2025 Dealership Vision: What Lies Ahead

Two years ago, AutoTeam America member firms started a project with a simple premise – what should dealers and automotive professionals know today to prepare them for the reality of 2025 and beyond. With so much effort in retail automotive being occupied with completing a strong month, it is a welcome break to look a dozen years ahead and begin strategic planning now.

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Lord & Taylor

Founded in 1826, Lord & Taylor has been offering designer fashions to Manhattan's most distinguished and discerning shoppers for nearly two centuries. Since its beginnings, Lord & Taylor has proved a true retail visionary: it was the first department store to move to Fifth Avenue, the first to develop the concept of personal shopping, and it was the first department store to boast the first woman president, Dorothy Shaver.

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Bridging B2B Gaps: MyTradeZone's Innovative Approach to Business Networking

Article | July 28, 2023

Become a member of MyTradeZone.com and build your permanent online booth showcasing your company profile, products, and services at the always-open networking event – it only takes minutes – the site is free to join. While social media demonstrates its prowess as a potent instrument for establishing connections with prospective clients and bolstering lead generation within the B2B sector, one vital challenge remains - the absence of a dedicated platform exclusively tailored for B2B enterprises. MyTradeZone has emerged as a guiding light within this domain, presenting a comprehensive solution customized to cater to the needs of B2B professionals and leaders. MyTradeZone's intelligent B2B search engine is your gateway to connect with other businesses to promote your products and services and to source products and services from suppliers. According to Forbes, 91% of small businesses used social media as a way of connecting with their market in 2021. A Gartner report also revealed that approximately 40% of B2B buyers use social media to help inform their purchasing decisions. Meanwhile, around 84% of C-level and VP-level buyers are influenced by social media when purchasing, according to International Data Group. However, despite the variegated benefits of social media, B2B players face significant hurdles when they lack a unified platform to conduct their operations. They lack a trade and social networking site for businesses. Without such a platform, they struggle to access the benefits that come with it, including: Difficulty in reaching niche audiences of professionals and businesses. Limited access to industry-specific products and services with insights and content. Struggles in fostering networking connections that actually count. Inability to personalize business content for improved and direct engagement. Challenges in utilizing specialized tools for effective lead generation. Concerns regarding data privacy and security. Dealing with overcrowded and chaotic digital spaces. Struggles in achieving measurable returns on investment directly aligned with business goals. Cost-effectively promoting their products & services, and generating leads. Taking advantage of emerging AI technology to do smart match-making. Furthermore, the costs and limitations of physical events exacerbate these challenges, such as: Participating in multiple physical trade shows and events at different locations is costly and often not feasible. This leads to missed opportunities for companies to reach potential prospects effectively. Networking opportunities at physical events are limited to the event's duration. The lack of a B2B creator ecosystem with monetization tools compounds these challenges. To address these challenges, B2B marketers often seek alternative approaches, such as an extensive exploration of various social media channels to reach and engage their target audience. Unfortunately, these efforts frequently fall short of achieving their desired results. In such a scenario, imagine the ease and convenience of having an innovative all-in-one solution readily available! MyTradeZone has emerged as a beacon in this space, offering a comprehensive solution tailored to B2B professionals. Here’s why it stands out: Targeted B2B Networking and Lead Generation MyTradeZone addresses the primary challenge of reaching a precise audience in the B2B sector. With its tailored approach, businesses can engage directly with other professionals, bypassing the clutter typically found on generic social media platforms. This precision in networking leads to more effective lead generation and relationship building. A Social Network Dedicated to Business One of the platform's strengths is its ability to provide users with access to social networking and collaboration tools specialized for B2B networking. Customizable and Intelligent Matchmaking The platform's AI-driven algorithms offer intelligent matchmaking and recommendations, aligning businesses with potential clients and partners who share similar interests and needs. This results in highly efficient and relevant connections. Monetization Opportunities for Creators MyTradeZone recognizes the importance of content creation in the B2B space. It empowers creators to monetize their work through peer-to-peer payments, creating a vibrant ecosystem for sharing valuable industry knowledge. Event and Trade Show Integration For trade associations and event organizers, MyTradeZone presents a unique opportunity to enhance their offerings. By integrating their events and trade shows into the platform, they can offer additional value to members and sponsors, extending networking opportunities beyond the limitations of physical event dates. Enhanced Data Privacy and Security In a world where data privacy and security are paramount, MyTradeZone places a strong emphasis on protecting its users' information. This commitment to security builds trust and credibility among its users. It enables users to exercise control over their privacy settings, allowing them to determine both the content that is displayed and the audience with whom it is shared. User-Friendly Interface and Tools The platform is designed with user-friendliness in mind. Businesses can easily establish a permanent profile, engage in discussions, manage groups, and utilize various tools for content sharing and collaboration. Provides a Unique Platform for Advertisers and Marketers MyTradeZone’s B2B search engine offers highly targeted – and – cost-effective advertisements to both buyers and sellers. Also, it provides a highly targeted audience with measurable metrics. Visionary Leadership Under the guidance of CEO and Chairman, Bachir Kassir, MyTradeZone leverages his extensive experience in the software and B2B industry to provide a platform that truly understands and meets the needs of its users. MyTradeZone.com also offers paid premium plans. You can see the details at https://mytradezone.com/pricing. For example, you can upgrade your listing from a free to Business Essential plan, and you can automatically have up to 10 keyword phrases of your choice where you company appear on the top of a search results. This alone worth trying the premium edition. MyTradeZone offers more than just a B2B social network; it provides a holistic solution for businesses looking to master the intricacies of the digital realm. With its focused approach, innovative features, and commitment to user experience, it stands as an indispensable tool for any B2B professional looking to make a mark in today's competitive environment. For additional inquiries, reach out to contact@mytradezone.com. Meanwhile, to stay updated on future platform improvements and promotions, connect with us at MyTradeZone.com. Scan the QR for more details.

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Article | July 28, 2023

Last July, a small group representing the giants of the tech industry gathered in the seat of US government, Washington DC. They probably didn’t want to be there. Congress had summoned their employers Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon to answer questions about the command they hold over the markets they operate in. On Amazon’s behalf, associate general counsel Nate Sutton spoke in defense of his employer’s role in US retail. Throughout, he argued that Amazon isn’t so powerful as to be able to control prices and stifle competition. Amazon, he pointed out, makes up less than 1% of retail globally. In the US, it accounts for around 4% of retail. In fact, Walmart is much larger than Amazon, he said. In terms of sales, Sutton is right. Walmart reported $510 billion in total sales across its US and international segments in the 2019 fiscal year, versus Amazon’s $233 billion in roughly the same period.

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How SMEs can emulate the success of Amazon through ecommerce personalization

Article | September 7, 2023

Whatever your feelings are towards Amazon, there is no denying that they have revolutionised ecommerce and now set the bar for the personalised experience of users when it comes to online shopping. So much so that it was recently reported that they have more than a 30% share of the UK’s ecommerce market. With statistics like this, it may feel like it is impossible to compete, especially as Amazon has huge tech and marketing budgets at its disposal. However, all is not lost. It is possible for SMEs to learn from the forerunner and implement some of their most successful techniques, with regards to their use of ecommerce personalisation and AI, to increase sales cost effectively.

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How Retailers Can Utilize In-Store Digital Signage

Article | February 10, 2020

Consumer attention is shifting. Brick-and-mortar stores must now compete with e-retailers as customers spend more time online, thanks to targeted ads and personalized deals. As noted by Digital eCommerce, online sales rose almost 18 percent last year to $3.46 trillion worldwide and are on track to top $892 billion across the U.S. in less than two years. This shift has alerted most brands to the need for a retail evolution to ensure ongoing success. With e-commerce sales still accounting for just under 10 percent of retail revenues, businesses have an opportunity to boost sales and raise their brand profile — if they can reliably capture consumer interest. One solution: effective and engaging digital signage. Retailers Can Capture Crucial In-Store Moments To capture attention and drive conversion, businesses must capitalize on what Google calls micro-moments, when customers leverage their mobile devices to discover more information, find a price or pinpoint a vendor online.

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Lord & Taylor

Founded in 1826, Lord & Taylor has been offering designer fashions to Manhattan's most distinguished and discerning shoppers for nearly two centuries. Since its beginnings, Lord & Taylor has proved a true retail visionary: it was the first department store to move to Fifth Avenue, the first to develop the concept of personal shopping, and it was the first department store to boast the first woman president, Dorothy Shaver.

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The POS Ecosystem That’s Modernizing The World Of Independent Retailers

IndependentRetailer | September 05, 2019

National Retail Solutions has a POS system that creates a better checkout experience for both the customer and the cashier. In today’s fast-paced era, running a successful business requires a lot more effort on many fronts. Small and midsized independent retailers can greatly benefit from a modern, robust POS system. “It’s our mission to provide the best point of sale solution for groceries, c-stores, liquor and tobacco shops; an all-in-one bundle for success and growth for small and mid-sized independent retailers,” Elie Y. Katz, founder, President & CEO of National Retail Solutions, said. “The checkout process isn’t just about the critical functioning of a cash register and credit card machine. It’s part of a broader experience at checkout, both for customers and merchants who serve them.”

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Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail buys ethnic retailer Jaypore

indianretailer | June 11, 2019

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail (ABFRL), a part of $44.3 billion Aditya Birla Group, has acquired online-offline retailer Jaypore. With this acquisition, ABFRL has forayed into the branded ethnic market.Jaypore provides curated collections of handmade, handwoven and handcrafted apparel, jewellery, home textiles and accents, traditional and contemporary art and more from all over India.ABFRL’s Board of Directors has approved the signing of Share Purchase agreement to buy Jaypore. The business comprises online and offline operations.Ashish Dikshit, Managing Director, ABFRL, said, “Ethnic wear is the largest segment in the Indian fashion apparel market. While ABFRL has built a diversified portfolio of brands across different segments, ethnic wear space is currently under-represented in our bouquet of offerings to consumers. The proposed acquisition is, therefore, a great strategic addition to our portfolio and gives us a strong footing in a segment that is growing in double digits.”

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SUGAR Cosmetics launches first retail outlet in Bengaluru

indianretailer | April 09, 2019

SUGAR Cosmetics, one of the fastest growing colour cosmetics brands in India, has launched its first exclusive brand outlet in Bengaluru. This store houses SUGAR's entire product range in a specially-curated brick-and-mortar experience. Located at Orion Mall in the IT Hub of India, the newly launched SUGAR store has nearly 400 sq ft of the best picks in categories that cover lips, eyes, face and nails, permitting customers to enjoy a plethora of beauty products to suit all skin tones and undertones across the country.

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