Monday, July 2, 2012

Encourage Personal Group Dealers to Subscribe to AMSOIL Hotwire, Update Email Addresses

The AMSOIL Hotwire delivers important information from AMSOIL INC. and is 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.

As an increasing quantity of communications have moved to an electronic format, it is important AMSOIL has up-to-date email addresses for all AMSOIL Dealers. To update your email address, click the My Account link located on the left side of the Dealer Zone homepage.

AMSOIL Wings of Passage

In Memoriam

June 9, 2012
Queensbury, NY

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

Friday, June 1, 2012

New AMSOIL Hydraulic Oil Offers Proven Performance at an Attractive Price

New AMSOIL Synthetic Multi-Viscosity Hydraulic Oil is a high-quality, lower-cost oil for many different applications requiring a high-VI all-season hydraulic oil. It is priced competitively with other synthetic brands and offers proven varnish control and wear resistance, which are extremely important to maximizing system performance and life. It is an excellent choice for mobile and stationary equipment in a variety of industries [road construction, street and highway maintenance, agricultural, logging, manufacturing and refuse hauling].

Synthetic Multi-Viscosity Hydraulic Oil’s advanced synthetic formulation provides all-season protection and reliable operation. It is tailored to promote energy efficiency, while foam inhibitors provide effective foam suppression. It is an excellent door-opener product for increasing sales in the large and growing hydraulics market.

See the June AMSOIL Magazine for more information.

AMSOIL Upgrades T-1 Certification Test and Webpage

The T-1 Certification process has been streamlined by moving the test online, while the T-1 Certification page in the Dealer Zone (located under the Training tab) features an improved layout.

Dealers seeking T-1 Certification will now take the test online. The test is free-of-charge and conveniently accessible through the Dealer Zone. Simply log into the Dealer Zone from any computer and visit the T-1 Certification page to take the test. The test has also been revised to cover additional important (and often misunderstood) issues, including Dealer compensation, new Dealer sponsorship, commission credit transfers and initial contact guidelines.

See the June AMSOIL Magazine for more information.

Minimal Price Adjustment on Select Additives and Aerosols Effective July 1

Due to the increasing costs of raw materials, AMSOIL is implementing a minimal price adjustment on select additives and aerosols effective July 1. Affected products are Engine and Transmission Flush (FLSH), Quickshot® (AQS), Heavy Duty Metal Protector (AMH), Metal Protector (AMP), Power Foam (APF) and Engine Fogging Oil (FOG). Updated pricing information can be accessed in the Product Pricing Interface in the Dealer Zone. For pricing effective July 1, select Future Pricing. Pricing files are available in either EXCEL or PDF formats. Updated price lists (G3500 U.S., G8500 Can.) will be available in early June. Watch the Dealer Zone for an announcement of availability.

Z.O. Cards No Longer Mailed to Renewing Dealers and Preferred Customers

AMSOIL mails Z.O. cards to Dealers and Preferred Customers as a way for them to identify themselves as such. In the past, identification was required in order to purchase AMSOIL products from an AMSOIL Distribution Center or pay wholesale prices when purchasing from another AMSOIL Dealer. Today Dealer and Preferred Customer information is stored electronically and identification cards are unnecessary. Effective mid-June, AMSOIL is no longer mailing Z.O. cards to renewing Dealers and Preferred Customers. AMSOIL has upgraded the quality of the cards and new Dealers and Preferred Customers will still receive Z.O. cards upon registration. AMSOIL will confirm renewals with a message to renewing Dealers’ email addresses and message center inboxes.

Jiffy Lube’s Oil Change Interval Recommendation Target of Lawsuit

Jiffy Lube International is the target of a $5 million California class-action lawsuit for false and misleading advertising and unfair competitive practices related to its former 3,000-mile/three-month oil change interval recommendation. The lawsuit alleges Jiffy Lube misled consumers and received “unjust enrichment” by recommending shorter oil change intervals than those recommended by vehicle manufacturers. The lawsuit asks that Jiffy Lube be barred from engaging in unlawful practices, including the use of “deceptive” and “misleading” window stickers. Jiffy Lube discontinued its 3,000-mile/three-month oil change interval recommendation in June 2011, urging motorists to instead follow vehicle manufacturer recommendations.

Boating Industry Shows Signs of Recovery

New data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reveals the beginning of a recovery for the boating industry. U.S. retail sales of recreational boats, accessories and marine services increased 6 percent in 2011, marking the industry’s first retail sales increase since 2006. Boating participation also increased by 10 percent (to 34.8 percent of adults), marking its highest level since 1997.

“Pent-up demand for boats following years of diminished willingness to spend by consumers, improved credit availability for buyers and boating businesses, positive shifts in consumer confidence and an overall interest in the benefits of the boating lifestyle are steering the industry toward recovery,” said NMMA President Thom Dammrich. “Americans’ passion for enjoying the boating lifestyle is taking precedent as they put aside concerns about the economy in favor of creating lifelong memories with loved ones.”