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Standards - standards - standards

standards bring conficedence
We all have confidence in these names - the garage and body shop sectors need confidence in yours.
John Lewis, Ikea, Cadbury’s - all stand out companies in their markets, why is this? Quality, innovation and superior taste could be applied to each one of these brands in that order, so what is making your company stand apart from your competitors?

If it is price then best of luck to you! Concentrating on the lowest price is a fast track to the lowest common denominator - there will always be someone else who will be cheaper than you, have more resources than you, be more efficient than you…..

Quality and Standards - now we are talking! The brands listed above are well recognised for their quality and high standards and retain a very strong and loyal band of customers who keep returning for more.

This could be your company, setting standards and quality that exceed those offered by your competitors, growing your customer base, retaining those loyal customers who keep returning for more and cementing the future of your business for years to come.

One of the choices you make, as the owner, leader or manager of a business, could be to adopt a parts grading standard for your green recycled parts that ensures the highest quality of parts are sold by your sales staff, and if the parts are not in absolutely perfect condition then customers know what they are purchasing before they make that decision - allowing them to make an informed choice.

Parts grading for green recycled parts is not difficult to implement and in many cases most of the data and information is already available, it just needs to be put into a format that can be understood by operators and customers.

Provenance of the part - the vehicle it came from, age, mileage and so-on is important, condition of the part, and suitability for re-use are key components and how the part is handled finish the process.

Parts grading cannot work on its’ own though, high standards and processes need to run through the whole business, and this is how the brands listed at the start if this article have achieved their status as leading brands in their industry - from the top to the bottom standards are high, staff are trained, motivated, responsible and equipped to deliver the best possible service to all their customers.

Do you want a share of the estimated £1.5 billion vehicle parts market? Do you want to stand apart from your competitors? Do you want your customers to recommend you to their colleagues and friends? Do you want those customers to keep coming back to buy more green recycled parts from you?

If you answered yes to any of those questions then we would recommend that you contact Salvage Wire to find out more about their specialised Parts Grading Training Course and other training and development services available that could take your business to the next level. You can contact Andy at Salvage Wire on 07710 877411 or email him. We have previously run articles looking at mechanical parts and body panel grading standards. Here at atfPro, we strongly believe that unless we start as an industry working to recognised standards, we will not capitalise on the great potential staring us in the face - it's in your hands!

February 2015

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