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New AIA study measures COVID-19 impact on aftermarket
October 21, 2020 by Christine Hogg

  COVID-19 has disrupted the Canadian economy, and, inevitably, the automotive aftermarket, a recent study shows. Published every two years, the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada’s 2020 Outlook Study provides an in-depth examination of the state of the Canadian

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SEMA Data Co-op acquires PartsHub
September 18, 2020 by Allan Janssen

An industry-owned co-op dedicated to moving products through the use of standardized catalogue data has purchased the PartsHub catalogue management solution. The SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) says the acquisition will allow it to expand its data services and provide its members with

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COMMENTARY: Don’t help online retailers take over your business!
July 23, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Supporting online retailers as their ‘official install centre’ doesn’t make any sense

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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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Index confirms sharp manufacturing downturn in May
June 3, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  PMI at second-lowest level since survey began in October 2010 Rate of decline in manufacturing output eases from April’s survey record Steep drop in employment reported during May May data were collected 12-22 May 2020. Canadian manufacturers signalled another

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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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NUMBERS: EVs could equal ICE vehicles by 2038
May 21, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  42% Percentage of Canadian jobs at high risk of becoming automated. Some 36% of jobs are at low risk, less vulnerable to automation. 1% of jobs could become fully automated. Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship   2038 Approximately

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Crossover Year: EVs may equal ICE vehicles by 2038
May 21, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  42% Percentage of Canadian jobs at high risk of becoming automated. Some 36% of jobs are at low risk, less vulnerable to automation. 1% of jobs could become fully automated. Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship   2038 Approximately

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Report finds driver confusion over vehicle data
May 20, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  Nearly three-quarters of Canadian consumers believe they should own the data their vehicles produce, according to a survey commissioned by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA). Some 74% of 2,061 survey respondents believe they’re the rightful owners of

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‘Game changers’ set to rewrite the meaning of work
May 9, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  Attempting to predict how technology will impact an industry is a difficult but important exercise. By Allan Janssen On the surface, the auto parts distribution industry seems well insulated from automation. After all, auto parts will continue to be

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ASW Conversations: Zara Wishloff on why we’re so essential
April 27, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Today we speak with Zara Wishloff, vice president of sales and marketing for Edmonton-based warehouse-distributor APD. As you’ll hear, he has some timely views on how our industry has been viewed during the current coronavirus pandemic. He points out that

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MEMA letter discusses ramifications of COVID-19
March 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) says it will work hard to shape implementation of the U.S. federal government’s $8.3 billion Coronavirus Emergency Bill. In a letter addressed to members of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty