Articles by Brian Albright

Mike Fitzgerald, executive vice president and general manager of Innova Telematics Solutions, spoke with Aftermarket Business World about trends in the fleet management space.
3PL revenues in the automotive space have grown from $41 billion in 2010 to 52.5 billion in 2015, and should reach 54.9 billion by 2018. That represents a CAGR of 4.2 percent from 2010 to 2016. 
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.
Vehicle manufacturers will combine connectivity, e-tailing, direct parts sales and service marketplaces in a strategy to improve their share of the aftermarket, according to a Frost & Sullivan report.
At the upcoming SEMA show (Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in Las Vegas), Custom Upfits will showcase its new 30-foot mobile paint booth – dubbed The Game Changer – with live demonstrations on the show floor.
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.
Blockchain, one of the technologies that helps enable Bitcoin and other digital or crypto-currencies, is being embraced by logistics companies as a way to improve efficiency and security in the supply chain.
As automakers look to a future of connected cars, the telematics landscape continues to get more crowded with a mix of dongle-based solutions that use the OBD-II port, smartphone apps and proprietary OEM solutions.