CoVid-19 Industry Updates

CoVid-19 Industry Updates (131)

Organizers of the Conference of Automotive Remarketing have postponed this year’s event, originally scheduled for March 24-25 in Las Vegas.

An announcement from Bobit Business Media on the conference website read:

“After a great deal of discussion, we have jointly decided to postpone the 2020 CAR Conference. The safety and health of our attendees and partners is of paramount importance at this time.

“We want to take a minute to offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to all of our partners on this event. We couldn’t do it without you and we won’t do it without you. The NAAA and IARA, along with the senior leadership at Cox Automotive, KAR Global, ServNet, America’s Auto Auction, and IAA have all been incredibly supportive throughout this process and we look forward to putting together a great remarketing event with all of you down the road.”

Following the recommendation of county and state officials in Florida, executives with Barrett-Jackson announced the company will postpone its 18th annual Palm Beach auction, scheduled for April 16-18, at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The decision was made due to the uncertainty of the current public health crisis and to safeguard auction customers, sponsors and guests from the potential spread of COVID-19.

“While every indication shows that our bidders, consignors and sponsors were behind our efforts to hold our auction, we’ve decided to follow the advice of the Florida governor and exercise an abundance of caution at this time,” said Craig Jackson chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Our decision to postpone the auction was made to protect the public’s safety and health.”

The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction is expected to be rescheduled for Oct. 15-17. Current ticket holders can have their tickets transferred to the new event dates. Full refunds will be also available. Details for transfers and refunds will be communicated directly to ticket holders.

As a result of the ongoing health concerns from the spread of the coronavirus in the region, the New York International Auto Show has been rescheduled to Aug. 28 - Sept. 6.

“We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors and all participants from the coronavirus,” said Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, the organization that owns and operates the New York Auto Show. 

“For 120 years, ‘the show must go on’ has been heavily embedded in our DNA, and while the decision to move the show dates didn’t come easy, our top priority remains with the health and well-being of all those involved in this historic event.

“We have already been in communication with many of our exhibitors and partners and are confident that the new dates for the 2020 show will make for another successful event,” Schienberg added.

More than $330 million in economic benefit is attributed to the annual New York International Auto Show.

Manheim joined KAR Auction Services in limiting travel due to fears of COVID-19.

Manheim recently has released a statement on its efforts to protect employees during the coronavirus outbreak

“With locations across the country, we continually plan for situations that have the potential to impact our operations such as hurricanes, winter storms and more. I want to take some time to assure our team members, clients and those in our local communities that our team is prepared to address COVID-19 developments,” read the statement from Manheim President Grace Huang and Patrick Brennan, senior vice president of inventory solutions.

“Working closely with Cox, our parent company, we are taking multiple steps to maintain services provided to clients while ensuring the safety of those within our business reach. We are in close contact with government and health officials as this situation evolves.

“Through the end of March, we’ve asked all Manheim team members to refrain from international business travel, limit domestic business travel and large group meetings and observe CDC suggested 14-day quarantines at home if they’ve traveled to Level 3 countries or come in close contact with those who have.

Manheim is also “sending ongoing communications to team members to follow CDC sanitation guidelines and provide hand sanitizers throughout our facilities with posted signs to remind team members, clients and visitors to wash and sanitize their hands often. Team members who feel ill will not report to work under any circumstances.

‘We have also put in place additional actions to limit exposure to COVID-19, including: having protocols that activate closures, deep cleanings and appropriate quarantine procedures should the need arise; temporarily halting food service in our lanes and lots; extending cleaning crew hours; and encouraging clients who prefer an alternative to attending in-person sales to use digital channels such as Manheim.com and Manheim Express to conduct business.”

KAR Auction Services had earlier suspended travel through the end of March.

 

Annette Chapman took over the reins of the Michigan Independent Automobile Dealers Association Oct. 14, replacing Lisa Michael.

“I’ve worked in customer service and sales for, pretty much, 25 years,” she said. Herexperience was in the food-and-beverage industry.

“It was in a different business but, as far as I’m concerned, the (skillset) is basically the same; network with people, answer their questions and get them help wherever it’s needed.

“That’s kind of my forte - customer service and sales.”

Chapman said Michael’s strengths were more on the administrative side.

If Chapman’s last name looks familiar, it’s because she is the daughter-in-law of Nancy Chapman, the former Michigan IADA executive director who retired in 2014.

Chapman said she briefly assisted Nancy Chapman at Michigan IADA.

“I worked for her for a short time when someone was out of the office,” Chapman said. “It was only about a three-week period.”

Chapman said the association was seeking someone with a background in sales and her “name happened to come up” with someone who had known me through her work with the association in the past.

She would help out during previous Michigan IADA conventions with decorating for the event.

Chapman said the charge she’s been given is to “promote the growth and vitality and integrity  of the motor vehicle industry.”

One goal is to make sure she’s working hand-in-hand with dealers.

“It’s about going out and being the foot soldier, seeing them at their places of business,” Chapman said.

In her brief time at the helm, she’s been in communication with members through phone calls, emails and visits to auctions.

“My hope is to bring in more members as the membership has dwindled over the past few years,” Chapman said.I’m hoping to bring those numbers up.”

The association currently has 251 members.

Chapman has been meeting with dealers, trying to recruit new members and attending dealer training events.

She’s also helping answer their questions on rules and regulations regarding the business.

Chapman will not be alone in leading the association.

“We have an attorney as well as a lobbyist,” Chapman said. “I work very closely with them on a daily basis.”

Allison Harrison, out of Columbus, Ohio, is the association’s attorney and Bill Zaagman serves as the association’s lobbyist.

Chapman held her first board meeting in Lansing, the state capital, in November.

“It was a very good meeting and I got to meet everyone in person,” she said. “I had a good response.

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