I know, it’s an obvious and overused statement. Yet too many
individuals, companies and organizations still wear border blinders and think
and operate in comfort zone silos. That’s why it’s so important and mutually
beneficial to spend a few days in the shoes of your global counterparts to
share experiences and make serious commitments to collaborate and cooperate for
the greater good.
It happened just last week in fact. Our association hosted
leaders of several European and South African automotive aftermarket (auto
care) organizations for week-long talks on a number of issues of mutual
interest. It was during these meetings that, once again, I was reminded of how
many issues and challenges and concerns we share regardless of geography,
economy, language or culture.
From battling the car companies for access to repair information
and challenges posed by car company telematics systems to the U.S./EU free
trade agreement, our counterparts throughout the world are dealing with many of
the same legislative and technical issues as we are. Through in-person meetings
such as last week’s, we learned from our global counterparts and they learned
from us how critical it is to work together to ensure a strong consumer-driven
auto care industry around the world.
It’s obvious that our industry is a global industry.
Let’s make sure it’s obvious that we act like one.