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Epicor offering free consultations with new initiative
October 21, 2020 by Christine Hogg

There’s a new tech-focused solution for aftermarket parts and service businesses looking to increase their revenue in a post-pandemic world. Free of charge, Epicor Software Corporation’s “Epic Results” initiative aims to promote business growth by providing “Profit Clinic” consultations. The

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Bestbuy wraps up Buy & Sell meetings
September 25, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Bestbuy Distributors concluded its virtual Buy & Sell meetings yesterday, having arranged some 1,945 one-on-one sessions over the course of the web event. Typically, the Buy & Sell takes place over a three-day period that includes meetings and social networking

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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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Uni-Select to host all-digital ‘personal experience’ in January
September 11, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Uni-Select Canada Inc. and its Bumper to Bumper stores will host an “all-digital personal experience” early next year, designed to shape the future of the Canadian automotive aftermarket. The auto parts distribution company has created AUTOXPO, a reimagined trade show

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Bestbuy names new VP of purchasing, inventory
September 9, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Robert Chartrand has been named vice president of purchasing and inventory at Bestbuy Distributors Limited, assuming responsibility for Bestbuy’s purchasing, inventory, and all related initiatives. Chartrand is based at the company’s head office address of 3355 American Drive in Mississauga, Ont.,

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UAP opens new NAPA store in Varennes, Que.
September 8, 2020 by Allan Janssen

It is opening day for a brand-new NAPA Auto Parts store in the city of Varennes, southeast of Montreal. The new store, at 579 Lionel Boulet Blvd., in Varennes, will occupy a fully renovated 11,400-square-foot building. NAPA says the store

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NPW acquires Auto Plus and Pep Boys locations in Oregon and Washington
September 4, 2020 by Allan Janssen

NPW Companies, a family-owned parts distributor with a national presence in the U.S., has acquired substantially all Oregon and Washington assets of parts distributor Auto Plus, which is owned and operated by Icahn Automotive Group. Per the agreement, NPW has

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Transit expansion project on track for November completion
September 4, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, expansion of the Transit Auto Parts head office in Levis, Que., is on schedule, according to company president Stephan Guay. Guay launched the project in June to triple the surface area of the company’s facilities –

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Private label parts growing due to ‘pandemic uncertainty’
September 2, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Illinois-based research firm IMR Inc. says pandemic uncertainty has led to a rise in the sale of private-label and store-brand parts. According to a new report from IMR, independent automotive repair shops have significantly increased their purchases of private-label and

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Parts Warehouse finalizes merger with Tri-States
August 28, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Little Rock, Ark.-based Replacement Parts, Inc., which goes to market as Parts Warehouse, Inc. (PWI) and Crow-Burlingame, has completed its merger with Marianna, Fla.-based Tri-States Automotive Warehouse. The two companies originally announced plans to merge in May. Tri-States, previously led

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It’s award season: Here’s to your jobber!
August 27, 2020 by Allan Janssen

We want to recognize suppliers who truly contribute to your success.

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2020 NAPA XPO Sale to be a virtual event
August 26, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Traditionally presented at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, this year’s NAPA XPO Sale will take place in a virtual form. The event, customized for Quebec and Atlantic Canada, will be held online from Aug. 31 through Oct. 9, 2020.