The next step on Right to Repair

September 13, 2016

The aftermarket won the first right to repair battle, but it appears they’ve yet to win the war. In providing an update to the independent aftermarket distributors on hand at Monday’s opening general session of the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) Aftermarket Distribution Summit in Vancouver, Commercial Vehicle Right to Repair Coalition President Marc Karon says last year’s agreed to Repair Memorandum of Understanding has drastically ...

Pause or Peak?

By Robert Dieli, RDLB, Inc. Once a month, usually on the first Friday, all eyes turn to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as it releases its monthly Employment Situation Report. Getting all the attention, often for the wrong reason, are the two headline figures. The first, from the Household Survey of employment, is the Unemployment Rate. The second, from the Establishment Survey of employment, is the change in total non-farm payroll employment. Contained within the latter is a statistic ...

2017 Planning vs. Fading Economy Statistics

August 30, 2016

My friend, distribution guru Bruce Merrifield, recently noted that Q2 earnings for publicly traded distributors aren’t pretty, “After netting out financial tricks, most distributors are reporting lower sales and profits.” This year’s real business planning conundrum: Going forward, will you fall for the benchmarking myth and be happy with just matching the top-of-otherwise-mediocre operations, cutting costs and trying harder? If any local markets are strongly outperforming last year, CONGRATULATIONS! ...

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