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An industry warning flag

November 12, 2010

Ever have an omen pop into your head that you just can’t shake off? I’ve had one about youth ATV standards. Or better said, youth ATV warnings. The omen came to mind after I saw an article on new warning labels being stuck on cigarette packs. These labels aren’t your typical “cigarettes cause... Read more »

A major consideration for the holiday retailer

November 5, 2010

Those of you in holiday preparation mode, a reminder to not forget about your online shopper. Cyber Monday, a relatively new concept to so many of us in the industry, is not some cult happening known to just a few pockets of Web browsers. The online shopping event, which follows the traditional Black... Read more »

A new market share battleground

November 2, 2010

If you’re at all an industry aficionado who revels at watching what niches are suddenly becoming hot, than you had to appreciate Honda’s recent move. Just days ago Honda announced it’s bringing a 250cc sport bike to the U.S. market, something that years ago when 600ccs were flying out of dealerships... Read more »

Stability, or something more?

October 20, 2010

Two recent extremely notable positive pieces of news makes me wonder if the “stability” mantra being discussed in different parts of the industry isn’t a bit conservative. Conservative meaning perhaps the economic doldrums that have largely represented 2010 might just be coming to an end quicker... Read more »

An almost overwhelming environment

October 13, 2010

There have been some industry visuals I’ve experienced in the past five years that don’t fade away with time. Showing up at Harley-Davidson’s 105th anniversary one Milwaukee summer and driving into Miller Park to fetch a press pass only to find the baseball stadium’s entire — entire! — parking... Read more »

Kawasaki’s view from the top

October 8, 2010

LAS VEGAS — In the metric OEM arena, where discussion usually centers around one’s company and not about the competition, it was surely a bit of a surprise. It was a comment made by one of Kawasaki’s executives during the company’s recent national dealer network meeting in Las Vegas. Hiroshi... Read more »

A report from the Ducati dealer meeting

September 28, 2010

LAS VEGAS — Executives from Ducati’s parent company met with the company’s North American dealer network over the past few days in Las Vegas, outlining future initiatives and some immediate changes. The latter includes additional staffing to further improve dealer services at Ducati’s North... Read more »

An innovative dealer marketing approach

September 10, 2010

By receiving a steady stream of dealership e-blasts, it’s relatively easy to identify new or clever marketing tools that stores are using nationwide. Here’s one of my favorite marketing approaches that I’ve come across lately: a helmet trade-in program. Pro Italia, a Los Angeles-area dealership... Read more »

Signs of revenue growth, nationwide

August 31, 2010

Is it possible there is a dealership segment that nationwide is averaging more revenue in a pretty rocky 2010 compared to the year before? Apparently yes. That segment? E-commerce. Powersports Business is surveying dealers across the nation about their online revenue and their e-commerce practices for... Read more »

Of Chief importance

August 17, 2010

In years past, the phrase “slow growth” or “stable growth” was hardly exciting and certainly not noteworthy. But today, boy, that phrase seems like gold. Indian Motorcycles, the iconic brand operating out of Kings Mountain, N.C., is striking that vein in several key business categories. A year... Read more »

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