Special Report: Understanding Your Cost of Doing Business
Operations & Finance, Dept. Management

Special Report: Understanding Your Cost of Doing Business

“As dealers we need to know what we need to be doing today to be successful and figure out what our action plan is to achieve our goals,” says Ron Birkey, chairman of Birkey’s Farm Stores.

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Dealership of the Year

Who Will It
Be in 2015?

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Our editors are working right now on our next edition, which takes you “inside” the operations of this 11th annual class of inductees, which an independent panel of judges selected as North America’s very best. Stay tuned! Here's a list of past winners:

Jamestown Implement Co. * Fred Haar Co. * Titan Machinery * Champlain Valley Equipment * Birkey’s Farm Store Inc. * Scott Supply Co. * Record Harvest Enterprises Inc. * Miller Farm Equipment * Vincennes Tractor * Young's Equipment Inc. * Bonneville & Madison County Implement * RDO Northern Agriculture * Codington-Clark Equipment * JayDee AgTech * Janson Equipment Co. * Johnson Tractor * Kennedy Implement * Stotz Equipment * Lake County International * PriarieLand Partners * Godfrey Bros.

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Columns & Opinions

  • Dave Kanicki

    Are We Experiencing an 'Ag Equipment Bubble?'

    As you can read in the "Forecast & Trends" item in this edition of E-Watch, worldwide sales of farm machinery are expected to fall by about 10% in 2015. If this is as bad as it gets, a lot of North American farm equipment dealers and manufacturers will not only be happy, but surprised. Through May, compact tractor sales are down 4.8%, utility tractors down 14.3%, row-crop tractors down 31.9% and 4WD tractors down 30.5%. And there's no surprise when it comes to combines, where sales have been falling for 15 consecutive months.
  • Kim Schmidt

    Is Fraud Impacting Your Dealership?

    Can you trust your employees? Better yet, should you trust your employees? During a recent trip to the East Coast to visit a few different dealerships, two dealers told me about problems they had with employees stealing from them. If this was a problem for these two dealers, I wondered how widespread the issue really is.
  • Dr. Jim Weber

    Business of Selling: Ensuring Territorial Coverage

    Two of the most important responsibilities of an equipment salesperson are to maintain relationships with existing customers while simultaneously securing new customers. One of the primary responsibilities of the dealer/sales manager, therefore, is to see that those responsibilities are done efficiently and effectively. One way of accomplishing this is to establish meaningful territories for each salesperson and to periodically review how each salesperson is performing within that territory.
  • Dan Crummett

    Ahead of the Curve: VR Motors Finding Ag Applications

    The technology behind variable frequency drives (VFD) is nothing new in machine shops and various other industrial applications. But with the advent of faster and more precise switching capabilities of modern microprocessors, the mechanically simple, multi-speed, multi-voltage, variable reluctance motors used in VFDs are poised to make a move into agricultural applications.

Top Directory Listings

Editorial Advisory Board

Brian Carpenter
President & GM
Champlain Valley Equipment
Middlebury, Vt.

Mark Foster
Regional Manager/Partner
Birkey's Farm Store
Bloomington, Ill.

Leo Johnson
Partner
Johnson Tractor
Janesville, Wis.

Keith Kreps
Executive Vice President
RDO Equipment
Fargo, N.D.

Tom Rosztoczy
President & CEO
Stotz Equipment
Avondale, Ariz.

Clint Schnoor
President
Agri-Service LLC
Twin Falls, Idaho

Tim Young
General Manager
Young's Equipment
Regina, Saskatchewan

Mark Foster
Regional Manager/Partner
Birkey's Farm Store
Bloomington, Ill.

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The "2015 Big Dealer Report" is a joint project of Ag Equipment Intelligence and Currie Management Consultants. This report aims to track ownership changes and consolidation trends of North American farm equipment dealers.  For the purposes of this report, "Big Dealers" are considered those organizations that own and operate five or more farm equipment store locations throughout North America. This report was initiated in 2009 and is updated annually in April. 

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2015 AEI Dealer Business Outlook and Trends - Farm Equipment Forecast (PDF)

2015 AEI Dealer Business Outlook and Trends - Farm Equipment Forecast (PDF)

Based on surveys from more than 300 North American dealers, not only does the 2015 Dealer Business Outlook & Trends forecast report give you a "from the trenches" look at what dealers see for equipment sales in the year ahead, but it also identifies trends for individual product sales growth. In 48 pages, the report breaks out the dealers' 2015 outlook by country, by region, by the equipment brand and by the size of their dealership. Learn more.

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