Opinion | Commentary

  • While the automotive industry is thriving and continuing to grow, the aftermarket is in for a bit of a wait before it can reap the benefits.
  • Starting in model year 2019, the five-star rating will include a crash avoidance rating based on whether a vehicle offers any of the multiple technologies that will be added to the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and whether the technologies meet NHTSA performance measures.
  • So some of these changes are moving in the right direction, by guiding shops to use parts-ordering systems to simplify parts procurement.
  • In tracking the 10-year global regional growth from 2004-2014 of passenger vehicles in operation (VIO), the Asia region took the top spot with growth of 9 percent from 2004 to 2014, according to the 2016 World Motor Vehicle Market Report. 
    Ben Brucato
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is sponsoring the Ricky Benton Racing Team in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
    Advance Auto parts
  • As new technologies move driverless cars closer to reality, global carmakers have ramped up development and testing (along with non-traditional companies like Google’s Alphabet and Tesla), and roads and highways across Europe and Asia have opened for testing of driverless vehicles.
  • Inventory control solutions are somewhat simple but require cooperation of all the players, including shop management, painters, parts people and, most important, the jobber. The key to inventory control is to have materials when you need them in the quantity you need.
  • EDI – electronic data interchange – still deserves consideration by distributor/retailers and their supply chain partners as a way to reduce cost, improve strategic relationships and increase channel visibility.
    Scott Luckett
  • The movie Groundhog Day captures the technology challenge facing many auto parts wholesalers. Those 10-year-old business management solutions might have done a great job back in 2005, but the business has changed and so have the needs and expectations of customers and counter professionals.
    Scott Thompson, Epicor
  • 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.