Newsmaker

  • Every year, 4-H youth participate in more than 5 million science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects from aerospace engineering and robotics to veterinary science and hydroponics.
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  • Mike Fitzgerald, executive vice president and general manager of Innova Telematics Solutions, spoke with Aftermarket Business World about trends in the fleet management space.
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  • Charles J. Hall, acting chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the official American government’s export credit agency, discusses agency programs for small businesses.
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  • Sheila Andrews, director of heavy duty programs at the Auto Care Association, discusses the creation of product data standards for the heavy duty aftermarket, which would mirror established PIES standard.
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  • Matthew Brown of Lawson Products and its Kent Automotive division provides a detailed account of the Lawson/Kent internal training programs.  
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  • IDTechEx recently issued a report predicting that mobile robotics in material handling and logistics (including autonomous vehicles) will be a $75-billion market by 2027, and double that by 2038.
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  • William B. “Brock” Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, responded to questions from business owners interested in developing pre-disaster plans for their operations.
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  • Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, which produces the Consumer Electronics Show, discusses the OEM forum on cooperative partnerships to develop electronic vehicles.
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  • Jim Brannen, vice president of e-commerce at BuyAutoParts.com, a replacement parts distributor based in San Diego, Calif., discusses the company’s success in the e-commerce space, where the firm has been active since 2001.
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  • As national franchising manager at the Detail Garage chain, Chad Zani assists franchisees in preparing educational events and marketing initiatives aimed at promoting car care products from parent-company Chemical Guys.
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  • Barry White, president of Group Seven Consulting, an Atlanta-based firm that specializes in field service and fleet management solutions, discusses how fleet solutions can help operators extend the life of their vehicles.
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  • Archana Vidyasekar is the Global Research Manager, Visionary Innovation Research Group, at Frost & Sullivan. She spoke to Aftermarket Business World about the challenges of delivery and logistics in the e-tailing era.
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  • Rick Price is executive director of Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, which works with OEMs, aftermarket businesses, commercial and institutional fleets, fuel providers and community leaders to reduce petroleum use in the transportation sector.
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  • Earlier this year, Spork Marketing released a white paper on search engine optimization (SEO) for the auto parts industry, targeted specifically at busy executives. Spork President Jason Lancaster spoke to Aftermarket Business World about SEO challenges.
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  • India is playing a prominent role in implementing electric vehicles. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has joined with Indian governmental officials and private industry executives to produce a landmark study entitled, “India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Mobility Solutions for All.”
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  • Egan Hernandez of Industrial Parts Depot, which designs, manufactures and distributes diesel and gasoline engine replacement parts for a wide range of applications, including large trucks, discusses the company's training and distribution.
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  • Randy Swart, COO of A. Duie Pyle, a transportation and logistics provider that offers LTL, truckload and custom distribution services across the northeastern U.S., discusses the e-commerce and the challenges of expedited shipping.
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  • Bosch North American Regional President Colin Fielding recently provided information about the company’s worldwide electric vehicle (EV) efforts in response to a series of questions posed by Aftermarket Business World.
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  • Joe Madden, principal analyst at Mobile Experts, discusses the company's report on automotive Internet of Things (IoT) devices, in which the firm predicted that overall wireless IoT module shipments for automotive will triple by 2021.
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  • Digitalization of automotive repair and component sales, complemented with advanced technology incorporations in the automobile aftermarket component manufacturing, is expected to boost the market growth.
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