As part of ICA's ongoing efforts to address new vehicle technology and the challenges and opportunities they present to our industry, we're writing a series of ongoing articles in addition to our surveying and studying work being conducted in partnership with Schwartz Advisors (read more about that partnership).
Check out the latest article on Volvo's addition of car-to-car communication.
The Birmingham Water Works Board issued a Stage 4 Extreme Drought Emergency on Friday. One would think that being in a drought would cause less people to get their car washed to help save water. It has actually had the opposite effect. A car wash on Highway 280 hit record numbers in October.
With progressing technology, autonomous vehicles are able to differentiate between dangerous obstacles and non-threatening objects much more easily and accurately than they used to. However, the car computers have still not perfected the process to the level that is needed for circumstances outside the norm.
Think of it as the Internet of Wet Things. Picture this: You drive your super-duper new high-tech car into a car wash to get your super-duper high-tech car cleaned. But seconds later, as your poor wired-up vehicle is confronted with spinning brushes, dangling air hoses and swinging pieces of heavy metal, that vehicle of yours panics, confusing the brushes with a real threat, and setting off alarms or, worse, applying the brakes when that’s not necessarily what you want it to do at that moment.
Busse Car Wash, along with over 3,300 other car wash locations across the nation, will provide FREE car washes to veterans and current military service personnel, under the Grace For Vets FREE Wash Program on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. Washes will be given rain or shine. The FREE washes are given to honor and recognize those who have and are serving in the armed forces.
Two car washes have opened along the Airport Way corridor during the past six months. They include Prime Shine’s second Manteca location, and the reopening of a car wash that was built seven years ago in conjunction with a gas station/mini-mart at Yosemite Avenue and Airport Way and then was shuttered. That brought Manteca’s number of car washes to 13.
Mike’s Carwash has plans to come to Oakley Station. It would be the first location within the city of Cincinnati for the car wash chain, which has locations that dot the Interstate 275 loop. The car wash is expected to be built just south of the Kroger Fuel Station along Marburg Avenue and north of a planned Olive Garden.
Quick Quack Car Wash, a Roseville, California-based company, has announced the opening of its fifth Amarillo location. The new car wash is located at 1901 Bell Street (at Plains Boulevard) and will be giving away free car washes for 10 days to celebrate its Grand Opening from November 9 through November 18. The car wash is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (and Christmas Day).
Companies are always looking for the best ways to assess the potential of employees. Managers want to understand how their teams contribute to the organization, and they want to identify high performers and potential leaders along the way. Many know and use the nine-box model, for example, to map past performance against future leadership potential. The people the model identifies as those with the most promise are often the ones a company will invest in through additional training and talent development programs.
Where are we ordering takeout from? What new series are we going to binge watch tonight? Everything in life is a negotiation. Sometimes, as in the aforementioned examples, the stakes are quite low. Bad results, at worst, are heartburn and boredom. But other times negotiations have much more on the line. Life and death, to be exact. These are the kinds of negotiations Chris Voss has dealt with for the better part of his professional career.
I’ve had the word "rebrand" on the brain a lot these days. It’s becoming a borderline obsession. Maybe it’s because we’ve had a few rebranding projects come through the shop recently. But, more than anything, I blame the Chicago Cubs. Let’s talk about those Cubbies for a moment and what their brand is all about.
Shoppers are flocking online in search of gift giving ideas. According to Mashable, "65 percent of shoppers tap social media looking for the perfect gift... and two out of three shoppers purchased a gift they found via social media." So what are the best ways to cash in on seasonal sales with your business? Whether you are a service-based business or sell products, here’s some suggestions to get in the spirit with holiday sales.
Hydra-Flex, Inc., announced on October 31, 2016, that Caleb Hatch has joined the company’s engineering team to further develop their growing portfolio of innovative fluid handling equipment. As Product Design Engineer, Hatch will combine his knowledge of design, engineering and manufacturing processes to create inventive products.
Innovative Control Systems announced that Tom Bagnara has joined the company as Director of Petroleum Sales North America. As a 26-year veteran of the car wash industry, Bagnara brings an extensive background in sales management, key account management and distributor relations to ICS. At ICS he will be responsible for new business development of C-store/petroleum corporate accounts, as well as developing and maintaining relations with the distribution channel in North America.