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OPINION: It’s time to own your career

(July 24, 2015) -- The adult day care center is officially closed; it’s time for you to own your career. Business change is moving at the speed of light, and to keep the pace, your organization needs you to be your own career architect. Owning your career is a new mindset that must be adapted by professionals who intend to be relevant today and in 2025. Read More »

OPINION: Monopolies, part 2

OPINION: Monopolies, part 2 (July 23, 2015) -- After my opinion column about monopolies appeared last Thursday, several people have reached out to tell me that although the gist of the column was accurate, they thought my take was a bit more fatalistic than necessary. They all sensed that the impact on the RV industry of the NTPSTAGCOAST merger wouldn't be as bad as I had predicted for RV dealers, suppliers and smaller wholesalers. Read More »

OPINION: Thousand Trails requires people to bypass FTC rule

OPINION: Thousand Trails requires people to bypass FTC rule An alert reader tipped me off to a questionable practice used by Thousand Trails to collect contact information from people who request a copy of the company’s free camping directory. After people enter their names, mailing addresses and e-mail addresses to order the directory, they also agree to the following implied terms: By clicking the submit button above, I am giving Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. and its affiliates permission to email me with information and offers on their campgrounds and RV resorts, including memberships and other vacation products, even if my name is on a do-not-email list. Hmmm. They don’t have to check a box agreeing to the clause. If they click on the submit button, they give up their rights under rules established by the Federal Trade Commission. This would make sense if someone were requesting information from a specific company, like Equity Lifestyle Properties. It would be silly to complain that a company sent you information you requested in violation of a do not contact list. But, even then, there would be no need for such a disclaimer because the information was volunteered. It’s the “other vacation products” clause that has people scratching their heads. Does it mean products offered by Equity Lifestyle Properties? Or does it mean the company can sell the contact information to other companies or give it to their vendor partners, who then get implied permission to violate the do no contact rules and reach out to other people, even if those people have specifically requested they don’t want any unsolicited e-mail or mail. The Federal Trade Commission spells out the rules governing the Do Not Call, Do Not Mail and Do Not Email lists on this site: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0262-stopping-unsolicited-mail-phone-calls-and-email I did reach out to Equity Lifestyle Properties last week with some questions about the practice, but have not yet heard back. It is certainly an interesting approach to marketing, and I wonder how many potential customers are spooked away by the wording? Read More »

OPINION: Setting the record straight on Cruise America

OPINION: Setting the record straight on Cruise America (July 20, 2015) -- Since shortly after its inception, RV Daily Report has made a conscious effort not to link to letters to the editor to any publication because they are often one-sided gripes that go unchallenged by the editorial staff. The fact that we violated our own policy in failing to determine the scope of the story underscores why we have gone to great lengths in the past to avoid publishing these editorial hit pieces. Read More »

OPINION: Monopolies aren’t good for the RV industry

OPINION: Monopolies aren’t good for the RV industry (July 16, 2015) -- Camping World gobbles up RV dealers, Thor Industries and Forest River take over RV manufacturers, Lippert Components buys up suppliers, Brown and Brown consolidates insurance companies and now LQK monopolizes the RV aftermarket. This should be raising red flags galore within the RV industry, especially in the RV aftermarket. Does this industry really want most of its dealers, suppliers, manufacturers and wholesale distributors controlled by a handful of companies? Read More »

OPINION: SEO is nothing to brag about

OPINION: SEO is nothing to brag about (July 14, 2015) -- Lately, I’ve been reading press releases issued by the "official SEO company of the campground industry." In my view, SEO isn’t something to brag about. I maintain the philosophy that if you’re a web developer, baking in the SEO is simply part of the job. Read More »

OPINION: RV parks should create ‘no campfire zones’

OPINION: RV parks should create ‘no campfire zones’ (July 13, 2015) -- What I propose is that RV parks set aside "no campfire" zones for people who are bothered by smoke. Breathing wood smoke can cause coughing, scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, stinging eyes and runny noses. It can worsen asthma, COPD, emphysema, pneumonia and bronchitis. Read More »

OPINION: Could free Wi-Fi cost campgrounds a bundle?

OPINION: Could free Wi-Fi cost campgrounds a bundle? (July 8, 2015) -- Hart King has assisted a number of clients who have received “takedown” notices and demand letters threatening lawsuits. Such letters mean that suddenly free Wi-Fi may not seem like such a great idea. Read More »

OPINION: The CFBP is out of control

OPINION: The CFBP is out of control (July 8, 2015) -- Worthy of note is the fact the CFPB was specifically prohibited from gathering this type of data in Section 1022 of the Dodd-Frank Act. Cordray defended the agency's practices by stating, “We need this data to decide what to prohibit.” When did the right to declare something illegal slip from the hands of lawmakers to a government agency? Read More »

OPINION: Celebrate Independence Day while we’re still independent

OPINION: Celebrate Independence Day while we’re still independent (July 3, 2015) -- Most sheeple will celebrate July 4 with tons of brats and burgers and an ocean of beer, forgetting the very reason the holiday exists in the first place. And that is why our independence is so precarious today. Read More »

OPINION: Leadership in business requires trust

OPINION: Leadership in business requires trust (July 2, 2015) -- If you undermine the trust of your employees, accountability and initiative will be lost. The blame game will ensue. Employees will shy away from responsibility. They will ensure they have an escape from accountability and will take no imitative. Performance will suffer. Read More »

OPINION: New EPA rules just more claptrap from do-nothing bureaucrats

OPINION: New EPA rules just more claptrap from do-nothing bureaucrats (June 19, 2015) -- Fox News reported that the proposed rules would "cut fuel costs by about $170 billion and reduce oil consumption by up to 1.8 billion barrels over the lifetime of vehicles sold under the rule." Uh-huh. What's "the lifetime of vehicles sold under the rule" mean? Read More »

OPINION: A state’s attorney general holds great power

OPINION: A state’s attorney general holds great power (June 18, 2015) -- The truth is, retailers and lenders may not even know how much authority and appetite the attorney general's office in any state may have for making their life miserable regarding compliance issues. Read More »

OPINION: Taking kids camping is not a crime

OPINION: Taking kids camping is not a crime (June 15, 2015) -- What a wacky weekend of news -- and the messages being delivered were polar opposites of each other. First, a study released by Plymouth University in England noted that "children who camp in the great outdoors at least once a year go on to do better at school, as well as being healthier and happier, according to their parents." Second, Michigan police removed six children from their parents because the family was camping in tents and the children did not have access to electricity or running water. Read More »

OPINION: Why must ‘free’ trade be so secretive?

OPINION: Why must ‘free’ trade be so secretive? (June 11, 2015) -- The legislation is so secret that notes aren't allowed in case any of them get lost and found by the media. The trade agreementsmust be extraordinarily bad for America. It will regulate what can be sold to whom, when, how and for what price. It sets import and export limits and gives preferential treatment to other countries. Rumor is that it creates a European Union type trade network. Read More »
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