The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on retail automotive dealerships, as well as countless other organizations across industries. A top priority for all business leaders at this time is the health and safety of their people, including their loved ones, employees and customers. At the same time many organizations – including dealerships – have had to drastically change their day-to-day business operations or, in some cases, temporarily halt business.
Depending on the location, stay-at-home mandates by state and local governments, dealerships have been affected in many different ways. While auto repair and auto parts departments are seen as essential under the stay-at-home mandates, in some states such as California and Illinois, dealership showrooms have had no other option but to temporarily close.
Given the uncertainty surrounding dealership sales in light of COVID-19, many dealers have had no choice but to pay off employees – at least temporarily – and put hiring on hold. Hireology co-founder and CEO, Adam Robinson, recently spoke with Automotive News and said he expects one-third of U.S. franchised dealership positions to be eliminated or reduced in some way by May 1.
For many dealerships, this crisis is a reminder of another challenging time in
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