Opinion | Commentary

  • ?Ford has a better idea.? That was Ford?s slogan in the ?50s and ?60s. It may have had a better slogan but having better cars certainly was questionable. At the time, most of the cars in the U.S. were domestics on a similar path of mediocrity and pla
  • Well, it?s mid-September as we write this the National Bureau of Economic Research has just announced that the longest recession on record since World War II ?officially? ended in June 2009.
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  • Entering 2010, there was a healthy degree of skepticism within the broader investment community as to whether the auto part retailers would experience another solid year of sales trends given challenging 2009 comparisons.
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  • I?m generally one of those people who believe there is no such thing as coincidence, one of those people who tend to think everything happens for a reason. So, it was no surprise that a good friend of mine ? a highly placed and regarded aftermarket e
  • In recent weeks, we have become increasingly concerned over the potential impacts of higher gasoline prices on aftermarket demand trends, given the meteoric rise of crude oil prices (from less than $90 a barrel in January to a close of $113 on 4/8/11
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  • Most US entities by now are familiar with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The FCPA prohibits US companies and citizens, foreign companies listed on a US stock exchange or any person acting while in the US, from paying or offering to pay, wh
  • Rage is a four-letter word. That means I probably shouldn?t use it as much as I do.
  • This article follows up on Part V of this series (Mergers and the FCPA [August, Aftermarket Business World]).  This article moves to a new area of regulation of key concern to companies in the automotive sector: export controls.
  • One of our outside sales representatives and a close ?professional friend? of more than 25 years walked into the office the other morning, planted himself on one of the counter stools, leaned forward on his elbows and without a moment?s hesitation be
  • We recently hosted an automotive aftermarket Q&A panel discussion in New York, focused on big-picture trends and industry developments with management from companies spanning the entire aftermarket supply chain.
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  • Immediately upon our arrival at the Automotive Aftermarket Product Exposition (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, we had to endure the line at the taxi stand, with the length of wait for a cab generally serving as a pretty good indicator of overall attendance ? if
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  • The telephone rang just a few minutes ago in the middle of a busy weekday, in the middle of a traditionally brutal week, at least here.
  • Last year, the U.S. government imposed record fines in all areas where it regulates exports and international conduct.
  • Dr. Suess suggested that, ?Sometimes the questions are complicated at the answers are simple.? I think he may have been on to something. At least, that?s how it seemed last Thursday.
  • This article follows up on Parts III and IV of this series (Basic FCPA compliance principles [June, Aftermarket Business World] and Dealing with third parties [July, Aftermarket Business World]) to cover the FCPA problems raised by mergers and acquis
  • Who doesn't have at least one moment to spare for a brief survey, especially when that "brief survey" is positioned as a means to better serve the aftermarket and especially when the operative expression is "brief"?
  • Looking back at our August automotive aftermarket investor conference, we would say the sentiment of those management teams participating was positive, perhaps even more so than we would have expected given the deterioration in consumer confidence ov
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  • Twas the night before the 30,000-mile scheduled maintenance, and all through the house, stress was running rampant over dealership clout.
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  • Companies that operate abroad are aware that the U.S. government increasingly is focusing on laws that govern extra-territorial conduct by U.S.-based multinational corporations.
  • Some of you may be tired of what you perceive to be our bountiful optimism over the fundamentals of the aftermarket and even our positive inclination on so many of the publicly traded equities in the space.
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