November 2015

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Credit Card Shift Took Businesses By Surprise

Credit card companies gave businesses a deadline of Oct. 1, 2015 to become compatible with the new EMV “chip” cards. That was news to many small business owners, some of whom were unaware of the impending date. In the Autumn issue of UpFront, The Locator’s Erin Sandage took a look at the new technology and the requirements placed upon business owners.

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Recycler’s Point of View – Bubba Kaiser

Recycler’s Point of View – Bubba Kaiser

“I’m real big on customer appreciation and communication whether they buy something or not. We have the office designed to be more customer-friendly, like the chain parts stores. It’s not the image of the junkyard. When you drive up you don’t see wrecked cars.” – Bubba Kaiser, Natchez Salvage & Parts

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Recycler’s Point of View – Omar Wahid

Recycler’s Point of View – Omar Wahid

“I guide, I advise and ultimately I let the managers make their own decisions. I trust people. People are smart. If they make a mistake, I know they’ll fix it on their own so it won’t happen again.” – Omar Wahid, Gray & White Used Parts Company

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Flashback: Tires Protect Yard

Flashback: Tires Protect Yard

Wren Sleyster of Avenue Auto Wrecking in Kansas City has a unique take on recycling. Sleyster uses recycled tires and concrete to create massive building blocks. He has used the blocks to build a loading dock as well as a security wall at the auto recycling facility.

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Recycler’s Point of View - Julie Malicott

“People are always talking about doing things that are better for the environment. Buying recycled parts is something you can do. Just think, recycled parts are road tested. They are built by the manufacturer. They are low cost. You can be good to the earth, keep these parts out of landfills, and reduce your carbon footprint. It’s a win-win for everybody. Go green and buy a recycled part!” -- Julie Malicott, G & R Auto Parts

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Weaver Returns To Florida

Weaver Returns To Florida

Greg Weaver recently returned to Florida after spending several years in Virginia running two businesses with his father, Bill Weaver.

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Top Article: Saved From The Crusher

Top Article: Saved From The Crusher

The most-read article on PartsLocator.com for the month of October, 2015 detailed the story a classic piece of racing history that was saved from the crusher. The complete story, as told by Jeffrey Klos, details the Jaguar XJS’ unique history, from the infamous Cannonball Run race in 1979 to A-Z U-Pull-It Used Auto Parts and finally to Richard Rawlings of the hit “Gas Monkey Garage.”

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Recycler’s Point of View – Jim Hayward

“It is important to realize that when strategy is based on pricing competition can respond very easily. How many businesses do you know with a “price match guarantee”? Price is the easiest and most over-used tactic to win business. Think about the businesses that are able to succeed without focusing on price? What do they do? The answer is not as elusive as you might think. These businesses have found a way to change their policies in a way their competition would never consider.” – Jim Hayward, Consultant

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Award Comes As Surprise to Top Boss

Award Comes As Surprise to Top Boss

Omar Wahid, president of Gray & White Used Parts Company, recently learned he was chosen as Locator UpFront’s 2015 Boss of the Year. And that honor came as quite a shock to this industry veteran.

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