Virtual reality is all the rage these days, but we were delighted when our live event in Florida last week turned in some amazing virtual stats. Florida was a little different for us this year. While we hosted a large, live event, approximately 45% of our items were located at our seller’s sites. Anyone who attends our Thursday auctions knows this is par for the course. Going into last week we wondered what the impact might be at such a large live auction. The results were astounding - once again a testament to the power of online.
IronPlanet was founded on the premise of using the internet to build a global community around the heavy equipment industry. Today our global online platform serves the needs of 1.7 million industry professionals across multiple formats, websites and channels, including hosting live events. As we head into our biggest live auction event of the year we are humbly reminded how far the online concept has taken us. The Florida auction scene started out as inherently local events - an escape from the weather up north. Fast forward to 2017. A quick peek at the data shows that we already have participants from 122 countries ready to go even before Dustin steps up to the mic on Monday morning.
Cat Auction Services Sale Includes Numerous Featured Sellers with Large Inventory of Equipment Near Orlando, FL, February 13 – 16, 2017
IronPlanet to Feature Unique Technologies and Real-time Mobile Capabilities
IronPlanet®, a leading online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets, today announced further details and the daily schedule for its upcoming Florida Cat Auction Services Unreserved Public Auction. Following the record-breaking success of its 2016 Florida sale, this year’s event will be held over four days in order to meet the needs of the dozens of featured Caterpillar dealers, leading OEMs, dealers, construction companies, rental companies, financial institutions, and other large fleet owners that have consigned equipment. The auction has generated significant early activity on IronPlanet's global platform with participants from 122 countries around the world.
IronPlanet to Leverage Innovative Technologies and Real-time Mobile Capabilities for On-site Events
Ring Power Hosts Cat Auction Services Event with Wide Inventory of Equipment Near Orlando, FL, February 13 – 17, 2017
IronPlanet®, a leading online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets, today announced details and new technology innovations for its upcoming Florida Cat Auction Services Unreserved Public Auction. Following the record-breaking success of its 2016 Florida sale, this year’s event will be held over five days in order to meet the needs of the dozens of featured Caterpillar dealers, leading OEMs, dealers, construction companies, rental companies, financial institutions, and other large fleet owners that have consigned equipment. Building on triple-digit 2016 new user growth of 125%, pre-registrations to the Florida event are already up over 500%, giving our sellers unparalleled access to both a local and global buyer base.
Given the fact that IronPlanet headquarters are in snow-deprived northern California, it's no surprise we get giddy as six-year-olds when we see videos like this:
On-site Event Featured Sellers Include Western States Equipment Co., Peterson Cat and Peterson Equipment
IronPlanet®, a leading online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets comes to the Pacific Northwest with its first Cat Auction Services Unreserved Public Auction in Portland, OR. The on-site event taking place on December 7 at Portland Meadows, features nearly 500 items from sellers including: Western States Equipment Co., Peterson Cat and Peterson Equipment. Those who cannot make the on-site auction in person can still bid on the equipment of their choice with IronPlanet® LiveStreamTM, the next generation in online bidding for live, on-site auctions. Additional details on this onsite event are available HERE.
The December 7 on-site event will be followed by an online only auction on December 8, with nearly 1,500 items up for auction including items from featured seller, Ring Power. Additional details for this online sale are available HERE.
On Wednesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 8, IronPlanet will cross mountains, rivers, and deserts so we can bring you the best deals both online and on-site. During our two-day East West Sale you'll have your pick not only of the equipment you need like excavators, trucks, skid steer loaders, and cranes, but also the way you buy it.
On Wednesday, December 7, IronPlanet and CAT Auction Services will be onsite in Portland, OR for a live, UNRESERVED auction at Portland Meadows, 1001 N Schmeer Road. You can preview the items in person starting November 21, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Can't be in Portland for the live auction? Not to worry - preview the items here and bid online during live auction hours. The auction will begin at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time. This is an UNRESERVED auction so preview the items, make a list, and for the love of yellow iron, don't be late!
On Thursday, December 8, IronPlanet will be online with an auction featuring over 1,000 items. RingPower is selling a slew of great equipment that includes a 2015 Cat 906H2 Wheel Loader, a 2012 Cat 257B3 Compact Track Loader, a Komatsu PC50MR-2 Mini Excavator, and wouldn't a 2014 Sullair 185DPQ Air Compressor come in handy?
Depending on where you live, the first week in December is pretty much the last minute for storing heavy equipment for the winter. IronPlanet likes to think of the last minute more in terms of successful completion of a deadline. To help you meet that deadline, here is a five-item checklist for storing your equipment until the thaw. When you've completed the list, you're ready to do some shopping for yourself at our December 1 auction.
Fluids. Make sure all fuel tanks are full for storage or utilize winter fuel for running units. Do an oil change (consider a lower-viscosity oil for the season), and lubricate any moving parts according to your manufacturers’ recommendations. Double-check that the coolant mix for your machines corresponds to the winter conditions in your area.
Cleanup. If any of your machines are going into storage for the winter, be sure they’re free of dirt, mud build-up and other debris from the spring/ summer work season.
Maintenance. Make sure you’re on top of any regular or planned maintenance for each piece of equipment in your fleet. Well-maintained machines will provide more reliable operation and servicing them now will identify potential problems that could be exacerbated by sub-zero temps.
Storage. If you’ve acquired machinery since last winter, assess your storage space and plan ahead for any additional square footage or different arrangements needed to store everything properly.
Sell. Winter is a great time to step back and look at the big picture. If there are no jobs in your current project pipeline requiring a particular machine or set of machines, consider selling it and using the cash to reinvest in your business.
Now you're ready to kick back and take a look at the equipment available in IronPlanet's December 1 online auction. Whether you're dreaming of a skid steer loader, a mini excavator, or maybe a new truck to replace your old reliable, chances are good you'll find it here.Take a look:
Enclosed Cab, Air Conditioner, Heater, 44” Tooth Bucket, Hydraulic Coupler, 9' 6" Stick, Control Pattern Changer, 31.5" Track Shoes. The engine started and ran. The drivetrain engaged in forward and reverse. The main components appear to be in place and operational.
Did you forget something?
With the election, Veteran's Day, the Humvee sale, and the Curse of the Billy Goat finally broken for the Cubs, you've had things on your mind. Important things. In fact, IronPlanet won't be surprised if you've lost track of the fact that next week is Thanksgiving.
Yes, next week. But hey, dont' panic; there are still days to get a plan together. To help you with inspiration, your friends at IronPlanet turned to our version of Encyclopedia Brittanica: Myth Busters. Sure enough, they've got this whole Thanksgiving thing under control, with a method of cooking a turkey dinner while you drive to the extended family's house. That method would involve your car's engine.