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March 21, 2013
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  • AAPEX opens housing reservations for 2013 event
    Attendees can now use the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo website to make their hotel reservations for the 2013 event. AAPEX is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5, through Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Sands Expo Center, in Las Vegas, and features new products and services, cutting-edge technologies, valuable education sessions, networking opportunities and product demonstrations to "Grow Your Business at AAPEX." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Report: Telematics usage is poised for a sharp increase by 2018
    Regulation and customer awareness are likely to push the number of telematics users past 300 million in five years, more than four times the current number, according to ABI Research. Vehicle original-equipment manufacturers "continue to roll out safety telematics services globally across their portfolio" and appear to "increasingly consider safety telematics as a commercial proposition and no longer await possible mandates, which keep being postponed," ABI Research's Dominique Bonte says. Insurance Networking News (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts: Wider adoption of electric cars is unlikely to happen soon
    Electric vehicles appear unlikely to capture 1% of the market before 2018, according to LMC Automotive. "Continuous improvement in gas engines will continue to push plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles further into the future," the forecasting firm's Michael Omotoso said. Hybrid cars reached 2% of the U.S. auto market after eight years, and a survey found that 60% of consumers have expressed an interest in such vehicles, Ford's Mike Tinskey says. Detroit Free Press (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mark your calendars for these upcoming ACC events
    Join the Automotive Communication Council at two outstanding upcoming events -- the ACC annual networking reception on May 20 during the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) and the 2013 ACC annual meeting. The ACC/GAAS reception, sponsored by The Marx Group, Master Technician ONLINE and Affinia Group, will be held 6 to 7 p.m. in the Liberty Room at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill., and all ACC members and non-members are welcome (no RSVP required). The 2013 ACC annual meeting is May 29 and 30 at the Omni San Diego in San Diego. Go online for the agenda. Registration is now available, and any ACC member who recruits a new member before the meeting will be entered into a drawing for a free meeting registration. For more information on ACC events, visit the website or e-mail Jennifer Ortiz. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AAIA News 
  • AAIA invited by U.S. trade officials to discuss China trade issues and priorities
    Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs Claire Reade and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia Craig Allen invited AAIA and other leading industry groups to a discussion of potential issues to address through the 24th U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. The meeting was held on March 20, and AAIA's director, international trade, Andres Castrillon, attended. He noted the importance of China as a manufacturing hub and key source of imports for the aftermarket and identified anti-counterfeiting efforts as a key priority for AAIA. He discussed two specific trends in counterfeiting that AAIA members have identified: the proliferation of Chinese business-to-business and e-commerce websites that market and sell counterfeit auto parts, and new packaging tactics to evade detection by Chinese Customs. In addition, Castrillon offered recommendations on specific steps to address these concerns, including the adoption standard operating procedures by all Chinese offices handling counterfeit claims and investigations, targeting unmarked boxes being exported from China and altering detection protocol to increase seizures at Chinese ports, and increased monitoring and enforcement of websites selling counterfeit goods. More information on the JCCT can be found online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • AAIA members offered savings and carrier choice on LTL shipping
    If you're shipping something that weighs more than 150 lbs., take advantage of your AAIA membership. Call AAIA Freight Savings Plan provider Siriani at 800-554-0005 and get free, real-time rate quotes from multiple carriers. Carriers include FedEx Freight, YRC Freight, Old Dominion, Estes, AAA Cooper, Central Freight Lines, Oak Harbor, Dayton Freight, South Eastern and Benton Express -- some of the nation's premier national, interregional and regional carriers. Deep discounts are available, so call 800-554-0005 today to save time and money on your next less-than-truckload shipment. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Car Care Council News 
  • Put your tax refund to work; invest in your vehicle
    How will you spend your tax refund? Another flat-screen TV? An iPad? Clothes? The Car Care Council has a better idea for your money: Spend it on your second biggest investment, your car. "Whether it's an oil change, replacing brakes or new belts and hoses, that periodic repair bill is a drop in the bucket compared to monthly payments on a new car," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "The bottom line is that a properly maintained vehicle is safer, more dependable, more fuel efficient, less polluting and more valuable. The smartest way to get a solid return on investment is to keep your car through what we call the 'Cinderella Era.' It's that period of time after the payoff when your car is still in great shape and needs only modest repairs." For a copy of the council's Car Care Guide or for more information, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Business Strategies 
  • Outwit your brain and make better decisions
    It's possible to overcome the errors of our brains to make better choices, according to Francesca Gino, Harvard Business School professor and social psychology researcher. Among her suggestions: Take your "emotional temperature" to determine whether emotions are clouding your judgment, open up your view to include a wider range of information, and question the social bonds that might be interfering with making the best possible decision. Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dealing with employee negativity
    Negative employees can take a serious toll on your organization's culture, Tim Parker writes. Don't let employees make excuses for their poor behavior, and give them a time frame in which to improve their attitude, he recommends. If nothing else works, you might have to remove negative employees from your organization. Intuit Small Business Blog (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fix your sales culture to prevent top reps from jumping ship
    When a talented employee leaves your organization, it's often because he or she is dissatisfied with the sales culture, writes Dan Perry. Uncover problems in the sales force by having informal conversations with representatives, analyzing major changes in the organization and evaluating the performance of sales managers, he writes. You should offer top-performing representatives the opportunity to help solve cultural problems before those issues affect retention. Sales Benchmark Index/Sales & Marketing Effectiveness Blog (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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