Opinion | Commentary

  • Healthy automotive sales over the past several years are starting to pay off for the aftermarket industry in a big way.
  • The major objectives of the aftermarket catalog exchange standard (ACES) were to eliminate the need for paper catalogs and to get updates and new applications distributed faster and at lower cost. Job well done – sort of.
    Scott Luckett
  • Despite well-meaning seasonal car care reminders, industry leaders and the police are justified in saying more should be done to make automotive lighting maintenance awareness stick.
    Alan R. Segal
  • Thank you to the ACPN and the team at Parts Tech for providing an objective, fact-based analysis of aftermarket data quality. Every brand can benefit.
    Scott Luckett
  • While there is nothing inherently wrong with the SAE OBD port protection standard, it fails to address a major issue: mainly that every manufacturer is now attempting to address cybersecurity in its own way.
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  • Courage, commitment and determination are characteristics that represent individuals willing to put it on the line for an issue or cause that they believe in.
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  • Despite efforts to prioritize Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), practical concerns regarding awareness, repairability, and accessibility demand critical review.
    Alan R. Segal
  • Going into effect on August 30th, Prop 65 regulations will require companies that sell products that meet a certain exposure level for either cancer or reproductive thresholds to include new warnings on the label, as well as on the websites where the products are advertised for sale.  
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  • Sadly, too few businesses in the auto care industry can obtain affordable big data technology to quickly spin grains of unruly data into purified, actionable information.
    Alan R. Segal
  • An Aug 30, 2018 enforcement deadline looms for California's Proposition 65, originally passed as a ballot initiative to protect the state's drinking water. An urgent dash towards awareness and compliance is underway.
    Scott Luckett
  • If survey findings are correct, motorists have little desire to entrust their personal data to vehicle manufacturers...anbd little choice but to fight for data security.
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  • It must feel emotionally draining for an auto parts store when their shoppers can buy the same ignition coil retailed at $79.99 for $33 less by a competitor. From Scott Drozd’s perspective on hot selling items, this CEO of FCP Euro believes dynamic pricing is playing a normalized role in swaying shopper perceptions in a land grab for market dominance and profits.
    Alan R. Segal
  • If you have been looking for a time to connect with your elected official, this is the year to do it. Your elected representatives will soon exit Washington, D.C., and look for opportunities to meet with their constituents back home.
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  • Many of us grew up being taught that there is no "i" in team. The message is "It's not about you." I believe that this traditional teaching has created a belief that creates a lack of personal responsibility.
    Mike Jones
  • The automotive industry is going through a period of significant change thanks to advances in technology. Electric cars and self-driving vehicles, which once seemed futuristic, are now very much a reality. Those in the auto-parts industry are not immune to the effects of such technological changes and need to make sure they are not slow to react because they could risk being left behind.
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  • Work is underway to extend the automotive data standard to fully support the requirements of heavy duty parts manufacturers and distributors.
    Scott Luckett
  • One current and significant issue facing U.S. businesses is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a regulation in European Union law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the EU. The law becomes enforceable May 25 and addresses the export of personal data outside the EU.
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  • A parallel can be derived between the unresponsive pains of the hotel industry's “luggage carts” and the automotive aftermarket's “luggage.” In the automotive aftermarket, it seems we keep doing the same stupid things, and expect different results, ignoring everything else.
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  • Brick and mortar retailers are at a competitive disadvantage to online-only companies that are free from charging sales tax as long as they are headquartered outside the state where the sale occurs. Enter the Marketplace Fairness Act.  
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  • Six informed automotive aftermarket insiders weighed-in on where strategy execution fizzles.
    Alan R. Segal