Interview with Andy Moss CEO of Roadster

Interview With Andy Moss

This Zoom video call is a discussion between Todd Smith from 360Converge and Andy Moss CEO of Roadster discussing automotive Digital Retailing. Today we jumped right in and discussed the mass movement towards Digital Retailing due to the impact of COVID-19 and what it means for the future of automotive retailing. As many industries and businesses struggle Roadster has been thrown in the center of an entire shift on how to do business. This was a very informative call for how dealers can best take advantage of using DR within their own dealership as well as how this company is handling their explosive growth story.

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awesome I am was able to pull any moss
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out of his uh onboarding job right now
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and roadster to have a pretty good
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conversation I have lots of questions to
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ask Andy today and he was able to carve
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out just enough time for me to do that
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while he’s been busy there roadster as I
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just was kind of laughing with Annie
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before we started saying I I feel like
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rooster has become the whatever not maid
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of honor and I I can’t remember at the
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prom so prom queen yeah there it is no
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not the circumstances that we we want to
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have that time a particularly but I mean
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certainly you know it’s been you know
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very much your good to see the you know
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for many of our dealers that have
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already been using roaster you know at
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least we’re in a position to help them
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you know sort of weather the storm and
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you know the other sort of keep you know
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selling cars in a contactless way and
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we’ve done a lot of work there instead
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of helping you just you know kind of a
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position that from a best practices and
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a marketing materials perspective so um
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we’ve been we’ve been working that
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pretty well but then obviously there’s a
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lot of other you know new customers that
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are also you’re looking you to us to can
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we help them also get into online
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selling and digital retailers so yeah
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we’ve been doing a lot of work there as
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well yeah so let’s jump in like question
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first one obviously I’ll answer a piece
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and then I’d like you to like fill in
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that the actuals you know do to kovat
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nineteen everything has shifted right
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and you know I think the importance of
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digital retail has literally been put to
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the forefront where there was probably
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you know there was a core a sense of
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early adopters and and my question is do
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you feel based on like Thomas Moore
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Moore’s law that it’s now hot the chasm
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into the gut of stores from the dealers
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you’re talking with signing on what’s
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what’s the makeup what’s the landscape
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of what you’re seeing with the types of
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dealers that are now placing this so
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yeah and I think it was happening anyway
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I mean we just come off our for the best
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three months as a company anyway your
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December through February leading up to
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and including NEPA we’re already pretty
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pretty on fire so I think 2020 was the
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year that you know it was already
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starting to move you know beyond those
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early adopters and the progressive
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dealers and they were not placed on the
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market that that was already happening
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so you know as we talked about at na na
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Diego is pretty much you know the
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digital retailing was everywhere and yet
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we’d already saw this you know seeing
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there you know with what’s happened
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though with with covert nineteen you
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know I mean we’ve got to move from your
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being you know the solution that most
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people would not disagree is needed and
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you know what’s going to happen over the
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next you know two to five years to
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you’re almost a business continuity
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solution for many dealers and you know
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as a result of that I think it’s taken
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you know taken two or three years out of
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the adoption curve and you know
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certainly the dealers we’re seeing now
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as you said on you know typically the
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the early adopters you know we’re
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definitely in the fat part of the bell
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curve and you know seeing a lot of new
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stores signing up that you might not
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have done even as recently as a you know
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six weeks ago at nata yeah so do you
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feel that I mean obviously I would
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assume that the guys who are signing up
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are super enthusiastic they’re they’re
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trying to get back to business in any
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capacity right like whether it’s through
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digital retailing home deliveries you
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know what are you seeing the makeup of
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what’s going on out there the dealers
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you’re talking to positive concern you
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know how are they looking at leveraging
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this technology
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well yeah obviously everyone’s going
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through just a really tough time in most
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states the showrooms are sort of closed
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or appointment-only
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there’s a lot of experimentation with
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curbside pickup and at home delivery and
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you know just just sort of figuring out
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how to operate in this environment some
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good things are sort of happening from
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an industry perspective in you know
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certain states to you know you know
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basically we redone many of the
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restrictions that we’re actually
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preventing dealers from even doing
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online selling and you I think that’s
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more that to come so you know the
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environments kind of set up to you know
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let your dealers continue to sell cars
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during this contact bus way and your
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dealers being you know who they are are
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getting super creative with that you
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know I mean I think you know what we
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obviously provide is is a solution to do
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that you know previously we were super
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high touch I mean we’re very much about
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the omni-channel solution and you know
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how do you both our customers from a
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long line perspective but also when they
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come to you know the server and part of
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it is not that relevant right now but it
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will get back to that as soon as we we
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sort of come through the crisis so that
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that’s done important but you know we
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were also because of that you know super
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high touch we were you know spending a
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lot of time in dealerships actually
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training your two full days you took me
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training the whole sales team you know
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with a couple of people you know we’re
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not able to do that because we don’t get
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on airplanes or dealerships like anybody
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else so we had to put our whole model to
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you know remote training and activations
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your with that though you know I mean
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typically the time to go to dealership
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live it could have been a month
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previously and a lot of that time wasn’t
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on a stick is really on dealers
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you know coding coding the cats of the
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different parts the dealership around
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you know what a pocketwatch to
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practicing your where’s the inventory
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feed you know that’s that’s talked to
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all the service and protection plans and
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the pricing for that and you’re getting
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the process right in order to get a
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store activated we totally have seen you
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know everyone is now super motivated to
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get that done really quickly so you
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training activations plus that we’re
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getting in stores live in you know as he
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was you know five to eight days now and
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you know we’re we’re actually activating
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about sixty you know new dealers a week
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new economy and you know that’s even
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accelerating so yeah it’s been you know
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crazy to see our team sort of react to
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that and you know you can imagine you
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know sort of big changes especially when
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everyone’s looking up zoom and working
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from home but you’re going to be
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couldn’t be more proud of yeah I mean
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listen you have a great team I’ve been
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your office and some people and so a
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question coming out of that like so you
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organizationally I mean how are you
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keeping the wheels on the bus because
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sure you’re going through super critical
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you know growth I mean this is the hyper
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growth right you have limited amount of
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people resource this you know and stuff
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are you finding it you’re leveraging
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tools like I know you guys and I’ve
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played with very little of the Roasterie
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University again help your dealers in
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the field like what’s going through with
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you guys though that’s really interests
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yeah I mean that is a lot of different
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tools we already had in place and you
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know that that’s positioned just pretty
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well so roaster Academy we already have
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a lot of your online training and
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certification you know were obviously
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you’re very dependent on unzoom and
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slack like a lot of other startups and
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you know because we already had three
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different offices and your most of our
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team you know spread across the country
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you know we’re we’re pretty used to
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living off Suman slack because that’s
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kind of how we plan to operate you even
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before the the kind of crisis and where
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we have invested those a lot over the
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last your month is you know some of your
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onboarding tools and you know how do you
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actually set up to you’ll bring you know
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a lot of dealers live yeah you’re in
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parallel you’re especially when it’s
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many dealers from the same you know
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either om or or do you look through you
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know some of that has been you’re just
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actually you’re getting you know the
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sort of checklist of the things that
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dealers need to give us you know the
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integration
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your portable the amount to dealers and
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you know that polished up so they can
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actually you know give us much that
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information
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online so the integration you know your
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team can can I act on that pretty
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quickly you’re part of extreme webinars
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that we’ve been doing you know where we
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do a lot of work at the OEM level in
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many cases those programs of course have
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been dramatically accelerated you’re
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through you know this period of time so
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you know instead of you know maybe doing
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the pilot for 25 stores with an OEM no
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they’ve now open that up to all of their
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dealers because they want to you know
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yesterday so you know but how do you how
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do you actually get that message out to
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the field teams the OEM how do you get
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that message out to your dealers for
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that OEM and we’ve been pretty
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successful doing so recorded demos and
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webinars that way and yeah that way we
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can get a lot of people trained up
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pretty quickly it doesn’t replace having
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to do the one-on-one as well but at
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least gets that sort of level set of
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what we can do so you’re lots of
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different tools you like that but but
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yeah I mean it’s it’s it’s definitely
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been incredibly busy but you know I
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think there’s an energy in the team at
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the moment and you know it’s kind of
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actually nice given everything that’s
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going on so actually have a distraction
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you know so everyone’s locked down in
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the houses you know it’s Groundhog Day
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everyday you know but you know the teams
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were rallying and you know it’s sort of
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super focused on on helping out the
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others it’s really good I am super
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excited for you and where stuff’s going
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and you know this may be that kick in
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the pants that gets people really
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thinking as digital retailing from a
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dealers perspective as well as the
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consumers perspective so with that being
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said you know what’s the data telling
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you are you seeing a lot more customers
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through the platform with the dealers
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you have on board what’s that looking
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what is it are they you know before I
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always felt like people would start to a
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little bit maybe leave maybe come back
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to a little more maybe disengage go to
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the store you know what what are you
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seeing what’s the data telling you now
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with you know the digital retailer yeah
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no totally I mean we track I’m pretty
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close to the you know interaction with
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with the Express store and we split that
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out between all
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you have the showroom traffic and then
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you know sort of activity from a sort of
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internet farm or BBC point of view as
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you would expect you know the in-store
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showroom traffic is permitted but we’re
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actually you know up slightly on the
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online side of things and you know
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that’s just straight traffic so it does
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vary a little bit your state-by-state we
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tried to you know slice that by you know
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markets that were more impacted like New
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York than you know I passed the country
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but coming generally that’s your
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trending upwards where we’ve seen a
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bigger inflection is that you know the
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people who were actually pressing the
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the buy this car button and actually
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going through the sort of checkout
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process you know as you said I think
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many times you know we do a good job of
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getting a customer a long way into the
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buying cycle and then we also make it
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super easy for them to you know save
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that information go to the store pick up
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where they left off and yeah because of
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that you know the the process thing
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continues from a neutral point of view
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and you know we get a car sold and
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that’s all great
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you know without that sort of ability
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your people are going much further
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through the process now and you’re
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seeing that at the data – yeah I was
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wondering at you felt like you know we
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rushed to the technology we understand
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that you know it takes leadership people
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processes in place you know even beyond
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the technology and it sounds like you’re
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right now doing a lot of that support
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online which you’ll I assume go back
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into making your people go out and
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travel when everyone’s not on cops
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arrest this is like the best u.s. house
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arrest ever like I guess this is how
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Lindsay lone and Tara Reid have felt for
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years I don’t know but um see something
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over there which you know it is about
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process though so you know I mean you
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know the technology gets you so far
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but that doesn’t mean the you know you
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can’t you know you have to still think
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through you know how that’s gonna work
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and you know it’s it’s how it’s gonna
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work through this period of time and you
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know that might be a more skeleton crew
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and you know some of the managers
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actually working
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a lot of that out but you know the
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varnish is something idealist we’ve been
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with us you know three or four years
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have is you know they typically have put
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you know the ones that have been super
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successful and typically put a lot of
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effort into the champion in the store
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working out the processes you’re
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figuring out you know does that mean
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from a online to an in-store perspective
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what does that mean from a paper man’s
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point of view you know how do you get
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closer to that one touch model of
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selling and not have four or five people
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involved in every deal they’ve already
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done the work on the process side of
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things i think the dealers that are
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signing up now you’re gonna have to you
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know still think about that in the
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longer term and you know as you’re the
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restrictions on house arrest start to
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ease you know it’s still gonna be a
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situation where consumers they’re not
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going to be going into showrooms as much
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as they were before and you but you know
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is gonna start to become a blend and you
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know some of the omni-channel stuff
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we’ve we’ve talked about you know
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forever it’s still gonna be very you
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know important you know i think what a
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consumer is is has worn it for a long
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time is to be able to get in and out of
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the showroom in in 45 minutes or an hour
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and they’re happy to go to the showroom
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in fact you know getting the keys for a
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car is you know one of the most exciting
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parts of it just spending five hours to
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get to the point where you get the keys
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is not exciting so you know again our
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best dealers have already spend a lot of
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time you’re getting that process down so
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the piece in store is actually pretty
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quick and efficient and you got software
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do as much of that as they can ahead of
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time before they get there or you know
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if the car’s gonna get delivered to the
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home or whatever then you can go near
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the full way through our software and
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that’s fine as well but i don’t see that
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changing the other side of the crisis
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and they think you know a lot of our
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potential customers that will more
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resistant it’s basically you know i have
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done it the same way for thirty years
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and our stores you know incredibly
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profitable i know i need to do this
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I just I’m gonna wait for another couple
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of years and let others kind of you know
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companies on this and work it out but I
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know this is what I should be doing
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might kind of argue it was always you
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should have been learning this because
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if you know this is where it’s gonna go
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you’re gonna be
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you know against the dealers that have
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figured this out because where you
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really learn this and work out what your
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process needs to be is to actually try
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it and you know I don’t think any of our
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dealers got it right first time and you
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know they’ve iterated and and and and
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learned get through that you know that
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back testing and you know that that’s
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now put them in good stead now but you
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know the rest of us are gonna have to go
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through that same process yeah you know
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it’s interesting to me I
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I find this like this pause button that
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that we’ve hit it’s offered us something
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that’s never happened right we would go
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to a 20 group and there would be a
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dealer who would have roadster and he
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says it’s working
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and I would go okay I need roadster and
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I’d call up you guys right I get
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roadster and I’d say that guy over there
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is the guy who asked to implement it and
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and I really probably wouldn’t look at
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it much right but now because as you
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just pointed out these guys are on super
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skeleton crews that guy who would
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actually be my normal guy there’s nobody
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there and I want to know and I’m curious
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will this product and digital retail and
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be a stickier thing because the people
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that are actually doing it and
16:50
implementing it now are the leaders and
16:52
managers of the store so they’ll work
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through the processes faster they’ll
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build the habit of using these tools so
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when people do come back they’ll say
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I’ve been doing it this is how it works
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and that’s how to me the best thing is
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to get implemented work yeah
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management really rolled up their
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sleeves and know how to use it verse hey
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this is for my guys I need a digital
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retailing guy to check the box right no
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I think they did the ownership is is key
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and I mean they also think that you know
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a lot of a lot of dealers do view it as
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you know ripping the band-aid off so now
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I’ve been forced to do it and I’d rip
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the band-aid off yeah I’m just gonna do
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what I knew I had to do anyway right
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they’re also in a situation where you
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know I mean unfortunately a lot of
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dealers have
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you follow people or you know reduce
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headcount during this period you know
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does it come back in exactly the same
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way
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you know post-crisis you know my guess
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is you know they’ll rebuild it
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you know with digital being more natural
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and because we don’t know how long it’s
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gonna last the you know we’re still
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gonna be on alert as it was there a
18:05
recurrence or a sort of minor outbreak
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or whatever and you know we could be
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back in lockdown mode even if we come
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out of it doing a certain geography you
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know and I think the amount of
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dependence on the digital piece is going
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to continue to be big and the show
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traffic is going to come back more
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gradually and you know hopefully you
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know sort of right this time next year
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we’ll we’ll be back to normal and have a
18:29
vaccine with all that kind of stuff but
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you know at least from my perspective in
18:32
everything I read and obviously no
18:35
medical expert but until we actually get
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the vaccine sort of done and you know
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that could be this time next year you
18:42
know we’re not out the woods so it’s
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gonna be then kind of blind but yeah I
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mean it’s always been about having a
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champion and having ownership and if the
18:50
key people that are in the dealership
18:52
are actually you know implementing this
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and actually figuring out themselves
18:55
we’re gonna be way better off than you
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know hey I know that I don’t need to do
18:59
it check the box but you know it’s not
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something you ain’t gonna transform a
19:05
dealership with we’re not there now
19:06
that’s that’s exactly what they’re doing
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yeah so something you said it interested
19:10
me you said that OMS now I’ve kind of
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reached out to accelerate you know the
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this process for their stores is that
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obviously they like at the store selling
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as fast as possible and retailing cars
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are they gonna support that or is this
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you know are they’re just gonna be more
19:30
aggressive than just you know knocking
19:33
down the restrictions to get you know
19:34
this type of tactic into this or that’s
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you know um compliant and and I’ve co-op
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and made easily available to the dealer
19:44
I mean what what you think will happen
19:45
inside there yeah I mean we’ve seen
19:48
every combination there and I think
19:50
there is you know just a general
19:52
willingness or urgency
19:54
– you know push push this with the
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yellows you know I’ve seen you know EMS
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you know hey you have to pick a digital
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retailing solution by a certain date you
20:05
know we’ll pay for it for certain period
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of time
20:07
others disco up others it’s more just
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you know that’s promote your what’s
20:12
available or car make and you know make
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sure everyone knows the you know for now
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we’re actually you’re discounting our
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product for for three months while we’re
20:21
in this crisis you know that gets the
20:22
price point you know down to two nine
20:24
ninety five let’s make sure all I do you
20:26
guys know that and can you know take
20:27
advantage of that but you know it’s been
20:30
all over the board but I mean generally
20:33
it’s very much about you know how do we
20:34
you know pretty push our dealers to sort
20:37
of modernized experience and you know
20:39
how can we help them you know in certain
20:41
cases you know we’ve been going through
20:43
certification processes with you know
20:46
some of the OEMs we already have most of
20:50
those relationships in place the ones we
20:51
didn’t have home place I would say very
20:53
quickly or put in place a home with the
20:55
cove in nineteen you know issues and you
21:00
know maybe it was going to be a three to
21:01
six months you know certification and
21:05
negotiation and you know that’s not
21:07
getting done in you know two to four
21:08
weeks instead of two to four months
21:10
yeah and you know that’s pretty much
21:13
across the board as well that’s awesome
21:16
so what do you thinking what are the
21:18
next like couple months look like to you
21:20
I mean so we’re in mid-april what what
21:24
are we looking like through like end of
21:26
May in June I mean from your I mean
21:31
we’re planning the you know the period
21:33
between now and you know say you know
21:36
end of June isn’t haven’t changed that
21:40
much you know I think we’re going to be
21:41
looking at you know when some of the
21:43
restriction starts get lifted and you
21:46
know it’s probably going to start to
21:47
happen in certain geographies you know
21:49
sometime in the in the May time frame
21:52
would be my guess but you know we’re
21:55
watching the news and in the same way
21:57
you know anything things if that goes
22:00
well you know start to you know
22:02
being the transition period in June but
22:05
you know I wouldn’t want to sort of you
22:07
know bet the things are that different
22:08
between now and then beyond that I do
22:11
think it’s about then okay we are now in
22:15
the situation where we are able to start
22:17
opening you know the showrooms you know
22:20
when do we get back on the road to
22:22
actually be able to visit dealers you
22:24
know my guess that’s later in the summer
22:25
to be honest I don’t think you know
22:28
we’re gonna rush to it’s inevitably we
22:30
do that ordeal is the other way around
22:31
but at some point you know that’s
22:33
another part of the transition plan and
22:37
you know anything your dealers will have
22:39
to go from ok it’s all about contact
22:41
with you know selling you know it will
22:44
then transition to ok baby there is an
22:46
appointment or curbside pickup at the
22:47
dealership and we’re gonna continue that
22:49
but you know we can we can start to get
22:52
a little bit back to more normal
22:54
operations and you know the the only
22:56
channel and the in-store aspects you
22:58
know stocks become more important I’m I
23:00
did see an article from from Wuhan that
23:04
actually said the you know one of the
23:06
things when they looked at their
23:07
restrictions that they found was the
23:10
dealerships were incredibly busy and you
23:12
know the theory behind that was there
23:15
was a lot of dependence on your ride
23:18
sharing and public transportation and
23:21
coming out of you know lockdown you know
23:24
the people who were dependent on that
23:26
you wanted to have their own vehicle
23:29
because you know they can control that
23:32
whereas you know getting DD or uber or
23:36
lyft or riding on public transportation
23:39
just wasn’t that appealing so you know
23:42
that was a glimmer of hope that I saw in
23:45
an article earlier this week but so you
23:47
know I mean that’s probably the sort of
23:49
test case for for how things are gonna
23:51
happen here
23:51
you know if that happens you know that
23:54
could get things back into you know
23:55
normal operation for dealerships quicker
23:57
than we can cover well yeah I agree that
24:00
it’s interesting I think shared mobility
24:03
I think the scooters and bikes there
24:07
yeah yeah I think they’ve they’ve people
24:11
are gonna be like yeah I’m not touching
24:12
that scooter I’d like you know three
24:15
months ago be like yeah I don’t
24:16
care who is on it you know now you’re
24:18
like no I don’t think so
24:20
um yeah even grabbing an uber or lyft I
24:23
think it’ll be you know three months
24:25
before people are super happy to jump
24:28
into other people’s cars right yeah like
24:31
what are they gonna do create like an
24:32
instant like sanitation of the car
24:35
between the rides I mean they don’t know
24:38
like I feel like behavior has to change
24:41
now with how we do things right you know
24:44
how we interact with not only people but
24:46
businesses I’m how we’re gonna you know
24:49
even interact at a dealership when you
24:52
do have to go there for service or you
24:55
know to pick up a car that experience is
24:58
going to alter to a degree right until
25:00
we have a vaccine and you know that’s
25:02
the interesting thing
25:03
how will we adapt to those new processes
25:06
how will technology support that you
25:09
know how will technology support you
25:12
know will like roadsters platforms
25:14
support let’s say my sales guys are
25:16
mostly from home now right and so how do
25:19
you remote sell how do you track the
25:21
productivity of my sales team right and
25:23
and and I monitor home delivery how long
25:26
is my guy being Balma center for and we
25:28
already have some of the tools for that
25:29
and I mean we’re looking at extending
25:31
that into into sort of other other sort
25:34
of areas you know what would be sort of
25:36
video sharing and that kind of stuff you
25:38
know as part of sort of product
25:40
extension you were getting deeper into e
25:42
contracting you know as part of this and
25:45
you know how do you really get through
25:47
the pull the full cycle but yeah I mean
25:50
it you know I mean the good thing is I
25:52
think with with a solution like ours you
25:55
know actually supporting a sales person
25:57
sits down in from home as you works
25:59
pretty well because you know you could
26:00
already interact with the customer you
26:02
know through text at any time of the day
26:04
and sort of keep them moving through the
26:07
process and you know that really isn’t
26:10
that different you know in in the mobile
26:13
mobile today so you know we were already
26:17
ya know I always said you guys are
26:19
progressive and how you looked at it
26:21
right so okay you see the business you
26:25
know continuing on its journey you guys
26:26
are gonna be very busy between now and
26:28
then anything
26:30
you like you’re thinking about like
26:31
supporting dealers um you know with
26:35
getting them trained correctly yeah I
26:39
mean in the short term it’s been a lot
26:41
of work from you miss short energy and
26:46
you know our marketing team and you’re
26:48
really just kind of helping you put
26:50
together best practices you would be
26:52
moon Rudi and Michelle I’ve been doing a
26:54
webinar every every week and we’ve got
26:57
some great guests on on that and you’re
26:59
generally just talking about you know
27:01
what other dealers they’re experiencing
27:03
and doing so there’s a Kobe 19 section
27:07
on the rest of our own website now the
27:08
plates a lot of that information and we
27:11
started getting a lot of questions from
27:13
dealers around you know how do i best
27:15
your position this during you know this
27:17
time what are other examples or other
27:20
dealers are doing you you’re seeing a
27:22
lot of that across you know your base of
27:24
customers you know can we can we
27:26
leverage some of that so you I think
27:28
your party is you know how do we you
27:31
provide as much of that information as
27:32
possible to dealers and you know I think
27:35
we’re also in a unique time when you
27:37
know we were even past competition I
27:39
think mostly this is just totally
27:41
willing to help each other out during
27:44
this time and you know all the
27:45
competition stuff is kind of form away
27:47
so you know it’s definitely sort of a
27:49
community kind of apps fear right now
27:51
and you know we’re we’re we’re you know
27:54
we’re seeing that you know in the longer
27:56
term you know I think it it gets back to
27:59
you know how do we continue to do sort
28:02
of more you know remote training I mean
28:05
I don’t think we go back to model where
28:06
all of our training is is in store you
28:09
know I you know from a business
28:12
perspective and from a dealer
28:13
perspective you know I actually like the
28:15
idea of you know hey we can get you like
28:17
within you know five to eight days I’m
28:20
gonna sign and you’re maybe that’s for
28:22
the online piece and then after that we
28:24
will come visit the store and do the the
28:26
showroom limit of the training so you
28:29
know that much like with the dealers you
28:32
know maybe you’re not going back to
28:33
exactly the way you did it before and
28:34
having learned stuff through this I
28:36
think we we’ve also
28:39
learned a bunch and you know will not go
28:41
back to doing exactly the same way as we
28:42
did before it’ll be a win for everybody
28:44
yeah yeah look there I think there’s a
28:47
lot of lessons to be learned at out all
28:48
this you know you get to analyze your
28:51
business from a different perspective
28:52
you know for a lot of people it was just
28:55
a mass slowdown for you as an
28:57
acceleration which is a good thing you
29:01
know but even in accelerations things
29:02
you know will start coming off the bus
29:04
and you got a relook at things different
29:06
are you hiring now or are you just – oh
29:10
it’s I mean we’re kind of hunkered down
29:12
like like everyone else you know I mean
29:15
I think there there is gonna be an
29:16
opportunity for that as we get sort of
29:18
to the latter part of the year but yeah
29:22
I mean it’s it’s really we have the team
29:25
we have and let’s get as much of you
29:29
know much done as we can you know with
29:31
that team I just think it’s pretty
29:33
rotten bottom and otherwise you know but
29:35
I thought of it yeah so all hands on
29:37
deck basically yeah exactly and yeah
29:39
we’re anyway did people are doing
29:41
different roles
29:42
you know maybe they work or fight don’t
29:44
you people who are in deal success roles
29:46
and going on coding or dealerships are
29:48
getting retrained – you’ll be you won’t
29:51
call immigration managers – you know to
29:54
really help on the the onboarding stuff
29:56
and you know we can you know mix it all
29:59
together and and and redone it you know
30:01
in the in the octo way for now so you
30:04
know we can we just need to keep doing
30:05
that and yeah I mean I think on the on
30:09
the dealer side you know if they’re in
30:13
the same boat as we are to some degree
30:14
you know it does focus the mind when
30:17
you’re when we’re in this sort of
30:18
situation you will make a decisions
30:20
because I never before I would say that
30:22
every every week feels like a month I
30:24
don’t know why but your time just seems
30:27
to be moving you know it I mean how long
30:29
ago was that we were we were in APA said
30:32
you know six weeks seven weeks yeah so
30:35
that’s what middle of middle stabbed
30:38
you’ll ever lose Valentine’s Day right
30:40
so I mean a lifetime ago now yeah so but
30:45
you know I think it also is it is a time
30:47
when you pretty you know it’s a time for
30:51
the team to sort of shine
30:53
as well and I think dealerships I heard
30:55
one of our dealers you’re talking about
30:58
that someone on the webinars you know I
31:00
mean this definitely is the time when
31:01
they figured out you know who they can
31:03
you know depend on the new really can
31:05
step up and new maybe less so and you
31:08
know it’s kind of a wartime footing in
31:10
some degree yeah that definitely so
31:13
Rudy’s actually working is what you’re
31:15
saying basically at all hand I know just
31:20
I got there a little little jobs at four
31:23
V’s yeah I love that chemical um ok no
31:26
that really it’s all good stuff um you
31:28
know I’m really excited for you and what
31:30
you’re doing and I mean you’re really at
31:32
the forefront of the DR stuff and that’s
31:34
why I wanted to sit talk to you for a
31:36
few minutes today just kind of get you
31:38
know it’s kind of interesting hearing a
31:40
you know the thoughts from the trenches
31:44
really of like cuz you’re living it
31:46
every single day you know I’m really
31:48
excited that dealers are getting behind
31:49
digital retailing more I’m excited that
31:52
you pointed out in real digital
31:54
retailing as well and I think the trend
31:56
we also sort in NEPA was anybody who had
31:59
anything to do with a car dealer who had
32:01
a digital retailing solution and yeah
32:03
you know it’s now the case where you
32:08
know I think what does digital retailing
32:10
really mean it means you know doing
32:12
transactions and it’s not just about you
32:15
know getting a lead and you know still
32:17
you know getting people into the store
32:19
and in the old way and you know me that
32:21
leaves a little better but you know
32:22
you’re still calling them from the BBC
32:25
and you know sending an appointment yeah
32:28
the definition of digital retailing did
32:31
not survive cope in nineteen no it’s
32:35
definitely moving them through the
32:37
process more I love the thought that
32:39
it’s really managers with their sleeves
32:41
rolled up right now using the product
32:43
because I think those those habits will
32:46
out of this and they’ll figure out
32:49
really how to maximize the use of the
32:53
this type of technology right for their
32:56
store and get the most results and you
33:00
know I guess you’ll just backfill the
33:01
support to make it last right I think
33:05
that’s
33:06
that yeah well cool I really appreciate
33:10
you taking the time today it’s yeah one
33:15
of my favorite people in the industry so
33:16
this was fun catching up I always
33:17
appreciate it so we’ll hear I’m positive
33:20
so that thank you so much for that and
33:22
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