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Canadian manufucturing shows ‘signs of positivity’
October 7, 2019 by Allan Janssen

  There were some signs of positivity in the Canadian manufacturing sector at the end of the third quarter, with output, new orders, and exports all returning to growth in September, according to analysts at IHS Markit. They also pointed

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DesRosier reports September vehicle sales slip 3.7%
October 7, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Hopes for recovering light-passenger vehicle sales in Canada during the second half of 2019 dimmed when September numbers were reported, says DesRosiers Automotive Consulting. In its most recent e-Newsetter, DesRosiers says despite healthy numbers in August, any sales surge that

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Stats show vehicle surge on U.S. roads
September 24, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Despite the recent downturn in new car and light truck sales, the number of light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the U.S. is undergoing “a historic surge,” according to data analysts at Lang Marketing Resources. VIO dropped for six years

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Lexus earns most J.D. Power Resale Value Awards
September 20, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Carmakers with the most models with category-leading resale value belong to Lexus, Honda, Toyota, and Porsche, according to J.D. Power. Lexus earned six model-level awards in this year’s J.D. Power Resale Value assessment. Its models – Lexus CT, Lexus RC,

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AIA report says maintenance is a ‘high priority’ for most
September 18, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) has released the latest in a series of reports about consumer behaviour and industry changes. The latest report “Under the Hood: How Canadians View Vehicle Maintenance and Repair” is an exhaustive look at

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Technician ages ‘show reasonable balance,’ consultants say
September 17, 2019 by Allan Janssen

A leading Canadian automotive consulting firm has downplayed industry concerns that the average age of service technicians is getting precariously high. In a recent email newsletter, DesRosiers Automotive Consulting noted that an “oft-cited concern in the automotive industry has been

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CAF to spearhead national strategy for women in trades
September 11, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) says it will develop a National Strategy for Women in Trades by 2020. The forum has announced that a task force of its members from across the country will oversee the development of a strategy,

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StatsCan releases profile of self-employed Canadians
September 6, 2019 by Allan Janssen

About one in seven Canadian workers were self-employed in 2018 – accounting for 15% of total employment – according to a new report from Statistics Canada. That’s up from 12% in 1976. More notably, the number of women entrepreneurs is

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June numbers reflect strong economy: Statistics Canada
September 3, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Statistics Canada reports that Canada’s economy expanded for the fourth month in a row in June, as 17 of the 20 industries the data agency tracks expanded. GDP grew by 0.2 per cent overall, as a 0.2 per cent decline

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Knowledge Centre: The Blockchain Economy
August 30, 2019 by Jacob Stoller

Blockchain promises to help shops verify payments, vehicle histories, or the origins of a replacement part… but the transition won’t happen overnight.

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BY THE NUMBERS: A look at texting
August 21, 2019 by Allan Janssen

  3 minutes More than 90 percent of the time, texts are read within the first three minutes after receipt. Zipwhip, 2019 State of Texting Report   60% By far the most common business use of texting is to schedule

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BY THE NUMBERS: Some facts about texting
August 13, 2019 by Allan Janssen

  3 minutes More than 90 percent of the time, texts are read within the first three minutes after receipt. Zipwhip, 2019 State of Texting Report   60% By far the most common business use of texting is to schedule