RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

CDK Global Announces Partner Program Expansion

Tue May 16, 2017

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois - CDK Global has announced that it now offers a marketplace of 300 partner application providers as part of its rapidly expanding CDK Global Partner Program. The CDK Partner Program provides data and workflow integration to a wide range of approved partners, third parties, OEMs and automotive dealers. CDK reached this milestone with the recent addition of 42 new partners and 55 new applications.

“As the CDK Partner Program continues to grow, the end result is more choices for our customers,” CDK Data Services Vice President and General Manager Howard Gardner says. "Our focus is on building a secure and reliable way for dealerships to use applications that help run their business.”

With the growth of the program, CDK continues to expand the breadth of software applications that are available to automotive dealers across a number of business areas. CDK has increased the number of applications available for dealers in the areas of customer management, deal management, parts, service and dealership analytics/reporting. Additionally, the program’s newest area, application integration for dealers using CDK Websites, has added 11 new digital partners with solutions ranging from vehicle valuation to chat/messaging to online vehicle reviews.

Partners like RevolutionParts Inc., which works with dealers to maximize online OEM parts sales through its e-commerce solutions, believe that the CDK Partner Program provides a streamlined way to reach more customers.

“Being a CDK-approved partner means our customers will have reliable integration with the CDK DMS,” Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Andreas Ronneseth says. "RevolutionParts now has greater exposure to CDK customers, and we believe this will help us demonstrate the value of our platform to more and more dealers.”

The following companies and applications are now part of the CDK Partner Program:

Business Management:

PMJ Docs, LLC (Miami, Florida) – PMJ Docs provides document scanning and storage
VenueVision Digital Media Systems (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) – Automotive Service Package provides dealership performance reporting

Customer Management:

Ackroo, Inc. (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – Ackroo Anywhere Suite, Ackroo Anywhere Sales and Service and Ackroo Anywhere Service provide CRM customer loyalty and rewards
Advantage Dealer Services (Suwanee, Georgia) – Advantage Dealer Services provides customer marketing and follow-up
Conversica, Inc. (Foster City, California) – Conversica Tier 1, Conversica Tier 2 and Conversica Tier 3 provide CRM customer marketing and follow-up
Dealership for Life (Boonsboro, Maryland) – Dealership For Life provides CRM customer marketing and follow-up
Digital Auto Technologies (Hickory, North Carolina) – Prospect Vision Core and Prospect Vision Core plus Service Drive provide customer marketing and follow-up
Force Marketing (Atlanta) – Helix provides CRM-consumer marketing
iQ7/24, Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – iQ7/24 provides CRM customer loyalty and rewards
Mason Associates (Morro Bay, California) – Mason Associates provides customer relationship management
Outsell, LLC. (Minneapolis) – Outsell provides CRM customer marketing and follow-up
Podium (Lehi, Utah) – Podium – Sales, Podium – Service and Podium – Sales and Service provide customer relationship management
SureCritic (Seattle) – Ratings & Reviews provides customer relationship management
T2 Modus, LLC (Highland Village, Texas) – T2 Performance Metrics Dashboard provides dealer dashboards/alerts
Think Big (Murrieta, California) – Tara/Orbis provides CRM customer marketing
TotalLoop Inc. (Akron, Ohio) – TotalLoop DealerIQ provides CRM customer marketing and follow-up

Customer Retention Management:

Krex, Inc. (Northbrook, Illinois) – Drive-Sure – Service Only and Drive-Sure – Service and Sales provide customer retention management
Automotive Product Consultants (Chesterfield, Missouri) – APC - Service Contracts provides aftermarket follow-up

Deal Management:

Dealertrack Technologies (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) – SalesMaker and eMenu provide desking and F&I menu
Intelligent Payment Processing, Inc. (New York City) – Intellipayment/First Equity Payment provides aftermarket payment plans

Digital Marketing:

Fastlane, LLC. (Dallas) – Fastlane provides online buying solutions

Parts Management:

RevolutionParts Inc. (Phoenix) – RevolutionParts provides e-commerce solutions for OEM parts and accessory sales
Total Dealer Solutions, LLC (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) – PartsRec and PartsFisher provide part reconciliation

Service Management:

American Guardian Warranty Services, Inc. (Warrenville, Illinois) – XPRESS Tools provides aftermarket services warranty administration
Phone Ninjas (Charlotte, North Carolina) – Talk Options for Service provides service RO notification
Summit Consulting International (Irving, Texas) – ServiceTrack 360 provides service analytics
United Car Care, Inc. (Greenwood Village, Colorado) – Rater provides aftermarket service warranty administration

Vehicle Management:

Autobase (Plymouth, Minnesota) – Autobase Inventory Solutions provides vehicle inventory solutions
Cargigi, Inc. (Irvine, California) – ADAM provides vehicle merchandising
Land Air Sea, Inc. (Woodstock, Illinois) – Land Air Sea provides vehicle physical inventory
Dealer Addendums, Inc. (Salt Lake City) – Dealer Addendums provides vehicle window stickers
MBTN Solutions (Pleasanton, California) – MBTN Solutions provides vehicle inventory management
Trace Recon LLC (Vernon, Texas) – Trace Recon provides vehicle reconditioning

Website Applications:

Accu-Trade (Hillsborough, New Brunswick, Canada) – Accu-Trade provides trade valuation tools
AutoRivalry (South Lyon, Michigan) – AutoRivalry provides vehicle reviews and comparisons
Autosaver (Jacksonville, Florida) – TradeVue provides vehicle valuation
Carstory (Austin, Texas) – Carstory provides vehicle valuation
Credit Miner (Lisle, Illinois) – Credit Miner provides F&I menu services
Dealer Teamwork (Eden Prairie, Minnesota) – DealerTeamwork provides SEO/marketing
Live Admins (Chicago) – Live Admins provides messaging
MOBAUTO (Torrance, California) – MOBAUTO provides messaging
Talk Options (Charlotte, North Carolina) – Talk Options provides messaging
TradePending (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) – SNAP provides vehicle valuation
Women Drivers (Wexford, Pennsylvania) – Women Drivers provides social/reviews

With the addition of these new partners, the CDK Partner Program now numbers 300 partner companies that together offer more than 380 unique applications auto dealers can use to run their businesses. New vendors join the program every month. The CDK Partner Program is focused on providing stronger security, better reliability and more choices for its dealer customers. For a full list of vendors and applications available through the partner program, go to www.cdkglobal.com/partners.