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Customised Services or Factory Flows?

Allsorts Blog
Written by Ben Waller

ICDP celebrates 20 years.....

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At ICDP's 2014 Spring Meeting in Berlin, Eric Le Gendre gave an opening speech to the members, celebrating the first 20 years of ICDP. "I, together with some of you, first attended an ICDP meeting back in 1995, last century!...."
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Written by Eric Le Gendre

The opacity of retained margins and stocking costs are barriers to better product range management

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It is a Monday afternoon. A customer is talking to the salesperson. They have found a car in stock at another dealer that matches the customer requirements, after a bit of compromise from the customer on choice of interior trim. The salesperson is trying to work out the margins on a new car deal. In addition to the margin and bonus scheme, the salesperson is trying to understand additional campaign and other support payments available from the National Sales Company for the particular car that is under discussion. The salesperson speaks to the sales manager who in turn speaks to the zone manager to confirm support on a particular car. The zone manager then speaks to someone at the National Sales Company to get clarification on a particular point, or extend an offer to a particular derivative.
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Written by Ben Waller

Coming to a telematics screen near you ... ?

Browserscreen Blog

Across Europe, many brands have been busy finalising and rolling out fresh or revised dealer agreements in response to the new Block Exemption regime, the final ingredients of which took effect on 1st June 2013.
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Written by Andrew Tongue

Is Japan really in the doldrums?

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Japan’s economic problems of stagflation and over-valued currency are widely reported and add to this the Japanese struggle to overcome the tragedy of the tsunami and the catastrophic floods in Thailand both of which dramatically affected their production and component sourcing and one might be forgiven to think that Japan has a automotive mountain to climb to re-establish its industry.
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Written by Peter Bailey

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