Aftermarket auto companies weather pandemic through online sales

first_imgMobility to workplaces was down 25 percent as of Monday compared to the average level between January and February, while mobility to residential places was up 13 percent over the same period, data from Google’s Community Mobility Report showed.In addition to online services, Astra Otoparts is offering a home service where they send technicians to maintain vehicles.“So there are two home services, car battery and oil replacement. After the pandemic, the significant [increase] will be oil replacement because people will do things at home, and we’ll be ready with home delivery,” Yusak said.Lubricant producer PT Federal Karyatama, a subsidiary of American oil and gas company Exxon Mobil, saw its online sales double, according to the company’s president director, Patrick Adhiatmadja.The increase came amid falling demand for lubricant, as car and motorbike plants halted operation in May because of social restrictions.“Lubricant demand may start recovering at the end of the year both from other industries and the auto industry, particularly the aftermarket,” said Patrick.As a result of the pandemic, the country’s lubricant sales are estimated to have fallen by between 30 and 50 percent from the first to the second quarter of this year, according to the Indonesian Lubricant Association (Aspelindo).Like Astra Otoparts, Federal Karyatama is also providing home services for during the health crisis.The tire industry has continued to struggle against pandemic headwinds and the disruption of international trade. The majority of national production was intended for export, according to the Indonesian Tire Companies Association (APBI).While the nation’s tire companies have turned to the domestic market in response, including the auto aftermarket, the closure of workshops because of the government’s social restrictions has deflated the industry’s revenue.“The tire industry is almost dead,” APBI chairman Azis Pane said.Topics : “We’ve aimed to prepare a digital platform that can enhance the comfort and ease of the features we provide so that consumers grow accustomed to Astra Otoshop,” Astra Otoparts director Yusak Kristian said in a virtual discussion on June 26.Marketing consulting firm Markplus found in a survey of 105 respondents that nearly a quarter of consumers were buying auto parts online during the pandemic, compared to the 5 percent of consumers before the health crisis.The auto industry has been hit hard by the pandemic and the related restrictions, which have affected customers’ mobility and spending. Domestic car sales fell by more than 95 percent year-on-year to only 3,551 units in May, a continuation of the downward trend seen since March, Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers Association (Gaikindo) data shows.The auto aftermarket has seen an estimated 80 percent decline in total sales between April and May because of social restrictions. Consumers have required less auto maintenance and fewer parts, according to the Indonesian Automotive Aftermarket Association (Gatomi). Auto parts companies are relying on online sales to offset declining revenue from brick and mortar stores as the industry continues to suffer from the effects of COVID-19.PT Astra Otoparts, the auto parts manufacturing and distribution arm of conglomerate PT Astra International, saw the number of shoppers at its online store, Astra Otoshop, double from April to May.The increase in online shopping has also contributed to a doubling of monthly revenue over the same period.last_img read more

Million-dollar beach home for $10

first_img63 Mudjimba Esplanade, Mudjimba, Sunshine CoastAmong the dream home’s features was a large plunge pool with rock face water feature. It overlooks a covered gazebo for outdoor dining and luxury barbecue kitchen with drinks fridge.The home also has a courtyard lounge complete with fire pit and fish pond. Endeavour Foundation’s next prize home on the Sunshine CoastTHIS million dollar home at Mudjimba on the Sunshine Coast is up for grabs for $10 as the next prize home to come out of Queensland.The resort-style home on millionaire’s row was bought by the Endeavour Foundation for its Beachfront Lifestyle Lottery, with funds going towards helping people with a disability. Endeavour Foundation’s next prize home on the Sunshine Coast“Ultimately, this beautiful home will help someone with a disability create a home of their own, pursuing the real possibilities within their own lives”.The prize home opened for viewing Friday February 3 with tickets available until March 22. 63 Mudjimba Esplanade, Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast.Now valued at over $1.1 million, the home at 63 Mudjimba Esplanade, Mudjimba, has three bedrooms, one study, two full baths and is less than 100 metres from the beach.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“The prize home personifies relaxed coastal living,” according to the foundation, with the property suitable for both a holiday retreat or a permanent beachside home. Endeavour Foundation’s next prize home on the Sunshine CoastEndeavour Foundation executive general manager of supporter enterprises, Andrew Thomas, said the lotteries helped fund the At Home With Choices program, which builds modern, accessible houses to give people with a disability more choices about where they live.last_img read more

John Gillon has an opportunity to end Syracuse’s point guard discussion

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On Syracuse’s two most pivotal possessions against Wake Forest on Tuesday night, John Gillon generated the offense.With a minute and a half remaining, he drove the lane to suck in the defense. Then he kicked the ball out to Tyler Lydon at the top of the key, who passed it to Tyus Battle, who passed it to Andrew White, who hit a 3 to give SU the lead for good.The next possession, Gillon dribbled at the top of the key and drew two Demon Deacons. Then he passed to Lydon on the left wing for another 3-pointer. Gillon ran the point the way he’s shown potential to throughout the season. But Tuesday night was the first time he helped lead Syracuse to a single-digit victory.“The point guard is the guy who has the ball the most,” Lydon said, “so he needs to lead the team.”Gillon’s struggles have been magnified by the Orange’s (12-9, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) up-and-down season. While he’s played more of late, SU still hasn’t found consistency at the point guard spot. His play against Wake Forest showed another glimpse, one that Syracuse will likely need in order to upend No. 6 Florida State (18-3, 6-2) on Saturday at noon in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the Orange’s 17-point loss at No. 9 North Carolina, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “What’s the difference?” when asked about playing Gillon over fellow point guard Frank Howard. Five days after that, Gillon played just 10 minutes compared to Howard’s 29 in an 18-point loss at then-No. 15 Notre Dame.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorWhen Gillon subbed in with 10 and a half minutes remaining against Wake Forest, Syracuse trailed by six. The next time he subbed out for Howard was with nine seconds left and the Orange held a three-point lead. Finally, after three games of lackluster offense, one of Boeheim’s point guards made something happen.“I think John made some good plays at the end,” Boeheim said. “We’re just not getting enough out of those guys.”Time and again this season, Gillon’s performance hasn’t been good enough to take down the upper-echelon opponents on SU’s schedule. South Carolina shut off passing lanes to the perimeter. Wisconsin limited Syracuse’s ball movement. Virginia Tech eliminated the pick-and-roll, and afterward Boeheim said his point guards stooped to a season-worst. Gillon said he didn’t know how the floor spacing could be fixed after the 10-point loss in Blacksburg, Virginia.Florida State ranks 25th in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency, per Kenpom.com. Gillon will have to step up to prevent the Orange from suffering a similar fate against another top defense. In 12 wins, Gillon has gone 42-of-89 from the field with 6.3 assists per game. In losses, Gillon is 14-of-59 from the field with 3.1 assists per game.What gives Syracuse hope is what Gillon did against Wake Forest with the game on the line. In the last 10 minutes, he recorded four assists, four points and just one turnover.“I didn’t really think too much,” Gillon said. “I just knew I had to make plays.”Gillon said he told his teammates to give him the ball down the stretch. He told them not to worry. He pledged to do his job as the floor general.Boeheim said Gillon needs to “mix it up,” between scoring and passing when he drives to the basket. Figuring out when to do which has been one of Gillon’s biggest challenges all season.Some games, Gillon’s been effective. Others, he hasn’t. And just like Syracuse all season, there’s no telling what’s to come.“That’s all I can promise you,” Gillon said. “I’m gonna go hard.” Comments Published on January 26, 2017 at 10:42 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more