USA TODAY and NADA Select Santa Barbara Auto Dealer As Finalist For Dealer Innovation Award


McLEAN, Va.( April 12, 2006) - Richard Graham, owner of Graham-Chevrolet-Saab, in Santa Barbara, Calif., was selected as one of four national finalists for the Dealer Innovation Award, presented by USA TODAY and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).

The USA TODAY Dealer Innovation Award, conducted in association with NADA, recognizes dealers who took a leadership role in the use of technology to improve their business operations.

Recognizing the inefficiencies of traditional parts inventory systems, Graham developed and installed automated vertical parts carousels. Sections of the carousels can be adjusted to accommodate various size parts, as needed. The system reduced the time needed to find, retrieve and deliver parts, resulting in a 23 percent increases in parts counter sales.

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