Bye-bye dealerships? Industry insiders set to explore the future of automotive retail in SA | Wheels


image– Consumers are migrating toward digital retail services across business verticals.- Some of SA’s leading automotive experts will discuss the future of auto retail.- You can join the conversation by registering to participate in the upcoming webinar.- For motoring news, go to [Wheels24] It should come as no surprise to anyone living under lockdown conditions for nearly two years; the emergence and rising adoption of digital technologies have created consumer demand for customised solutions.

Look at how we buy groceries these days via apps and websites.Gifts? Those too are shopped online and delivered to loved ones – you don’t even have to wrap anything anymore.

It’s the same in the automotive space.We’ll never forget the dark month when dealerships were forced to shut down due to the pandemic.

Consequently, the automotive retail landscape is faced with a transition from physical dealerships toward digital retailing whilst grappling with the relationship between the two.An upcoming webinar, hosted by Messe Frankfurt South Africa, the organisers of Automechanika Johannesburg, and Absa, will hone in on the future of auto retail in SA , where industry leaders will unpack the key trends shaping the local market.

They say delegates will delve deep and discuss critical changes and how the motor industry, and consumers, can best adapt to them.Read: OPINION | New vehicle sales to increase by 15% despite predicted 1.5% spike in interest rate A jam-packed line-up of panellists Scheduled to occur at 14:00 on 22 February 2022, the upcoming webinar, part of the ‘ Let’s Talk Business ‘ series, will focus on the evolution of the automotive retail sector, exploring the future role of dealerships and the shift towards digital retailing through smartphones and computers.”We are excited about this upcoming webinar and confident that our audience will gain valuable industry information on the impact of these trends on dealers and other companies in the automotive retail sector,” says Tracy Gounden, Portfolio Director at Messe Frankfurt SA.Read: How Ford SA plans to overcome the global ‘chip’ shortage issue hampering local operations The line-up of speakers for this webinar includes some of the local auto industry’s experts, such as: – Thami Letsoalo, Business Development Manager: Automotive Sector – Absa – George Mienie, Chief Executive Officer of AutoTrader SA – Henry Botha, Head: Strategy and Business Analytics Absa Secured Lending – (Vehicle Finance and Home Loans) – Mark Dommisse, National Chairperson: National Automobile Dealers Association “The Let’s Talk Business webinar series offers key trends and insights enabling industry players to make informed decisions to ensure their businesses remain relevant and respond to evolving consumer needs,” says Thami Letsoalo, Automotive Sector Specialist at Absa.For more information about the 2022 Automechanika Johannesburg expo at Nasrec in June or to register for the webinar, you can visit this website .

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