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Nearly 80% of manufacturers expect coronavirus will damage their operations

Coronavirus and manufacturing

By David Gee The National Association of Manufacturers released a survey today of its member companies on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak to manufacturers. The survey was conducted in the field from Feb. 28 to March 9. The 558 respondents were asked about effects to their supply chain and operations, their financial expectations and their emergency response plans. More ...

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Q & A with Tracy Crocker, BRP Marine Group

By David Gee While doing interviews for an upcoming Market Trends story on outboards, we caught up with Tracy Crocker, president, BRP Marine Group, at the Miami International Boat Show. The following is an unedited transcript of that interview. Boating Industry: Retail sales for outboards increased for the eighth straight year in 2019, with unit sales reaching a 13-year high. ...

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Outboard Q & A with Gus Blakely, Suzuki Motor of America

By David Gee In the next issue of the magazine, we will be running a Market Trends piece on outboards. We don't want to steal any of the thunder from that story, but we did gather some good interviews. And since we don't have the space to include the complete interviews in the magazine, we thought we would feature some ...

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Making memories in Miami

Miami Boat Show

By David Gee Cool products, cool people, cool place and warm weather. That is, or was, the 2020 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. And five days, 100,000 people, and lots of sales later, it has successfully concluded. There were some preview events last Wednesday, but for the media, Thursday is the big day. Myself, Boating Industry managing editor Adam ...

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The show is on!

By David Gee It's on. The Miami International Boat Show has officially begun. Or to be more accurate, the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, presented by West Marine, is underway. 2020 marks the 79th year of the five-day show which occupies an important part of the boating industry's annual calendar. Speaking of the calendar, it doesn't hurt to hold ...

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How social are you?

By David Gee "Even if you have all the money in the world to spend, the best way to market your business is through social media," says no less an authority than Sir Richard Branson, world-renowned entrepreneur, and the man once named world’s top social media CEO. "Social media works because it puts products and information in front of the ...

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Mindfulness moves from the monastery to mainstream

By David Gee Less stress. More focus. Increased productivity. Better health. How about that little list for some new year's resolutions? According to lots of mental health experts, and some hard data, mindfulness can help anyone achieve those things. If you just put your mind to it! “Over the past few years, mindfulness has begun to transform the American workplace,” ...

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It was great at Elevate!

By David Gee How much fun was that?! Our Elevate plan was to create something new and different for the recreational boating industry; a unique, leader-specific, industry-wide, future-driven, smaller-by-design, strategic conference unlike any the industry had ever seen. And we are pleased and proud to say the first-ever Elevate conference went according to plan - and beyond! The event got ...

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It’s not too late to make your plans for Elevate

By David Gee It's not too late to Elevate! Our first annual strategic conference for leaders, and emerging leaders, in the recreational boating industry, is just a few weeks away, November 22-24, in Orlando. We had several people engage us excitedly on the docks at Fort Lauderdale. One person, a long-time industry marketing person, told us he loves that it ...

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Final day at FLIBS

By David Gee On our last day at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, managing editor Adam Quandt and I had an interesting conversation with our Uber driver on the way to the show. I'll share a bit of it. Uber driver: So you're going to the big boat show, huh? Us: Yep. Uber driver: Are you going to buy ...

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