Automotive aftermarket

  • AutoZone reported net sales of $3.3 billion for its fourth quarter (16 weeks) ended August 29, 2015, an increase of 7.9% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 (16 weeks). Domestic same store sales, or sales for stores open at least one year, increased 4.5% for the quarter.
  • Integrated Supply Network (ISN) announced the addition of Dan Ure to its Category Management team.  He will be responsible for the product categories: lifting, shop equipment, A/C, diagnostics, measurement and chemicals.
    Dan Ure
  • The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance held its annual Sales & Marketing Forum at the Plaza Marriott in San Antonio, September 17 - 19.  More than sixty marketing leaders representing more than 35 Alliance shareholders from the U.S., Canada and Mexico attended the event.
    Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance
  • OptiCat announced the addition of its new ImageSync Service to its OnBoard Pro suite of products and tools. This product is designed to address the fast growing volume of digital assets required to produce today’s high content electronic catalogs.
  • Numerous changes have been implemented at AAPEX as part of the rebranding and transformation process. A re-designed show floor features sections positioned according to parts categories, making it easier for attendees to navigate the aisles and locate specific booths and products.
    James E. Guyette
  • There are approximately 89 million vehicles within the aftermarket sweet spot. To offset the limited number of vehicles that fall within their prime target, aftermarket companies need to understand where these vehicles are located so they can better manage their inventory.  
  • MakerBot is a leading 3D printer provider. Aftermarket Business World spoke with Daniel Breyre, the company's product and business insight manager for hardware, about potential 3D printing applications in the automotive aftermarket.
    Daniel Breyre
  • Having experienced “explosive growth” to encompass more than 1,000 automotive service centers since its founding in 2007, RepairPal plans to double its network of certified shops by the end of this year.
    James E. Guyette