ATLANTA - OVE.com, Manheim's 24/7 Bid or Buy now wholesale vehicle marketplace, announced its top-performing auction locations at their third annual Otto Awards ceremony.
Named for the company's ferret mascot, the Otto Awards are broken into five winning categories, each including one Manheim and one independent auction location. The awards were presented by Janet Barnard, Manheim executive vice president and chief operating officer and National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) President Charlotte Pyle, at a reception held Tuesday evening in Las Vegas during the NAAA sponsored Conference of Automotive Remarketing (NAAA/CAR).
The 2012 Otto Awards winners are:
Most Innovative: Manheim Chicago and America's Auto Auctions
Online Buyer Confidence Award: Manheim Central California and Norwalk Auto Auction
Highest Commercial Volume: Manheim Pennsylvania and Greensboro Auto Auction
Highest Dealer Volume: Manheim Pennsylvania and Akron Auto Auction
Highest Year-Over-Year Growth: Manheim Tucson and America's Auto Auction Jacksonville
"We are honored to receive this award. Online is a key component of every commercial consignor's remarketing strategy, so we're glad to be recognized as the top independent auction volume leader on OVE.com for three years in a row," said Jerry Barker, general manager at Greensboro Auto Auction, commenting on his latest Highest Commercial Volume award win. "OVE.com has been a great partner, helping us meet our sellers' online needs, both with dealer and commercial business. We look forward to future success in 2012 and beyond, and we don't plan on relinquishing the title any time soon!"
Joe George, group vice president of Manheim Digital said, "We are proud to recognize these top performers for their hard work. All of these auctions are an important part of OVE.com's success."
OVE.com continues to drive value for its users by offering access to more than 60,000 wholesale vehicles, ensuring a successful online auction experience for all partners and customers. Manheim's digital products, available on OVE.com, allow buyers and sellers to research, bid and buy any auction's vehicles anytime and anywhere from Manheim's digital channels. These include Manheim.com, the mobile web site, the Manheim app and OVE.com, which collectively had more than 5 million visits per month in 2011. More than 85,000 customers log into Manheim web sites each week, and nearly 70 percent of them use PowerSearch to find the inventory they need.
"As a pioneer in online vehicle remarketing, it is very important to us to celebrate the accomplishments of auctions that are excelling online," said Glenn O'Leary, OVE.com's director of independent auction relations. The Otto Awards are unique in that they allow us to recognize the success of our Manheim locations and the achievements of our valued independent auction partners. OVE.com is currently used by more than 200 Manheim and independent auctions that are committed to helping their customers buy and sell inventory efficiently."
OVE.com also offers the additional advantages of Manheim's mobile web site and the free Manheim app - available on iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets. Manheim's mobile site received more than 2 million visits last year, and one out of three Manheim customers uses the mobile web site and apps. With access to the industry's largest marketplace and most comprehensive set of digital tools, it is easy to understand why 200 auctions turn to OVE.com to grow their business.