Aftermarket Business

Sometimes you just have to get off the highway and take a road that is not the straightest line to where you are going. I recently completed a week-long trip to New England to teach with the fine folks at Technicians Service Training.
Jeff Hammock
Upon returning home to Huntsville, Ala., Jeff Hammock – the founder and CEO of MechOptix – set about to invent Stoptix, an add-on LED brake lamp that signals a vehicle’s deceleration without having to hit the brakes.
Designed to pique the imagination while giving youngsters a hands-on peak at what it feels like to work on a car, a special Children’s Exhibit unveiled at AAPEX proved to be a big hit with kids – and adults – of all ages.
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AAPEX attendees selected Fuse5 as the 2014 New Product Showcase Award winner earlier this month in Las Vegas.
Automotive Distribution Network
The Automotive Distribution Network has extended its North American footprint with the signing of three new Auto Pride member warehouses: Auto Specialist, Vista, Calif.; Discount Auto Warehouse, Chicago; and T&T Parts, Maple Ridge, B.C.
Mike Maris
Mike Maris, senior director of transportation and logistics at Motorola Solutions, spoke with Aftermarket Business World about the role of bar code scanning and other automatic identification technology in warehouse and distribution operati
E-tailing is the fastest growing retail sector in the automotive aftermarket, and is poised to become a significant revenue generator in the auto parts market.
DENSO
DENSO announced a major expansion to its line of First Time Fit® air conditioning condensers. With part numbers increasing from 189 to 339, DENSO condensers now cover 134 million vehicles on the road.
Parts Authority
The Parts Authority, a Pronto member, completed the asset purchase of Johnson Industries in Atlanta on Nov. 21.
Justin Rue
The Alliance Parts Warehouse (APW) announced that Justin Rue has been promoted to the newly created position of Sales Manager for the organization.

Special Reports

The percentage of auto repair shop owners and technicians who purchase parts online increased in 2014 from 2013, according to the Aftermarket Business World Online Purchasing Habits studies conducted during the two years.