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March 23, 2015

The recent Automotive World Megatrends Magazine Q4 2014 – The Freight Efficiency Issue discusses the trucking industry, urban mobility, connected vehicles as well as the evolution of plug-in hybrid vehicles and how all of these relate to freight efficiency. Automotive Megatrends Magazine is provides insight into key, focused topics but also provides perspective into the future of the automotive industry. In this issue Ducker Worldwide’s Abey Abraham explores the trend of vehicle lightweighting...

March 02, 2015

For the second year in a row, Ducker took advantage of the 2015 NAIAS Industry Preview to speak with experienced consumers about current perceptions of autonomous driving. This year’s conversations revealed a surprising increase in understanding of autonomous driving amongst respondents compared to last year. Despite a glaring lack of OEM displays featuring autonomous driving, respondent awareness as well as a wide range of ideas on how autonomous driving should be implemented was very evident...

February 23, 2015

If your company is like most, your 2015 strategic objectives include one, or all of the following: Grow revenues and margins   Increase  market share and advance competitive positioning Enhance brand reputation A foundational pillar to consider when pursuing these objectives is placing the customer and the customer experience at the center of your strategy planning.  Although widely recognized by B2C companies as a top priority, B2B companies often overlook the importance of understanding the...

January 05, 2015

2015 Automotive Megatrends USA Conference and Tech Showcase March 17-18, 2015  The Henry- Dearborn, MI Automotive Megatrends USA is a unique event that brings together the key players of the car industry of today with the innovators and game-changers of the lightweight, efficient, connected automotive world of tomorrow. Key speakers will cover topics such as powertrain innovation, vehicle lightweighting and connected cars. This is a two day event where experts on automotive transportation...

December 02, 2014

Report: U.S. Aluminum Extruders See 10-15% Increase in Business Thanks to Tariffs on Chinese Imports Ducker Worldwide, an independent consulting and research firm recently concluded a study on behalf of the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) focused on identifying the benefits from and future risks to the U.S. Aluminum Extrusion market’s trade case against the People’s Republic of China.  This revealing report indicates that up to 20% of the U.S. extrusion market has returned to domestic...

November 26, 2014

International Rental Conference Asia 2014 Bob Carlstedt, Managing Director of consultant Ducker Worldwide’s Chinese operation, said a study into Chinese rental companies and equipment dealers revealed greater co-ordination between the two groups was required. Speaking at the International Rental Conference Asia in Shanghai, China, on 24 November, Mr Carlstedt said that among the core issues which the study raised were concerns over addressing debt chains that build up from customers renting...

November 18, 2014

White Paper: Fundamentals of Forecasting - Pulling it all Together In a recent white paper published by Ducker Worldwide, “When Just Forecasting Is Not Enough”, Ducker identified the growing need for organizations to evaluate their forecasting model and assess the drivers utilized and tracked within their model.  Forecasts are used for various purposes and planning activities throughout an organization. However, forecasting in today’s market is significantly different than in previous years...

October 22, 2014

When Just Forecasting is Not Enough Does any of this sound familiar?  You are facing management decisions and: Capital and cash demands are exceeding the budgeted supply of cash on hand? Your recent forecasts have been off lately causing you concern in picking which areas to focus on? Prioritization of efforts seems difficult to determine and your team does not have room for mistakes? You have been given or determined growth goals but are uncertain if and how you will reach them? In light of...

October 09, 2014

Aluminum Association Announces Boultinghouse and Chairman’s Award Winners October 9, 2014 ARLINGTON, VA., — The Aluminum Association announced today the winners of two prestigious industry awards presented during its recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Mike Zoll, Director of Safety at Novelis, received the Marlan Boultinghouse Award for industry leadership while Dick Schultz, Managing Director at Ducker Worldwide, received the newly created Chairman’s Award, recognizing a non-industry...

August 19, 2014

How manufacturers can increase revenue, while better serving dealers and end-users The topic has been open for discussion for several years and industry leaders have continued to debate the use of ethanol-blended fuel in outdoor power equipment. Many end-users have been experiencing issues with their equipment including: corrosion of metal parts, clogging of fuel systems and even permanent damage to engines. While end-users struggle with the performance of their new equipment, there are both...

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