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Karen Cover Jan 11    Article


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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.

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Karen Cover Jan 11    Article


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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.

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Karen Cover Jan 09    Article


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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.

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Karen Cover Jan 09    Article


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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.

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Karen Cover Jan 09    Article


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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.

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PODCAST: The Leadership Challenge

Tony Adams, Vice President of Operations at Weavers Auto Center in Shawnee, KS, has an inspiring story about change and leadership. Listening to stories like Tony’s, who has achieved success while toughing through challenges and learning from mistakes, can build strength in all who listen.  LISTEN HERE.
 
Tony admits to what all good leaders know; admit your mistakes, learn from them and move forward. It builds strong leadership. He shares his very transparent story. You’ll either relate to it or learn from it.
 
We will experience a story like Tony’s at least once in our lives. Never stop learning and build a fire under your team to serve the customer.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Hiring and Leading Millennials

If we are to seed our industry with youth and grow our own, we must look at the Millennial Generation. We must understand how to integrate them and nurture them into our workforce. LISTEN HERE.
 
Every twenty years or so a new generation of workers arrives. For many of us, we raised today’s Millennials or Generation Y.  They are made up of the 22-40-year-old’s who number 79 million in the workforce; the largest segment of our workforce.
 
Each generation has its quirks. Gen Y is no different. Once you learn what moves and motivates them you’ll find it so much easier to accept and keep millennials motivated in your business culture. The lesson here works for all workers, but you’ll learn what really makes the Millennial tick and why they behave like they do. 
 
A quintessential guide to leading and engaging your millennial team member. Your learning curve never sounded so good.

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Building a Strong Culture Is Hard Yet Rewarding and Right For Your Business.

PODCAST: Culture is one of the key principles in the business that you cannot touch. It’s the soft stuff. For many, it is tough to get your hands around it. This academy panel does a great job explaining culture and shows you many ways to implement and lead it. LISTEN HERE.
 
The power of a strong business culture can be one of your biggest differentiators as a business and a strong reason you attract top talent and produce great results.
 
Your Learning Curve Never Sounded So Good.

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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.

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Karen Cover Dec 15    Article


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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.

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