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January 31, 2013
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  • Telematics Trendline -- February 2013
    Telematics Trendline, a series of articles by Derek Kaufman of C3 Network, is designed to inform AAIA members about the trends in telematics applications for both the retail automotive and commercial trucking industries. Each monthly article highlights products and services that are defining the growth of telematics, focusing on both the technology and the business plans of companies that are working to create this new market and interview the people who are making it happen. Article features for February: 
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  • Auto industry professionals reach out to students in Detroit
    The North American International Auto Show recently held in Detroit was the site of unique learning opportunities for about 5,000 of Detroit's youth. Students learned about career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, including design and mechanics. "We're trying to open up their minds to S.T.E.M. and how science is not just the study of cells," said Jason Cady, teacher of the pre-engineering program at Oxford Middle School. "It's things we use everyday -- the chairs, the cars. There's someone who thinks about those things, how they improve them, how they make our lives easier. We're trying to get them to buy in and do this." Detroit Free Press (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 Aftermarket eForum: An invitation from Kathleen Schmatz
    If it matters, it's going to be at the 2013 Aftemarket eForum, May 22 and 23, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill. Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO, outlines some of the highlights of this upcoming event, from logistics to e-commerce and global aftermarket trends to telematics, with a lineup of thought leaders and visionaries that will shape the future of the automotive aftermarket. Register today.

  • AAIA releases 2013 Digital Tool and Equipment Purchasing Trends
    The majority of tool and equipment purchasing decision-makers used the Internet more for seeking information, and less for purchasing tools and equipment, according to the newly released AAIA 2013 Digital Tool and Equipment Purchasing Trends report. The report provides an insightful analysis into the purchasing decisions of professionals who utilize shop tools and equipment for automotive repairs. Powered by Nxtbook Media LLC, this features added value with many new functional enhancements. Users can:
    • Download Excel-based files, charts, tables and graphs that can be copied and pasted for presentations.
    • Turn pages with the click of a mouse.
    • View pages in a variety of sizes and formats.
    • Quickly locate what you are looking for through a "word search" feature.
    • Save material for future reference through the "bookmarks" feature.
    • Print the entire publication.
    The new 2013 Digital Tool and Equipment Purchasing Trends report is now available for $175 for AAIA members and $350 for nonmembers. To order, visit AAIA's website and click "Market Intelligence," or call AAIA market research at 301-654-6664. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Leaders must overcome resistance to teams
    Although 95% of workers say teams are important, however only 24% prefer working in them, and younger workers are even more keen to work alone, according to a University of Phoenix survey. The research shows that leaders need to be more aware of resistant team members and develop an approach that lets them "help the team develop a way to trust one another," says Barry Feierstein, the university's chief business operating officer. USA Today/Gannett News Service (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does salary transparency pay off?
    Data analytics company SumAll allows employees to look up colleagues' salaries and bonuses, a strategy that CEO Dane Atkinson believes improves efficiency. Other startups have found such salary transparency doesn't always pay off as it restricts their ability to offer more compensation to top talent. The Wall Street Journal (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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