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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...
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. A...
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 came to Las Vegas, and what happened didn’t have to stay in Vegas. Every year we attend the annual fall...
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. According to a recent report by R. L. Polk, the...
Transition position 2015 Coming into a new year, fresh from the industry perspectives at the yearend Industry Week, views from above see mostly a bright, new, technological future for the vehicle makers, the suppliers, and the aftermarket distribution and service industry. With the global vehicle-...
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...
Sixteen million more It is a year of celebrated volume regarding cars and light trucks manufactured.  The 2014 volume, in the 16-million range, is expected to challenge 17 million in 2015.  The sales surge helps define the end of the resultant sweet spot of repair from pre-2009 and the beginning of...
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...

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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.