Domestic Automakers Improving in Production Efficiency

For the past couple of years, Detroit’s automakers have took up 16 labor hours longer than their Asian rivals in building vehicles in North America. And that difference is being reduced to minutes attributed to the shrinking efficiency gap between domestic and Japanese automakers. Last year the gap shrinks to a tremendous level according to a closely watched study of labor productivity.

Although at present there are no domestic automakers that manage to topple down Nissan Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp., and Honda Motor Co., — the maker of top-of-the-line Honda exhaust–from the top of annual Harbor Report but in fairness to the Detroit’s big three they have been posting improvements and that is a good sign, according to people familiar with the report.

Among the domestic automakers it is General Motors Corp. that has improved the most starting from 2005 to 2006 followed by Chrysler Group and finally Ford Motor Co. On the other hand the Asia automakers are headed by Honda that posted the biggest overall improvement while Nissan and Toyota slipped.

The Troy-based Harbor Consulting, which publishes the report, will release the data they have gathered to show how the car companies fared. This report especially the one pertaining to the automotive factory performance is important since it is widely used by automakers as a competitive benchmarking tool. The most significant figure on the report is the average number of labor hours needed to build a car or truck as it travels through an automaker’s stamping, engine, and assembly plants.

For that category alone the ranking of the overall productivity is expected to be similar to last year, when the Asian automaker (Nissan, Toyota, and Honda) were at the top followed by Detroit’s big three (General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford) in which Ford ranked last for the second consecutive year.

The domestic automakers have made steady gains in efficiency when they started cutting down jobs, idled plants, and negotiated operating agreements with the United Auto Workers Union. Ford has so far been successful with getting favorable deals with more than three dozen of its union locals. On the other hand, General Motors is still pushing for an agreement and have been meeting opposition in the process.

Improvements empowered the Big 3
Foreign carmakers have observed that their average productivity has either stay roughly the same or has slightly increased especially when they started building larger vehicles which are labor intensive.

Meanwhile domestic automakers still need more total labor hours per vehicle than their foreign rivals that is despite reports that they have lessen the gap between them and their Asian rivals.

Factors causing the gap in efficiency
One of the factors seen to be affecting production efficiency are the plants. Foreign automakers have newer plants and are designed to accommodate more flexible manufacturing processes them obviously more efficient explained Rebecca Lindland, a Global Insight analyst in Lexington, Mass. There are also other factors that cause delay in production such as new product launches which adds to the time it takes to build a vehicle.

In Direct Sales – Be A Product Of The Industry

New distributors hear this as soon as they join; seasoned distributors live it every day; trainers shout it from the rooftops so their organizations get it loud and clear… “Be a product of the product!” What does this mean?That depends on the company you are with. If you are a distributor for a company that offers health and nutritional products, being a product of the product means that you start your day with quality supplements and an energy drink. When that morning coffee break rolls around, you skip the coffee and donuts and re-fuel your body with your best selling power bar and make healthy meal choices throughout your day. For these distributors, being a product of the product means they understand the importance of good nutrition. They take every opportunity to use their company’s products to live a happier and healthier life.For those of you who represent a skin care line, being a product of the product means having healthy glowing skin that defies the passage of time. Every morning you cleanse, tone and moisturize with the best products your company offers. You protect your skin from the sun, drink plenty of water and end your day with a nightly ritual of youth enhancing cleansers, creams and lotions.A representative for a company selling products for the home is a product of the product when she transforms her living space into a place of beauty, warmth and comfort using just the right accessories.And this phenomenon doesn’t stop at just products; it extends to services as well. From long distance to legal advice, direct selling companies are on the cutting edge of delivering top quality services to today’s consumer. Being a product of the product means having an unshakable belief in what you sell and using it every opportunity you get. It is this philosophy of becoming your own best customer that has made this industry the economic powerhouse that it is today, generating more than $26 billion in sales in 2001 in the United States alone.So the question we pose is “Why stop here?” Why not flex our collective economic muscle, harness the buying power of the more then 12 million direct sellers in the United States and begin a new trend of becoming a product of the industry? Being a product of the industry means that we, as direct sellers, begin to look to “our own” for the products and services we use every day. From the moment we rise through the end of the day, we are faced with opportunities to strengthen the collective buying power of our own industry by purchasing products and services from other direct sellers. Stop for a moment and look around you. The shampoo in your shower, the pots and pans in your cupboards, the vitamins on your counter, the food in your pantry, the cleaning products in your laundry room, the clothes in your closet, and the phone on your desk… literally every product you use is now available through a direct sales company.Let’s take a look at the tremendous impact this could have on our industry. Suppose this new “buying direct” trend were to inspire one out of every two direct sellers to spend an average of $100 more per month on products and services purchased through direct selling channels. That would mean that 6 million out of the 12 million direct sellers in the United States would perhaps switch their long distance provider, change their skin care brand, start on a nutritional program, and buy this season’s fashion and accessories from fellow direct sellers and so on.This simple act of buying direct would infuse more than $600 million dollars into our industry each month, resulting in skyrocketing revenues of 7.2 billion dollars more per year in the United States alone! Assuming approximately half of those revenues are paid to distributors through commissions and overrides, this new trend could put more than 3 billion dollars into the pockets of direct sellers in the United States in one year alone. With more than 44 million direct sellers throughout the world, “buying direct” could be the tipping point that brings direct selling out of the closet and into the hearts and minds of consumers everywhere.What needs to be in place for this new phenomenon to take hold? First and foremost, companies must get rid of old beliefs and policies that discourage their distributors from networking with or buying from other direct sellers. Stop thinking that the simple act of buying products is going to cause your distributors to “jump ship.” Instead, have faith in the bond you have with your sales force and focus your efforts on enhancing the support services that will keep them loyal and steadfast in their commitment to you.Secondly, we must each form the habit of looking first to direct sellers in our community who offer products and services we need. By doing so, we transform a simple monetary transaction into a personal statement of belief in, and support of, this industry we have grown to love. Help launch this new trend of buying direct by joining the tens of thousands of direct sellers who have set a goal to look first to “our own” for the products and services they use every day. Together, we can strengthen our industry.

How to Write Impressive Product Reviews

Writing product reviews counts for one of the best ways of endorsing a product or promoting a service. Either it is one’s own product or the one that you have been promoting for a company; writing a crisp and candid review is of great significance. Writing a good as well as an impressive review of a new product that has been launched is the best way of endorsing it that can fetch you the best of sales while setting you apart from your competitors.Among all the other aspects, an excellent product review would most essentially include things such as how well it has countered on its goals, to what extent the product has proved on its promises and if it carries a really good value as exhibited in the review.Undoubtedly, writing a personal review article for a new product is one of the best ways of getting the word across and getting the targeted traffic. As it is a fact that potential customers are in search of valuable information in regard to what product they should buy and which one would work best for them. Therefore, if you provide them the required information and give it right they would certainly click on your link and probably end up buying it, and there itself you achieve your purpose of writing a review for it.In order to write the best kind of product reviews, there are some basic rules and important guidelines to be followed which include:Use friendly and conversational style of writingWhile you are writing review for a product you must know that using a conversational and friendly style of writing is the key to fetch you the best sales. The review should not exhibit a sales endeavor rather it should talk of the goodwill of the company, warmth towards the customers, considerations and benefits.Use a light and relaxed style of writingWhile writing review for a product, nit is most essential to keep the language light and relaxed. This is necessary in order to convey to the customers your personal experience of the product and not just telling them to buy it. It should be as simple as if you are writing to a friend.Be precise, clear and accurate in the description of the productWhile you are giving a description of the product you have to keep in mind that it should be precise, exact and very clear. Also your description should mainly talk of what the product is all about and how it functions. Besides this, while you are describing the general features and benefits of the product, you must know how to bring the focus on the benefits above all. While you can use itemized features but it would still be better if you leave the details to the sales content of the product. This is an important aspect to be considered as it is a fact that the audience is served better when you highlight the benefits of the product and in particular how you personally gained out of it.Keeping all the above aspects in mind, you can be sure of being able to write a good and impressive review that appeal to your audience.