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Retail Rules: No Taped Signs

<em>Rural Lifestyle Dealer</em> kicks off its “Retail Rules” series with Jennifer Robison of Robison Retail Results.
Rural Lifestyle Dealer kicks off its “Retail Rules” series with Jennifer Robison of Robison Retail Results.
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Self-Made Dealer Peer Group Celebrates 10 Years

The OPE/Powersports/Ag Dealer Group includes 10 dealers from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, many of whom have been with the group since its inception.
Dealer peer groups can offer tremendous benefits, but one group of dealers felt the existing groups weren’t quite the right fit for them. So, this mix of OPE, powersports and ag dealers, formed their own group 10 years ago, devising a meeting formula that fits their businesses.
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KanEquip Plans Succession

The dealership recently completed a $6 million expansion of its Wamego, Kan., facility. Its forward-thinking approach to business includes a succession plan.
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Think 'Mini' for Big Jobs

Demand has been increasing for mini excavators as the equipment's technology has improved. Landscapers and light construction contractors like the equipment’s power and versatility and its minimal impact on property.
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Measuring Up: Dealers Share Performance Data

Erratic business levels in recent years have tested OPE dealers’ ability to perform. See the numbers behind their performance in this analysis of the United Equipment Dealers Assn.'s Cost of Doing Business Studies.
Over the past 5 years, there has been nothing steady when it comes to the business levels for dealers selling outdoor power equipment (OPE).
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What Rural Lifestylers Want From You

Get Up to Speed on Issues Facing Landscapers

Limited work visas, restrictions on equipment and sharing the labor pool with the construction industry are all challenges that dealers should watch.
Landscapers across the country are facing a variety of challenges, including a lack of experienced workers, made worse by worker visa restrictions; restrictions on noisy equipment; and the ongoing issue of keeping fleets up and running.
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