A Car? A Tractor? Both?

We're always on the lookout for interesting stores about tractors, tractor parts and the people who use them. This story caught our eye 11938 MM UDLX Tractorthis month and it's out of Kansas and has to do with this 1938 Minneapolis Moline UDLX also known as a "Comfortractor". It is one of only 150 built but it never really caught on. Why? More than likely the price. Remember this was in the depths of the Great Depression and the UDLX listed for $2,155 new.

The vehicle was, no doubt, a marketing effort but there are reports that they were used for mail delivery and snow removal. Pretty classy way to ride and a road gear that could get you to 40MPH! 

We were wondering if any of our members in Kansas might know of the restorer Curtis Rink and his very rare "Confortractor". The article, which you can read here, says the value of this very cool design is now about $200,000.

Not too shabby...

Thanks for reading and if you've got a neat story like this make sure you share it with us! (Photo: Mike Berry - The Wichita Eagle)

 


Online Sales Smash Retail Sales

For years many of our National Tractor Parts Dealer Association members found value in adding e-commerce to their sales efforts. Sure, it was a difficult Online Add to Carttransition and it cost money to staff call centers and online chat professionals but it has paid off because online sales are crushing traditional retail efforts. How do we know?

Let's look at one example...Wal-Mart. 

Retail giant Wal-Mart reported solid fourth-quarter results last week with the U.S. business producing another quarter of comparable-sales growth. But the star of the show was e-commerce. Get this, U.S. online sales for Wal-Mart soared by 29% year-over-year, an acceleration driven by the company's investments in the acquisition of Jet.com. E-commerce is still small relative to Wal-Mart's brick-and-mortar operations, but that won't remain true for long.

According to the Department of Commerce in 2016 total e-commerce sales in the United States rose by 15.1%. And that is far faster than the overall 2.9% growth in total retail sales.

We understand that our members are not Wal-Mart however the trend is clear. Your customer is just as likely to come from five states away than five miles away and those numbers will continue to grow. Your challenge is finding a way to build your digital business while continuing to serve your local consumer. It can be done and many of our members have been very successful in their marketing efforts.

If you would like to share your thoughts...please do!

 


"Where Can I Get Parts?"

Recently Rachel Gingell wrote a blog piece for Farms.com and she said this truly was a key question before a person buys a used tractor. "Before you buy a used older model/antique tractor, ask yourself this single most important question: where can I get parts?" You can read that article here.

Woman QuestionsShe went on to say there are many different kinds of parts and many different outlets and she did mention salvage yards, "If something big like an axle breaks, a salvage yard is often the best place to get a replacement for an older-model tractor."

We wish she would have done a search for "Used Tractor Parts" or "Used Ag Parts" because the NTPDA website would have popped up and she (and any buyer of a used or older model tractor) would have learned more about our members and our association and the availability of parts.

Our National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) not only can find "something big" but we can also get aftermarket parts, rebuilt parts...you know...tractor parts.

In addition because of the wide range of member dealers and associate members we can put machinery owners in touch with the part they are looking for not only online but also in person. The members of NTPDA have talented and knowledgeable counter and phone staff that have been in the business for decades and can often answer the question before the caller gets the full question asked.

So, yes, Rachel is right, a buyer better have a place where he or she can be assured that the part is available. And that's why we exist. That buyer should come into contact with NTPDA. We've got you covered!


NTPDA Scholarships!

Diploma ScholarshipOne of the benefits to being a member of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) is that the association offers some generous scholarships to deserving students who are members, employees of members or dependents of members or employees who are planning to enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours) at an accredited college or university for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Details and the Scholarship Application for download can be found here.

Completed applications must be returned to the NTPDA office by Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Please share this information with member, family members and employees.

Becoming a member of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association does have it's benefits and good luck!

 

    


We Are Thrilled!

Thank you, from all of us here at the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA)! We are thrilled that so many of you took the time to read our most recent post about our Annual Meeting and Trade Show in San Happy KidsAntonio.

The number of you who not only responded to our phone calls but also took the time to read what your fellow members had to say was great. We had fantastic response on Facebook as well as Twitter.

So, thank you!  Sometimes it might seem like we are "talking to ourselves" but your recent review of #NTPDA17 and your input is welcomed.

As we leave January 2017 behind us please know that we are already working on #NTPDA18 and listening to what you have to say. Our goal is, and always has been, to create real value for your membership. It doesn't matter if you are a Regular Member or an Associate Member...you are all important and we want to hear from you.

Thanks again for taking the time to communicate with us and for sharing your thoughts!

 


So, How Did We Do?

By all accounts you had a great time and you learned so very much. We call that adding value to your San Antonio Grouping for Blog Use membership. But don't just take our word for it. Here is what some of our members had to say about #NTPDA17 in San Antonio:

Terri Stevens - Tractor Barn

"I have to tell you it was fantastic. Of course I love seeing everybody but what was so good for me and our company was some of the new displays in the trade show. Because we are a Mahindra dealer it was great to meet a new parts supplier. That made the trip worthwhile for me. The training was also excellent. Mel and his ideas about hiring the right employee first was something I really needed to hear. And, because I need help, Crystal and her training on social media was excellent. You know, I really wish we could have had even more training and education because that's what we really need."

Mike Winter - Worthington Tractor Parts

"We took hard goods for the trade show and it was excellent. Our goal in going to the NTPDA Annual Meeting & Trade Show is doing business and I can tell you we did a pot full of business. If only I had been feeling better it would have been off the charts. But, spending a day or two down with a lousy cold and maybe the flu took me out. Next year!"

Phyllis Cox - NTPDA

"Time, I wish we had more time. DJ was so very entertaining, Mel kept everyone involved and Crystal had lots of information about social media especially LinkedIn. One hour just wasn't enough for her to cover, in detail, all the things our members wanted to hear.  Of course the social events were great but I too, like Mike, came down with a nasty cold. Drat!"

Linda Benton - Southeast Tractor Parts

She gave us a one word response when we asked. "#1 Fellowship!" We'll take it!

Dan Waters - Waters Tractor 

"Great time at the NTPDA with a great group of people. And of course a special thank you to Atlantic!"

Jeff Griggs - All States Ag Parts

"I think the training was outstanding and the piece on hiring was so valuable to us that we started to implement some of those items as soon as we returned. The entire event was well worth our time and effort."

So, how did we do?  As always we're interested. You can hook up with NTPDA on Facebook here and our Twitter Stream is @NTPDA!

Thanks for reading and we look forward to hearing more from you! 

 


All My Bags Are Packed...

We know, it's going to be like an ear-worm when you sing just that line from "Leavin' on a Jet Plane". The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association 33rd  Jet
Annual Conference and Trade Show is just days away. Here are a couple of updates for you:

Shuttle Service - If you need a ride from the airport to the hotel we are using the Super Shuttle App head there for more information.

Wednesday 18 January - If you are displaying you can set up in the trade show area between 2pm and 5pm. Then it's on to our Early Arrival Party that will be held at Charlie Wants a Burger on the Riverwalk. This is always a great time and we'll even have live entertainment during our event.

Thursday 19 January - If you are not yet finished setting up your display in the trade show area you've got time between 7am and 3pm. We'll kick things off with breakfast (remember your breakfast ticket) at 8am and then it's off to learn some valuable information from D.J. Harrington who is going to give us a "Check Up From the Neck Up" really critical things that can help your business grow and prosper. Then Mel Kleiman will hold our San Antonio Speakersfeet to the fire with his program, "Hire Tough - Manage Easy". The entire program is based on how to better recruit and retain employees...you asked for it!  Spouses who have come to San Antonio get to head out for "Art & Dine". Yes! Then we'll focus on digital marketing with Crystal Washington. What is it and how does it work and how can you track effectiveness. Crystal is with us between 2pm and 3pm. We'll kick up our heels a bit at the "Welcome to San Antonio Party" and celebrate the opening of our Trade Show. The action gets underway at 5pm and rolls through the evening!

Friday 20 January - We'll so some networking over coffee (much needed) starting at 8am and then our trade show doors open at 9am to give you a full day of "Meet & Greet" with our supply members. We'll break at 11am for our Annual Meeting and election of Board Members and then have lunch in the trade show area. The trade show winds up and we'll have our Display Meeting at 3:30pm. We hope our Board Members will attend. Next you'll get to take some time off and get ready for our cocktails, dinner and entertainment by the Jackie Myers Band!

It's all about education, meeting friends, doing business and having a great time.

Wheels up!  See you in San Antonio!


What??? So if Time Is Money - Better Get Going!

Yikes NTPDA Members! This Friday the 16th of December is the cut-off date for hotel reservations for our San Antonio trip! Don't panic but do act because if not you are likely Man Sleeping on Couchto pay a higher rate then our preferred group rate. (These hotels are getting pretty strict with their group rate deadlines.)

You can make your reservations by clicking here and getting signed up

As you know when we contract with a hotel we request a specific number of rooms in our block. If the association doesn't meet that number we pay for them anyway. That's not a good thing!

We've got a great event planned and would love to see you in San Antonio! For more about our event click here.

One more time! Here is your link to get your room reservations made.  

You don't want to sleep on the couch...right?

Thanks and see you in San Antonio!

 

 

 


Be Here Before You Know It

The days go by quickly and so too does your opportunity to same some money on your NTPDA Annual Conference and Trade Show registration. November 30th is the first cut off...but if you get in yet today you'll save $75 per person! Here is a link to the registration forms!

So a quick rundown of the agenda for our San Antonio experience is in order: You will be staying in the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel by Wyndham. It is very, very nice and we've arranged for special pricing for our event. Go ahead...have a peek at our accommodations. 

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Wednesday January 18, 2017
- Our vendors have setup time at the Fiesta Pavilion. Then we'll hold an early arrival party at Charlie Wants a Burger (we know...it's a little different but, hey...so are we!) we'll have music with Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils and more.  Loads of fun for our early birds this is something you will NOT want to miss!

San Antonio SpeakersThursday January 19, 2017 - After breakfast our presenter DJ Harrington will do a "Check Up from the Neck Up". It's a look at your sales and business model. Then, after a break Mel Kleiman will talk about when you hire the right people your management process is much easier. After lunch Crystal Washington will join us to talk about the digital transformation of sales/marketing and how that has impacted our industry. Our "Welcome to San Antonio" reception is that evening starting at 5pm. We'll also be giving our regular members the opportunity to experience our Trade Show.

Friday January 20, 2017 - The Trade Show Floor opens at 9am and we'll have some time to visit in the NTPDA Marketplace.  The annual meeting and election of officers takes place at 11am. Lunch will, again, be served on the Trade Show Floor so we'll have even more time to spend with our vendors. Our Trade Show closes at 4pm and then it's time to get ready for our dinner with entertainment by the Jackie Myers Band.

We're looking forward to seeing each of you in January. Don't forget, register today!!  Our event in San Antonio promises to be fun, educational and a great opportunity to re-connect with all of your NTPDA friends! 

 


It's Like Family

One of the reasons the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association continues to grow is because members feel like family. Sure we do business with each other Family-word-images-dw301_familyand yes, we are sometimes in competition but at the end of the day we really care about each other.

Maybe that's because NTPDA was started by small business people who knew and respected each other. And while today there may be some really large companies who are members of our group the vast majority of Regular Members are still represented by small business people. 

It's Thanksgiving Week in the U.S. and we would be remiss if we didn't wish all our American Members a Happy Thanksgiving. And, please know that if you are based in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and any number of nations where our members are located we are thankful for you and your people. 

May you all enjoy some quality family time and thank you for being a member of our larger family...