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The Local Auto Body Shop of the Future

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

In or about the year 2030, a fully autonomous car will drive itself to a local auto body shop for repairs within minutes of being involved in a minor fender bender. Furthermore, the arrival of the vehicle will be anticipated because its onboard diagnostic (OBD) system and the shop’s computers belong to the same national network.

Next, one or more human passengers will make their way into the repair shop office to touch bases with management, and if necessary, finalize repair authorizations or provide additional information.

Thus begins a scenario that will be played out in shops across the country, but what happens in the preceding 10 years will determine if those shops will survive “the cut” of an extremely dynamic marketplace. We offer the key moving parts followed by evidence supporting cause for optimism in this important segment of the auto aftermarket vertical.

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Tags: Auto Repair

Coverings 2018 for Tile and Stone Dealers and Installers: Pt 1

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 @ 01:00 PM

Coverings ’18, a monolithic conference for tile and stone dealers and installers, takes place May 8 – 11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Other attendees and exhibitors include architects, builders, remodelers, contractors, designers, distributors and fabricators. Coverings 2018 offers educational sessions, a tradeshow, meetings, live product and installation demonstrations, workshops and networking events. Unlike other conferences, the tradeshow and all educational sessions at Coverings ’18 are free.

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Tags: Building Materials

PAYMENTS 2018: the 2nd Installment for Payments Professionals

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 @ 09:31 AM

The PAYMENTS 2018 conference takes place April 29 to May 2 at the San Diego Convention Center, featuring educational workshops, meetings, keynote sessions and a variety of networking events for payments professionals. Produced by The Electronic Payments Association (NACHA), this year’s event is focused on faster payments and will be attended by payments professionals from all macro environments including mobile, retail and technology as well as payment processors such as CrossCheck. Read More

Tags: Payments

NADA Show 2018 Inspires Auto Dealers to Increase Car Sales

Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 @ 04:00 PM

Auto dealers, automotive manufacturers and other industry leaders gathered at the link Las Vegas Convention Center March 22 – 25 for the NADA Show 2018. Presented by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the event held 120 educational sessions categorized under eight learning tracks in traditional and interactive formats with the opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEUs). Alongside sessions, NADA Show 2018 ran an exhibit hall staged with the latest automotive products, services and technologies.

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Tags: Auto Dealers

Market Changes Impact the Cost of Used Cars

Posted by Brandes Elitch on Fri, Apr 06, 2018 @ 04:31 PM

Did you know that the average car on the road today in the U.S. is 11 years old? … an amazing revelation that may impact the cost of used cars this year.

I’m a “car guy.” My first car was a 1961 Buick bubbletop coupe, which I got in 1968, my senior year in college. It was considered an “old car” even then, probably just a few years away from being scrapped. I paid $400 for it. Back then, you had to replace your tires every 10,000 miles and you would replace your entire exhaust system every few years, due to the combination of leaded fuel and salt on the roads back east.

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Tags: Auto Dealerships

Solutions to Increase Parts Sales at Auto Dealerships: Pt 2

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Thu, Apr 05, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

While the new and used-car sales departments stay focused on “getting tail lights across the curb,” the possibility of increasing parts sales at auto dealerships does not go unnoticed by 21st century franchise administrators who look to generate more revenue from every channel.

Part one of this series reviewed the ways that dealer management systems (DMS) can be used to increase parts sales with the strategic application of pricing, customer relationship managers (CRM) and key performance indicators (KPIs).

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Tags: Auto Dealerships

2018 TRANSACT for Payments Technology Experts: Part Three

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Tue, Apr 03, 2018 @ 07:45 AM

Produced by the world's largest payments industry trade organization, the Electronic Transactions Association, TRANSACT is an annual payments technology conference for financial institutions, networks, payments companies, technology innovators and resellers of payments processing services. TRANSACT 2018 takes place April 17 – 19, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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Tags: Independent Sales Organization (ISO), FinTech

Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Mon, Apr 02, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

Acknowledging that agriculture is one of man’s oldest professions, the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association’s site blends yesterday with today, including a link to Spudnik’s captivating drone video of harvesters in action.

The trade association — aka “FEMA” long before the federal agency “hijacked” the acronym — maintains a one-stop informational gateway for the farming industry with thousands of descriptions and links to manufacturers and their products, distributors and retail operations, tradeshows, safety councils, drought alerts, cyber security recommendations, publications and government agencies.

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Tags: Farm Equipment

Solutions to Increase Parts Sales at Auto Dealerships: Pt 1

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 @ 11:45 AM

Increasing parts sales at auto dealerships is an ongoing challenge across the industry. Many experts have thrown their hats into the ring of public opinion on the matter, but few are thoroughly connecting the dots or offering one-stop shopping for useful information. The following discussion was established after reviewing numerous articles followed by much needed aggregation. Sources are credited where necessary.

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Tags: Auto Dealerships

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 2018 Conference Preview

Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Wed, Mar 28, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

On April 18 – 21, U.S. dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, lab technicians, office personnel and patient coordinators in cosmetic dentistry will travel to the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in Chicago, Illinois for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) 2018 Conference. The 34th annual scientific session will present new and enhanced educational opportunities for dental professionals at all levels and positions. The AACD 2018 program consists of:

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Tags: Dentists

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