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Acquiring Industry Gathers at the 2018 MWAA Annual Conference

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 10:45 AM

The MidWest Acquirers Association will hold its 16th Annual MWAA Conference on July 25 – 26 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, a popular destination with spectacular views of Lake Michigan and nearby points of interest. This two-day trade event offers a variety of activities to ISOs and other members of the acquiring industry: educational and networking opportunities, a lineup of qualified speakers, and a tradeshow featuring the latest in payments and value-added products and services. Read More

Tags: Independent Sales Organization (ISO)

The Affordable Food Truck: How to Sell and Repair Vehicles

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 @ 10:45 AM

“Anyone can make a pan gravy, but can anyone replace their power steering pump?” said one chef in the article, “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck.”

He and his peers provide insight into the efforts needed to obtain the necessary permits, prep the food, maintain the trucks, and promote the businesses. In another part of cyberspace, outlined the three most common price points of food trucks:

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Tags: ATV Dealers, Auto Industry

NADA Social Media Accounts: Advantages for Automobile Dealers

Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 11:45 AM

NADA, the National Automobile Dealers Association, has represented the interests of new car dealers since its founding in 1917. Today, the association actively advocates, educates and provides a business community for over 16,500 members — dealers selling new cars and trucks located within the U.S. and abroad. Among NADA’s wide variety of business-enhancing resources, its social media accounts provide members with the latest association news along with a platform for networking with fellow members.

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Tags: Auto Dealers

Conference Targets Managers of Dental Offices

Posted by Harrison Friedes on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 @ 09:38 AM

My first grade self was in the back of mom's car. As usual, I was contemplating what I could do to earn my freedom from the unwanted tasks my parents kept serving me. A conference for managers of dental offices was the furthest thing from my mind.

“Hey Mom? Why do we have to brush our teeth?"

Mom answered, "Because … your teeth will rot if you don't."

On principle, I wasn't willing to let that sit: "Cavemen didn't and they were fine!"

I sat back, anticipating permanent liberation from dental hygienic practices.

"Yeah," Mom replied, "and cavemen died at 30."

That day, I learned that (1) being a caveman was no longer a realistic opportunity for my future; and (2) teeth and dentists are important. Enter the 14th Annual Dental Management Conference on July 19 – 21 in San Antonio, Texas — an excellent choice for continuing education units (CEU), networking opportunities, and learning invaluable material in the company of other managers of dental offices.

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Tags: Dentists

Summer Las Vegas Market 2018: Trends in Home Furnishings

Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Fri, Jun 08, 2018 @ 08:45 AM

Twice a year, Las Vegas Market (LVM) presents the latest designs, industry insights and inspiration in home furnishings with Winter LVM and Summer LVM. With over 4,000 exhibitors and brands, LVM showcases on-trend products in 15 categories — furniture; gift; home décor; baby, kids and juvenile; handmade; home textiles; housewares, tabletop and gourmet; lifestyle collection; lighting; mattress and bedding; outdoor and casual; rugs and floor coverings; seasonal; and upholstery and motion. To improve customer satisfaction and retention rates, remain relevant and increase revenue, dealers, retailers, designers and brand representatives alike can attend the largest home décor market in the western United States.

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Tags: Home Furnishings

When is the best time to buy a car? Keep this in mind.

Posted by Brandes Elitch on Mon, Jun 04, 2018 @ 11:45 AM

Buying a new car is the second most expensive purchase for the 62 percent of Americans who own their own home. For everyone else, it is the most expensive purchase they will ever make and determining the best time to buy a car is always a difficult decision. As careful as they might be, there are some facts of life that everyone needs to know before signing on the dotted line.

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Tags: Auto Dealerships

Father's Day Promotional Ideas for Home Improvement Stores

Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Fri, Jun 01, 2018 @ 06:45 AM

Father’s Day spending in the U.S. is expected to reach a record high of $15.5 billion, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reports. To celebrate father figures, home improvement stores can present simple DIY backyard projects that families can complete over the holiday (Sunday, June 17, 2018) weekend, and promote the campaign with the effective multi-media marketing efforts suggested below.

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Tags: Retail, Building Materials

LVM Presents New Resources for Home Furnishings Dealers

Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 10:45 AM

The Las Vegas Market welcomes home furnishings and furniture dealers, home décor retailers, interior designers, suppliers, architects, purchasing companies and industry experts at Summer LVM 2018. The annual event — LVM also runs an annual winter market — fills more than 5.4 million square feet of permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits with thousands of trending home décor, furniture, bedding, outdoor, antiques, textiles and more. Scheduled for July 29 – Aug 2 at the World Market Center campus (WMC) in Las Vegas, Summer LVM offers:

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Tags: Home Furnishings

NADA Pro Series Provides Automotive Management Training

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Fri, May 25, 2018 @ 08:45 AM

Dealerships now have automotive management training at their disposal. The National Automobile Dealers Association’s Professional Series offers a “learn from the best and forget the rest” combination of classroom and online training at three US locations: Cerritos, Calif.; Dallas, Tex.; and Tysons, Va. The training is tailored to the needs of new and up-and-coming department managers working in sales, office, parts and service. Classes begin June 2018.

“NADA is the only organization in the country that offers a full training program to give dealership managers the tools they need to run a profitable department,” said Peter Fong, NADA senior vice president of dealership operations. “And very few, if any in the industry, offer training for office managers.”

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Tags: Auto Dealerships

Five Tools to Increase Sales at an Auto Parts Store

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, May 23, 2018 @ 07:45 AM

If you hear yourself saying, “we’re an auto parts store, not a savings and loan,” more often than you like, then perhaps you’ll stick around long enough to discover five tools to increase sales.

It’s no wonder you feel that way given the cost of card-terminal certifications in relation to time and money. Then there’s the problem with independent garages taking an extra 60 days to pay their monthly balances or even bouncing those checks. You’re in the business of moving auto parts to legitimate wholesale and retail customers, and you want to keep it that way.

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Tags: Automotive

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