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AAPEX judges to pick shop owner, tech, service advisor of the year
July 14, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Nominations are open for a trio of awards to be presented at the 2020 Automotive Aftermarket Parts Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas. A panel of judges will name the Shop Owner of the Year the Service Advisor of the Year

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SEMA unveils new health and safety protocols
July 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Thousands of exhibitors and attendees are registered and planning to attend the 2020 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, this November. With health and safety precautions in place, the upcoming event will feature four days of innovation,

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AWDA changes meeting format, launches new virtual conference
July 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  This year’s Automotive Warehouse-Distributors Association (AWDA) annual conference during Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week in Las Vegas is “adapting to a changing environment.” The association, which has organized one-on-one meetings between parts manufacturers and parts distributors for 73 years, will

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AAPEX organizers acknowledge ‘unparalleled challenges’
July 9, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Concerned that the global pandemic could keep tens of thousands of people away from the annual Automotive Aftermarket Parts Exposition (AAPEX), organizers are stressing “The Power of Being There.” The show’s new slogan reflects the industry’s determination to meet in

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Fountain Tire exec elected to Tire Industry Association board
July 9, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) board has elected Jim Pangle of Fountain Tire as board secretary and re-elected Mike Wolfe of Southeastern Wholesale Tire to a third term as board treasurer, effective Nov. 2, 2020. Pangle brings with him more

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Auto Care Association releases 2021 Factbook
July 8, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Auto Care Association says this year’s Factbook – the just-released resource of aftermarket data – will prove more useful than ever before. “This edition comes at an unprecedented time in our industry as we are just beginning to recover

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AAPEX ‘Canada Night’ canceled over travel uncertainty, health concerns
July 6, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Industries Association of Canada has canceled its annual Canada Night reception held during the Automotive Aftermarket Parts Exposition in Las Vegas. The event was to have taken place Nov. 3. AIA’s Canada Night Committee cited uncertainty around cross-border travel

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Supply chain harder hit, but more optimistic: AIA analysis
July 2, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Deeper analysis into the second business conditions survey conducted by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) suggest the automotive aftermarket supply chain has been harder hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but remains more optimistic than the mechanical repair sector.

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Worst of downturn is over: SEMA market research
July 1, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) has gone on record as saying the worst of the downturn is over. That’s the bold pronouncement of the association’s “Industry Indicators” newsletter for June 2020. Based on research by Avrio Institute, SEMA’s market

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Canadian millennials rate independent shops higher on trust, value
June 25, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Canadian millennials value independent auto service providers over dealerships when it comes to value for money and trustworthiness, according to a new study released by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada. According to the study, officially released today, independent shops

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AIA releases results of latest business condition survey
June 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Only about eight percent of aftermarket businesses are functioning normally, according to a second round of survey calls by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada. The AIA’s Impact of Covid-19 Aftermarket Business Conditions Survey found that 34% of businesses have

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Business optimism growing in specialty equipment market
June 16, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Business confidence among manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of automotive accessories is climbing, according to a recent survey conducted by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA). The poll found that more than 30% of those surveyed said they are now operating