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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.