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2018 International Convention & Expo for Funeral Directors

Posted by Harrison Friedes on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 09:45 AM

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is hosting its International Convention & Expo October 14 - 17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event has the largest funeral service expo in the world and features a plethora of continuing education (CE) opportunities, pre-convention seminars, general sessions and workshops, product and services exhibits, and social events.

The NFDA launched its first convention in Rochester, N.Y., and celebrated the 100th rendition in 1982. The organization currently has over 20,000 individual members which make up nearly 11,000 funeral homes in the United States and 49 countries around the world.

Funeral directors from around the globe will participate as attendees and or presenters while exhibitors consist of companies like CrossCheck (details below) that provide goods and services to help funeral directors achieve success and remain profitable.

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Tags: Multiple Check, Funeral Homes

Auto Parts Industry Professionals Pilgrim to SEMA Show 2018

Posted by Harrison Friedes on Sat, Jul 28, 2018 @ 06:45 AM

Auto parts industry professionals from around the country gather each year at the SEMA Show (Specialty Equipment Market Association) to compare notes, practices, and most importantly, automobiles. SEMA is expected to put this year’s newest trends on display at their big event on October 30 – November 2 in Las Vegas.

The SEMA Show contains over 2,400 exhibiting companies and every type of new and hot product that one could imagine. It offers well-known speakers, a plethora of demonstrations, educational seminars and numerous networking opportunities. The convention covers over one million square feet of space and SEMA brags of over 70,000 buyers attending last year’s show.

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Tags: Auto Industry, Multiple Check

2017 Certified Flooring Installers Annual Convention

Posted by Jessica Fernandez on Fri, Aug 04, 2017 @ 12:26 PM

The 24th Annual CFI Flooring Convention and Expo takes place August 16 – 18 in Orlando, Florida. Produced by the Certified Flooring Installers, the event offers educational seminars and hands-on workshops taught by leaders in the floor covering industry as well as a chance to demo new products and great networking opportunities.

The three-day convention begins at 10am, August 16 with an advisory board meeting, followed by a certification team meeting, registration at 4pm and a welcome reception at 6pm. Read More

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Why Are Auto Repair Costs So High?

Posted by Brandes Elitch on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

A study by repair data provider “CarMD” called the “2017 Vehicle Health Index” looked at average auto repair costs in 2016, and found that costs rose almost 3% last year and in 2015 too. The average repair bill for routine maintenance is $398. This is for minor repairs, not crash damage. The index (published April 2017) has 5.3 million repairs in its database, so I would guess it is a pretty comprehensive and reliable source.

It turns out that there are five common repairs. The most common is a faulty oxygen sensor (8% of repairs). Next up is the catalytic converter (6.75%), followed by faulty ignition coils and spark plugs (6.23%). Amazingly, a loose gas cap was responsible for 4.16% of the “check engine lights, and the last one was a non-functioning mass airflow sensor (3.84%).

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Tags: Auto Repair, Multiple Check

How Much Do You Need to Save for Retirement?

Posted by Brandes Elitch on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 @ 09:13 AM

It seems like every time you pick up the business section of the paper you see an article in the personal finance column about the “impending retirement disaster” that is looming for Americans. These articles typically point out that most people are not saving anywhere near what they will need for retirement, and thus, will not have enough money to live on when they do. In this article, we will evaluate the statistics behind these observations; then point out how CrossCheck can help your customers.

The median wage earner retiring at 67 years of age will typically get a social security monthly check for $1606, or $2409 if there is a spousal benefit. Compare this to someone who is working and making $54,000 a year, who would keep about $3500 a month after taxes and their contribution to their 401(k) plan.

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Tags: Multiple Check

The True Cost of Debt and Alternatives to Debt

Posted by Brandes Elitch on Sat, Mar 11, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Today we’ll take a look at three types of debt, the true cost of debt, and discuss how to be smart about taking on debt.

First, let’s look at having a mortgage for your house. About 63% of Americans have a house and most of them have a mortgage. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reports that the median sales price of a new home is $316,000. Obviously, most people wouldn’t have that kind of money in liquid assets, so they would need a mortgage. Another way to look at it is if you want to build a 2,000 square foot house, it will cost you at least $150 a square foot, which is $305,000 right there. Aside from being a kind of “forced saving,” a mortgage has another benefit: it is also “preferred debt.” This means that the interest is tax-deductible. Contrast this with non-preferred debt, such as revolving credit card charges, car loans, and student loans.

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Tags: Multiple Check

CrossCheck & Auto Dealerships Celebrate 100 Years of NADA

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

The buzz surrounding the 2017 NADA Convention & Expo has reached the CrossCheck headquarters in Petaluma, California where key personnel are planning their visit to New Orleans and fine-tuning the presentation of payment solutions that have helped auto dealerships increase profits over the last four decades.

Founded in 1983, CrossCheck has been a longtime participant on the floor of the exhibitor showcase where its staff will command a booth and break away to catch a few interesting workshops.

The festivities begin Thursday, January 26 when guests will be entertained at NADA 100 Carnival, an opening gala featuring Foreigner, Cowboy Mouth and local jazz musicians as well as cuisine from the top restaurants in the Crescent City. This event is located at Mardi Gras World, the renowned pavilion where most Mardi Gras floats are built by hand.

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Tags: Auto Dealerships, NADA, Multiple Check

Six Reasons for Home Furnishings Dealers to Attend 2017 Winter LVM

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 01:00 PM

CrossCheck returns to the “Entertainment Capital of the World” on January 22 – 26, 2017 for the 2017 Winter Las Vegas Market. The event is the most comprehensive cross-category wholesale tradeshow for the furniture, home décor and gift industries in the United States, presenting a unique cross-section of over 3,000 resources in an unrivaled setting.

LVM (summer and winter) enables home furnishings dealers and designers to shop a broad assortment of products from thousands of companies making furniture, mattresses, lighting, decorative accessories, floor coverings, home textiles, tabletop, general gift and more.

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Tags: Home Furnishings, Multiple Check, Las Vegas Market

Auto Dealership Fun: Top Five Pickups for Tailgate Parties

Posted by Kevin Walli on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

It’s football season and with that comes some serious tailgating before the big games. The parking lot is full of cars, trucks and RVs getting their barbeques fired up for brats, burgers, steaks, dogs or whatever else is on the menu. A tailgate party requires an adequate set up with chairs, tables, cooler, grill, condiments and sometimes a TV to watch the pre-game shows. The right vehicle, especially one just driven off an auto dealership lot, makes it that much more enjoyable.

Inspired by a CARFAX article about the five best used cars for tailgating, we researched five popular pickups because they have a decided edge over cars in the realm of tailgating. These trucks supply the necessary space for transporting all the gear and provide additional inspiration for arriving in style.

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Brandes Elitch: the Vanguard of Premium Check Services

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @ 07:00 PM

Among the many specialists on staff at CrossCheck is Director of Partner Acquisitions Brandes Elitch, a longstanding member of the business community who has been a cash management practitioner for several Fortune 500 companies, sold cash management services for major banks, and served as a consultant to bankcard acquirers. Elitch is a Certified Cash Manager and an Accredited ACH Professional with an MBA from New York University and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University.

He also collects vintage automobiles and has written dozens of articles for publications such as The Green Sheet, VeloceToday and naturally, this CrossCheck blog where he often discusses premium check services.

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Tags: Multiple Check

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