Opinion | Commentary

  • That headline sums up our business philosophy. It might have some relevance for your business as well. After 73 years in print, we went digital with Aftermarket Business because that's what the market demands. It's simple ? we can provide more inform
  • For a while, the market surge in 2010 seemed too good to be true. But now fears of contagion from the issues plaguing Greece spreading throughout Europe have developed into a general uneasiness for most investors, resulting in meaningful market corre
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  • GM and Chrysler dealership closings are expected to bring an estimated $1 billion into the independent aftermarket.
  • Although the program has boosted sales, BB&T maintains the aftermarket has not been greatly affected by Cash for Clunkers.
  • A recent article from Audatex focused on the growing number of accident claims from deer collisions ? roughly 100,000 accidents each month. It?s interesting because for most of the year, this segment of our coverage group has underperformed relative
  • Investor sentiment toward O'Reilly Auto Parts, as well as many other parts retailers, has grown negative over recent months, in our opinion. From July 30, 2009 (when shares of O'Reilly hit a high of $42.29) until Feb. 9, 2010, the Standard & Poor
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  • Wal-Mart?s ?take no prisoners? approach in dealing with its suppliers has worked well for the world?s largest retailer. As for its suppliers, not so well.
  • The fact that China vehicle sales passed the 10 million mark in 2009, and that sales are expected to reach an approximate 15 million by the end of 2010, is no longer a surprise. As this growth continues, numbers are expected to reach the 20 million m
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  • Correctly identifying clunkers through inspections and building aftermarket strength in Washington are both issues affecting Cash for Clunkers that have been overlooked.
  • To attract, hire and retain employees you have to offer them more than just a paycheck.
  • When I interviewed for my first job in this business in 1979, my soon-to-be boss said, “It’s a simple business based on a simple three-step distribution model. It’s a tried-and-true model that is at the heart of this industry’
  • Forgive me for digging up bones, but the Ford Pinto carcass can never truly be buried.
  • Many of the talking heads on TV, print pundits and the blogosphere babblers are caught up in the euphoria of ?the economic recovery.? One auto industry writer recently said that recessions typically last 18 months and since we?ve been in a recession
  • The automotive Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) aftermarket is characterized by commoditization and low margins. In 2009, manufacturer-level revenues from compressors, condensers, evaporators, radiators and heater cores, declined 3.2
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  • Some of your shop customers are in a bit of a panic over their future. They see the vehicles they work on becoming increasingly more complex, which means they need to know more and to spend more on tools and equipment.
  • Among the first things those interested in doing business in Brazil should remember are its size and diversity. The country is only slightly smaller than the U.S.?s entire lower 48, and is ranked number five in the world by land mass. It is also the
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  • During a recent trip to China, I attended three automotive industry trade shows. The first of those trade shows was the annual Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trade Show (AMR) held in Beijing every year. The other shows, which ran concurrently, wer
  • The Chicago Board Options Exchange Market Volatility Index (VIX) is a key measure of market expectations for near-term volatility, constructed using options prices on the S&P 500. While the VIX is well off a recent high of 48.20 reached on May 21
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  • Santa has been watching. For the aftermarket, 2009 started with cautious optimism and ended with an overall sense of relief. Resiliency and the industry's overall defensive nature overcame financial crisis. In 2009 it was one of the top performing in
  • We recently upgraded shares of Advance Auto Parts from hold to buy. It?s always tough to gauge the sentiment of the street as investors rely on visibility ? confidence on execution ? and time horizons for some are not always as longterm in nature as
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