Preserving a balanced industry infrastructure
For 30 years, Parts & People has viewed the distribution channel as the infrastructure that connects manufacturers and remanufacturers with the independent service industry delivering the right part, on time, at the right cost and, just as importantly, collectively helps define each local and regional market with supplier value-added services and adaptable marketing models.
Suppliers and channel partners face value-added choices
Distributors and jobbers have historically partnered with suppliers to provide the best combination of parts coverage, quality, delivery, and catalog information possible. Many distributors are identified by the suppliers with whom they partner, be they the key product lines sold or niche product lines that fill local market needs. Often, a distributor’s primary product suppliers are also the key factor in determining the value-added services a distributor or jobber is able to provide.
Auto Care Association
On April 24, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) rebranded to the Auto Care Association.
Changes in our industry and the society in which it works offer the opportunity to strengthen the image and better communicate our value. When communicating outside of the industry to motorists, agencies, and legislatures, the representation of the industry must be clear and understandable.
Right to Repair agreement
News comes and goes, often more quickly than deserved. Such, perhaps, was the news that the “Right to Repair” debate concluded with a national agreement and the promising prospect of further collaboration.
National Car Care Month approaches
As we put the winter of 2014 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to begin contemplating National Car Care Month in April. This award-winning industry program continues to expand and improve. And, it is not too early, at all, to begin making plans as to how your business can leverage the Car Care Council’s national consumer media campaign to help grow your business and make a marketing impression in your community.
Devil in the data collection and retention details
In early January, we opened our MEMA/AASA newsletter to read an article from the Detroit News regarding a report on vehicle data collection.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a report released on Jan. 6, found major automakers have differing policies about how much data they collect and how long they keep it. The GAO report stated that major automakers are keeping information about where drivers have been, collected from onboard navigation systems, for varying lengths of time.
Industry’s well-being on display
Once again, trade show and convention attendees from all the various segments of the automotive parts and service industry, as well as enthusiasts of all stripes at SEMA, came to Las Vegas, won, and it didn’t have to stay in Vegas.
A core issue
Parts & People attended the recent Motor & Equipment Remanufacturing Association (MERA) conference, “Advancing Sustainability Through Remanufacturing,” in Troy, Mich., where, among several issues, it addressed challenges of core retention in relation to OE quality, high-tech vehicles, parts, and component lifecycle planning.
Technical school collision repair programs play a larger role
The Collision Repair Education Foundation and I-CAR released its “Snapshot of the Collision Repair Industry” and confirmed through survey results the industry’s perceived need for a continual supply of qualified entry-level technicians.
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