2025 Dealership Vision: What Lies Ahead

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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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Cat5 Commerce is a growing online retailer in the St. Louis area. Founded in 2004, we currently operate a handful of niche ecommerce destinations that serve the tactical, outdoor and workwear markets. These stores include TacticalGear.com and WorkBoots.com. Each store represents either a highly targeted vertical or specific product category.

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Cat5 Commerce

Cat5 Commerce is a growing online retailer in the St. Louis area. Founded in 2004, we currently operate a handful of niche ecommerce destinations that serve the tactical, outdoor and workwear markets. These stores include TacticalGear.com and WorkBoots.com. Each store represents either a highly targeted vertical or specific product category.

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