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Cost of Doing Business

Dealer Financials Holding Steady

Dealers responding to the latest Cost of Doing Business survey reported improvements in their aftermarket business, but struggled to improve their profits and revenues.
According to the results of the 2020 Cost of Doing Business study from the Western Equipment Dealers Assn., dealers are doing well according to several key financial metrics, including increased aftermarket gross margins and increased revenue per employee.
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Comparing Compensation Programs: Focus on What You Want

AgriVision (John Deere) and Livingston Machinery (AGCO) detail the compensation programs they’ve developed to keep attention on used equipment — and the actions they most want to drive.
Used equipment experts agree that there’s no silver bullet when it comes to a compensation plan. There are numerous variables, personalities and ways of doing business and no single program is a panacea. But like most things, as a manager, you get to choose which behaviors you most want to drive, and also the set of challenges that go along with them.
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Are Dealers’ Parts Operations Improving?

Three years ago farm equipment dealers said they would make a major push to improve the performance of their parts business and bolster their bottom lines. So, how far have they come?
While visiting a Case IH dealer several years ago a farmer walked into the dealership. As he joined in on our conversation it was clear he was a loyal John Deere customer, but he was also a good friend of the owner of the Case IH dealership. He said, “I just came from my dealer down the road and you know what? They don’t have a quart of green paint in that store. They told me they could have it for me by tomorrow. Can you believe that?”
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Cost of Doing Business: How Far Have We Really Come?

Tracking financial and operational measures shows how dealers have or have not improved their business performance over the years.
Any farm equipment dealer who's been around more than a few years knows how dramatically this business has changed. For one thing, everything about agriculture seems to have gotten bigger: bigger dealers with bigger sales territories; bigger customers with bigger demands; bigger and more expensive equipment; bigger top and bottom lines.

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