Historic Vehicles Drive Anti-Ethanol Message to Congress

Joined by Congressional leaders and industry experts, members of the SEMA Action Network (SAN) participated in the “Fuel for Thought” Rally on Capitol Hill. The event raised awareness of the corrosive effects of ethanol-blended gasoline on automobile engines and the dangers of consumer misfueling. Hosted by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) in partnership with the SAN, the event drew car enthusiasts and motorcycle riders from across the nation.

Webinar: Five Things You Must Know When Shipping Internationally

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Thursday, April 11, 2013; Charles Popick and Tom Leimkuhler, CPC Consultants

Overseas markets are increasingly lucrative for SEMA members. But pitfalls await the inexperienced. Before you pack the first box, learn these five keys to international shipping.

  • Should your company use direct or indirect exporting?
  • How do you select the right freight forwarder?
  • Who should your importer be?
  • Do you have the proper documents prepared correctly?

How can you optimize your process for lower duty fees? Find out how to assess risks, minimize costs, maximize profits and exert the strongest control over your products’ destinies. Case studies from Brazil, China and the Middle East explore problems and solutions, with best practices recommendations for small, midsize and large companies.

CPC Consultants has helped companies save millions of dollars in transportation, warehouse management, overall business operations and more. Founder and principal Charles Popick and partner Tom Leimkuhler will guide webinar participants to improve their procedures with strategic management advice, logistics suggestions and the insiders’ view of international shipping.

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Webinar: Fuel Your Sales with Better Product Data

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Thursday, March 28, 2013; SEMA Data Co-op Executive Team

How far will an engine go without fuel? How many sales will you make if buyers can’t find your products? You may have built the most “high-performance” company website or eCommerce site, but if you don’t have the right “fuel”—or product data—you’re not going to get very far. How does data affect your sales? How can you boost your profits and expand your market reach? Through standardized product data. Join the SEMA Education Institute (SEI) and the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) team and learn how the SDC program works through a system demonstration.

The SDC team has extensive experience in B2B and B2C sales, marketing, eCommerce, data distribution and data management. They will show you how to use the SDC platform. During this session they will:

  • Give an overview of the online user interface and take a tour of SDC features and functionality
  • Learn how to upload new products, update current products, and validate product data to industry standards
  • Review how to schedule downloads, review current member listings, and manage data feeds

One thing is certain—there is no more business as usual! The future is arriving at a faster pace than ever before, and the SDC team will show you how to take control of your product data to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.

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