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ASA survey finds optimism in mechanical sector, less so in collision
June 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

About 70% of mechanical shops surveyed by the Automotive Service Association (ASA) in May believe business will improve over the next 60 days. Less than 10% believe it will continue to slow down. That’s in stark contrast to the collision

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Kathryn Jones appointed chair of YPA committee
June 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

DRiV district sales manager Kathryn Jones has been appointed the new chairperson of AIA Canada’s Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) committee. As a fourth-generation Canadian aftermarket professional, Kathryn’s passion for the industry started as she walked the aisles of

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How is COVID-19 impacting you? AIA wants to know
June 4, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Industries Association has launched a second survey seeking input from repair shops on the impacts of Covid-19 on their businesses. The second survey, to measure the cost of the pandemic and gauge industry sentiment. is now online on

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ALI unveils updated website
May 27, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  In keeping with its mission to promote the safe design, construction, installation, service, inspection, and use of vehicle lifts, the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has updated its website, autolift.org, to provide more resources to lift owners, operators, installers, inspectors

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Platform matches laid off workers with automotive employers
May 26, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) has partnered with executive search firm APA Search to match automotive employers with people who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have launched a free platform, based on

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AIA report offers insights into consumer behaviour
May 25, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  By Allan Janssen A new AIA study suggests a strong and ongoing focus on customer loyalty will not only help automotive businesses survive, but will allow them to thrive in an increasingly competitive field. “At Your Service” is the

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AIA Report offers insight into Consumer Behaviour
May 25, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  By Allan Janssen A new AIA study suggests a strong and ongoing focus on customer loyalty will not only help automotive businesses survive, but will allow them to thrive in an increasingly competitive field. “At Your Service” is the

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New report finds driver confusion about vehicle data
May 20, 2020 by Allan Janssen

AIA Canada believes there needs to be more discussion about who owns vehicle data, how it’s used, and whether governments need to get involved.

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New AIA chairman to focus on communication
May 18, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  By Allan Janssen There has never been a greater need for communication between an association and its members. And it comes at a time when there are more ways of communicating than ever before. The incoming chairman of the

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New AIA chairman to focus on improving communication
May 18, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Susan Hitchon says she wants to hear from more members… even if that means getting cornered at an industry event!

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Commentary: This was NOT a gender vote
May 18, 2020 by Allan Janssen

If you’re not used to the term ‘Madame Chairman’ being thrown around at AIA meetings, you’re in for a treat.  We’ll hear those words an awful lot over the next year, as Susan Hitchon takes her place in the lead

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Dorman manager named Canadian aftermarket’s young leader of the year
May 15, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  Derek Suen, manager of new product development at Dorman Products has been named the Young Leader of the Year. Suen was acknowledged during the annual general meeting of the Automotive Industries Associaton of Canada (AIA). The AIA’s Young Professionals