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The latest trends in telematics, making the most of your sales kick-off meetings, four ways to motivate workers in a flash, and how to keep your employees on track
Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association, headlined the AAIA Town Hall breakfast, during AAPEX in Las Vegas, showcasing the future of technology and his experience with “ninja innovators” like Apple, Amazon and many others. Directly following his presentation was a lively Q-and-A hosted by AAIA President and CEO Kathleen Schmatz. Hosted by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association and sponsored by Polk, the Town Hall was held Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 a.m. in the Palazzo Ballroom in The Venetian Hotel. Also back by popular demand, Mark Seng, global aftermarket practice leader, Polk, presented “Five Trends in Five Minutes.” View the full coverage in this article by Mary DellaValle, editor, ImportCar, Babcox Media.
The Small Business Health Option Program exchange is open as part of the federal health care law. To ensure coverage at the start of 2014, employers must enrol by Dec. 15. “This first year may have a limited number of insurers participating in SHOP in certain states and geographies,” says Richard Krueger of CliftonLarsonAllen’s employee benefit plan practice. “But small employers should still explore the SHOP exchange to see what the market looks like.”
As a result of a lawsuit brought by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association and the Automotive Refrigeration Products Institute, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued a final rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act that will permit R-1234yf to be sold to consumers so that they can recharge their vehicle air conditioning systems. Developed by Honeywell and DuPont, HFO 1234yf will likely be used by many vehicle manufacturers to replace R-134a due to its lower global warming potential, or GWP. HFO 1234yf has a GWP of 4, while 134a has a GWP of 1430. The new rule becomes effective on Dec. 2; and the Federal Register Notice can be found online.
For the first time in over a decade, the annual Paint, Body & Equipment Specialists May Conference, May 13 to 15, 2014, will be held on the East Coast at the Embassy Suites Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore. The conference will include the very popular round-table sessions, a full day-and-a-half of speakers and two evening receptions. Online registration and hotel reservations will be open in mid-December. For more information, visit AAIA’s website.
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 November:
- Sirius XM Acquires Agero Telematics
Nominations are being accepted for AAIA standing committees for a three-year term commencing January 2014. These committees primarily meet two times a year in conjunction with AAIA Leadership Days in the spring and fall, throughout the U.S., to provide direction and develop plans for the association. Some committees may meet an additional time and/or schedule various conference calls/webinars. There is a limited number of openings for each committee. Criteria, goals and missions for each committee are listed online. If your job responsibility coincides with any of the committees mentioned and you are interested in becoming more involved in AAIA, please complete a nomination form, and include your relevant experience and qualifications. E-mail the form, along with an updated bio. The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 15.
Sales kick-off meetings can be expensive, so you need to make sure your money is being put to good use, writes Tony Albachiara. Avoid introducing new products in sales kick-off meetings, and make sure you pick a speaker who will provide real value. Also, limit the number of executives who give speeches, and be judicious in your use of PowerPoint, he recommends. Sales Benchmark Index/Sales & Marketing Effectiveness Blog (11/4)
Improving employee motivation doesn’t have to take long, writes Shari Alexander. Good leaders use quick-and-easy motivational tools such as positive reinforcement and big-picture explanations. “Leaders need to be a constant source of motivation. Your team should come to you to recharge their batteries, not leave feeling more drained,” Alexander writes. Entrepreneur online (11/5)
Companies need more than just a standard mission statement to really keep their employees motivated, Larry Myler writes. It’s critical to show employees how their jobs contribute to the organization’s overarching mission, he writes. Likewise, show workers how customers suffer when they fail to perform. Forbes (11/6)