Opinion | Commentary

  • Export control and sanction requirements have been around for years, but now are taking on increasing prominence in the wake of record-setting fines. As a follow-up to August through November columns in this series, this article provides an overview
  • Exports from the US through June 2011 are growing at 16.4 percent rate despite an extremely challenging global economy. Are you getting your fair share or, better yet, more than your fair share of this impressive growth?
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  • When Midas reported its 2011 Q2 results, management was quite candid with respect to its disappointment surrounding the stock price. Following the settlement of Midas? European arbitration and Q2 earnings, management announced that its board would co
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  • Export control and economic sanction requirements have been around for years, but now are taking on increasing prominence in the wake of record-setting fines.
  • Export controls and sanction requirements have been around for years, but are taking on increasing prominence. It is good to be aware of some of the considerations that go into implementing an effective compliance program for export controls regulati
  • C?mon, could there really be anything better than collecting end tabs or box tops? OK ? there are those trusty belt sleeves! And, if belt sleeves don?t capture your imagination, I suppose you could drop a plastic token in a can, or two, or in a bottl
  • Export control and sanction requirements have been around for years, but now are taking on increasing prominence in the wake of record-setting fines. Basic economic sanctions compliance best practices are being adopted by many multinational automotiv
  • One of the most powerful ways to bond with another human being socially, emotionally and psychologically is the sharing of food. As a custom, it goes back to the beginning of time when we first ventured forth out of the cave and sought or welcomed ?
  • ?Ford has a better idea.? That was Ford?s slogan in the ?50s and ?60s. It may have had a better slogan but having better cars certainly was questionable. At the time, most of the cars in the U.S. were domestics on a similar path of mediocrity and pla
  • Well, it?s mid-September as we write this the National Bureau of Economic Research has just announced that the longest recession on record since World War II ?officially? ended in June 2009.
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  • Entering 2010, there was a healthy degree of skepticism within the broader investment community as to whether the auto part retailers would experience another solid year of sales trends given challenging 2009 comparisons.
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  • I?m generally one of those people who believe there is no such thing as coincidence, one of those people who tend to think everything happens for a reason. So, it was no surprise that a good friend of mine ? a highly placed and regarded aftermarket e
  • In recent weeks, we have become increasingly concerned over the potential impacts of higher gasoline prices on aftermarket demand trends, given the meteoric rise of crude oil prices (from less than $90 a barrel in January to a close of $113 on 4/8/11
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  • Most US entities by now are familiar with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The FCPA prohibits US companies and citizens, foreign companies listed on a US stock exchange or any person acting while in the US, from paying or offering to pay, wh
  • Rage is a four-letter word. That means I probably shouldn?t use it as much as I do.
  • This article follows up on Part V of this series (Mergers and the FCPA [August, Aftermarket Business World]).  This article moves to a new area of regulation of key concern to companies in the automotive sector: export controls.
  • One of our outside sales representatives and a close ?professional friend? of more than 25 years walked into the office the other morning, planted himself on one of the counter stools, leaned forward on his elbows and without a moment?s hesitation be
  • I am not an economist, don?t play one on TV, and didn?t spend the night in a Holiday Inn Express. Still, I think that 2012 will be another good year for the aftermarket ? for the one simple reason that the average age of the fleet continues to trump
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  • Mitch woke up one Sunday morning thinking about the shop, like usual. But as he read his daily blog from Seth Godin, he realized how would you know if something was going wrong with your service after the customer leaves if they don't let you know?
  • If industry events have the potential to enrich our lives both personally and professional in such powerful and profound ways, why there aren’t more of us doing it?