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  • When Lightning Bugs and Unicorns Make Your Wash Business Happy

    May 17, 2019
    Unicorns and lightning bugs. Yes, those are certainly two topics that made me smile – and they were part of the keynote session by Shawn Achor on the last day of the Show. But, after an hour of listening to Achor speak, the audience left with a herd of unicorns and trees full of lightning bugs. First, though, everyone had to ponder this question and then embrace it: How much of happiness is a choice?
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  • Insights From the Annual ICA Membership Meeting

    May 17, 2019
    Over the past year, if you were to look at the highlights of what ICA has been involved in, there has been a common theme: “They are all in the theme of bringing people together,” said ICA CEO Eric Wulf during the Annual Membership Meeting. And that is exactly what The Show did, as well. “This show is the largest in exhibitor size and attendance in ICA history.”
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  • Flowers Need Good LTV:CAC Ratios, Too

    May 14, 2019
    What would a flower business possibly have in common with a car wash business? Well, of course, the importance of the LTV:CAC ratio. "Your most important operation ratio is the LTV:CAC number," regardless of the type of business you are in, especially when figuring out how to justify and incorporate a subscription service, said John Warrillow, founder of the Value Builder System, during his session, "The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business."
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  • How the Economy will Impact your Business

    May 14, 2019
    If you were looking for a pint-sized nugget of information to help with your understanding of how the economy affects businesses and leaders, your cup runneth over. Attendees walked away with a Santa-sized bag of information from Dr. Mary Kelly’s “Economic Outlook for Today’s Leaders” session on Tuesday.
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  • How Magical Elves can Help Your Car Wash

    May 14, 2019
    “Advertising is a task paid for by the unremarkable.” This comment by Jay Baer during his Impact Session, “Talk Triggers,” would come up more than once – and made more sense each time he said it. Trying to analyze it, at first, could almost cause you to look past his unconventional clothing choice, a rather loud, colorful plaid suit. But, by the end of the session, you didn’t just completely understand the statement, the plaid suit was starting to look pretty dapper.
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  • Finish Line Car Wash joins Mammoth Holdings

    May 14, 2019
    Mammoth Holdings, LLC, an Atlanta-based express conveyor car wash operator, has acquired FLCW, LLC d/b/a Finish Line Car Wash, an eight unit express conveyor car wash operator with locations in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois. Finish Line’s founders invested a significant portion of their proceeds from the sale of Finish Line into Mammoth and will have important ongoing roles with the company.
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  • Connected Cars – The Future of Car Washing

    May 14, 2019
    If there was one Quick Hit that embodied what technology has in store for the future of car washes, it was Alan Nawoj’s discussion about "Connected Cars – The Future of Car Washing."  He touched on how some newer cars being manufactured have a car wash mode, but the owners don’t know how to put them into car wash mode. How reading vin numbers instead of license plates or member numbers can be a better option for your car wash and your clients. And, how technology can be a big help in growing and customizing your car wash to your clients and their cars.
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  • Can you get 5,200 Memberships in Three Months?

    May 13, 2019
    A blending of camaraderie and competitive spirit was a source of chuckles, albeit with slight undertones of seriousness, during the standing-room-only “Incentivizing Employees in Subscription Sales” Peer Power Hour on Monday. The ideas and questions that were presented to the panel sparked even more idea-sharing and thought-provoking questions. And it continued that way for the full hour-long session.
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  • The Car Wash Show - Why Are You Here?

    May 13, 2019
    "Why are you sitting in this room with me today?" asked Claudia St. John, president of Affinity HR group, during her opening remarks at "Millennials in the Workforce  - Tips for Managing Your Multi-Generational Workforce." An interesting question for the start of a session and one that wouldn’t normally get much of a response. But this was no ordinary crowd. There was an immediate response and the concerns they shared were specifics and were met with nods and sounds of agreement throughout the room as each one was spoken.  From cell phone use at work to engaging them in the business, working a full 8 hours, motivating employees, the importance of doing the job right, employees showing up on time, and countering entitlement.
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  • The Future of Consumerism: Creating an Experience

    May 13, 2019
    Even if numbers don’t usually impress you, the ones shared during Doug Stephens’ "The Future of Consumerism" session might change your mind: 13,614 is the number of retail stores that closed 2017- 2018; during Singles Day in China in 2018, Alibaba sold $10 billion in merchandise – in the first hour; 66% of product searches begin on Amazon; and Nordstrom has a 3,000 square-foot department store that doesn’t contain any product. 
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  • Mister Car Wash acquires two Express locations in Florida

    May 08, 2019
    Mister Car Wash continues to grow in greater Orlando, with the acquisition of two Top Shelf Car Wash locations in Deltona, 3119 Howland Blvd, and Titusville, 3353 Columbia Boulevard. The acquisition gives Mister Car Wash a total of 14 locations in the Orlando area.
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  • Autobell Car Wash expands with fourth Chesapeake location

    May 08, 2019
    Autobell Car Wash recently opened at 608 Pavilion Drive in Chesapeake, VA, off Grassfield Parkway near its intersection with Dominion Boulevard South/US-17. Store Manager Dylan Balestino and District Manager Mike Hulburt have been part of the Autobell team in Hampton Roads since 2015 and 2005, respectively.
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  • SUPPLIER NEWS: DRB Systems enters into strategic partnership with GO Car Wash

    May 08, 2019
    A trusted partner in the car wash industry, DRB Systems has entered into a strategic partnership to provide technology solutions to GO Car Wash, the nation’s newest express car wash company.
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  • Flying Ace raises $7,351 for Feed the Creek

    May 08, 2019
    Flying Ace Express Car Wash donated $7,351 to Beavercreek’s Feed The Creek non-profit organization, which provides weekend food assistance for area Beavercreek children in need. The donations were collected from Flying Ace Express customers at the company’s Seajay Dr. Grand Opening/Free Wash Week held April 6-15, 2019.
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  • N1 Buying Group adds six members

    May 08, 2019
    After its first Members' Meeting, the N1 Buying Group announced the addition of six members to the buying group.
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  • SUPPLIER NEWS: ISTOBAL announces extended height version of FLEX5

    May 08, 2019
    ISTOBAL, the Spanish leader in car wash and car care solutions for the automotive sector, will announce at The Car Wash Show 2019 an extended height version of the ISTOBAL FLEX5, its most popular rollover in the US market (Booth #1723).
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  • International Carwash Association forms Tennessee Chapter to aid with Sales Tax legislation

    Apr 29, 2019
    A potentially business-closing $3.5 million tax assessment led to the creation of the Tennessee chapter of International Carwash Association and, ultimately, the passing of a new bill to clarify Tennessee Code 67-6-205(c).
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  • Tidal Wave Auto Spa opens first Midwest location

    Apr 29, 2019
    The new Tidal Wave Auto Spa opened for business in Raytown, Missouri on April 3, 2019. This express car wash, located at 10001 E State Route 350 is the 29th location for Tidal Wave, and the first in the Midwest.
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  • Splash Car Wash acquires new locations

    Apr 10, 2019
    Splash Car Wash, headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. recently announced the acquisition of two car wash locations. The first, located in White Plains, New York, was formerly known as Gold’s Car Wash & Detail, and will be Splash’s 19th US location and 4th in New York.
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  • Go Behind the Scenes at The Car Wash Show

    Apr 09, 2019
    Go behind the scenes at The Car Wash Show as an Opening Day Greeter or Peer Power Hour Moderator and receive a complimentary Basic Pass to attend. But act fast...only a handful of spots remain!
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