Today’s Automotive Retail: What Will It Look Like Tomorrow?

April 26, 2022
Hosted by Bonnie D. Graham

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The Buzz 1: An Accenture report found that 53 percent of car buyers would consider buying a car online. ( The Buzz 2: Nearly 30% of U.S. new car sales in 2020 were completed online, compared to < 2% of vehicles pre-pandemic. Online car retailer Carvana sold 244,111 cars in 2020, a 37% jump from 2019. ( The traditional in-person automotive purchasing experience has always been alluring, offering shoppers the opportunity to inhale the new car scent, examine the shiny power under the hood, literally kick the tires, ask questions of a human salesperson, and feel the road in a test drive. Indeed, this type of car buying has “liquified” even the coolest showroom visitor! Even as online car sales slowly gained traction in recent years, most buyers still preferred to judge this relatively high-tag item on a seen-it, test-drove-it, loved-it-in-person basis. The pandemic accelerated this shift, replacing the traditional bricks-and-mortar business model with an online version – click it, order it, pick it up, keep-or-return it – for which the automotive industry, for the most part, wasn’t ready. Happily, the industry is still proving its resilience, with year-over-year growth in new vehicle sales, evident once more across Asia, and even in Europe and the US. A modern, action-oriented approach, beyond just data collection and data management, is the best chance car dealers have of improving their understanding of new customer expectations, and even making in-person strengths transferable to online selling. The new approach got accelerated by new players in the EV market as they avoided traditional methods from the beginning and adjusted to a state-of-the-art customer experience. We’ll ask Guenter Lasser, Daniel Grimm and Christos Maglousidis what success strategies retailers are putting in place to win the hearts and minds of the digital online car buyers, on Today’s Automotive Retail: What Will It Look Like Tomorrow?

The Future of Mobility and Manufacturing with Game Changers, Presented by SAP

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Game-changing technology strategies are transformational, exciting and disruptive for a reason. They shake up your status quo. They get you thinking about new ways to scale, compete and grow. They move you in amazing new directions.

Join host Bonnie D. Graham as she invites you to take an additional coffee break with game-changers for our special series on how SAP is taking its unrivaled industry expertise into the cloud, on the Future of Mobility and Manufacturing with Game-Changers.

Learn how you can be the savvy Automotive Maestro, Business Transformer, Manufacturing Maven, or Upstart Disruptor who takes your company across the finish line as you look ahead to the next wave of disruption in the automotive and industrial manufacturing sectors.

The Future of Mobility and Manufacturing with Game-Changers, presented by SAP, can be heard live Tuesdays at 7 AM Pacific / 10 AM Eastern on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

Bonnie D. Graham

Bonnie D. Graham produced and hosted her first live talk radio show in 1998 on AM1240–WGBB, Long Island, NY’s oldest terrestrial radio station. A few years later, she moved from terrestrial to Internet radio with her author interview show, “Up Close and Personal.” In 2011, working at the enterprise software leader SAP, she developed the concept for a weekly live global business thought leadership roundtable series on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel – and launched “Coffee Break with Game-Changers” on October 5, 2011. Over the next nine years, Bonnie D. created, produced and hosted 46 additional SAP series on the Business Channel, attracting millions of listeners around the world. Since becoming an independent broadcaster in 2019, she has developed and hosted live radio and podcast series on the Business Channel for eight additional organizations, as well as her own weekly series, “Read My Lips: Cool Conversations with Creatives with akaRadioRed,” on the Empowerment Channel. In 2023, her live-streaming “Technology Revolution: The Future of Now” series was ranked No. 6 on FeedSpot’s Top 70 Technology Podcasts to Listen to in 2023. What powers Bonnie D.’s passion for radio? She “loves speaking with smart people!”

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