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The Emotional Experience of Buying a Car

Posted by Brandes Elitch on Wed, Sep 26, 2018 @ 01:33 PM

Buying a car is the second most expensive purchase most people ever make, second only to buying a home.

Buying a home is emotional, but not as emotional as buying a car. It seems like it should be the reverse. In this short column, we will explore why this is the case.

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Tags: Auto Dealers

Five Trends in the 2018 Building Materials Industry: Pt 2

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 @ 01:59 PM

As introduced in part one of this series, consumer and contractor demand for sustainable building materials, connectivity in the home and workplace, and an “easy button” for simplified installations have spurred a wave of new products and services.

The demand for sustainable products and technologies such as connected living and working spaces have been the harbinger of change in today’s building materials industry, but other trends are prompting positive changes affecting home and commercial construction.

This second and final part reviews technology, DIY trends and simplified installations. See part one for details about industry growth and sustainability in the building materials industry.

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Tags: Building Materials

Reasons People Stop Payment on Checks

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 @ 07:44 AM

Buena Vista Auto Works repairs a customer's vehicle, accepts a check payment for the services, and sends the happy motorist on his way. All is well until the next morning when the driver discovers that he wrote the check for $4,000 instead of $400, the correct amount.

In this instance, most people would simply ask the shop to destroy the original check and write an amended check for $400.

Unfortunately, the customer decides to initiate a stop payment on the $4,000 check at his bank instead of contacting the shop for resolution. The bank charges him a $35 stop-payment fee and the shop now possesses a check with no apparent value. What recourse does the shop have?

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Tags: Stop Payment

Five Trends in the 2018 Building Materials Industry: Pt 1

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 @ 06:45 AM

The building materials industry has experienced significant change in recent years — granite is the “new” Formica; two-by-six framing is as common as two-by-fours; and wood (solid, laminate, engineered or reclaimed) has replaced wall-to-wall carpeting as the flooring of choice for many Americans. Beyond this veneer of change is a fundamental framework of industry growth, sustainability, technology, do-it-yourself homeowners, and the need for simplified installations.

The focus is on sustainable products and technology, but other trends are also having a profound influence on the building materials industry. Many of these disruptive changes are interdependent, and as expected, there is a direct correlation between construction and building materials.

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Tags: Building Materials

Help, I Need a New Check Guarantee Service

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 @ 07:45 AM

Check guarantee companies are a small segment of the financial services industry, and CrossCheck has seen competitors come and go since launching in 1983. Over the years, some privately owned check guarantee firms have been gobbled up by much larger conglomerates, yet CrossCheck has remained independently owned throughout its distinguished history.

More importantly, though, CrossCheck is periodically contacted by merchants who are looking for a new check guarantee company because they just parted ways with their old one. Disgruntled merchants come in all shapes and sizes, but their reasons for dissatisfaction generally center on a group of check processing faux pas:

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Tags: Checks

Home Furnishings Highlights at Summer LVM 2018

Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 01:44 PM

Underlined by resounding approval from attendees and exhibitors, organizers of Las Vegas Market (LVM) said the successful 2018 Summer Market was represented by “strong buyer traffic, increased order writing, and new product introductions.” Home furnishings dealers, retailers, designers, and other industry experts and stakeholders were presented with more than 5 million square feet of permanent and temporary exhibit space showcasing a wide selection of home décor, gift, housewares, gourmet, handmade, and antique products. The mega-event took place July 29 – Aug 2 at the World Market Center campus (WMC) in Las Vegas.

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Tags: Home Furnishings

CrossCheck’s Multiple Check Is Better Than Instant Financing: Here’s Why

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 @ 10:45 AM

The story you are about to read is true; the names have been changed to protect the innocent. On one side are the numerous instant financing options for consumers to use for virtual and in-person purchases. On the other is CrossCheck’s Multiple Check service that accomplishes everything the “other guys” do and then some. As the saying goes, “seeing is believing,” so stick around for closing arguments.

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Tags: Payments

HFA INSIGHTS 2018: The Consumer Experience in Home Furnishings

Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Mon, Aug 13, 2018 @ 09:45 AM

The retail industry is rapidly evolving with new technologies and changing consumer behavior and attitudes toward the retail experience. In response, retailers are implementing a consumer-centric approach at both brick-and-mortar locations and virtual storefronts. According to the Home Furnishings Association (HFA), every effort should be made to make customers’ shopping experiences “better than ever before.”

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Tags: Home Furnishings

Veterinary Industry Trends in 2018 and Beyond

Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 @ 08:45 AM

Veterinary medicine has experienced extraordinary advancements and growth since its early stages in known ancient history — taking place in Mongolia more than 3,000 years ago. An increase in consumer demand, along with modern-day technologies unfathomable to the Mongolian nomadic herders of 1300-700 B.C., have revolutionized animal healthcare. Veterinarians working in today’s rapidly changing veterinary industry must remain informed on the latest trends, breakthroughs and approaches to remain competitive. Here are five trends to watch in 2018 and beyond.

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Tags: Veterinarians

CrossCheck's Brandes Elitch Publishes Book on the Lancia Loraymo

Posted by Harrison Friedes on Wed, Aug 08, 2018 @ 06:45 AM

CrossCheck’s very own Brandes Elitch, director of Partner Acquisitions, has written a book, Lancia Loraymo and the Loewy Logic of Industrial Design. The work focuses on mid-1900s designer Raymond Loewy’s career and car designs, particularly the Lancia Loraymo.

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Tags: Auto Dealers

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