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From the archives: Improving service, 50 years later

For this From the Archives, we're taking a ride in the WABAC machine to April 1965, where it appears the more things change, the more they stay the same. The editorial column: Improving customer service. Editor Charles Jones shares his thoughts on a recent column in Printers' Ink, taking the boating industry to task for poor customer service. It relates ...

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Economic Snapshot: Unemployment continues YOY declines amid disappointing monthly report

Additions to nonfarm payroll employment were disappointing this month but the unemployment rate continues to improve year-over-year.It's worth keeping in mind that wage growth imcreased this month, which could be a good sign for the coming year. Employment situation Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 126,000 in March and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent. This was significantly lower than economists’ ...

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Survey: Marine hiring climate getting tougher

Boat dealers and manufacturers are finding it harder to find good employees as the industry and economy recover. And nowhere is that tougher than in the service department, according to the latest Boating Industry survey. The survey was conducted via email in March, with surveys deployed to readers of Boating Industry magazine and enewsletters, including dealers, manufacturers and others working ...

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Economic Snapshot: Pending home sales at highest level since June 2013

Pending home sales and consumer confidence are both up this month, with pending home sales building significant year-over-year growth. Pending home sales The Pending Home Sales Index rose 3.1 percent to 106.9 in February, up from January’s slight downward revision to 103.7 and is 12.0 percent above February 2014. The index is now at its highest level since June 2013. ...

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Robo Trailer Valet aims at easing trailer use

With a remote control and a little robotic ingenuity, EZ Loader is hoping to shake up the trailer industry with its new Robo Trailer Valet. "It's aimed at the guy who doesn't want to have to push the boat around," said Gary Potter, vice president/general manager of EZ Loader. "If you can work your television remote control, you can work ...

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Next is Now

What America’s changing demographics mean for boating It’s no exaggeration to say we are in the midst of major demographic shifts in the United States. What the average American looks like, where they live and how they behave are all changing at a rapid pace. With these changes in generations, race and ethnicity, it also means a much different target audience for ...

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GE Survey: Optimism reigns in marine industry

Nearly 80 percent of the marine industry expects to see their sales grow by 5 to 10 percent, according to a new survey from GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance. That’s up from 54 percent who felt the same in 2014 and 43 percent in 2013. The survey was conducted in February at GE’s Industry Leadership Conference, held in conjunction with ...

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Washington Update

Industry making progress on key issues As we head into the spring legislative session with a new Congress, the boating industry’s key issues are getting some attention once again. From ethanol to Magnuson-Stevens to the Sportfish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, there’s progress, albeit slow. Here’s an update on some of those key industry issues: Ethanol Over the last several ...

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Outboard innovation

Five engine manufacturers offer new technologies to sustain consumer interest The past year has seen a number of new outboard products entering the market. Manufacturers want to provide existing consumers with the option to repower or add power to their vessels, which is an unsurprising emphasis considering that nearly half, or 7.9 million, of recreational boats in use are outboard-power motor ...

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Top to bottom: Marine paint evolves

Consumers, new technologies help the segment expand Paints and coatings aren’t exactly big news items in the industry, but recent changes in the segment can have a major impact on businesses with painting operations. Several new products, new technology, new training programs and the shortage of a key ingredient in antifouling paints will shape how businesses approach painting in the ...

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