CoVid-19 Industry Updates

CoVid-19 Industry Updates (73)

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 and Manheim Express to conduct business.”

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


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