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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...
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.  The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), the...
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...
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...
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...
Tomorrow is here and the past isn’t coming back Of all the current, conversational comments heard while attending shows and events in this industry around the country, the phrase “it ain’t coming back,” was one often expressed. Yes, welcome to the future!  And we are glad you made it.  But, for...
Education and training drive industry event attendance Amidst the quantum-like leaps in vehicle technology and new materials, the need for new equipment and technician training continues at a similar pace. Training offerings at the national and regional levels are taking on additional importance,...
In-market presence: roots and boots on the ground The sale and marketing of parts, tools, and equipment in the vehicle parts and service business has long been associated with sales representatives and distributor or jobber outside sales personnel.  It’s a people business, it’s often said, where...
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...
Manufacturers and service industry strive to increase cooperation Amidst consolidations and leaner budgets, efforts continue to inform shop owners and technicians of new tools and equipment, parts and procedures, and new technology necessary to provide professional service.  While manufacturers...

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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.