MIX is not Fortellis

We’ve heard suggestions that Motive Integrator eXchange (MIX) must somehow be a competitor to CDK’s Fortellis.  Although there are similarities – both are API platforms  – Motive’s purpose in creating MIX is fundamentally different.  Our intent is to standardize retail integration across the full spectrum of systems that collectively make auto retail work.  While Fortellis provides proprietary APIs, MIX provides…

The Digital Shift may be furthering the proliferation of auto-tech companies

Just as technology has evolved in our everyday lives, our consumer experiences have as well.   Shopping online is the norm; we expect to get follow-ups via text and email; we have access to almost unlimited information about any product we may want.  Therefore, it’s no surprise that automotive shopping has evolved as well.  And our current circumstances have accelerated…

Reflecting on NADA’s commissioned report Dealership of Tomorrow 2.0

I recently “re-”stumbled across Glenn Mercer’s Dealership of Tomorrow 2.0 report that was launched at NADA at the beginning of 2020.  The scope of the report was to make predictions about the changing automotive retail environment through the late 2020s, and it was written right before Covid19 started to have its major impact on the global economy.   I thought…

The Potentially Supreme Role of Data

With the nation’s attention on the Supreme Court, many of us are thinking about how the court decides some of the most difficult, contentious issues that ultimately define how all of us live our lives. In automotive, like many other industries with increasing reliance on data sharing, it’s likely only a matter of time before an interesting decision on data…