Opinion | Commentary

  • The Highway funding bill the Congress passed in December contains a number of amendments affecting vehicle safety, some of them with aftermarket implications. Provisions focusing on recalls, rental car safety, whistleblowing, tire registration and other aspects will likely affect the aftermarket.
  • The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement President Obama negotiated with 11 countries has many potential ramifications on the auto distribution chain. Congress will vote on the TPP with no amendments allowed; but that won't happen before March 2016.
  • Getting the sale is important to anyone wishing to remain in business, but at what price? If you say “at all cost” the price is too much. I’m about to tell you why being a good service advisor or counterman will reap benefits that you never even thought possible.
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  • Year-end reports for 2015 in the media bemoaned the economic slump in China, especially concerning the drop in new car sales. However, Chinese consumers still have spending power and the explosion of vehicle sales in China will create a vast automotive aftermarket well into the future.
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  • Brian Lindenmeyer is a solutions consultant at International Business Systems (IBS), a global enterprise resource planning/warehouse management system/supply chain distribution system provider. He discusses the use of data analytics among automotive OEMs, and how that can impact the aftermarket.
    Brian Lindenmeyer
  • Turkey is experiencing strong and sustainable economic growth, and is working hard toward its goal of becoming one of the world’s Top 10 economies by 2023.
    Ben Brucato
  • The aftermarket parts supply chain is rife with challenges, including the difficulty of storing, moving and tracking countless numbers of parts, every one of them crucial to the completion of a maintenance or repair job.
    Mark Kunar
  • The Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal could have numerous repercussions for various aftermarket auto sectors. 
  • My children want no part of this auto parts business that I've built. For that, I am sad, but at least I’ve raised some pretty intelligent kids.
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  • In the roles I get to play as chairman of ASA, a trustee for NATEF, board member of NASTF, teacher, and most importantly in working in our repair shop, planning the next steps are my favorite part of the job.
  • For example, we’ve heard about the promise of electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids taking over for the past couple of decades. In reality, in Q2 2015, EVs and hybrids accounted for just 1.5 percent market share of vehicles on the road.
  • Africa, Latin America and the Middle East are growth areas for the global automotive aftermarket, according to members of the Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA).
    Ben Brucato
  • Congress returned from its August recess with at least two Senate bills with aftermarket components awaiting further action. One of those bills deals with highway transportation, the other with energy.
  • Once you make such a rule how do you actually get it to result in a reduction of ozone? First, you have to identify the means of reduction and that is the reason for writing this column; to let you know what is almost certainly on its way.
  • In the global marketplace the top emerging markets for growth is moving from BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) to the MINT community (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey). Turkey, in particular, holds particular opportunity for the automotive aftermarket.
    Ben Brucato
  • With a drop in material and machine prices, advanced software integration and faster printing, 3-D printing could potentially revolutionize automotive production, supply chain and the aftermarket, Frost & Sullivan says.
    Frost & Sullivan
  • We don’t need to repeat how critical complete, accurate and graphical product content is in persuading the customer to click “buy.” But all of this wisdom is pointless unless the product information, inventory availability and customer-specific pricing is available in seconds for all of the products available for sale. That’s where the web services come in.
    Scott Luckett
  • There are a number of ways that vehicles can be hacked but I am going to focus on the method or “attack surface” that hits closest to home for auto repair shops and technicians – your shop’s network and scan tools.
  • Hardly a day goes by without a story involving autonomous driving, vehicle hacking, privacy concerns, traffic mitigation and more. A major take away from Dr. Juliussen was the rate at which these technologies are becoming mainstream.
    Scott Luckett
  • The aftermarket distribution system is truly a paradox. It’s built on a costly and inefficient distribution system, but at the same time it has performed beyond comparison with any other industry you can name. And therein lies the problem.
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