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Honda sweetens lease deals, a little

AutoNews - Mon, 2018-04-23 01:01
The discounted lease deal puts the Accord within striking distance of the Camry in strong lease markets such as California, Ohio and Florida.
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Used-car auction onboard the USS Midway

AutoNews - Mon, 2018-04-23 01:01
It was all hands on deck for an auction of used Lexus and Toyota vehicles on the retired aircraft carrier USS Midway.
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Camaro blows out candles on Mustang birthday cake

AutoNews - Mon, 2018-04-23 01:01
Ford wants to celebrate the Mustang's 54th birthday. That gave Chevy its own marketing idea.
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Dealership internet ad spending tops in 2017

AutoNews - Mon, 2018-04-23 01:01
In 2017, for the first time, the Internet topped all other advertising spending by dealerships combined.
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FlexDrive is subscription model for independent dealers

AutoNews - Mon, 2018-04-23 01:01
Momentum Motorcars in Atlanta serves as a role model to franchise dealers on how to do subscription selling.
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FlexWheels is Warren Henry Auto Group's subscription model

AutoNews - Mon, 2018-04-23 01:01
Warren Henry Auto Group started a subscription program that's inspiring the group to develop an operational platform to help other dealers run subscription models.
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Flow Automotive keys to profiting from auto subscriptions

AutoNews - Mon, 2018-04-23 01:01
Dealer Don Flow had tried to come up with a way to let customers swap vehicles frequently; the advent of vehicle subscription services now makes it possible -- and profitable for him.
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Drive Germain: 'This is a time-saving service'

AutoNews - Mon, 2018-04-23 01:01
Germain Automotive Group is in the subscription car business to attract new customers, drive revenue and prepare for a changing future.
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How big a slice of the used-car pie will independents take?

AutoNews - Mon, 2018-04-23 01:01
Independent retailers are abundant, resilient and growing, but they don't necessarily pose a threat to franchised dealerships' used-vehicle operations.
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Physical used-car auctions have an online role

AutoNews - Mon, 2018-04-23 01:01
Online auctions will continue to make inroads, but physical sites remain a necessity, a study prepared for the National Auto Auction Association found.
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Key for car dealers is getting used-to-new vehicle balance right

AutoNews - Mon, 2018-04-23 01:01
The closely watched ratio of used- to new-vehicle retail sales is a measure of dealership success. But in fact, it's a metric where very few dealerships excel.
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Florida dealership cafes taste like success

AutoNews - Mon, 2018-04-23 01:01
At two Florida dealerships, food service is treated as a department unto itself, serving both customers and staff with a wide-ranging menu.
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Maybe GM is just margin-minded

AutoNews - Mon, 2018-04-23 01:01
GM could also stand for Gross Margin, which businesses should always try to improve.
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App Confusion Can Cost Your Small Business 32 Days of Lost Productivity Per Year

Small Business Trends - Sun, 2018-04-22 18:00

If you’re like a lot of other small business owners, you likely rely on several different apps and pieces of software to get through the day.

However, if your employees rely on all this software, too, it may also be causing your small business to hemorrhage money.

How could this be? These are the apps and software developed to make us work smarter and faster.

Well, according to new research from RingCentral, the plethora of apps is causing a lot of confusion in the workplace. In fact, of the 2,000 “knowledge workers” surveyed, the research has revealed 69% waste as many has 32 days a year because of app confusion.

App Overload

Ring Central’s study, “From Workplace Chaos to Zen: How App Overload Is Reshaping the Digital Workplace” looks at how this confusion occurs.

For example, the report notes the biggest problem is with communication apps. Specifically, it’s the multitude of these apps ooftwn used in business.

“Today’s workforce is under siege by a flood of communications apps. More than ever, our attention is scattered across a wide array of different apps and communications channels,” says Riadh Dridi, CMO at RingCentral, in a release accompanying the survey results.

Think about how many communications apps you use. It’s close to a handful, probably.

RingCentral’s data shows the average number of communications apps per person is 4. And 20% of those responding to the survey said they use 6 or more. That’s a lot of conversations in different places and certainly it’s easy to see how wasted time can add up quickly. If you need to reference those conversations, you’ll first have to remember where they took place!

The survey shows as much as an hour per day can be lost to communication app confusion. The average worker in the survey said they will flip between these communication apps as much as 10 times per hour.

Workers surveyed say having a single communications platform would be the most ideal. However, this may not be possible for small businesses on a budget. What a company could do is to attempt centralizing all work communications within the company to a single platform.

Image: RingCentral

This article, "App Confusion Can Cost Your Small Business 32 Days of Lost Productivity Per Year" was first published on Small Business Trends

1 in 4 Organizations Using Public Cloud Services Experience Data Theft, McAfee Reports

Small Business Trends - Sun, 2018-04-22 15:00

McAfee’s third annual cloud adoption and security report says 97 percent of organizations, including small businesses, now use cloud services from public, private, or a combination of both platforms. The bad news is 1-in-4 of organizations using the public cloud have experienced data theft.

2018 Cloud Adoption and Security Report

The McAfee report, “Navigating a Cloudy Sky: Practical Guidance and the State of Cloud Security,” looks at the state of cloud adoption and the challenges organizations face in protecting their digital assets. This year’s report also addresses concerns with private and public cloud services and the impact of Shadow IT. The term refers to IT resources built and used within an organization but without its explicit approval.

With cloud adoption nearing 100 percent, the technology is being used by organizations of all sizes. This includes small businesses who are beginning to appreciate the full benefit of cloud computing despite the risks.

In a press release, Rajiv Gupta, senior vice president of the cloud security business unit for McAfee, explains how businesses counteract the risk by having the right security protocols in place. Gupta says, “By implementing security measures that allow organizations to regain visibility and control of their data in the cloud, businesses can leverage the cloud to accelerate their business and improve the security of their data.”

The survey for the report was carried out between October and December of 2017 with the participation of 1,400 IT professionals. McAfee said a diverse set of industries and organization sizes across 11 countries took part in the survey.

Data Theft

When it comes to data theft, it is the number one concern of the IT professionals who were surveyed. This is because more than 25 percent of the IaaS and SaaS users have fallen victim.

McAfee attributes the problem to a shortage of security skills. Only 24 percent of the respondents said they are not facing skill shortages. This means 76 percent are experiencing different levels of shortages in cybersecurity skills.

Other Data Points

Asked what type of data these organizations store in the public cloud, 83 percent said they store sensitive information and 69 percent indicated they trust these public platforms to keep their sensitive data secure.

Again, this is despite the fact 1 in 4 organizations (or 25 percent) have suffered data theft while using the public cloud, and 1 in 5 have seen advanced attacks against their public cloud infrastructure.

You can download the full report here.

Best Practices and Recommendations

As the result of the study, McAfee has come up with three best practices organizations should adopt to ensure the security of their cloud infrastructure:

  • Improve code quality and reduce exploits and vulnerabilities with DevOps and DevSecOps and Integrating development, quality assurance, and security processes within the business unit or application team.
  • Automate with tools such as Chef, Puppet or Ansible. (McAfee says use of these tools is fundamental to modern IT operations. The same tools should be used when migrating to the cloud, the company says.)
  • Move away from multiple management tools and deploy a unified management platform across multiple clouds to reduce the complexity and cost while increasing security.
The Cloud Has More Benefits Than Risks

Still, when all is said and done, the cloud offers too many benefits to ignore. Ninety percent of respondents trust it more now than they did a year ago. This is attributed to an increased knowledge of cloud technology. Native security and third-party integration for commercial security technologies have also made cloud technology safer as has an increased sense of responsibility by all parties involved.

Images: McAfee

This article, "1 in 4 Organizations Using Public Cloud Services Experience Data Theft, McAfee Reports" was first published on Small Business Trends

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Topix - Sun, 2018-04-22 14:30

President Donald Trump is not the first president who has had trouble with the Deep State. Harry Truman had a major problem, too, which revolved around the resistance by the State Department and Central Intelligence Agency to his decision to recognize the state of Israel.

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Impossible Foods fights for FDA approval on its meatless burgers

Topix - Sun, 2018-04-22 10:02

Impossible Foods is having the FDA review the safety of its meatless burgers, made from soybean roots and genetically engineered yeast. Even though Impossible Foods is compliant with all regulations for its meatless burger, the company is having the U.S. Food and Drug Administration review the product's safety in the interest of transparency.

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TruRating Debuts Plug-In with Magento, Launches Full Online Offering

PR Web - Sun, 2018-04-22 03:30

The original in-store customer feedback solution now first of its kind available in the ecommerce realm

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Monster Tree Service Announces Rapid Q1 2018 Franchise System Growth

PR Web - Sun, 2018-04-22 03:30

The Nation’s First and Fastest Growing Tree Service Franchise System Grew 127 percent in Q1 2018

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SkySwitch and Telo Improve Caller ID for Hosted PBX Resellers

PR Web - Sun, 2018-04-22 03:30

SkySwitch and Telo have partnered to provide enhanced Caller Name lookups to SkySwitch Resellers

(PRWeb April 12, 2018)

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