Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Canadian Freight and Handling Rates Effective January 2, 2012 Increase Convenience

AMSOIL is implementing new Canadian freight and handling rates effective January 2, 2012. While rates have increased slightly for some provinces, they have decreased for others and, overall, enhance convenience for Dealers, Preferred Customers and accounts. The current rates depict estimated freight and handling costs only, meaning the actual cost is unknown until orders are shipped. This prevents Dealers from giving accurate quotes and sometimes causes price discrepancies for accounts and customers. The new rates depict actual freight and handling costs, allowing Dealers and customers to know the exact freight and handling charge prior to placing the order. Shipments to a small minority of outlying areas remain subject to additional interline fees. A list of the affected postal codes is posted on the shipping information page.

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Cold-Temperature Storage Recommendations

Because cold-temperature storage can be detrimental to the performance of some AMSOIL products, AMSOIL offers the following storage recommendations:

Lubricants: Store at temperatures at least 10°F above the lubricant’s pour point.

Greases: Store in a dry environment at temperatures at least 10°F above the grease’s lowest operating temperature.

Gasoline Additives, Engine and Transmission Flush: No adverse issues with cold-temperature storage.

Diesel Concentrate, Cetane Boost, Diesel Recovery: No adverse issues with cold-temperature storage.

Diesel Cold Flow Improver, Diesel Concentrate Plus Cold Flow Improver: Store at temperatures above 0°F.

Brake Fluids: Do not store at temperatures below -40°F for longer than two weeks.

Heavy Duty Metal Protector, Metal Protector, Power Foam, Multi-Purpose Spray Grease, Fogging Oil, Silicone Spray: No adverse issues with cold-temperature storage as long as products are allowed to warm to room temperature before use.

Miracle Wash®: Will freeze below 32°F. Can be thawed for use.

Mothers® products: Store at temperatures above freezing.

Antifreeze and Engine Coolant: Will not freeze. No adverse issues with cold-temperature storage.

Dominator® Coolant Boost: Store above 32°F.

Slip Lock®: No adverse issues with cold-temperature storage. If product separates, heat to room temperature and shake well before use.

From the Dealer Sales Department

It’s hard to believe, but the end of 2012 is fast approaching. Amid the holiday shopping and parties, this can be a very busy time of the year. Thinking about the next 12 months can be a little daunting, but that is exactly what we hope you will take the time to do. Schedule a time to sit down and set your goals for 2012 to ensure you have the time needed to think about this important subject.

Setting goals is a very important step for every AMSOIL Dealer. Noted professional speaker Jim Cathcart once said, "Most people aim at nothing in life and hit it with amazing accuracy." If we don't specify exactly our destination, we have no reason to complain about not getting where we want to go. That is why it is so important to set goals for your AMSOIL business.

We also recommend setting S.M.A.R.T. goals; which means your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. Make sure you can reach the goals you set, but they also stretch who you are. It doesn’t make much sense to set a goal that is too easily attained or one that is way out of reach.

For more thoughts on how to set S.M.A.R.T. goals, be sure to read the Insight on Sales column in your December AMSOIL Magazine.

Happy Holidays and Good Selling!

AMSOIL Products Make Outstanding Holiday Gifts

As the holidays approach, remember that AMSOIL products make outstanding gifts. Keep your friends’ and relatives’ vehicles and equipment well-protected throughout the year by giving AMSOIL products or an AMSOIL oil change. Maybe you have a friend or family member with a four-wheeler, snowmobile or motorcycle that would enjoy a bottle or two of Quickshot® to get it into the holiday spirit. AMSOIL also offers a wide selection of high-quality clothing and promotional items, perfect for that hard-to-shop-for person. AMSOIL normally ships orders within two business days, so be sure you and your Personal Group Dealers place orders in time for Christmas.

AMSOIL Wings of Passage

In Memoriam

ARLYN SUKUT
October 10, 2011
Dealer
Inverness, FL

Information may be submitted for the AMSOIL Wings of Passage by clicking here or mail to:

Wings of Passage
AMSOIL Building
925 Tower Ave
Superior, WI 54880

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

AMSOIL Hotwire Open to All Dealers

The AMSOIL Hotwire publication is now available free-of-charge to all AMSOIL Dealers. Encourage Personal Group Dealers to subscribe in the Dealer Zone by clicking the Subscribe to the AMSOIL Hotwire link under Business Tools > Literature > Publications.

AMSOIL Signature Series Showcased in Leading Magazines

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AMSOIL has recently mapped out a one-year, bimonthly advertising plan to showcase its Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil line in two leading men’s magazines, Car and Driver and Popular Mechanics. Car and Driver is the second-most popular men’s magazine in the country, while Popular Mechanics is the fourth-most popular. The first of six Popular Mechanics advertisements appeared in the October 2011 issue, while the first of six Car and Driver advertisements appeared in the November 2011 issue.

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According to current circulation data, Car and Driver has 1.2 million subscribers and Popular Mechanics has 1.22 million subscribers. Even more impressive is the “pass-along” readership of both publications, which refers to the total number of readers. Both magazines are often passed along to friends and relatives, are carried by most libraries and are popular choices for various waiting rooms (doctor, dentist, mechanic, etc.). Car and Driver has a pass-along readership of 9-11 million, and Popular Mechanics has a pass-along readership of 7.7 million.

See the November AMSOIL Magazine for more information.

Dealer Registration Available Online

Customers and visitors to http://www.amsoil.com/ can now quickly and easily register as AMSOIL Dealers. Information on Dealership opportunities and registration details can be found by clicking the Opportunities link on the top of the homepage or the Dealership Information link in the left column. While logged into the Preferred Customer Zone, Preferred Customers may also use the Opportunities link to upgrade to Dealer status. Visitors are presented with a choice to contact their local AMSOIL Dealer, request more information from AMSOIL or immediately register as an AMSOIL Dealer.

Attention – Potential Scam

Several Dealers have been contacted by an individual interested in selling AMSOIL products in Singapore. The sender is asking Dealers to supply “products without AMSOIL HQ knowing about it.” Dealers are advised to be wary of this and similar proposals that seem too good to be true or request actions that violate AMSOIL policies. Dealers are not allowed to sell products for export outside of the United States and Canada. These unsolicited contacts oftentimes are attempts to pass stolen credit cards, obtain products to sell to protected customers, sell online or other activities that adversely affect AMSOIL INC. and AMSOIL Dealers. If you have any questions or additional information about this or other potential scams, please notify your Regional Sales Manager.

Stop-Sale Order Issued for City Star Motor Oil

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued a stop-sale order on City Star 5W-30, 10W-30 and 10W-40 motor oils after they failed numerous quality tests. The stop-sale order applies to all bottles without date codes, with illegible codes and codes of 5/24/11 and earlier. More codes could be included as additional products are tested.

A variety of problems were discovered with the oils, including viscosity. Tests revealed most of the oils fell into a 20-grade or lower. “It doesn’t meet viscosity standards, and some bottles don’t contain required information listing the manufacturer, packager or distributor,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “In addition, because this oil is recycled from used motor oil, it should state that on its label. Unfortunately, that information is missing too.”

95 Percent of Shops Recycle Used Oil

A study performed by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) reveals that used motor oil is recycled by 95 percent of auto repair shops and auto parts stores that accept used oil. Repair shops and do-it-yourselfers produce an estimated 1.3 billion gallons of used oil each year, with the majority of it re-used as combustible fuel or re-refined into new oil. Improper disposal of used oil can contaminate drinking water, and 40 percent of oil pollution in the nation’s harbors and waterways can be attributed to improper disposal of used motor oil.

Personalized Stamps Discontinued

The Personalized Rubber Stamp (G260) and Catalog Rubber Stamp (G1268) are discontinued and available until December 1. Custom labels for literature items are available in the AMSOIL Print Center.

From the Dealer Sales Department

Believe it or not, as this is being written, there are only 45 business days left in 2011. Wow, how time flies. So, the question is, how will you end the year? Will you let excuses such as “wait until after the holidays” and “the economy hasn’t gotten any better” get in your way of ending the year on an upswing, or will you decide to end the year on a high note? Don’t lose your focus. How are you going to make the last two months of 2011 the best two months of the year? And, when will you start planning and setting your goals for 2012? Now is the time to start thinking about these topics. Don’t wait until after the Thanksgiving turkey is gone to plan for 2012 and beyond. Do it now; action is the food and drink that will nourish your success for the last two months of this year, 2012 and for all the years to come.

Feel free to contact your sponsoring Dealer, Direct Jobber or the Dealer Sales Department for ideas on how to grow your AMSOIL business.

Good luck and Good Selling!

AMSOIL Wings of Passage

In Memoriam

ZAIN KRIKAU
September 20, 2011
Direct Jobber
Mission, BC

Information may be submitted for the AMSOIL Wings of Passage by clicking here or mail to:

Wings of Passage
AMSOIL Building
925 Tower Ave
Superior, WI 54880