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Zellmer wins transformation role at Porsche

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Porsche's U.S. chief Klaus Zellmer has been given the chance to shepherd the iconic sports car brand in the market he calls the most competitive in the world.
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Car-shopping sites could start selling

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Executives who run third-party shopping sites are considering whether to move from consumer-research havens to platforms where people purchase vehicles.
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Ford focuses on slimming down inventory

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Ford is determined to avoid a glut of unsold cars and trucks piling up on dealer lots by trimming production - even if its vehicle volumes are relatively healthy compared to the rest of the industry.
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Getting payment figures down to the penny

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
With advancements in online tools for trade-in valuation and financing, could there be a day when consumers get exact payment offers via third-party sites before stepping foot in dealerships?
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Enterprise offers automakers renter insights

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
An Enterprise Rent-a-Car mobile app now lets customers rate their rental vehicles, providing feedback to automakers on what are essentially extended test drives.
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Velocity gains speed as driver of remarketing

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
The glut of off-lease vehicles returning to market is causing the nation's two largest auction groups to double down on the concept of velocity -- albeit in slightly different ways.
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Consolidation pays off for auction players

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
A growing reliance on data and analytics in the remarketing space is driving recent auction consolidation, some industry experts say.
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Classics of tomorrow for the right price today

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Want to buy a reasonably priced car that stands a chance of becoming a classic? You start by acquiring something that is hot and sporty and not produced in the hundreds of thousands.
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Lithium next German power play?

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen came together to acquire Nokia's HERE high-definition mapping unit in 2015, and they combined efforts when deciding to build an ultrafast charging network for electric vehicles in Europe.
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Fraud claim revived against Illinois store

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
A Chicago-area Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealership will be spending more time in court over a claim it committed fraud when it sold a Dodge Charger as new despite repair work to the roof.
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GM mandates video in stores

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
General Motors plans to make digital signage part of its dealership facility requirements for the first time, starting next year.
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Compacts show strength

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Tax refunds, often used as down payments on used cars, have trickled out more slowly this year. In turn, previously beaten-down prices of used compact and subcompact cars have shown strength in recent weeks, according to Black Book data.
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The Groomsman Suit Proves Perfect Fit for FedEx Competition

Small Business Trends - Sun, 2017-03-26 18:00
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Finding a stylish and affordable groomsman suit can be a challenge and of course a strain on the budget. Meet the founders of The Groomsman Suit, a company offering stylish and affordable groomsman and wedding tuxedos minus the skyrocketing cost and frustrating process.

The idea of selling groomsman suits came from Jeanne and her husband Kevin Foley back in 2013. Struggling to find proper attire for Kevin and his groomsmen during their wedding planning led the two to the idea of The Groomsman Suit.

Today The Groomsman Suit is run by Jeanne Foley and Diana Ganz, two of the three founders. They bring a combined experience in apparel, customer service and branding. These two women are now thriving in a male-dominated industry.

I asked about what challenges they face being females selling apparel to men? And I loved when Diana responded, “Well in my opinion there is no better two people to sell suits to men.” Ah ha, touché Diana. She is so right! And when it comes to handling distributors, Jeanne does well at that part because her entire career has been in fashion. For the pair, understanding manufacturing and technical design is something they have got down pat.

This startup was the perfect business to enter into the FedEX Small Business Grant Contest, and they ended up being a top prizewinner. “We got the phone call and I seriously was so overwhelmed, excited, wanted to cry, wanted to scream, wanted to laugh…’” Jeanne said, expressing her feelings towards the award. When Jeanne and Diana entered the contest their goal was to at least make it to the top 100, but to their surprise, boom, they were selected winners.

The winning of the FedEx grant will allow Jeanne and Diana to get more visibility with their company, The Groomsman Suit. Being a part of the FedEX Small Business Grant Contest has been an amazing opportunity for both Jeanne and Diana, listen to more of their interview with me here below.

You could be the next big $25,000 grand prize winner. Registration is now open at http://smallbusinessgrant.fedex.com

Watch the FULL interview with The Groomsman Suit:

Image: The Groomsman’s Suit (from left, co-founders Kevin and Jeanne Foley, and Diana Ganz)

This article, "The Groomsman Suit Proves Perfect Fit for FedEx Competition" was first published on Small Business Trends

QuickBooks Introduces New Reorder Points that Tell When Inventory is Running Low

Small Business Trends - Sun, 2017-03-26 15:00

QuickBooks (NASDAQ: INTU) recently introduced a new inventory “Reorder Point” feature that lets businesses set a minimum quantity of a product for sale to keep on hand.

If you are a small business that handles inventory, the new QuickBooks Reorder Points feature is designed to help you know when your inventory is running low and remind you to reorder items. The feature also helps you easily create a purchase order to restock those items.

How New QuickBooks Reorder Points Works

The new QuickBooks Reorder Points adds improved inventory filter options and stock displays, reorder item details and customization of the physical inventory report. These added capabilities aim to help you gain better insight into your inventory levels and cash flow.

“Every business owner knows that if you are out of stock when a customer wants to buy, you cannot fulfill the order promptly — and you may lose the sale,” wrote the small business accounting software company in a post announcing the new feature on the official Intuit QuickBooks blog.

How to Set QuickBooks Reorder Points

According to Intuit QuickBooks, you can set a reorder point after you add an inventory item to QuickBooks in a few easy steps:

  1. Click the Gear icon > Products and Services.
  2. Find the inventory item in the list.
  3. In its Action column, click Edit.
  4. In the Reorder point field, enter the minimum quantity you want to have on hand. When the quantity on hand drops at or below the reorder point, QuickBooks reminds you to order more.
  5. Click Save and close.

The introduction of the new Reorder Points comes on the heels of QuickBooks’ recent release of its “Bundle” feature, a new way to bundle items in your inventory that often sell together. This is all part of QuickBooks’ ongoing effort to improve its platform.

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This article, "QuickBooks Introduces New Reorder Points that Tell When Inventory is Running Low" was first published on Small Business Trends

Not laddos or pedha, this Chennai temple distributes brownies, burgers and sandwiches as prasad

Topix - Sun, 2017-03-26 13:00

When you think of 'prasad' distributed at local temples, names that usually crosses your mind are of desi sweets such as laddoo and pedha. Or in the case of south India, payasam and sweet pongal are the common food that one expects at temples.

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Social Jukebox Provides Alternative to Hootsuite, Edgar

Small Business Trends - Sun, 2017-03-26 12:00

If you’re looking for a way to manage your social media accounts, you may want to give Social Jukebox a try.

What is Social Jukebox?

Social Jukebox is an automated social media management tool that allows you to load content into a “jukebox” and schedule how often you want your social media posts to go out. This system is completely automatic.

The tool allows you to easily link with your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

How does it Work?

It’s pretty easy really. You just need to choose your pricing plan and click subscribe.

The free plan gives you 2 jukeboxes, 5 stored Targeted Posts as well as 300 stored jukebox tweets or posts. However, free accounts are limited to 5 tweets and one post daily on Facebook and Twitter.

What is a Jukebox?

A jukebox is more like a box where you store all your content and you are at liberty to choose how often you would like the content to be posted.

Each jukebox gives you enough space to store thousands of posts and set them up for posting.

You can send posts or tweets over 100 times per day. Your schedule is also flexible. You can set different times for each day of the week. The beauty is, when the jukebox runs out of tweets, it automatically starts to post and tweet over again. This is completely automatic.

What is a Targeted Post?

Social Jukebox offers a targeted posts feature that allows you to schedule posts that can be repeated a few times to ensure your followers see them. This can be on a daily, weekly or annual basis.

Thank You Tweets

Social Jukebox even automates thank you tweets to recognize those who have mentioned you. The platform’s free plan allows you to automatically thank up to 50 people every Friday for their interaction. This is a real time saver compared to trying to track and collect all those who have mentioned you over the week.

Mentions Database

Social Jukebox automatically collects all of your business’s Twitter mentions and store them in your database. You will then be able to see your top promoters in a graph so you can send them a personal thank you message or develop strategies to engage them further.

How it compares with its Competitors

Like Hootsuite and Edgar, Social Jukebox does a good job allowing you to schedule your tweets and posts to get them in front of your customers at the best possible time so that you can focus on other things. Similar to Edgar, Social Jukebox most certainly solves the “disappearing updates” dilemma with its targeted post feature. However, the tool currently only supports LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts, while Hootsuite allows you to manage Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Google Plus, MySpace, WordPress and Mixi — individual profiles and business pages.

Image: Social Jukebox

This article, "Social Jukebox Provides Alternative to Hootsuite, Edgar" was first published on Small Business Trends

Look Reveals the Hidden Practical Value in Hide and Go Seek Skills

Small Business Trends - Sun, 2017-03-26 09:00

You might assume good leaders already possess observational skills. You might assume that products are properly inspected or that editors have pored over every detail in a manuscript. You might also  assume that employees are taking proactive steps to stay safe. Still, you hear of product recalls, accidents, and simple factual errors that could have been avoided if the person only took the time to look. Look: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills is a resource guide to improving observational skills to help in this regard. It is a guide to improving error prevention before the error occurs.

What is Look About?

Look connects the dots between observational skill and your goals. Essentially, the book states, the same skills used in the childhood game of “Hide and Go Seek” can help adults locate product defects, missed opportunities (like clients) or potential safety hazards. The author emphasizes this connection because we often make the mistaken assumption that observational skills don’t need to be trained. After all, it’s just  a question of looking carefully, right?

Wrong!

Observational skills are more than just “looking.” They are a collection of skills that can be refined with time and practice (as the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes can attest!) Look, in particular, focuses on a primary observational skill: matching the correct observational perspective (long-distance, contrasting or focused) to your objective.

To teach readers how to do this, author James Gilmore introduces the concept of “Six Looking Glasses”, an idea he adapted from an expert in lateral thinking, Edward de Bono. As in de Bono’s “Six Hats” method, Gilmore explains how adopting specific mindsets allows an observer to achieve different perspectives. Specifically, Gilmore shows readers how to choose a “looking glass” to match the perspective and objective they want to achieve.

To show how this works, take an example given in the book of a person asked to check a car for damage. Ideally, the inspector would have a checklist of items to focus on. This approach is called the “magnifying glass” perspective. But let’s say that the inspector’s boss notices that a particular type of damage is under-reported. Instead of criticizing the employee, the manager might adopt a different “glass” (a different perspective testing out a different set of assumptions) and determine the results from using that perspective.

Gilmore is an author, writer, adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, lecturer and co-founder of Strategic Horizons, LLP. His book, “Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want” looks at how businesses can avoid being viewed as contrived, disingenuous or phony in a market where consumers are becoming increasingly perceptive.

What Was Best About Look?

The best part of Look is the physical and mental shift that Gilmore lays out for readers. Many books ask leaders to step outside of their current point of view to gain a new perspective. But few books actually show how they can do this. Look shows readers how to do this and gives them a framework to continue using their new found perspective — or even alter it further, if they wish! Gilmore’s book achieves this objective and reinforces the concept with a series of everyday examples —  grocery shelves etc. — designed to help readers practice the observational skills he promotes.

What Could Have Been Done Differently?

Look approaches observational skills from two perspectives: the physical — how you actually look at something — and the mental — how you think about the way you look at something. The book’s emphasis, though, is predominantly on the physical perspective. In other words, Gilmore emphasizes teaching readers how to go out and look for stuff. More emphasis on the mental shift and the business implications of that shift might make the book a bit more helpful for business readers.

Why Read Look?

At its core, Look is about thinking. It’s about matching the right tool to the right strategy. Business owners can become excessively focused on one view of their business — this month’s sales numbers, for example. This can cause them to lose track of the bigger picture — long-term survival. Many business experts have commented on this failure, but few offer a mental framework for coping with it. Look provides that framework.

On top of that, the book could finally help you find those pesky car keys you’re always misplacing!

This article, "Look Reveals the Hidden Practical Value in Hide and Go Seek Skills" was first published on Small Business Trends

Fresh Coat of Loveland Earns National Legacy Award

PR Web - Sun, 2017-03-26 03:30

Fresh Coat Painters is pleased to recognize Chris Holtmeier, the local owner and operator of Fresh Coat of Loveland, with one of the company’s Legacy Awards.

(PRWeb March 20, 2017)

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96 RE/MAX Brokers in Northern Illinois Recognized with Career Honors

PR Web - Sun, 2017-03-26 03:30

Ninety-six brokers affiliated with RE/MAX offices across northern Illinois recently earned recognition for their career achievements, each marking an important professional milestone. The awards, in...

(PRWeb March 18, 2017)

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Companies Seeking To Establish A Local Presence In New York City Can...

PR Web - Sun, 2017-03-26 03:30

For companies looking to expand their reach with 212 business phone numbers, now is the time to contact a leading provider in communications solutions at TieTechnology.

(PRWeb March 17, 2017)

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