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BB&T Weekly Aftermarket Intelligence Update, Capital Report, On the Road with Kathleen: going global, how to lead reps who thrive on recognition, 51 healthy habits to adopt at work
AAIA and BB&T Capital Markets have teamed up to provide a unique report available through AAIA. This report, AAIA/BB&T Weekly Automotive Aftermarket Intelligence Update, is published every week in AAIA SmartBrief and provides a comprehensive and timely report including trends about the aftermarket and the relative performance of companies serving the industry, including manufacturers/suppliers; distributors; retailers; service and repair; and collision. The report provides visual graphics on such topics as current 12-month automotive aftermarket stock performance, recent quarter sales growth, miles driven and price per gallon of gasoline and commentary regarding “What We are Hearing from the Road.”
AAIA members: Learn more about news affecting the automotive aftermarket industry in this week’s Capital Report:
- This Week in Congress
- President Obama Announces Push for Increased HD Vehicle Fuel Efficiency
- Connected Vehicle Announcements Speed Up Debate over 5.9 GHz Spectrums for Auto Use
- EPA Seeking Input on Hazardous Waste Regulation Impact on Parts Retailers and Changes to Access to Confidential Business Information
- U.S. Treasury Issues Rule-making Delaying ACA Implementation for Certain Classes of Small Businesses
- NHTSA Announces Public Meeting with Automakers and Aftermarket on Distracted Driving
- President Obama Signs Executive Order on Streamlining the Export/Import Process
- Japan-U.S. TPP Talks Falter over Market Access for Key Industries, Including Autos
- Senate Hears from Business, Labor & State Officials on Transportation Funding
- FMCSA to Establish Drug and Alcohol Test Results Database for Commercial Driver’s License Holders
- U.S., EU Cooperation on Auto Standards in TTIP Currently Focused on Three Areas
- New Blog Post: Rebranding and Your Association’s Government Affairs Programme
- Aftermarket State Legislation
As our industry grows globally, so does its trade association. Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO, AAIA, details the association’s international initiatives in this week’s blog posting. Read the full post here, and be sure to subscribe to stay On the Road with Kathleen.
The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association is gearing up to select its fourth annual “Head of the Class Award” winners, to honour aftermarket companies that continually invest in employee education and training. The award was created in 2011 and is administered by the AAIA Education Committee on behalf of the association. One “Head of the Class Award” will be presented to an AAIA member company in each industry category, including manufacturer, warehouse distributor, independent jobber/parts store, retailer, national service chain, and independent service and repair shop. Applicants must include information directly related to the education and training practices of the company, including what prompted the company to invest in training, training for job competency vs. education for personal growth, the types of training accomplished, the initial goals, their experiences, results of the training and any future plans. Applications are due by Friday, April 18, and winning companies will be notified in June. Winners will be selected by the AAIA Education Committee, and then recognized during Fall Leadership Days 2014 in Boston and at AAPEX 2014 in Las Vegas. Application forms and full submission requirements are available online. Please e-mail the nomination form and supplementary documents to Sue Kalish, senior director, education, AAIA, send by fax to 301-654-3299. For more information, call 301-654-6664.
New AAIA government affairs blog post: Rebranding and your association’s government affairs programme
The AAIA government affairs team publishes a weekly blog to provide thoughts on what is happening in Washington, D.C., and in the states that could affect the auto care industry. This week, Aaron Lowe, vice president, government affairs, highlights the AAIA’s rebranding initiative from a government affairs perspective. The department is confident that the new name and brand will bring about greater respect and understanding of both the organisation and the industry as we continue to advocate on behalf of our members on Capitol Hill and in the states. View the complete post.
Car Care Council News
Don’t look now, but you’re probably about to hit another pothole. This year’s brutal winter weather has resulted in an unprecedented number of potholes appearing on roads and highways across the country, causing considerable damage and unexpected, costly repairs for car owners. “No matter where you drive these days, there’s a pothole epidemic and as winter turns to spring, it’s only going to get worse,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Drivers know immediately when they hit a pothole, but what they don’t know is if their vehicle has been damaged in the process. While tires and wheels can be visually checked, potholes can also cause considerable damage to the steering, suspension and alignment systems that you just can’t see.” The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit the website.
Some sales representatives are motivated more by recognition for a job well done than by monetary incentives, writes Kendra Lee, president of KLA Group. You can make sure these reps stay engaged with their work by offering them praise, having them work with new hires or having them deliver presentations to explain their techniques, she adds. The VAR Guy (2/20)
Get more exercise at work by walking at lunch, pacing while you’re on the phone or relocating your mailbox to the other side of the building, Rene Lynch writes. Also, stand up while doing tasks such as reviewing your schedule or organising paperwork, she writes. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/21)
Reputations are fragile and easily broken, especially for companies, writes Pfizer CEO Ian C. Read. To keep yours intact, make sure that executives, managers and workers understand the company’s reputation, the values that define the company and why their daily work should live up to them. “What people do matters far more than what they say. The same is true for a company,” Read writes. LinkedIn/Ian C. Read (2/19)
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