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Firm Expands Online Reach

After a 6-month pilot with Retail Automotive Alliance (RAA), a leading motor dealer group across the UK, Integrated Auction Solutions has launched a countrywide customized RAA MarketPlace.
This includes a native iOS and Android applications, which allows vehicles to be traded and sold with any mobile device. The RAA group plans to initially sell inventory internally with this system, then move to a full retail application - selling part exchange vehicles (trade-ins) and frontline inventory to the open market with real-time offer technology.

Progressive, Partners Supply Vehicles

Progressive Insurance has partnered with several firms, including Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Copart and KAR Auction Services, so that more than 100 veterans and their families will be getting keys to newly refurbished vehicles this month.

The donation is part of Progressive's fifth annual Keys to Progress event.

This year, Progressive will donate its 500th vehicle. The vehicle giveaways will occur Nov. 9 at 68 locations across the country.

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Site Names Best Places for Business

Staffing site Thumbtack announced the results from its 2017 Small Business Friendliness Survey, ranking all 50 states and 80 cities based on factors including licensing requirements, tax regulations, health and safety rules and labor and hiring regulations, among others
Thumbtack surveyed more than 13,000 local small business owners in 50 states and 80 cities to evaluate how easy local governments make it to start, operate and grow a small business. Wyoming, Maine and Texas and Boise, Idaho, San Antonio and Grand Rapids, Mich., are among the top states and cities for 2017, respectively, each earning an A+ for small business friendliness.
Skilled professionals who found their governments to be friendly for small businesses were most likely to rate them highly on licensing requirements, tax regulations, health and safety rules and labor and hiring rules. These policies have consistently ranked among the top concerns for businesses since the first survey in 2012. Perceptions of licensing friendliness were the biggest drivers for city rankings because local municipalities and counties are often more responsible for licensing, permits and other forms and fees to run a business.
Tax regulations were the biggest drivers in evaluations of state governments.

Facebook Adds Car Shopping Feature

Facebook is adding car shopping to its Marketplace forum.
Facebook users will now be able to browse inventory from auto dealers through new partnerships with Edmunds, Cars.com, Auction123, CDK Global and Socialdealer. Users can find what they’re looking for by visiting the enhanced vehicles section and filtering listings by year, make, model, mileage, vehicle type and transmission. They can also view car values from Kelley Blue Book.
They can then communicate directly with dealership representatives via Messenger, powered by chat providers like ActivEngage, CarCode, Contact At Once!, and Gubagoo.