Hurricane Sandy: The Devastation of New Jersey and Its Impact on the Car Industry

Hurricane Sandy: The Devastation of New Jersey and Its Impact on the Car Industry

While it cannot be denied that Hurricane Sandy caused serious destruction along its path, there is certainly one good thing that exited it – it brought the very best away from people. So, as it caused immense physical injury to property and business interruption enough to be considered since the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane after Katrina, Hurricane Sandy inevitably strengthened a lot of people’s faith within their fellowmen.

Like most industries, the auto industry was also suffering from the disaster. A lot of cars were either flooded-out or tree-flattened through the height in the storm’s fury. So, exactly what does it mean for the industry? Let us take particular notice.

Another Look at Hurricane Sandy

While Hurricane Sandy started being a Category 1 storm, it quickly became a Category 2 storm which made a good part of the Caribbean, mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States devastated. It likewise affected the Southeastern and Midwestern states to your slightly lesser degree. This horrific natural disaster caused $65.6 billion in losses and claimed the lives of 131 people everywhere in the United States.

However, Sandy’s tale of disaster is not confined inside the United States. It wrought havoc in six other countries, including Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and Canada where it also caused considerable harm to life and properties.

The Impact of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey

New Jersey was one of the states that took the worst beating from this natural disaster. For the record, over 70,000 homes and businesses over the storm’s path were destroyed, about 2 million households were left without power and 34 everyone was left dead in the storm.

Also, New Jersey suffered approximately $30 billion in operational losses. It also experienced massive flooding, public transit shutdown, and serious gasoline shortage. As such, Governor Chris …

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Auto Parts – Your Budget Saver

Auto Parts - Your Budget Saver

Finding great but affordable auto parts can be a hassle and for families searching for ways to reduce their costs, it can mean a world of difference to find parts that they will not have to replace again after a few months, as well as conditioning a good price to begin with.

After Resolving The Major Budget Busters

It takes some time and expertise to find the hidden costs that can be reduced significantly. Very few of us are qualified to perform major work on our automobiles, so most of us use qualified mechanics for a variety of routine auto maintenance. By browsing the net for good parts before leaving it to your local mechanic can be a wise thing to do, since a repair shop always takes out a hefty margin profit on parts from their stock.

Each Person Comes Equipped With A Different Experience And Skill

When it comes down to automobile maintenance that they can perform by themselves. But most of us, given the time to look into it, can replace light bulbs or covers, windshield wipers, changing oil, replacing fluids, and a variety of other maintenance acts. Those who are more adept at automobile maintenance can perform more complicated tasks.

On Occasion, We All Find Ourselves In A Situation Where We Need Spare Parts Quickly

We normally have some advance notice when we need a new battery. Sometimes it may be difficult to start, or the pretty obvious one when you find your battery dead and have to charge it up again. Rather than overspend for a new battery in a retail establishment, you are far better served by looking online. It is usually fast, simple and the items you are looking for can be shipped to you quickly. Savings on these types of situations can …

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Car Parts – Key Benefits of Buying Online

Car Parts - Key Benefits of Buying Online

Buying auto parts from a traditional store and at a reasonable price can be a difficult task. However, an online shop for all automotive parts is emerging as one of the latest modes to buy quality automatic equipment at unbeatable prices. So, if you are looking to buy any auto parts that browse some of the best online stores it can always be the best and feasible choice because you can enjoy valuable benefits such as:

1. Easy accessibility:

Buying auto parts through the online process does not need to go out driving your car to shop and burn fuel. Also, in the traditional buying mode sometimes you don’t need to queue, but with the online shopping process, you get the opportunity to reach the market by exploring various online shopping sites in your home.

2. Abundant options:

In general, shopping requires a lot of research before you make a decision, but with an online auto parts store, you have the opportunity to access a market filled with suppliers. Apart from that, chances are you even get what you are looking for and the quality you want.

3. You shop quietly:

Shopping through traditional stores for auto parts can be a very disturbing experience because sellers may act aggressively at certain times. Shopping online will save you from all the problems you might face when dealing with salesmen or moving from one store to another.

4. Find realistic information about your dealer:

It’s important to understand that if you want a reliable supplier then you shouldn’t trust your supplier’s impressive speaking skills. You must follow the seller’s background and the experience they have in this field. The online shopping platform is equipped with a system that lets you check sellers through feedback from other customers. Many of them have certification …

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Thailand’s Automotive Industry Recovers and Prepares for Export Growth

Thailand's Automotive Industry Recovers and Prepares for Export Growth

Thailand is the ASEAN Automotive Hub, with the largest vehicle assembly capacity and high-quality parts manufacturing capability from any country in the region.

Rebounding from last year’s flood crisis, Thailand’s automotive industry which was devastated including parts and accessories saw potential growth in the export market through increased production and innovation.

Manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota and Chevrolet have been fast in their recovery, which ultimately increased investment and demand from the global economy.

Innovation and New Product Development

As there has been speedy growth, new products are being launched by car-makers with attention towards Eco-friendly or hybrid cars in support of Thailand to be an Eco-car production powerhouse. The top 5 companies taking part in this initiative are Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

Current popular hybrid or Eco-cars are:

• Nissan March

• Honda Brio

• Suzuki Swift

• New Honda Jazz hybrid

Also recently this year, Mitsubishi launched its first and new global compact car – Mirage with exports to Japan in July this year and then to the ASEAN, European and other markets respectively.

Auto parts

There are around 1,800 automotive parts suppliers in Thailand, of which around 700 are available as OEMs.

For exports, the auto parts industry is rather complicated and difficult. Many automotive manufacturers in Thailand already have exclusive contracts with their customers and cannot produce for their competitors also. Also small manufacturers cannot cope with large and specialized orders.

However, the Thai Department of Trade, just this year hosted the Thailand Auto Parts & Accessories 2012 (TAPA 2012) trade fair featuring auto parts & components (OEM/REM), auto accessories, petroleum /lubricants/maintenance products, tools & machines and even vehicles focused on promoting items to buyers and importers from around the world.

Some of the major products and services that were on displays included:

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Stop Being A Loser and Be A Leader!

Stop Being A Loser and Be A Leader!

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In my thirty years in the business I have never seen such a lack of civility, leadership and professionalism in the automotive industry. You can find managers anywhere but developing leaders is a much more challenging task. Managers are integral but leaders are essential. It does not take character, guts or vision to manage things but it takes all three to lead people.

Here are common characteristics I see quite often from managers in dealerships today:

#1 – Lack of attention to detail – “Big doors swing on small hinges” “A person who cannot be expected to do the small things cannot be trusted to do big things”

#2 – Lack of clear communication – People cannot operate efficiently in a nebulous environment. Communicate clearly and communicate often. Your team deserves to know exact details. Stop telling your people “We will work it out for you” or “We will get you the details later” or “Don’t worry about that right now.” Tell people clearly and tell them now.

#3 – Make decisions – Stop procrastinating on making small and large decisions. Gather the pertinent information and make a decision. Stop waffling and putting things off hoping they will go away. “You can’t sweep shit under the rug and expect the stink to go away.” Make a decision and move on!

#4 – Say no! – Stop being afraid to say no. Say no to your staff, vendors, customers or whoever you need to say no to. Grow a backbone and say NO! You cannot manage from weakness. It has never worked and it never will. People will not respect or follow weakness. People can accept no for an answer, but they cannot accept a spineless weasel who cannot say no.

#5 – Make a commitment – You cannot …

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