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How to Decode a VIN

December 03, 2018

There are 17 numbers and letters (17 positions) in a vehicle identification number  (VIN) and you can divide them into three groups: World Manufacturer Identifier, Vehicle Descriptor Section, and Vehicle Identifier Section. Typically, the VIN is stamped into a plate that may be located in…

Not Your Average Holiday Travel Tips

November 28, 2018

There are many holiday travel tips. Book early. Prepare for bad weather. Get the airport two hours prior to departure. The travel tips below promise to be different and are great for travel year around. First for the facts. According to AAA, 107.3 million traveled…

Vehicle-to-Everything Communication

November 26, 2018

Vehicles today are connected more than ever, even older vehicles can be connected. We are also connecting vehicles to smartphones. Connecting vehicles with smart cities is next. Needless to say, automotive communication technology will be even more important in the future. The below terms will…

The True Story of Thanksgiving

November 21, 2018

In the words of Jay Mattern, CEO, Peoplelink Group, parent company of Sustained Quality Group: The story of the Pilgrims begins in the early part of the seventeenth century … The Church of England under King James I was persecuting anyone and everyone who did…

Benefits of Virtual Prototyping

November 19, 2018

Virtual reality is not as new as one may think. In 1935, Stanley Weinbaum released Pygmalion’s Spectacles – a science fiction story. The story’s main character wears a pair of goggles which transports him to a fictional world which stimulates his senses aptly and features…

Was 2008 Automotive Bailout Worth it?

November 15, 2018

It is hard to believe it has been 10 years. In late 2008, global financial markets were panicking, U.S. employers were laying off hundreds of thousands of workers every month and consumer spending and the stock market were plummeting. In the waning days of the…

Democrats May Control NAFTA’s Fate

November 12, 2018

November elections are finally complete and now the fate of President Donald Trump’s proposed replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement may rest in the hands of Democrats who won control of the U.S. House of Representatives last week. Reclaiming the House for the first…

Veterans Day 2018

November 09, 2018

Veterans Day should not to be confused with Memorial Day, the holiday set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving the military. Veterans Day pays respect to all that have served in the Armed Forces. Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year…

A Practical Guide to Negotiating in the Workplace

November 07, 2018

Negotiations are critical for any group project, be it presenting an email campaign or a contract for new business. Your ability to negotiate influences your success and happiness on the job. It is a skill, involving practical insights and methodologies. The question is not whether…

How Transfer Pricing Can Help Automotive Industry Disruptions

November 05, 2018

Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers face major hurdles as the industry continues to transform under the weight of technological disruption, government protectionism policies from the United States, evolving government views on taxation (including transfer pricing) and new regulations. History indicates companies that…