To many of us, succession planning has a direct application to our family-owned companies. For example, we need to resolve how we address ownership considerations versus management and operating considerations. Situations in which ownership and operations or management responsibilities are vested in the same people can be devastating to a family or closely held corporation … Read moreNavigating the Transition — In Family-Owned Business
Hiring new employees can be a daunting task. We know it’s difficult to hire … time consuming and costly. Where do you need to begin? Do you need to hire another salesperson? Or perhaps a dismantler because you are busy buying but you are missing engine and transmission sales because you are bottle necked in … Read moreRecruiting & Hiring: Understanding and Supporting Your Hiring Needs
Is your tenured sales staff continually looking for new sales opportunities? Are they working to grow their book of customers? They need to be! After having spoken with dozens of sales managers and yard owners, an area that frequently gets “back-burnered” by a seasoned sales team is outbound calling. Here are three calls they need … Read more3 Sales Calls Your Team Should Be Making
Nothing is more valuable that a good employee. They show up on time, they do what is expected of them, and they solve more problems than they create. Good employees are eager to improve and are willing to make the effort to learn. They are respected and trusted not only by their employer, but also … Read moreThe Good Employee
Everyone thinks I never forget or miss anything. Boy, do I have them fooled. I have a terrible memory. In the earlier days, I propped it up with a pocket notepad. Today, it’s my iPhone. I send myself an email every time I think of something that needs a look, an action, or a follow … Read moreMy Memory Trick
If you search for “automotive recycler” in your zip code area, what would show up? There are two spaces that you want. The first is the one to the right side of the screen that shows the name of a company, its location, hours, link to directions and its website. The second is on the … Read moreOwning the Space by Creating Value
Customer Experience — Outperform the Competition How sensitive or aware are your customers to the price of your parts? Most of us have the experience of looking at the costs of a product and its impact on our buying decisions. This is especially true on our first purchase with a vendor. But my experience and … Read moreHow to Grow your Automotive Recycling Business
Sales managers already know that salespeople in the auto recycling industry love an easy sale. Shooting fish in a barrel usually takes precedence over a sale that might require a little bit more effort. In-stock part sales are easy to make so brokered sales are some of the first that fall by the wayside. Here … Read moreMake Sure Your Sales Team is Capturing Brokered Sales Opportunities
I recently started to train a team of salespeople, at a medium sized yard, in a major metropolitan area. During an initial analysis of untapped profit centers, I was surprised to find zero warranty sales from the previous 90 days. Most of us know the importance of taking advantage of these sales, here are some … Read moreMake Sure Your Sales Team is Capturing Warranty Sales
There is a business phenonium know as “Growth Stall”. It is when your company sales go flat or in many cases income drops for two quarters as compared to the same time in the previous year. Most companies have experienced this. Some data says that 80% of companies experience this and that a large number … Read moreGrowing the Automotive Recycling Business
Why? Because it Will Cost You Less to Hire Today A strong economy, more and more jobs, manufacturing on the rise, high employment rate, low unemployment rate, higher wages, bonuses, health care and benefits, low interest rates, baby boomers retiring – what does that mean? A competitive and very tight hiring market. Currently, the US … Read moreHire and Hire Now!
As we head into the new year, it’s a great time to make sure that your recycled auto parts sales team is consistently executing on sales fundamentals. After training and coaching hundreds of sales teams, I know it’s just as easy for a veteran salesperson to slip away from basic techniques as it is for … Read moreMake Sure Your Sales Team is Executing on Fundamentals in 2019!
In Counts Business Consulting we have spent a great deal of time thinking about and researching the issue of employees. Much of that has been on how to best measure, train and improve performance. The last couple of years we have increasingly been focused on hiring and retaining employees. We have a vacancy – Why? … Read moreGain and Retain Employees
Often times we like to think of superior sales people transactionally. Dominant closers and persuasive at the close of sales. While this is certainly true on a call by call basis, there is something equally, if not more important, to the long-term growth and development of any salesperson in this industry. What separates the truly … Read moreExceptional Customer Service
We all want the W at the end of the game. When it comes to a hiring “Win” it starts with a few other W’s first – Who, What, When, Where, & Why. The “Who” comes last in this situation, but the prep work needed is key to making sure it is a success. … Read moreHow to Win When Hiring
In the last few years, we have had the chance to train auto parts sales reps from across the country. We hone sales pitches, learn to deal with customer objections, and work to always move towards a close. Regardless of their location, there are some common sales training roadblocks that every sales manager will have … Read more3 Common Roadblocks to Effective Sales
All companies should always be looking to the future in such a way as to be prepared for what is to come. This forward look should include: Sales People Facilities Sales All facilities are looking for more sales. Trying to navigate the future with the same revenue is a slow way of going out of … Read morePreparing the Future
In order to grow, you must coach employees up by training them or you must replace them and hire better employees. Otherwise, your company will fall further behind in a growing and expanding industry when faced with such a tight labor market. As you have heard us say, there are only two types of companies: … Read moreIs your company growing or is it going? Numbers Count. People Matter.
Most companies struggle with hiring and retaining good people and also struggle to get new employees trained for success. Most companies do not have the background in these processes. With the increasing demand for skilled labor it is more crucial than ever to be successful in hiring and training. Hiring Hiring takes place in three … Read moreWhich is most difficult? Hiring or Training?
Eliminate Unproductive Movement All movement should have a purpose. Have you ever looked out at your sales counter, warehouse or your yard and seen your equipment moving and your employees moving and wondered: What are they doing? Why do we still have 40 unfilled work orders? Do I have the correct number of people? Where … Read moreProductivity Leads to Profitability
Sales people are the group that are most likely paid on some commission structure. Within the idea of commission for sales are many ways that companies pay sales people. Most new sales people will start on salary with the goal of taking them to commission in 6 months or less. Regardless of how you chose … Read moreChanging the Landscape of Sales Commissions
It is a rare event that you hire an employee that knows what you expect them to know and does what you expect them to do the first day they begin work. No major corporation hires people and expects them to be ready to begin work the first day on the job. Although their competitors … Read moreTraining For Success
As we go through our evaluation process, I want you to begin by answering these questions for yourself. Where have you gained? Where have you struggled? Where did you encounter unexpected turbulence? Who stepped up? Who stepped back? Who needs to be added? Who needs to get lost? No doubt, a lot of change has … Read moreYear End Review – Check Up from the Neck Up
Strategic plans are only as good as the paper they’re printed on. But the thinking that goes into them is extremely valuable. The process is sometimes more important than the actual plan. How and who you involve in this critical thinking process will ultimately determine the success or failure. Change Any plan will involve change. … Read moreStrategic Thinking and Planning
If your employees aren’t motivated to excel then the problem lies first with you, the owner/manager, and then with the employee. The owner/manager controls the work environment and creates the atmosphere that fosters the employee attitude. The level of motivation is dependent on the level of trust that the employee has in the consistency of … Read moreWhat Motivates Sales People?
Respect Everyone wants to be respected. We do care what people think about us as workers, neighbors, friends, etc. Respect is one of those things that can be both earned and given. You earn respect by doing what you say you are going to do. You are a stand-up person. Your word is your bond … Read moreRespect, Responsibility, Generosity and Stewardship
Parts are sold in one of three categories: As a part sale to replace a damaged or non-functioning part, Sold to a core buyer to be refurbished or rebuilt, or Sold by weight. Bullet number one is what we hope for and buy the vehicle for. We will place into inventory somewhere between 40 and … Read moreEvery Part Gets Sold
We hear this over and over again. Why can’t we get good applicants from our job postings? Statistics The hiring environment favors people that are looking for employment. The June 2017 statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the following: 6.2 million job vacancies and 5.2 million hires These numbers tell us that there … Read moreI Can’t Find Good People
What do the following names have in common? Intel – Mobileye Alphabet Tesla Apple Waymo Delphi Uber Qualcomm – NXP GM Ford Chrysler The answer is that they are all involved at some level with artificial intelligence that will usher in the era of the self-driving vehicle market. Waymo has retired its original self-driving vehicle … Read moreArtificial Intelligence and Self Driving Cars
It always starts and ends with management. ]Being a great owner and manager is the rarest of people. Many owners have an understanding of their core products, but far less understand the business of business. There are many reasons for this in business. It is especially true of startups. If you do an internet search … Read moreWhy Your Business Will Fail Or Succeed
Baby Boomer Generation are at a point in the industry where most baby boomers have retired, are retiring or are thinking about retiring. Seasonal Retirement (Florida/Arizona) Taking off several months in the winter has been an activity that many of the baby boomer generation, especially those in the snow belt and further north, have done … Read moreRetirement, Succession, The Next Generation
All things are growing or dying No living thing ever reaches a stage of development where they no longer change. They are either growing or they are dying. Staying alive takes energy and it takes having the right environment and the correct intake. Your business is the same. It is either growing or going away. … Read moreCreating a Sustainable Environment