Nationwide Execs on the State of the Industry
Comments by the heads of multiple divisions within the diverse membership of Nationwide Marketing Group at this week’s PrimeTime! Convention reflect industrywide consensus that business has turned a corner – and the group’s management said it is committed to helping its members capitalize on those positive economic signs with programs designed to increase their market clout as educating independent dealers.
One key tool presented to membership there was the Info-Pad initiative (details provided in a related web story), slated to kick off this spring; another was the MemberNet 4.0 intranet, which includes a general repository of manufacturer information and programs. COO Les Kirk said the group would release in Q2 a revamp of it that has been in the works for over a year. It will now be bilingual, adding French as a language option as an accommodation for the new Cantrex group contingent; it has a more powerful database based on a strengthened infrastructure, and was made easier to operate, he said. The overhaul has also enhanced the utility of the group’s digital signage solution, MemberNet TV Plus, for dealers.
CEO Robert Weisner synopsized the group’s standing in terms of sales volume and storefront numbers. Nationwide boasts roughly 10,000 storefronts and its sales are about $2 billion in Canada and $12 billion in the U.S., he said.