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Get the new AAPEX widget, learn more about news affecting the automotive aftermarket industry in this week’s Capital Report, and read about the latest trends in telematics (including Garmin HUD)…
The AAPEX Widget is a new promotional tool that AAPEX is offering free to all exhibitors. The widget can easily be added to any existing website, and includes the exhibitor booth number along with links to the online exhibitor profile and AAPEX registration. Additionally, exhibitors who have the widget installed can track its usage. For those who are interested in adding the widget to their company website, it is easy to do. Simply access the myAAPEX Exhibitor Portal using your exhibitor login. Once you are in the portal, select the eBooth Promotion Widget tab at the top of the page. This will take you to the Widget dashboard, where you will see the widget HTML code. Simply copy the code and send it to the person in charge of maintaining your company website, with instructions on which page on your site you would like it added to. And that’s all there is to it. Please contact W.T. Glasgow with any questions or problems at 708-226-1300.
AAIA members: Learn more about news affecting the automotive aftermarket industry in this week’s Capital Report:
This Week in Congress
- AAIA urges Congress to ensure continuing funding for Federal Government and take action to address long-term spending issues
- EPA announces delay in Tier 3 vehicle emissions standards
- Marketplace Fairness Act critics release study claiming high implementation costs
- Consumer groups file lawsuit demanding rear-view camera rule
- Senate considering new revenues to combat infrastructure-funding crisis
- Another ACA (ObamaCare) delay
- New blog post: Industry engagement key to effective IPR enforcement
- AAIA members: Please complete our Legislator Relationship Survey.
- Aftermarket State legislation
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 interviewing the people who are making it happen. Article features for October:
- Nismo Smartwatch
- Garmin HUD
Nominations are being accepted for AAIA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Individuals interested in being considered for nomination or nominating others are encouraged to do so by Nov. 15. Nominees for the three-year Board terms (beginning July 1) of office must have served on an AAIA committee or segment committee for a minimum of one year and be employed by an AAIA member company in good standing. Candidates for the one-year Executive Committee terms (beginning July 1) of office must have served on the AAIA Board of Directors for a minimum of one year. If you are interested in submitting a name for consideration, please complete the appropriate form and e-mail it with an updated bio and photo to Meg Lewis. Go here for the Executive Committee form and go here for the Board of Directors form. All nominations must be received no later than Nov. 15 to be eligible for consideration. If you require additional information, contact Meg Lewis via e-mail or call 240-333-1020. The AAIA Nominating Committee will meet on Dec. 18 in Bethesda, Md., to review qualified nominations.
The AAIA Government Affairs Team publishes a weekly blog post to provide thoughts on what is happening in Washington, D.C., and in the states that could impact the aftermarket. This week, Andres Castrillon, director, international trade, discusses the constant threat of IP theft when doing business in the global marketplace. If this is an issue your business faces on a regular basis, AAIA is requesting your input. View the complete post.
Car Care Council News
October is Fall Car Care Month. Why not take a little time to be car care aware and make sure your vehicle is ready for the harsh winter weather ahead? Taking a few simple steps now can save you the headaches and cost of an emergency breakdown later, says the Car Care Council. “Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide, also available electronically, or for more information, visit the Car Care Council website.
When things go wrong, it’s up to leaders to bounce back and to get the team back on its feet, writes Scott Eblin. Setbacks can’t turn into lasting defeats, Eblin writes. “The opposite of disappointment is resilience,” he writes. “That’s where leaders live.” EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (9/27)
Giving your workers the power to set their own objectives and then making sure these goals are within their reach is a great way to generate enthusiasm in the workplace, writes Dave Lavinsky, co-founder of Growthink. Make sure there is a specific time frame for each goal, and ensure that progress can be monitored and measured, he writes. Entrepreneur online (9/27
Maintaining a positive attitude is crucial as you help your sales representatives overcome obstacles, but it may not be enough to achieve results, writes Craig Ferrara. “I let my new hires know that I will set clear expectations for them,” he writes. “By empowering them to achieve those goals, it demonstrates that I have their back.” Sales Prospecting Perspectives blog (9/24)
“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
– Aldous Huxley, British writer