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Auto Value advisory group holds strategy session
October 17, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Auto Value’s Service Center Advisory Council toured the Valvoline headquarters and R&D labs in Lexington, Ky. as part of its semi-annual four-day meeting earlier this month. The eight-man council, representing shops from across the U.S. and Canada, joined the Alliance’s

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National Pronto Association names new president
October 11, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Robert Roos has been named president of National Pronto Association, following the departure of Bill Maggs. Roos, who had been the organization’s vice president of sales and marketing, began his automotive career in 1983 and has held a variety of

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Auto Value winners set to enjoy the Ozarks this weekend
October 4, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Top winners in Auto Value’s Ultimate Outdoor Adventure technician sweepstakes are now in Branson, Mo., Nearly 50 guests will enjoy five days of rest and relaxation, outdoor exploration and golf in the Missouri Ozark Mountains, and around Table Rock Lake.

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GALLERY: APC holds 11th annual trade show in London, Ont.
October 4, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Automotive Parts Centres (APC) held its 11th annual  Automotive Trade Show at the Metroland Media Agriplex in the Western Fair District of London, Ont. Shop owners and technicians from all over the province converged on the hall to visit almost 100

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Record turn-out for the Alliance’s Sales & Marketing Forum
September 17, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Nearly 150 sales and marketing professionals from four different countries descended upon San Antonio for the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc.’s seventh annual Sales & Marketing Forum Sept. 11. “It’s been incredible to watch this event grow from 30 people

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Proposed changes to TDG regulations include more rigorous training
September 16, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Canadians who transport dangerous goods may soon have to prove their competence through new training and assessment requirements. The Canadian General Standard Board (CGSB) is suggesting changes to the country’s transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) regulations – particularly as it

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Groupe Del Vasto raises $41,000 for charity
September 10, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Nearly 170 golfers helped raise $40,100 for charity at Groupe Del Vasto’s Annual Golf Tournament on Aug. 21. The funds, raised through registrations, a silent auction, and generous sponsorships from automotive suppliers, will be donated to charitable organizations, including the

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CIAA to participate in AIA’s ASP associate program
September 9, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Members of the Canadian Independent Automotive Association (CIAA) have joined AIA Canada’s Automotive Service Associate Program (ASAP). ASAP was designed to give automotive service shops in Canada access to a range of products and services, including network and training opportunities

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Gain Aftermarket introduces Roadshow Roadmap
September 4, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Chicago-based Gain Aftermarket, a full-service contract marketing firm, has developed a guide to help jobbers, warehouse distributors and automotive part manufacturers engineer trade show success. The Roadshow Roadmap is available for download at www.gainaftermarket.com. “We’ve pulled from many years of

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Carquest-Worldpac Charitable Foundation makes $15,000 donation
August 29, 2019 by Allan Janssen

More than 150 golfers participated in the annual Carquest-Worldpac charity golf tournament at Spingfield Golf and Country Club in Guelph, putting the cap on fundraising activities resulting in a $15,000 donation to the Children’s Breakfast Club. The money, collected through

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Greenwood’s Garage | Season 3, Episode 7: The new aftermarket
August 29, 2019 by Bob Greenwood

Over the next two to three years, auto repair shops in Canada will face a sink-or-swim choice, says management consultant Bob Greenwood. “Vehicle technology will blow many shops out of the water unless they are prepared to transition their business

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Greenwood: Picking up on some red flags!
August 27, 2019 by Allan Janssen

A quick checklist to assess whether one of your client shops is headed for trouble.