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Tuesday
Apr222014

Saddleback Leather - 3 Years

Large Classic Briefcase in ChestnutTime is a precious, finite commodity, goes by very fast, and its already 3 years that The Colonel owns the Saddleback Leather briefcase.

As an aside its been interesting to see Dave Munson expand the Saddleback Leather offerings during the past 3 years.

What comes to mind:

Cannot put a dent in wearing down this briefcase...still looks new.

It has its own personality and acquiring a patina.

Its endearing...agreed there is something about leather.

Continues to grasp attention.

The ideal briefcase for business travel... only sissies go around with the wheeled synthetic stuff.

Regularly gets shoved under airplane seats.

Where has it been in the past year?

Its travelled all over eastern Canada on business, well loaded with a laptop, smart devices, and all sorts of other stuff.

During the past 3 years its been all over Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Yes...continues to occasionally intrigue airport security folks.

Lets not forget the Caribbean too.

 

 

Wednesday
Apr092014

Canada Digital Future 2014

Informative survey of the Canadian digital landscape... 

 

 
Monday
Apr072014

Canadian Sales First Quarter 2014

Our thoughts on Canadian Sales for the First Quarter of 2014. 

 

 

 

 

Friday
Mar212014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.

Yes...Ayrton Senna would have been 54 today...check out the Google Doodle.

By the frequency of ads, manufacturers as expected are seeking a strong March, and first quarter in Canada. Yes its a good time to buy or lease a "car", make that a "utility vehicle" of one shape or another. Lets see how March and the quarter develop.

A revealing conversation by Stephen Poloz of the Bank of Canada. What does it have to do with auto sales in Canada? Perhaps very little or a ton. What do you think?

Yes...we are working on a few "thoughts" for the coming weeks, stay tuned for our next ebook of 2014.

Yesterday was the first day of spring, birds are starting to chirp in the morning, must be that time of year, or we surely hope it is that time of year.

When we think that technology has every possibility covered, the entire planet continues to wonder, and speculate how "we" can lose a plane with 239 beings. Our prayers and hearts go out to all the folks seeking closure in this unfortunate incident.

The GM recall...what can you say...something got lost somewhere, perhaps someone else did not pay attention. Then GM reinvented itself from a walk on the brink, and it got lost again. At the time it was probably an inexpensive fix...now GM is getting an incredible amount of coverage on the various media platforms. 

Anyone in the auto business has an understanding of used vehicles, even if its only a basic understanding. The individuals with an extensive knowledge base, have known for decades that a used vehicle is either a retail opportunity, or a wholesale opportunity, and that you need to sell them fast to maximise the opportunity.

It is revealing how creative some pundits can get about this simple fact that folks in the know, have knwn for years...the creativity is amusing.

For a change an extensive gallery of modern race cars at Sebring.

 

Friday
Mar072014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation. 

Yes...the Geneva Auto Show is on right now...

Ever notice that many pundits share or contribute comments that are somewhat frivolous, not based on facts, and if you inject a measure of reality (facts) the comments quickly evaporate. Especially in areas of the auto business where acronyms remain popular.

The past week we hit a chord with "Acceleration of Cycle Times" as usual it flew over a lot of folks radar capacities. If you missed it, we urger you to take a look.

If you are working on a project, and browsing the Internet to gather information. Uncovering visuals that capture your imagination. You can pin the photos on Pin It to share with other folks that are working on the project, or you can use Snip It and save the "material" on your personal data system. 

Visuals and or examples are a huge time saver when working on projects that involve contributors. Back to acceleration of cycle times to speed up the project.

In case you missed it...really how could you...Innovating Automotive Retail. If you are are in the auto business its a must read.

We named the new offerings "premium economy" (luxury manufacturers inexorably climbing down the ladder). In a conversation with an individual involved in selling the new premium economy in a showroom. Our question "Are they flying off the shelves?"  Answer "No...visualised as too Japanese". A simple answer that incites reflection.

Take a look at some "road trips" from Rodder's Journal.

You surely know that Churchill, Manitoba is home to Polar Bears...take a look

We had an opportunity to see and hear Sergio Marchionne at the CIAS a few weeks ago, with most of the talk gravitating towards government grants, mini van plants, and billions of dollars. Fascinating to see Sergio presumably walk away from $700M on the table...truly fascinating, but not surprising at this stage of the game.

Our habitual old race cars from the SVRA Spring Vintage Classic at Sebring.