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Connected Customer Experience

COVID-19 Update: Six Ways Manufacturers Can Adapt Their  Aftermarket Service Business

Author Michael R Blumberg on Apr-1-2020

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There is no escaping the threat of the Coronavirus as it hits communities across the globe.  It seems that no one is immune to it, not even the Aftermarket Service Industry.

Business leaders and managers will need to do everything they can to get through this current crisis.  While we might have the knee jerk reaction to throw our hands up in the air and proclaim, "we've never seen anything like this before," the truth is we have the means and ability to respond. 

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The Membership Economy Is Disrupting Manufacturing. Is Your Company Ready?

Author Robbie Kellman Baxter on Mar-30-2020

This blog post was written by Robbie Kellman Baxter, founder of Peninsula Strategies, LLC, and a bestselling author.  She is an expert on membership and subscription-based business models. Her clients have included start-ups and mid-sized venture-backed companies as well as industry leaders such as Netflix, Oracle, Electronic Arts, and eBay.

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Warranty Management Contingency Plans for Working Remotely

Author Vance Thomas on Mar-26-2020

In recent days, we have all had to rethink how we can conduct business while ensuring we take the necessary measures to keep ourselves, employees, customers, and communities safe. Social distancing and working remotely are crucial in helping to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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PODCAST: Digital Transformation with Michael Blumberg

Author Michael R Blumberg on Mar-23-2020

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Megatrends & Spare Parts Management (SPM) Solutions

Author Ted Fellowes on Feb-24-2020

This guest blog was written by Ted Fellowes, President of Fellowes Research. It is the third of three posts that prepares the reader for webinar hosted by Mize titled Parts eCommerce & Megatrend Impacts on Aftermarket Parts Sales in which Ted is the guest presenter

Introduction

Megatrends are shifts in behavior or attitude that are large, transformative, global and cross-industry in impact.  The megatrends discussed below appear pivotal to shaping parts and service operations for vehicles and equipment.  The digital solutions that automate and improve service-parts management (SPM solutions) will be vital to OEMs, dealers and repairers as they forge at path to success through the tumult.  

This post focuses on forecasting impacts, not on exact timing and sizing.

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Parts eCommerce: Best practices for OEMs, dealerships and solution developers investing in service-parts eCommerce

Author Ted Fellowes on Feb-17-2020

This guest blog was written by Ted Fellowes, President of Fellowes Research.

Preface. 

Parts eCommerce is the fastest growing segment of fixed operations (a.k.a., ‘aftersales’ and ‘aftermarket’) – it’s projected to reach $6.5 billion in revenue – for U.S. car dealers in 2020.  Parts eCommerce is also evolving and innovating rapidly – and faster than in other sectors.  Mastery of parts eCommerce is challenging and starts with understanding the distinct market segments and solution types.  Success also requires deep understanding of OEM data and technical documentation.  Fortunately, success has its rewards: parts eCommerce represents the best opportunity to promote and profitably sustain – even grow – dealer parts sales – in part through powerful capabilities that parts eCommerce best facilitates. 

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