I trust that you’re all safe and well, and that we are all
looking forward to some normality in the near future when the public are
allowed back to work in greater numbers and we can get the engine room of our
industry off idle and into some increased revolutions once more.
By now, as you are aware, Capricorn has cancelled all
membership and supplier facing events until we are more confident that such
events can be held from a government regulation, safety and enjoyment
This includes our Futures Collide Collision Repair
Conference which was planned for late August this year. Given the serious
situation in the USA and the lock down of international borders, we cannot
accurately plan dates with Mike Anderson at this time.
We extend our thoughts and prayers for our industry
colleagues in the USA and all other countries being severely impacted on by
In Capricorn’s panel world, we have been in constant
communication with suppliers around continuity of supply of parts, and in
almost all cases we have been assured that there are no expected shortages
across most brands. Suppliers have been reducing deliveries as part of scaling
down their workforce to comply with safe social distancing rules, as well as
accommodating the slow down in the repair sector, especially in the first
couple of weeks.
In this newsletter, we remind our members of the appointment
of Podium and the services they offer which in this current environment are
ever more important, how to improve the google ratings of your business as
consumers conduct more searches for service online!
Monit have 2 offers for customers using their OH&S
monitoring service, and a special trial offer for new customers. Orange Dog
also have COVID centric offers in place for our members.
Training has received some valuable airtime and the number
of companies now offering training in virtual classrooms has increased
significantly. In this month’s edition, I-CAR CEO Mark Ctzvitkovits reminds us
of what I-CAR has in place as well what they are doing looking ahead. We are
thrilled to see the number of Capricorn members achieving Gold I-CAR status as
they work through their training plans and equipping their staff for the fast
changing industry we live in.
I have also participated in webinars with Chris Daglis from
PARTnered Solutions and Chad Councelman from All Auto Recalls, getting insights
on both local and international issues within the automotive recycling
industry. A very common thread in these discussions is how the automotive recyclers
can improve their product offering to repairers and the depth of work done by
these businesses to improve these interactions with collision repairers and
Back to Futures Collide II. Mike Anderson is working with me
to bring some of his courses to us in webinar format, so if there are any
subjects you have interest in hearing Mike speak on, please head to The
Workshop on our member portal and let me know!
Watch this space for an announcement on another OEM vehicle
manufacturer joining Capricorn’s brand partner program as well as news from
Hyundai on their parts program with Capricorn in our next issue!
From all of us at Capricorn, stay safe and we look forward
to seeing you soon!