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Independent roots and tested traditions overcome destabilization and downturns Everybody knows. Volatile financial markets, resulting stock market dips and drops, and oil prices falling to the bottom of the barrel are dramatic factors that shake confidence and raise uncertainty.  However, it is...
AAPEX to partner with ASA      The Automotive Service Association (ASA) recently announced a strategic partnership with the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), which is co-owned by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), a division of the...
Shortage of incoming, trained technicians needs to be addressed      An increasing shortage of skilled labor has been an increasing problem in this industry for at least a decade.  Despite warnings and industry efforts to address it, recruiting efforts and training has, in many areas of the country...
Tailwinds, headwinds, but what about the cross-winds?      A growing vehicle parc added to a $250 billion industry opportunity, with an estimated growth rate around 3 percent over the next three years, is plenty with which to work.       Tailwinds include a continuing aging of the fleet, alleged...
Vehicle cybersecurity and industry access While the industry continues to promote and support methods and means for a secure gateway for remote access to vehicles for diagnostic and maintenance repair applications, recent reports of hackers successfully gaining access and control of vehicles...
Vehicle hacking makes for timely news and proprietary previews When hackers remotely landed a Fiat Chrysler Jeep Cherokee in a Missouri ditch recently, it sent a warning to automakers and the industry.  A week after hackers demonstrated that the vehicle could be hacked and remotely controlled, two...
Vehicle technology The automotive industry is now a high-tech industry.  It attracts software companies and developers at every level.  After a century of automotive evolution, a computerized, technological revolution took place and continues at a pace only technology can achieve.  And, technology...
NAPA’s 90th anniversary expo pulled it all together When the biggest aftermarket event ever held by one company takes place in Las Vegas the first week of May, that’s news.    When 18,000 attendees gathered at the recent NAPA Expo, it was more than an event, it was a display of structural synergy...
ETI provides insightful information and industry discussion More than 50 companies were in attendance at The Equipment and Equipment Institute’s (ETI) annual conference, ToolTech 2015, in Austin, Texas, in April.  The ToolTech conference provided a timely and unique opportunity for attendees to be...
Observing segment changes in the aftermarket vehicle fleet      The customer vehicle base for autos and light trucks continues to change dramatically.  Whether watching the shift from domestic to import, the number of discontinued nameplate vehicles in the market, electric and hybrid vehicles in...

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Parts & People

Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.