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Mike and family –
going on more outings and vacations – real soon!
so glad to have the honor of helping you get your Silverado!
I wonder if the dip really matters – in the long run.
Chips, chips and more chips….
We all like chips – most of us – and these chips are not THAT kind of chip.
The chips I am referring to here are tiny microchip processors that have a very significant application to the efficiency of today’s common mode of transportation. It is already a problem for the auto industry and it will remain one for a “relatively” short time. In the grand scheme of things, a few -or several- months is not a long time. But, in our “do it now”, “I wanted it yesterday”, society it seems like another lifetime of waiting.
So the auto makers – and especially GM – have come to depend on the microchip processors that Taiwan has become very skilled at manufacturing. Intel, our only maker of microchips has recently said that they do not possess the skills or facilities to make these microchips. Auto sales slowed due to: first, a UAW strike, then Covid-19, then re-tooling for ventilators, and then re-tooling again for manufacturing of cars and trucks. Mostly trucks. What happened in the meantime was a surprise to all.
Instead of folks drawing in and remaining “dormant” as expected due to the Covid-19 “crisis”, it seems everyone was getting out and about, buying cars, trucks, RVs, and, traveling on wheels was once again part of the American pastime. So, automotive sales did not quiet during the 2020 economy as anticipated initially, and, in fact, there was a somewhat unexpected surge in sales in the automotive sector. Good for the economy.
But the supply of chips and the manufacturing of our marvelled four and six wheeled “toys” had fallen desperately behind. Sales far outpaced supplies and now … supplies are too low and everyone is scrambling to find available products to help the consumer with an insatiable desire to “upgrade” or “modernize” their wheels. We, in the automotive industry, instinctively turn to the pre-owned vehicle market and begin to buy our needed supplies there. That has now driven up the value of used vehicles. An artificial effect? Maybe not, but a temporary one for sure. Value is value, perceived or real. Businesses must find a way to remain in existence. If you are not finding what you want today, now… is that really a bad thing? You can answer this one for yourself here. “To each his own” somebody said.
You want to keep the economy going? Get out to your local small businesses, restaurants, shops, beauty parlors/barbers and retailers of all varieties and support them by helping them grow their business. Make sure you are doing more than your share to help your local churches reach the needy folks in our neighborhoods and keep spreading and speaking positivity.
In the long run, this dip will only be a faded memory and the chip will continue to be a major part of our future. Will somebody in America please step up and take the wheel? Let’s get back to being innovators, creators and benefactors to society. Let’s look outside ourselves and reach out to pull others along with us. In just a few months the manufacturers – and the “chip makers” – will have caught up to the demand and all will return to normal.
Forward. Always forward!
MOUNTAIN VIEW CHEVROLET, UPLAND, CA
Fleet and Commercial Director
Let’s Kick it!
Our son has a creative talent that operates out of the mainstream. After years of honing this wild imagination into the skills of writing he has written his first novel which will be a series. It has been out for digital download now for 2 months and has received 5 star awards by professional readers.
“Tear of God-Elements” is the first of a new series! You can be a part of its success by getting in on the ground floor. Pass it on!
The project is regarding a book, rather a series that our son, Raymond Henri Smith, is trying to gain momentum for. He explains it in his video. There is also a Facebook page with a lot of information and that page is either Raymond Henri or Tear of God – Elements. But, here is the nitty-gritty of what we are up to and trying to accomplish. With the right support this novel, now available as an e-book, turns into a series and – I think – a movie! Ground floor development is what this outreach is about.
If you follow the link www.kickstarter.com and search for Tear of God-Elements it will take you to the project description and you will see options – I think on the right of the page – allowing for various levels of contribution. Here is another direct link (it may only work after you sign up) Tear of God Elements kickstarter You “sign up” or create an account with “kickstarter” in order to contribute. Only one contribution per email is allowed. Your contribution, at this point is a pledge, and when the support reaches the target goal dollar figure, which is in excess of $17,000, by June 28 then the pledges will be claimed.
Kickstarter is an organization that enables people like Raymond to initiate a project and tests the viability of that project by seeking support initially. If the support is there, in that narrow time frame, then the project is deemed worthy and is endorsed.
Thank you very much for your interest and for your support. Please relay the message to as many people as you can. A large base of supporters is needed in order to meet the objective effectively.
I am hoping that you will take the time to look into this opportunity and chip in. All contributions are much appreciated.
The message below is from our son, the author:
“The book is already written. The distributor already has the files. The distributor has already drawn up a quote. Those who have already read the book have given their endorsement. There is no risk to the paperbacks’ production and delivery.
The biggest problem would be fulfilling all the rewards. Those have their own production timelines. Mostly, the turnaround on those is faster than the printing of the books, but it would be a lot of inventory to manage. I will potentially have thousands of books and related gifts to process. I am okay with that and have plenty of extra hands willing to help.
There is only one way to eat an elephant. One bite at a time. I have an innate ability to focus on the details while keeping the big picture in mind. I am also in the unique position to be able to put all my time into the fulfillment of this project.
It’s huge. This is no small order. But I can handle it.”
Here are the titles for the “sequels” … the second novel is being written now!
Bruce and Barbara
Ken, Rachel and can you see Callie?
Making it happen –
why not a new Diesel?
What is my experience with criticism about the auto industry?
I “get bumped” every day (someone offers criticism) and I have a chance to respond to “getting bumped” every day. When I hear disparaging words, about the industry and “those salespeople” my challenge is to remember – the auto industry is far from perfect! There is a lot of good happening, within the industry, and as a result of the social impact the industry has, as well. It is the reality of the industry today. People don’t know what they think they do, and that is because we have ready access to research tools like the internet, making us each an instant expert in what we want to research. As a result of instant expertise, or perhaps bad experiences of their own, or that of someone they know, people say things… Continue reading