Field of Vision
from the editor
A Big Thank You
by Jenna Reed
Well, we did it. We conquered another year.
Welcome to the first AGRR™ magazine of 2014. Have you gotten into the
habit of writing the correct year on everything yet? I am still catching
myself writing 2013. However, this challenge is minor in comparison to
some the industry will be facing in the coming year.
One of the big ones this year is the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What has
been looming has now gone into effect. While many might see this act as
positive, others remain confused and believe it will be detrimental to
business. We have heard reports of employees getting their hours trimmed
to part time and some companies have been doing layoffs to keep their
staffing small enough to avoid participation in this act. Still others
are splitting one company into two. The online health care exchange has
gone live and even with some bumps and glitches, the new act is on course.
I’d love to hear from you about how this will impact your business. What
have you done or are you doing to be compliant?
Another big challenge for 2014 is the ever-looming technology factor.
Everyday it seems technology creeps more into our lives. Personally, I
caved in 2013 and purchased a smartphone. I know, behind the times right?
Many of you have likely had one for years. The gorilla glass used in smartphones
could trickle over into vehicles. And smartphones and tablets are changing
the way technicians work in the field. Are your technicians using tablets?
How about video? Some companies are finding unique ways of pulling video
into their daily routines. Technology is a big focus in this edition.
If you’re doing something different, please share your ideas.
And as has become our traditional, the first magazine of the year offers
a one-stop guide to fulfilling all your AGRR needs. From tools to services
to software and more, we worked to pull together a directory of companies
in the AGRR industry and what they offer. As a part of this issue, we’ve
also created a list of automotive glass distribution centers throughout
the country. Officials from some of the top distribution companies offered
their thoughts as to how the market is shaping up.
Your feedback is always welcome. If you would like to offer thoughts on
this edition, share article ideas or more, email Jenna Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheers to a prosperous New Year!
Jenna Reed is the editor of AGRR™ magazine/glassBYTEs.com™. Connect
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