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Can Tesla Sell Direct and Bypass Dealers?

As we approach the end of 2016, we are going to present some of the most popular of the more than 1,500 posts that have appeared on Retailing A to Z. Today, we cover Tesla’s unique and controversial dealership program … Continue reading

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Auto Dealers Not Yet Exploiting the Growth of Smartphones

As we have noted several times before, consumer use of their mobile devices has been growing rapidly (for example, see 1, 2). Yet, their use of smartphones to access content varies greatly by product category. According to a new study … Continue reading

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Is BMW’s New High-Tech Selling Approach Going to Be a Winner?

As we have reported before (see the story on Tesla seeking to bypass traditional car dealers), the retail auto industry is changing. Now comes word that BMW is going to change the dealership experience and modify the role of salespeople. … Continue reading

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Can Car Manufacturers Sell Direct and Bypass Dealers?

Tesla Motors is a U.S.-based manufacturer of upscale high-performance electric cars. As it notes at its Web site: “The Tesla Roadster hit the streets in early 2008 as a car with no equal. Four years later, over 2,300 Roadsters drive emissions-free … Continue reading

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