It's as if the world's I.T. department and the largest names in the automotive industry are competing for who can do it better — self-driving vehicles that is. While not many autonomous vehicles have hit the streets yet, US auto dealers anxiously await snippets of stories released every day by companies like Google, Tesla and recently Rolls-Royce. The competition to launch the first production self-driving car has the fervor of a drag race where companies reveal virtual information via tweets, press releases and videos, practically revving their engines to grab your attention. This update combines the latest developer news in conjunction with established content.Read More
The year was 1983. The Police and Phil Collins dominated the music charts; Sally Ride became the first American woman to visit space; and down on Earth in Petaluma, California, a new payment processing company took its first breath. Founder Timothy LaBadie named it “CrossCheck.”
The firm was established on the premise of improving existing payment processing services for merchants. While operating a record store, LaBadie received a pitch for a check guarantee service. Not being satisfied with the approach that was presented, he gathered a dynamic team of people and created a business model based on the concept of Standard Check Guarantee. Thirty-three years later, what began as a basic necessity for businesses has morphed into customized payment processing for businesses in virtually every industry.
The continued success of the company can be attributed to many factors, including CrossCheck’s attention to customer needs as well as the company’s adaptability during a time of digitalization.
With energy being one of the most expensive resources in the world, this winter’s firm grip caused utility bills to remain inflated longer than residents would have liked. Spring officially began on March 20, but people in northern states contested the cold with space heaters, the common devices that provide supplemental heat and account for nearly 45 percent of the total heating bill in the average family home.
To address such extreme temperatures, building materials managers and hardware store leads can help consumers save big money by providing energy efficient upgrades.Read More
Natural disasters may strike at any moment and often without warning. In the event that a twister touches down or the ground starts to shake, evacuating human and animal family members to safer locations is often a necessity. Access to resources such as energy, food or water, and transportation may be cutoff, so establishing an emergency plan in advance will eliminate the need to scrounge for essential materials at the last minute. The larger the number of people and animals, the larger the task.
Veterinarians encouraging animal owners to implement a disaster preparedness plan may save lives that might otherwise be stranded during a disaster or evacuation.Read More
Furniture and home furnishings sales in the United States have slowly increased in recent years, but as always, it will take concentrated efforts to keep the momentum going. March sales domestically brought in $8.79B, up from 2015’s March revenue of $8.506B according to ycharts statistics.
Home furnishings stores must continue to offer styles that cater to the desires of their customers, especially as the country continues to recover from the housing market recession of 2007-2009 that devastated the home furnishings and real estate industries (see our earlier article, “Home Furnishings Industry Rebounding Says Economic Census”).
One approach involves capitalizing on the success of the tourism industry. As the economy rebuilds, travel and tourism — specifically domestic travel spending — have increased exponentially. According to a travel report from Statista, U.S. residents spent $802B traveling the states in 2015. Thus, identifying and utilizing the sentiments that draw people to popular domestic tourism destinations could increase sales to those wanting their interior designs to mimic their favorite vacation spots.
“Click It or Ticket.” We all know the phrase; it’s the most successful safety campaign ever produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). More than half of passenger vehicle occupants killed between 2010 and 2014 weren’t wearing seat belts and the latest seat belt user rates study reveals that many continue to risk danger by not utilizing one. Despite lap and shoulder seat belts having been produced in every car since 1974, thirty one states reported less than 90% belt use rate.Read More
Advances in sustainability are revolutionizing the construction and building materials industries like never before. However, it's not just the firms and workers of these sectors that are or will be affected — all beings can experience an improved standard of living with healthier materials in place and a diminished use of natural resources.
When building materials managers and construction leaders act as ambassadors for the sustainable building movement, they not only decrease the world’s carbon footprint, but they also tap into a highly profitable market. Influencing clients won’t be so difficult once they see – as many others have – that various sources have proven consumers are willing to pay more in the short term for the long term payoff of an energy efficient building. Disclosing energy efficient renovations when listing houses, condos and townhomes on the market is resulting in more units sold at higher prices as well as less time listed, according to new real estate studies.Read More
In an insightful article about how automotive dealers can tap into the needs and wants of millennials*, four experts in their respective fields were asked what millennials really want. The article by Kurt Stephan appeared in the March 2016 issue of Dealer Marketing Magazine, and serves as a "teaching moment" for US auto dealerships. Topics include exploring and combating millennial stereotypes, the methods of communication desired by the generation, current auto trends, and addressing the specific financing challenges millennials bring to auto dealers.
"[The current] supersonic rate of communication makes millennials — and a lot of today's car buyers — different from previous generations in that they expect faster, more efficient service in every aspect of car buying, from researching to buying to service," stated Dan Moore, Senior Director of Digital Strategy, VinSolutions.Read More
Top 2015 Dental Industry Trends and 2016 Predictions, written by the Apex360 editorial board of Dentistry iQ in November of 2015, reveals the various changes occurring that year with insightful predictions for 2016. Those surveyed include dental professionals ranging from dentist practice owners and CEOs, to sales and marketing reps, to accountants and dental software experts. Deemed the most comprehensive online resource for dental pros, Dental iQ’s diverse report demonstrates many areas that practice owners can target for a successful 2016.