When I interviewed for my first job in this business in 1979, my soon-to-be boss said, “It’s a simple business based on a simple three-step distribution model. It’s a tried-and-true model that is at the heart of this industry’
Many of the talking heads on TV, print pundits and the blogosphere babblers are caught up in the euphoria of ?the economic recovery.? One auto industry writer recently said that recessions typically last 18 months and since we?ve been in a recession
The automotive Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) aftermarket is characterized by commoditization and low margins. In 2009, manufacturer-level revenues from compressors, condensers, evaporators, radiators and heater cores, declined 3.2
Some of your shop customers are in a bit of a panic over their future. They see the vehicles they work on becoming increasingly more complex, which means they need to know more and to spend more on tools and equipment.
Among the first things those interested in doing business in Brazil should remember are its size and diversity. The country is only slightly smaller than the U.S.?s entire lower 48, and is ranked number five in the world by land mass. It is also the
During a recent trip to China, I attended three automotive industry trade shows. The first of those trade shows was the annual Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trade Show (AMR) held in Beijing every year. The other shows, which ran concurrently, wer
A recent editorial ("Trade Wall," Aftermarket Business, August 2009) by Larry Silvey, editor-in-chief of Aftermarket Business and editorial director for the Advanstar Automotive Group, takes the position that U.S. companies are selling and U.S. consu
In 2008 and 2009, the aftermarket for vehicle modification, as with most industries, saw a decline in revenue due to a decrease in consumer spending. Despite the general downturn, Frost and Sullivan?s 2008 research study, Analysis of the Attitudes an
Just six short months ago, we announced that we were discontinuing this publication in print in favor of all electronic distribution. Frankly, many of you didn't understand that. After all, Aftermarket Business was the leading print publication in it
While the North American light vehicle market is expected to see rapid growth in the installation of high-tech in-vehicle electronics, the majority of this growth will come from OE-installed telematics systems. Automakers are changing strategies towa
Can technology save the environment? The makers of the new Kiwi think it can, and are claiming that their new plug and play device will lower the average commuter's carbon footprint and save money — all while delivering common-sense, gas-saving
It's getting cold outside, which clearly means it's time to analyze sales of – yes, that's right – A/C compressors. In truth, now is the time when many distributors are taking long, hard looks at demand patterns in the A/C category to be
We have had a few weeks to reflect upon the recent results from many of our publicly traded aftermarket companies. Heading into the earnings season, we were confident in our estimates in spite of this being the first quarter of challenging year over
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