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Flooded Dealerships, Lost Inventories, Hard-Hit Workers: 'Overall, It's Catastrophic. Major Damage.'
Hundreds of Texas Car Dealerships Closed in Wake of Harvey
FTC Reminds Business: Segment Your Network and Monitor Who’s Trying to Get In and Out
California Seeks to Boost Electric-Car Rebate Program
Domino's, Ford to Test Driverless Pizza Delivery in Ann Arbor
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Flooded Dealerships, Lost Inventories, Hard-Hit Workers: 'Overall, It's Catastrophic. Major Damage.'

The National Automobile Dealers Association Foundation said it has mobilized its Emergency Relief Fund to assist dealership employees impacted by personal property damage caused by the storm and flooding. The NADA Foundation called on dealers and dealer association groups to donate online to its Emergency Relief Fund.

NADA spokesman Jonathan Collegio said the association is still assessing the breadth of the damage, but estimates somewhere between 30,000 and 35,000 dealership employees in the Houston area could have been affected.

“It’s unclear yet how many of them have been impacted. Some dealerships are completely underwater, while some are dry, but even with the dry ones we’re not sure how many of the dealership personnel have been affected. Some of the reports are saying that 300,000 to 500,000 homes have been flooded. So we have to assume that a large number of dealership families have been impacted,” he said.
Source: Automotive News


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Hundreds of Texas Car Dealerships Closed in Wake of Harvey

Halts come in last week of selling before August sales figures are released

Hundreds of car dealers across southeast Texas were forced to close stores amid the fallout from Tropical Storm Harvey, denting sales in the critical final week of the month before closely watched August sales figures are released Friday. As many as 350 dealerships throughout the region have closed because of flooding, power outages or other damage from the storm, which hit landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, said Bill Wolters, president of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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FTC Reminds Business: Segment Your Network and Monitor Who’s Trying to Get In and Out

As part of its ongoing data security guidance, the FTC reminds businesses, including dealers, to segment the data on their networks, and to monitor who is coming in and what’s going out. Segmenting your network – for example, having separate areas on your network protected by firewalls configured to reject unnecessary traffic – can reduce the harm if a breach happens. Another key component of network security is monitoring access, uploads and downloads and responding quickly if something seems amiss. Click here for more, and for details on all of the FTC’s ongoing data security guidance series called “Start With Security,” click here.
Source: FTC

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California Seeks to Boost Electric-Car Rebate Program

California would spend up to $3 billion under a bill to widely expand its consumer rebate program for zero-emission vehicles. The state has already spent nearly $450 million in subsidies, but the Los Angeles Times says so far the rebates haven't boosted sales much. Out of 26 million cars and light trucks registered in California, just 315,000 are electric or plug-in hybrids.
Source: The Associated Press

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Domino's, Ford to Test Driverless Pizza Delivery in Ann Arbor

Soon, the pizza you order from Domino's might show up in a Ford Fusion hybrid without a driver. Domino's and Ford will begin testing the concept today in Ann Arbor, [Mich.] where Domino's is based, to see whether customers like the idea of driverless-car delivery or stumble over what amounts to a self-serve pickup process once the pizza arrives.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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"Overall, it's catastrophic. Major damage. We've received over 20 inches of rain in eight hours Saturday night. In our surrounding area there's still people trapped in attics. The dealership itself, all of our buildings, they have anything from a foot to two feet of water in them."

    -- Mitchell Dale, co-owner of McRee Ford in Dickinson, Texas, just south of Houston, commenting on the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, Automotive News, August 28

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