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Thinking 'Small' Pays When It Comes to Moving Used Inventory

Small-store leaders within Farm Equipment’s Dealership of the Year Alumni Group share the actions they’re relying on to guide them through the choppy waters of reducing equipment backlogs.
A dealer responding to Ag Equipment Intelligence’s November 2015 Dealer Sentiments survey summarized the industry’s current dilemma: “There was a lot of positive activity during the month, but a lot of people passed on making purchases when they saw what their used equipment was valued at. Used pricing is too soft to convert people to make new machine purchases.”
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Canadian Dealers See Pick Up in 2Q Sales

Last week, both publicly traded Canadian farm equipment dealership groups issued their second quarter 2017 earnings reports. Both Cervus Equipment and Rocky Mountain dealerships posted solid revenue gains for the 3 month period ended June 30, 2017.
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From the Desk of Dave Kanicki

Independent … but Not Too Independent

If you were to read through any of the major farm equipment manufacturers annual reports (also referred to as Form 10-K by the SEC), each of them refers to the businesses that sell their products as “independent dealers.” This would imply that those dealers are free to operate their businesses as they see fit. We all know this isn’t anywhere close to what’s actually taking place in the real world of the farm equipment business.
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Valley Truck & Tractor: Planning Service Operations for the Long Term

In 2016, Valley Truck & Tractor achieved a parts and service absorption rate of 106%. According to the Western Equipment Dealers Assn.’s (WEDA) 2016 Cost of Doing Business study, the farm equipment industry average absorption rate was 64%, with an industry benchmark target of 80%-plus.
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Dealership of the Year 2017: Valley Truck & Tractor

Losing the contract of their major supplier has spelled the end for a lot of farm equipment dealers over the years. For Valley Truck & Tractor just such an incident turned into “the” defining moment that has seen the business grow and prosper into a 9 store dealership group and to be named as Farm Equipment’s 2017 Dealership of the Year in the over $75 million in annual revenues category.
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