Recent content by ryan.gerardi

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    Putting the final touches on 2019.

    Putting the final touches on 2019.
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    What are some trends you see threatening Fixed Ops revenue in 2020?

    Not really sure the purpose of your response, @Jeff Kershner, but maybe others might have had an opinion. Is the DR Forum not meant to be a place to talk about industry trends??
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    2020 Planning, Speculating, Budgeting, and Forecasting

    With 2020 on the very near horizon, I am interested in knowing what dealers here on DealerRefresh are evaluating or scrutinizing as 2019 comes to a close. Fixed ops seems to have become a popular topic of conversation over the last year, and the term Digital Retailing sure went through the...
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    What are some trends you see threatening Fixed Ops revenue in 2020?

    According to a recent report by RevolutionParts, crash rates in automobiles have been decreasing over the last several years and are expected to continue as much as 12% year-over-year over the next 5 years. This is no surprise with radar and sensor technologies, ride share apps, and backup...
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    Redesign 2019 is LIVE

    Congrats on the makeover. Looks sharp! You guys didn't seem too excite about it on the show today, though.
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    Where is Amazon going with this?

    More likely Amazon will go the route they did in the grocery business - acquire a major brick and mortar and then integrate concierge services. Keep in mind, Bezos' interest in automotive is more on the investment side right now into startups like Rivian which will benefit Amazon at the fleet...
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    How much of the used car market remains for Traditional Auctions?

    By some estimates, there has been up to if not more than a 40% drop over the last 10 years in the volume of used cars that pass through traditional (physical) auctions. This of course is because auctions have moved online. It's just more efficient to go online and target the cars you want and...
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    Prepping for DD27 in August! Woot woot!

    Prepping for DD27 in August! Woot woot!
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    Finding the "Perfect Shopper" (within 30 Days)

    In this article on Ward's Auto about vehicle inventory being an asset or a liability, the author Valerie Vallancourt, VP of Marketing with Outsell, points out that "one of the dealership’s most visible assets – and often the biggest source of wasted budget and opportunity – is vehicle...
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    What's a HOT Option worth?

    How about autonomous driving features. I see you have: Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor, but there are so many these days. Does it make sense to simply include 'Autonomous Driving Features' as a stand-alone all-encompassing option?
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    Email losers

    Smart speakers may be quite possibly lead to the end of humanity as we know it. I am beginning to believe this.