Copart Middle East Hosts their First Classic Car Auction

Copart Middle East hosted their first classic car auction at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show.

Now in its 14th year, the Dubai Motor Show is the biggest international motor show in the region. The event receives over 100,000 visitors from over 70 countries every year. The two-week-long motor show is nothing like you’ve ever seen before. It brings together car manufacturers, distributors, buyers, and car enthusiasts to enjoy interactive demonstrations and exciting features of exotic supercars, light commercial vehicles and custom bikes.

Copart Middle East conducted their first exclusive classic car auction at the motor show. They auctioned off over 50 vehicles, and one employee acted as the Bid Caller for the live auction. The auction was a great success, and they had such a great time. They can’t wait to participate again in the future.

Great job, Copart Middle East!

Check out their awesome photos from the event:

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To learn more about the Dubai Motor Show, please visit their website.

 

Making Memories and Building a Strong Team at Annual CDS National Conference

CDS, or Copart Dealer Services, is a division of Copart that works to increase inventory through sales.  CDS works closely with independent and franchise dealerships, dismantlers, wholesalers, and tow businesses to remarket their units.

This August, everyone in CDS, including all CDS Division Managers from across the U.S. and Canada, joined together in Las Vegas for their annual National Conference.

This year the conference featured speakers like Copart CEO Jay Adair, Copart Executive Vice President Will Franklin, VP of Vehicle Replacement Greg Lubrani and many other influential leaders covering a variety of topics. As an interactive activity, each CDS Regional Manager collaborated with their respective teams and gave a presentation on a particular part of the field manager’s day.

This was a special year for the CDS Conference because Jessie Perez, GM of yard 11, Janice Garman, CDS CSR of yard 47, Leblenda Tutson, CDS CSR of yard 11, and Carolina Valdez, CDS CSR of yard 45 also attended our conference. These employees play a vital role in the success of CDS and the satisfaction of our customers.

This conference serves an important purpose by allowing all CDS employees to come to together, collaborate, get to know each other and recharge batteries after a busy year. Check out the conference’s highlight of events and featured photos:

Friday: A welcome reception featuring a raffle for a cruise

Thursday: CDS The Voice team building event

Saturday: Awards Dinner

When one fights, we all fight!

Copart locations throughout North and South Carolina joined #TEAMJACKSON to support his fight against Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML).

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Baby Jackson became a part of the Tucker family on January 13, 2016. His doctors believe he is fighting JMML, a rare form of Leukemia in which the only cure is a bone marrow transplant. Jackson loves to laugh, listen to music and look at lights.

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Jackson’s grandfather, Billy Tucker, became a part of the Copart family once he started towing at Copart’s Raleigh location when the doors opened nearly 20 years ago. Reginald “Smokey” Tucker, of Tucker’s towing, still tows for Copart locations throughout the Carolinas.

Across the Carolinas, all locations proudly displayed their #TEAMJACKSON tee’s on Jackson’s big day… transplant Day!

The Copart family asks you to join them in sending good vibes and prayers to the entire Tucker family and especially little Jackson!

When one fights, we all fight!

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Girls Scouts Tear into Technology

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas use Technology from Copart for Hands-On STEM Learning.

“The simple act of having the freedom and space to pull something apart and ‘tech dissect’ proves to be empowering in itself. The energy level rises, the questions emerge – they are no longer consumers of technology but begin to think about how it has been designed.  The perceived barriers to STEM immediately begin to fall away.”

Lani Connolly, PhD, Director-Science and Engineering Education Center at the University of Texas at Dallas, who also serves as the facilitator for the
tear-apart session.

On Tuesday, July 19, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) grabbed their safety goggles, screw drivers and other tools and started tearing technology apart! Copart’s donation of computers, printers, monitors, and other electronics, valued at more than $14,000, was torn apart in a STEM clinic at the Girl Scout’s High School College Journey summer camp.

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“I have taken smaller things apart at home before, but my parents would never let me try something like this. I’ve always wondered what makes these things work!”

 
The “tear apart” clinic allowed these girls to open up the electronics and take a look inside. Tearing apart technology is a great way for youth to learn how things are put together and what makes them work. They were able to disassemble and explore through different components such as the hard drive, motherboard, RAM and keyboard.

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“I don’t know what I’m doing, but they said if I get it working, I can take it home. So, I am going to make it work!”

 

 

Nearly 100 girls from across Northeast Texas including Girl Scouts and students from Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School were introduced to career possibilities in engineering, science, math, computer science, technology and entrepreneurship through hands-on projects. GSNETX is trying to bridge the gap between STEM interest and future career paths.

Want more information? To read the press release click here.

 

Minute Monday: Meeting Tips for Outlook

Scheduling meetings can be tricky, especially finding a time that works for everybody and accommodating people coming from different locations. Thankfully, Microsoft Outlook does have some helpful tools. Wendy Ganey, our well-practiced Outlook operator has some tips to help make planning your meetings even easier in a minute or less!

Holds:
Put a “hold” event on the calendar for meeting times that have been offered, but not accepted. This prevents offered times from being filled accidentally in the meantime. Be sure to go back and release the dates that aren’t chosen after one is decided upon.

Back to Back Meetings:
Try to avoid booking meetings back-to-back if possible. Travel time must be taken into consideration whether it is across the office, down the hall, or across the town. Also remember you have to eat sometime. Don’t book meeting over your lunch hour!

Travel/drive time:
Build a “cushion” before and after an offsite meeting. Map travel routes and be aware of this when planning the next meeting.

Stay tuned to Minute Mondays for more Outlook tips and tricks! Don’t want to wait, check out More Minute Mondays.

The Sum of Parts is Greater than the Whole

The Sum of  Parts is Greater than the Whole – At Least in Dismantling

Willis came into this industry as a dismantler, but he didn’t just dismantle cars, he did the parts too. Generally, when customers came to buy parts from dismantlers they got the whole package, whether they wanted it or not. Willis did not see any sense in customers paying $400 for a fully dressed motor with the alternator, starter, and other parts still hanging on it when the customer already had a working alternator.

Willis decided to make a change. If a customer went to Mather, he or she could buy just the motor for $275 and alternator for $25. When wrecked cars arrived at Mather the additional parts were taken out, restored and sold separately. By the time he was done he could get double the amount for the same parts, and the customers were happier. “This caused my profit margins to far exceed that of my competitors,” said Willis.

Life is Fragile

Willis retells a lesson he learned from his book Junk to Gold.

Willis’s older brother, Ray, who was only 37, was dying from cancer.  Willis realized that like the war, this circumstance was another example of how fragile life can be and how you need to make every minute count.  As he saw the effects it had on his surviving wife and kids, it also made Willis think even harder about and realize the real reason he wanted to be successful—so that he could take care of his family.

Minute Monday: Mobile Phone Health

You are not the only one who needs to remain healthy to live a long and energetic life, your mobile phone does too! Luke Pfaff, our IT expert, has some helpful mobile phone health tips to share in a minute or less.

Be sure to follow these tips to keep your mobile phone healthy and you plugged in to your social life!

Out with the Old: Uninstalling unused apps will free up space and reduce the amount of updates and update time.

Nothing Good Comes Free: Stay away from “free” sites and pop-ups that offer free movies, music, etc. These sites can expose your mobile devices to hackers and other harmful programs.

Once a Day Keeps the Corruptions Away: Restart your phone once a day to reduce system and data corruptions from apps and cache data by fully powering off your device.

In with the New: If you are notified of a software or app update, do not put it off. Updates address a wide range of issues and bugs such as security holes, memory leaks, crashes and battery drain.

Get More “On-Time”: If you aren’t running apps that require a lot of speed, make sure to turn on power saver mode to make your battery time last longer.

Don’t miss the next Minute Monday, our process improvement expert has some great tips to share in a minute or less!

Minute Monday: Process Improvement

Business process improvement is a systematic approach used to identify and analyze current business processes that could be improved to encourage more efficient workflow and overall business growth. Our very own Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (he is really good at it) Christopher Smith offers to share his secret process improvement formula in a minute or less!

  1. What does success look like? Before you start, ask yourself that question and nail down the scope. Many times success is making an improvement in a known metric or measure.
  2. Get a solid baseline: Record current performance of that metric… not an average across time but actual daily/weekly values for at least 25 time periods.
  3. ALWAYS….: Follow these three simple rules
    1. Plot your data
    2. Plot your data
    3. Plot your data

Process improvement is an ongoing practice to eliminate non-value adding activities and use resources in a more efficient way. When done right, the results can transform a company’s performance and be measured in terms of increased productivity, employee efficiency and customer satisfaction. Stay tuned for the next Minute Monday for tips on scheduling meetings in Outlook!