scholtz, one of Dero’s founders, takes a moment to share his reflections on this historic milestone.

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In 1995, two brothers, Derk and Rolf (De + Ro = DeRo, get it?), identified a need in the existing bicycling infrastructure. “Bike racks weren’t functional for u-locks. There’s gotta be a way to make a bike rack that’s u-lock compatible and somewhat decent,” remembers Rolf. “Believe it or not, no one was doing that back then.”

So the brothers set out to solve this problem, one bicycle rack design at a time. They slowly gained clients and traction, operating from the apartment above Bullwinkle’s Saloon in the Seven Corners district in Minneapolis. “It wasn’t easy,” Rolf says, “We had to ship all our UPS from the bar, and we out grew it pretty quickly. But it was dirt cheap, and we were strapped for cash those first 5 years!”

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Given the small scale of their operation, Rolf and Derk were forced to innovate using their everyday experiences riding their bikes around the Twin Cities. “We were all bike people at Dero, in some way or another. I was originally a bike security monitor at the University of Minnesota,” Rolf recalls. “There’s a culture of biking at Dero, and we were always trying something new and different. That’s a big reason why we were so successful.”

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The Birchwood Cafe was one of Dero’s first customers. “Back then, I couldn’t even find them,” admits Rolf. But since then, the Birchwood has proven a valuable partner in advancing small business-driven bicycling advocacy and leading the movement to promote on-street bike corrals. Having committed to prioritizing advocacy early in our existence, Dero strengthened its connections with organizations such as Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists. Today, our network extends across North America, and we are excited for meeting new partners in the years to come.

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In the past 20 years, one of the most significant milestones was bringing manufacturing in-house. “We knew we had to do it ourselves,” Rolf remembered. The process, starting in fall of 2004, “took twice as long and cost twice as much as we anticipated, but the payoff was instantaneous.” After moving powdercoating and shipping in-house, Dero soon acquired their first metal bending equipment, and by 2010 our operation had matured into a full warehouse stocked with locally made bike racks.

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Rolf shared several entertaining memories from Dero’s early days, but one of his favorites involved Moka, the office dog. Dogs are a longstanding fixture in Dero’s workplace. From the first time Rolf and Derk started hiring new employees, Rolf recalled one particular incident when, “Moka was underneath the table and farting up a storm, and they were silent! They just reeked. And this poor person was trying to ignore the wafts of this horrible gas while I’m interviewing them.” Did they get the job? “We didn’t end up hiring them. They probably thought we were full of it, blaming the farts on the dog!”

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While dog farts still occasionally plague the office, Dero’s drive to innovate and provide the best possible bike parking and transit solutions remains as strong as ever. When Dero first began, Rolf and Derk started with the goal to design the most secure and best looking racks possible, all while accommodating both customers and end-users’ needs. This central tenet still holds true in our work twenty years later. We invite you to celebrate our achievements over the past two decades, and to join us as we continue to develop attractive and functional bicycle infrastructure.

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Dero Begins its 20th Year Anniversary with a Bang: Four New Bike Racks and New Website

Since 1995, Dero has introduced innovative bike parking to the world and continues this tradition with the new Ultra Space Saver Squared, Cycle Dock™, Type Rider™, and Alley Rack™. The new website highlights these bike racks, and features design guides, how-to videos, product galleries, a robust online store, and more.

Minneapolis, MN – Since 1995, Dero has introduced innovative bike parking to the world. Now entering its 20th year, Dero continues this tradition with the new Ultra Space Saver Squared, Cycle Dock™, Type Rider™, and Alley Rack™. A redesigned website highlights these bike racks, and features design guides, how-to videos, product galleries, a robust online store, and more. These new online resources will help customers find the best bicycle parking solutions for their project.

NEW PRODUCTS

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Ultra Space Saver Squared: Dero’s Ultra Space Saver Squared builds on its popular predecessor, the original Ultra Space Saver. Both provide vertical bike parking that maximizes space efficiency, but the Squared goes even further:

  • Sliding Arm System: Adjustable sliding arms make it easy for customers to best utilize their space. It also creates flexibility to make sure spacing follows city requirements as they evolve.
  • Square Tube Arm: Pipe-cutter resistant squared steel tubing makes the Ultra Space Saver Squared more secure than the original.
  • Angled Arm (optional): This option provides an extra six inches of aisle space.

Like the original, the Squared is u-lock compatible and accommodates bikes with fenders; features an easy to install, modular system; and can fit in nearly any space. Additional options include: wall-mount, floor-mount, and double-sided.

Cycle Dock™: The Dero Cycle Dock™ is a solid laser cut steel plated bike rack, providing high security that is pleasing to the eye. With unassuming wheel stops at its base, the Cycle Dock™ offers three points of contact for extra bike stability, while the wide-spacing between its two arms decreases handle bar conflicts when parking two bikes.

Type Rider™ Racks: The line of Type Rider™ Racks offers customers the chance to have fun with letters and symbols. These laser cut, hand welded bike racks can be made to spell out a word, brand name, and even hashtag. They are available in a wide array of finishes and colors to create eye-catching bike parking.

Alley Rack™: One of the first Dero racks created in the mid-1990s, the Alley Rack™ has been reincarnated, redesigned, and reengineered to be better than ever. The Alley Rack’s™ arm swings a full 180º, offering a variety of locking positions to accommodate for limited space, and its 5/8″ thick steel construction provides a strong deterrent to would-be thieves.

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NEW WEBSITE

Dero is proud to introduce customers to a new and improved www.dero.com. Beyond the stunning design and images, the website offers new features to make it easier for customers to find the perfect bike parking solutions for their project. A large selection of Dero products are now available to purchase via the online store, as long as quantities can be shipped via FedEx. For more complex orders, quantity discounts, quotes and general questions, customers will now have the option to chat with our friendly and informative sales team online.

Customers can also find ideas and inspiration from the new Dero Design Project Guides, starting with Streetscapes, Bike Rooms, Campus Settings, and Park and Rec. All product pages now feature more photos than ever before and how-to videos have started to pop-up, plus the Dero Blog has been redesigned. Be sure to visit the website to keep up-to-date with the newest bike parking resources and Dero news.

ABOUT DERO

Since 1995, Dero has been supplying innovative bike parking and bicycle transit solutions to architects, contractors, municipalities, higher education, and parks and rec. Its bike racks, repair stands and pumps, shelters, and lockers are high quality, thoughtfully designed and secure. Dero also offers the award winning Dero ZAP, an automatic system to track bike commuters. Dero is located in Minneapolis and is proud to support biking locally and nationally.

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Job Posting: CAD Drafter – CLOSED

CAD Drafter – CLOSED

The Dero Bike Rack Company, a leading and rapidly growing manufacturer of bicycle storage racks, shelters and systems, is looking for a full-time, salaried CAD Drafter.  This career position offers a fast-paced work environment with good growth potential.  Estimated start date is ASAP.  To apply, email resume and digital portfolio of past projects to Andy Lageson at [email protected].  No phone calls, please.   Successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to create attractive, functional, efficient, practical, and cost-effective designs of bicycle racks, bicycle shelters, and bicycle transportation-related products.  

Candidates must also demonstrate knowledge in:

  • Fabrication processes and surface finishing using a variety of different materials, with emphasis on metal fabrication, bending, and welding
  • Assembly processes
  • Design for manufacturability and shipping
  • AutoCAD and Solidworks
  • Bicycling and bicycle transportation issues
  • Fasteners and fastening methods
 

Responsibilities:

  • Model custom products
  • Prepare shop drawings
  • Maintain existing custom product cad files and documentation
  • Assist sales with custom product designs
  • Work directly with sales, marketing, production, and vendors and supply them with the necessary documentation
  • Set up BOM’s
  • Cost out products
 

Requirements:

  • AutoCAD and SolidWorks experience
  • Microsoft Excel experience
  • Knowledge and appreciation of bicycles
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • General math and trigonometry knowledge
  • Adobe Illustrator preferred
  • Steel fabrication preferred
 

Compensation:

  • Competitive pay
  • 15 days PTO (prorated for the first year, with 1 additional day each year thereafter)
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Simple IRA (Dero matches up to 4%)
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Bonus plan
  • Alternative transportation compensation
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Dero Dream Bike Room Contest Winner: BikeTexas

BikeTexas pulls ahead of Green Building Alliance to win the Dero Dream Bike Room Pinterest contest. BikeTexas wins up to $7,500 in Dero bike parking products, plus $1,000 to decorate its dream bike room. Dero is proud to announce its first Dero Dream Bike Room contest winner: Susan Wilcox from BikeTexas located in Austin, Texas. The runner-up is Bradd Celidonia from Green Building Alliance (GBA) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From April 23 through 30, the public was able to vote for either BikeTexas or GBA’s Dero Dream Bike Room Pinterest board to decide who would win. Throughout the week both nonprofits gained support via Twitter, Facebook, emails and blogs. The competition was fierce with the lead changing hands several times. In the end, BikeTexas won with 4,014 votes versus Green Building Alliance’s 3,405 votes. BikeTexas wins up to $7,500 in Dero products, plus $1,000 to decorate its dream bike room. Dero will work with BikeTexas to design its space to be ready for use in Summer/Fall 2014.