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.
Shift in vehicle parc accelerates
A significant change in the U.S. vehicle fleet population is emerging and the shift in the number of aging vehicles and new vehicles provides new opportunities for certain segments and new challenges for others.
Long-term paradigm shift, short-term preservation
A new, future cycle of emerging vehicle technology and changing paradigms for service providers and distribution channel partners excites the imagination and motivates the minds of business owners and executives to adapt and determine new paths.
Inventory management meets industry challenges
Inventory management for wholesale parts distributors and jobbers in an industry with a couple million part numbers including some 80,000 new OEM part numbers every year, is a challenge. So too is having the capital, credit and the square footage to maintain that inventory. However, it’s the inter-relationship between availability and affordability, and all that makes up both, that tells the tale.
Diminished ‘sweet spot’ under attack
The aftermarket sweet spot, generally defined as vehicles between six to 12 years old, peaked in 2011 at 104 million and is now estimated to be at about 101 million. The peak number resulted from 15 to 16 million vehicles being sold, per year, in the years leading up to 2009.
Association-sponsored training on the upswing
The “soft” infrastructure of education and training is increasingly important in a rapidly changing, technological society and industry. In many cases, it is the associations that have dedicated time and resources to collaborating, developing and sponsoring quality training events.
ASA regional training
April is National Car Care Month
The popular and effective National Car Care Month (NCCM) is here. Service providers can use the Car Care Council’s 2013 national consumer media campaign, new website, and professional promotional materials to help connect with current and prospective customers.
Shifting ‘sweet spot’ is an industry challenge
The “Aftermarket sweet spot” is an accepted concept in the industry generally agreed to be the age range of vehicles where the entire aftermarket channel, especially independent repair and maintenance, thrives. Sweet-spot vehicles range from those just out of warranty to older ones that are still worth putting significant money into maintenance and repair.
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