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Is It Time to Add Self-Checkout to Your Parts Department?

Is It Time to Add Self-Checkout to Your Parts Department?

Instead of having all your parts behind the counter, you would have your 100 fastest moving parts where customers could access them. You would add a self-checkout kiosk where the customer could pay for the part. Read more about how to add self-checkout.

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The most influential “Dealership Minds” in the industry will gather in Omaha, Neb. on August 3-4 for the 2021 Dealership Minds Summit.

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    In typical years, the first quarter is a busy time for our staff, with a lot of time spent out of the office at industry events, meetings and visits with dealers. It’s hard to believe that with the exception of a few regional visits to dealers it’s been a year since we’ve done any extensive travel.

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    If one of your department managers was promoted — or even left the dealership —  do you know who would replace them? Do you have employees who you’ve mentored and trained who are prepared to move into management roles?
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5 Questions with Florida Coast Equipment's Todd Bachman

We sat down with Todd Bachman, president and CEO of Florida Coast Equipment, LLC, a 6-store Kubota and Land Pride dealer in West Palm Beach, Fla., and got his thoughts on key factors driving buying habits, what the most innovative equipment advancements have been in the past decade, and more. Read More »

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Altoz offers a product that is unique to the industry — zero-turn and stand-on mowers with tracks. And while Altoz owner Dennis Brazier says tracked mowers certainly won’t replace all wheeled mowers, they offer a unique advantage for commercial, municipality or farm customers. Read More »

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2018 Rural Lifestyle Dealer Business Trends & Outlook (PDF)

2018 Rural Lifestyle Dealer Business Trends & Outlook (PDF)

This 46-page extensive management report details the numbers, trends and forecasts for the 2018 rural equipment market, and examines what products dealers expect to be the hottest sellers this year, which new products they intend to introduce or expand upon in their product mix, what their major concerns are for 2018 and so much more. You'll find insightful comparisons of U.S. vs. Canadian dealers, large vs. small dealerships and by major manufacturer, and with 6 additional pages in the 2018 report — a 13% increase — there’s more insight to be found than ever.

2017 Rural Lifestyle Dealer Business Trends & Outlook (PDF)

2017 Rural Lifestyle Dealer Business Trends & Outlook (PDF)

Rural Lifestyle Dealer’s full-length 40-page 2017 Business Trends & Outlook report is now available. This extensive management report details the numbers, trends and forecasts for the 2017 rural equipment market. The report examines what products dealers expect to be the hottest sellers this year, which new products they intend to introduce or expand upon in their product mix, what their major concerns are for 2017 and so much more. The report provides comparisons of U.S. vs. Canadian dealers, large vs. small dealerships and by major manufacturer.

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