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SEMA Seeks Nominations for Hall of Fame

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, is now accepting nominations for its Hall of Fame. Created in 1969, the SEMA Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award presented to an individual by the association. It is designed to honor outstanding persons in the industry who have enhanced the stature of, or significantly contributed to, the industry and/or association's growth.

Industry Veteran John Stewart Joins SEMA as Editorial Director

John Stewart has
joined SEMA as editorial director. In this role, he will supervise the monthly
SEMA
News magazine, the Show publications and
SEMA eNews. His
responsibilities include managing the
SEMA News staff and collaborating
with SEMA executive staff to promote and effectively communicate the
association's news with members, while also serving as a voice for SEMA member
companies.

Reduce Order Errors, Increase Profits With Product Standards—Here's How

Electronic cataloging and inventory controls have revolutionized the
way business partners communicate with one another and how they provide
information to consumers. The Internet is an incredibly efficient way
for end users to find products, educate themselves about product
benefits and specifications and find the best retail option available.
If properly managed and maintained, electronic product information
systems can reduce ordering errors and returns and increase bottom-line
profits. The key is to put product data into an industry-standard
format that allows the computer systems of all
participants—manufacturers, distributors and jobber/retailers—to read
and recognize product information. That includes everything from part
numbers and pricing to descriptions and dimensions. [Read more]

"Ample and Easily Understood Product Information Helps Sell Products"—Business Technology Chairman Bob Moore

While technology has been an undeniable force in the evolution of the automobile, it has determined how cars and car parts are sold. From the first handbills to newspaper and magazine advertising to broadcast media and now the Internet, technology inevitably changes the way manufacturers, distributors and retailers sell their wares. As electronic cataloging has evolved over the past decade, the availability of parts suppliers, sellers and end users to source and find parts has gone from tedious to instantaneous—so long as sufficient and correct product information is available. Simply put, ample and easily understood information helps sell products. [Read more]

SEMA Announces New Product Showcase Award Winners

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, announced the winners of the New Products Showcase Awards at the New Products Awards Breakfast held this week at the 2010 SEMA Show. The event serves as a kickoff just prior to the official opening of the show, and it recognizes the most cutting-edge automotive products either on the market or about to hit the market. This year, there were more than 2,000 new products submitted for consideration.

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