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November-December 2013
Can Fairy Tales Come True?
It all started with a simple complaint from one of our story's heroes, a Texas Auto- motive Recycler Association (TARA) member. Our hero sent a complaint to TARA to file with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) that pointed out that a bad dude was in the neighborhood. This bad dude (BD) was running a business that strongly resembled a Used Automotive Parts Recycler (UAPR), but low and behold, he did not have a license to operate this business. (Heard this one before?) BD had a sign on the street and ads on the Internet and in the yellow pages, but no TDLR license. How could it be, then, that BD advertised and sold used automotive parts?
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I have benefited from other ARA members who have given of their time to serve on the Executive Committee“ now it's my turn to do my part," said RD Hopper, the new Secretary for ARA's Executive Committee for 2013- 2014. "I plan to bring my energy, industry experience, and enthusiasm to the table and do what I can to make sure our industry stays valid and continues to thrive in the future."
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Direct Impact
A key element in the success of an auto recycler's business is acquiring good salvage. With an ever-increasing crowded marketplace, obtaining quality salvage has grown more difficult in recent years. It's become a serious concern for all association members. So much so, that is has become a constant and unsettling topic of discussion among auto recyclers. As the expression goes, you cannot sell from an empty warehouse. To meet this concern head-on, ARA has recently launched ARADirect, an Internet salvage auction that is poised to be a solution to the members' concern.
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Can Fairy Tales Come True?
It all started with a simple complaint from one of our story's heroes, a Texas Auto- motive Recycler Association (TARA) member. Our hero sent a complaint to TARA to file with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) that pointed out that a bad dude was in the neighborhood. This bad dude (BD) was running a business that strongly resembled a Used Automotive Parts Recycler (UAPR), but low and behold, he did not have a license to operate this business. (Heard this one before?) BD had a sign on the street and ads on the Internet and in the yellow pages, but no TDLR license. How could it be, then, that BD advertised and sold used automotive parts?


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I have benefited from other ARA members who have given of their time to serve on the Executive Committee“ now it's my turn to do my part," said RD Hopper, the new Secretary for ARA's Executive Committee for 2013- 2014. "I plan to bring my energy, industry experience, and enthusiasm to the table and do what I can to make sure our industry stays valid and continues to thrive in the future."


Direct Impact
A key element in the success of an auto recycler's business is acquiring good salvage. With an ever-increasing crowded marketplace, obtaining quality salvage has grown more difficult in recent years. It's become a serious concern for all association members. So much so, that is has become a constant and unsettling topic of discussion among auto recyclers. As the expression goes, you cannot sell from an empty warehouse. To meet this concern head-on, ARA has recently launched ARADirect, an Internet salvage auction that is poised to be a solution to the members' concern.


You're Hired
"I am slow to hire and perhaps should be a little quicker to fire sometimes" admitted Eric Schulz, co-owner of AAA Auto Parts. "I know that many auto recyclers will say they don"t have time to devote several hours to an interview, let alone two or three with a potential candidate. The key thing I've learned is that if you take the time to hire the right people it will pay off in the long run. We tend to hire people and throw them into the fire then we wonder why they leave? Perhaps they weren't the right people to start with, even though they may have had great skills.


Driven To Learn
Nine months ago I was given the challenge to create the Automotive Recycling program for Waubonsee Community College. As I began developing the program I soon learned the impact the auto recycling industry had in moving our culture to a more sustainable future, perhaps more than any other industry in the world. Until recent years, most consumers believed that their problems were over when they left their garbage at the curb or traded their old, worn out car in at the dealer. But what most of them did not know is that the auto recycling industry is one of the industries that has been playing a key role behind the scenes, one that transforms what used to be thought of as waste into usable and viable resources.


From Good to Great Sales
Walking in to my local chain coffee shop I am greeted with a very typical, "What can I get you this morning?" On this particular day I was ordering coffee for a couple of people at the office. I told the barista my first drink order, "I need one grande, soy, vanilla latte..." Then, I politely paused as she was entering the order so I wouldn't confuse her with my next drink request. But before I could continue she blurted, "That will be $3.45." I explained that I actually need to order a couple other drinks. She had an annoyed look on her face as she got back into the order to add to it. I finished telling her my drink orders and again before I could ask for anything else she gave me the total price for the drinks. At this point I was quite exasperated and I told her I would also like to order some food. I felt like I was inconveniencing her by adding to my order. It was a very uncomfortable situation. I left the coffee shop that morning wondering how much money this particular multi-billion dollar company loses because their staff isn't trained to ask for more sales.


 
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