Collision Reporter The Online Journal



I-CAR®’s Year In Review – 2020

04/12/2021 by I-CAR
I-CAR’s Year In Review – 2020, a streamlined, digital format for highlighting I-CAR’s many accomplishments and milestones during an extraordinary year. While COVID-19 brought significant challenges to the industry in 2020, I-CAR realized some noteworthy gains (growth in Gold Class® and Sustaining Partner programs, in particular!); the momentum of which continues into 2021.

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How Collision Shops Are Adjusting – and Succeeding – in the ‘New Normal’

03/26/2021 by Carolyn Gray of DRIVE Marketing
How do collision shops stay relevant when the 'New Norm' means less people driving which equates to people not getting into as many accidents? Shop owner and DRIVEclient, Kristi Wright of Wright Way Collision Repair of Albany, Indiana shares the actions she has taken to keep her business successful and growing during this uncertain time.
 

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Manage the Workflow with Shop Walks and Blueprinting

03/11/2021 by Bud Center, I-CAR Director, Technical Products and Curriculum

As a production manager, you need to have complete “shop awareness” much like a professional basketball player possesses “court awareness,” knowing where the ball and other players are and how much time is left on the clock to complete the play. That doesn’t mean you have to be on the shop floor every minute monitoring workflow in order to hit Key Performance Indicator (KPI) targets. Conducting shop walks as needed, and at least a few times a day, and communicating with your team during those walks, will keep your “shop awareness” high.



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CREF Leader Clark Plucinski Hailed as Icon in Retirement Tribute

02/19/2021 by Val D'Anna
The highest moments of Clark Plucinski’s accomplishment-laden career have been accompanied by applause. Photos that capture these moments show him on a podium at industry events with his arms outstretched, receiving either an award or a donation for the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), which he’s headed since 2012 after first serving on its Board of Directors. The plaques and trophies have been for prestigious awards like I-CAR’s Founders Award, BodyShop Business’ Executive of the Year and induction into the Hall of Eagles. 

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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE COLLISION REPAIR INTER-INDUSTRY

01/15/2021 by John Van Alstyne, CEO and President of I-CAR
I-CAR was built because all six segments of the inter-industry recognized the need to put the safety of drivers first. And, though we continue our work to achieve complete, safe, and quality repairs, the impact of COVID-19 affects the safety of the inter-industry in a different way -  in health, in accessibility to things we need, and in financial stability. We recognize the strains of this impact and are steadfast in our efforts to support the people in the industry to the best of our ability as COVID-19 continues to impact our inter-industry.

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