Volume 16, Issue 1 - January/February 2014

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 jreed@glass.com. Cheers to a prosperous New Year!

Jenna Reed is the editor of AGRR™ magazine/glassBYTEs.com™. Connect with her on LinkedIn, follow her on Twitter @agrrmagazine and like AGRR magazine on Facebook to receive the latest updates.


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