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BMW combines with John Deere to grow global farm, construction vehicle marketplace
BMW is more closely associated with cars, motorcycles and the back stretch at Nürburgring than a farmer’s back forty – but BMW’s Designworks subsidiary is collaborating with John Deere to reap the latest in vehicle engineering innovations and apply them to Deere’s lines of agricultural and construction equipment. Learn more.
2018 Federated-KOI Cavalcade of Customs features service tech, body shop training
The annual KOI Auto Parts-Federated Cavalcade of Customs has become one of the nation’s top training expos for professional service technicians. Scheduled for Jan. 5-7 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, it is the 58th annual Cavalcade show. Read more.
Program Distribution Groups report 2017 progress, achievements
To better serve its customers, the entire professional network at Advance – including Advance Professional, Carquest, Worldpac and Autopart International – was brought under the common leadership of Bob Cushing, executive VP, Professional at Advance. Under his leadership, the professional enterprise has implemented programs to offer shops more access to the parts, services and solutions they need to grow their business. Read more.
Autonomous vehicle sales to surpass 33 million annually in 2040, IHS Markit says
More than 33 million autonomous vehicles will be sold globally in 2040, a substantial increase from the 51,000 units forecast for the first year of significant volume in 2021, according to the latest autonomous vehicle sales forecast from business information provider IHS Markit.
Bosch, Continental to acquire stake in digital map provider HERE
Bosch is acquiring 5 percent in HERE Technologies, a global provider of digital mapping and location services. Reuters reported that Continental also is acquiring 5 percent of HERE, which is jointly owned by German automakers BMW, Daimler and Audi; and chip maker Intel. HERE Technologies helps automakers develop high-definition maps to guide self-driving cars so they do not have to rely on third-party companies such as Alphabet, parent company of Google.
PODCAST: The Leadership Challenge
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Hiring and Leading Millennials
Building a Strong Culture Is Hard Yet Rewarding and Right For Your Business.
If You Aren’t Listening To This Podcast, You Are Missing Out!
What are you waiting for?
The holidays are the perfect time to binge on educational assets that are here to help you put into place your business goals for 2018.
So when you are ready to get away from the holiday hustle and bustle and do a little learning, check out the 10-episode podcast series, NAPA AutoCare Center Podcast. This highly educational podcast is not for just AutoCare Centers; rather the topics covered throughout the year are applicable to any shop owner, anywhere in the country!
Subject matter experts – all of whom are shop owners – discuss topics like management systems training, financing, going digital, branding and marketing, Business Development Groups, warranty and more. Each owner brings to the podcast insight, experience and background in the topic and shares with you lessons and more that you can implement in your shop.
Episodes are under 30 minutes, and led by NAPA’s Jason Bardon, Ryan Flanagan and Jon Luttrell. Each episode is guaranteed to teach you something, and put you at ease that whatever pain point you are trying to address, someone out there is going through the same thing.
Listen now to any of the 10 episodes of the NAPA AutoCare Center Podcast for FREE, and get ready to start your 2018 off right with new ideas, insight and excitement about being an automotive repair shop owner.
Logistics Newsmaker Q&A with Peter Green of BellHawk Systems
New England-based BellHawk Systems provides work-in-process and materials tracking systems for a variety of different industries. Company President Peter Green recently published a white paper on the value of using license plate container tracking barcodes to improve inventory visibility inside the warehouse. Read more.