Auburn Hills, MI (PRWEB) March 3, 2010
Grandstaff, general manager of ShipCarsNow, is an authority on auto transportation for used vehicles. As part of the Conference of Automotive Remarketing, March 3-4, 2010, in Las Vegas, Grandstaff will speak to auto remarketing professionals about how auto transportation can be used to expand wholesale auto trading on the Internet. The session is titled Vehicle Sourcing Strategies in a Down Economy. The panel discussion will be moderated by Mike Linn, CEO National Independent Auto Dealers Association.
As the supply of wholesale used vehicles tightens, more remarketers are turning to the Internet to buy and sell used cars. Sourcing cars online offers remarketers a wider range and larger volume of cars to choose from. However, sourcing cars online can present new problems for the buyer and seller. The buyer is usually responsible for shipping his/her purchases back to the retail or final sale location. While some Internet auctions now provide links to transportation providers, auto shipping is not completely integrated with most used car purchases.
Jeff Grandstaff is part of a panel of remarketing professionals who will be speaking to remarketers about how to find the wholesale cars they need even when supply is low. He will address the fact that multimodal transportation options can help buyers keep transportation costs in line when sourcing cars located farther away. Multimodal auto transport (truck + rail) can be used effectively when shipping distances over 500 miles. Rail often provides better economics than truck transport. When remarketers incorporate rail with truck transport to ship used cars longer distances, shipping costs can be 20-30% less than shipping direct by truck.
The other industry executives joining Mr. Grandstaff on the panel include Don Fowler, director Data Scan Services; Jay Cadigan, president-elect of the National Auto Auction Association and regional vice president-operations Manheim; and Alan Stubbs, used vehicle director Sonic Automotive.
About the Conference of Automotive Remarketing
The Conference of Automotive Remarketing provides the auto remarketing industry with a forum to discuss current issues, learn about trends in the used car marketplace, and interface with fellow colleagues, potential customers and suppliers. This year’s conference is being held in conjunction with the International Auto Remarketers Alliance (IARA) and the National Auto Auction Association’s (NAAA) Spring Zone Meetings, and will consist of over 600 remarketers, auction executives, leasing and rental car companies, transportation and other service providers, dealer groups, auto manufacturers and more.
About Jeff Grandstaff
Jeff Grandstaff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Capital University of Ohio. He began his career in sales, and even sold new and used cars for a time, before finding his true niche in transportation and logistics in 1986 with Ryder’s Automotive Carrier Division, which was later acquired by the Allied Automotive Group. Over the next 20 years, Grandstaff progressed in the auto haulaway business from terminal operations supervisor in Moraine, OH, to the executive level as Manager of National Accounts in Detroit, MI. In 2001, Grandstaff left the motor carrier industry to join Insight Network Logistics, a lead logistics provider for Chrysler which provides management services, control, and visibility of nearly one million Chrysler Group vehicles distributed annually across North America. In 2006, in response to the growing logistics needs of the auto remarketing industry, Grandstaff helped launch a new subsidiary of Insight, ShipCarsNow. Under his direction, ShipCarsNow provides multimodal transportation services for used vehicles throughout the U.S.
ShipCarsNow is a subsidiary of Insight Network Logistics and part of the Union Pacific Corporation. Formed in 2006, ShipCarsNow was created to provide the used car industry with affordable multimodal auto shipping services. The company brings nationwide transportation resources and technology to the auto remarketing industry as a natural extension of Insight’s logistics and transportation operations for new car distribution. ShipCarsNow.com provides used car shippers (e.g. auto manufacturers, auto auctions, dealers, finance companies, fleet operators, etc.) with a fast and easy way to book affordable vehicle transportation online.
For more information, visit http://www.ShipCarsNow.com or contact ShipCarsNow Toll Free (866) 207-3360.