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Cultural diversity can be your competitive advantage

Cultural diversity can be your competitive advantage

June 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm Comments are Disabled

The growing diversity of the Canadian market is a business opportunity Not long ago, in my corporate days, I remember attending diversity training. Before, the focus was on sameness. Thankfully those days are gone and we realize now the sophisticated nature of Canada’s cultural mosaic from coast to coast. We […]

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Another drop in Used Vehicle Price Index

Another drop in Used Vehicle Price Index

May 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm Comments are Disabled

High dollar and consumer debt are contributing factors The ADESA Canada Used Vehicle Price Index fell for the fourth consecutive month in February, although its rate of decline was lower than during the past three months. It currently sits about where it was a year ago, although it is heading […]

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February sales suggest turnaround is at hand

February sales suggest turnaround is at hand

May 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm Comments are Disabled

The question is, “Is it sustainable?” February’s new-vehicle sales in Canada were not only up by 24.9 percent over the same month last year – which was a very low base for comparison – they were up by 2.7 percent over the average for the past five years. That’s the […]

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Getting help with hiring

May 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm Comments are Disabled

Because square pegs don’t fit round holes W hen does it make sense to work with a recruiter? When is that the best strategy for hiring new staff? It all depends on the circumstances. While Steve Quinn (Quinn Automotive Group) has a firm policy of promoting from within, he uses […]

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Cautious optimism

May 21, 2010 at 2:46 pm Comments are Disabled

A healthy perspective to maintain Over the course of the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto and the NADA convention in Orlando, in February, we had the opportunity to talk with key players from every facet of the auto industry, including the heads of almost all the Canadian OEMs. Without […]

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Of software and people

Of software and people

May 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm Comments are Disabled

A lesson in how not to satisfy customers As I am writing this article I am crisscrossing the USA trying to get to Los Angeles from South Carolina. I am actually on vacation but duty calls and a quick jaunt across the continent is in order this evening. Back tomorrow […]

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Used Vehicle Price Index continues to fall

Used Vehicle Price Index continues to fall

April 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm Comments are Disabled

Third consecutive month of decline The ADESA Canada Used Vehicle Price Index for January, prepared by ALG Canada, reflected a weakening of approximately one percentage point from December, seasonally adjusted. Overall auction values were flat as the expected seasonal improvement did not materialize. A third consecutive monthly decline in resale […]

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Cautious optimism is the mood for 2010

Cautious optimism is the mood for 2010

April 21, 2010 at 5:50 pm Comments are Disabled

January sales up from 2009 but down from historic norm There was good news and bad in Canada’s new-vehicle sales results for January. While overall sales were up 6.2 percent from the very low base of January 2009 (which also had two fewer selling days), they were down 6.5 percent […]

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