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THEY DON’T BUILD ‘EM LIKE THEY USED TO
April 29, 2016 by Andrew Ross

They just don’t build cars like they used to. More importantly though, those who build them, don’t see them the way they used to. And neither do those who drive them. Car companies have turned their focus significantly from making

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The Changing Face of Parts Retailing
March 10, 2016 by Steve Pawlett

GM’s new Cadillac CT6 sedan features a twin-turbo engine, three dozen stereo speakers, and a rearview mirror able to project live video of objects behind the car – but no compact disc player. GM isn’t the only OEM leaving this

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How to crank up steering, chassis, and driveline sales by exceeding customer expectations
March 10, 2016 by Steve Pawlett

When it comes to steering, chassis, and driveline parts, components change is a constant factor as original equipment manufacturers continue to move towards lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. This steady flow of design change not only means more SKUs – it

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Q & A : Jobbers Focusing On Customer Service, New Technologies To Stay Competitive
March 10, 2016 by Tom Venetis

The last two years have seen tremendous changes in the Canadian economy, and those changes are challenging jobbers across the country. Jobber News decided to talk with several jobbers in Canada to get their perspectives on what is happening in

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3D Printing Expected To Generate $4.3 Billion By 2025
March 10, 2016 by Steve Pawlett

This could be the year of the 3D-printed car. Arizona-based Local Motors stunned the automotive industry by live-printing the world’s first 3D-printed car at SEMA last year. The company is now moving into intensive testing and development phases that will

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Why Jobbers Need To Embrace Telematics
March 10, 2016 by Tom Venetis

To understand the kind of disruption and opportunity telematics is bringing to the aftermarket, one only needs to look at how the Internet fundamentally changed today’s vehicle maintenance marketplace. Less than two decades ago, the aftermarket’s relationship with vehicle owners

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Why the Loonie Could Swan Dive in 2016
March 10, 2016 by Mark Borkowski

I recently spoke to a Canadian authority in foreign exchange, Rahim Madhavji, who is president of Knightsridgefx based in Toronto. The year 2015 was a busy one for Canada, he noted. But 2015 was not kind to the loonie. Over

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C&R Auto Supply Celebrates 40 Years
March 10, 2016 by Steve Pawlett

After forty years in the automotive aftermarket business, founder/owner Ron Clarke says the success of Halifax’s C&R Auto Supply comes down to a simple principle: customer service. “When a customer comes to us, we treat them so well they won’t

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Telematics And You
March 10, 2016 by Andrew Ross

As amazing as it might seem, telematics runs the risk of being treated like yesterday’s news before it has even had a fraction of the impact it is sure to have on the aftermarket. On one level this is understandable.

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Growing The Connected Car Community
March 10, 2016 by Steve Pawlett

A number of automakers and industry suppliers, led by Toyota Motor Corporation, are choosing to adopt Ford’s SmartDeviceLink software to give consumers more choice in how they connect and control their smartphone apps on the road. SmartDeviceLink is the open-source

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From Bricks To Clicks: How Online Ordering Is Changing The Playing Field
March 10, 2016 by Steve Pawlett

Thanks primarily to the computerization of every aspect of daily life, the speed at which business is conducted today has increased dramatically. Smartphones and other modern interactive electronics are creating customers who are now better informed, and thus more demanding.

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PC-11 Diesel Oil To Be Commercially Available In 2016
March 10, 2016 by Steve Pawlett

Anyone who owns or operates a diesel truck should be aware of the Proposed Category 11 (PC-11) next generation of heavy-duty diesel engine oils. PC-11 has been in the works for at least four years, with the new oils set