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Jobbers… Your customers need help!
June 9, 2019 by Allan Janssen

By Allan Janssen The list of challenges facing the automotive aftermarket is long and familiar. It starts with rapidly advancing technology and a shortfall in skilled labour. For owners and managers of repair shop owners, those are the first two

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Jobbers… Your customers need help!
June 6, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Let’s create a panel of engaged jobbers to improve communication with automotive service providers, and solve some industry problems.

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Better Selling: Ending the confusion about TPMS
June 5, 2019 by Adam Malik

By Adam Malik It’s enough to make some people want to pull their hair out. Lighting up support lines at tire pressure monitoring system manufacturers is the confusion around programming and relearning sensors to vehicles. It can be confusing to

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Predictive analytics firm Pitstop gets $1.5 million in venture capital funding
May 31, 2019 by Renee Montague

Pitstop will receive an injection of $1.5 million in seed funding from a Canadian venture capital fund. The Toronto-based predictive analytics firm says the money will be used to continue to develop a platform that can anticipate vehicle failures before

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Mahle launches new Facebook page
May 24, 2019 by Renee Montague

Automotive tool and equipment manufacturer Mahle Service Solutions says its new Facebook page gives it the ability to communicate in real-time with its customers. The Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/mahleservicesolutions, was designed to disseminate technical content, product updates, photos, videos, news,

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GPC to acquire the balance of Australia-based parts distributor
May 22, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Genuine Parts Company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining 65 percent stake of Inenco Group, headquartered in Sydney, Australia. The company previously purchased a 35 percent stake in Inenco in spring 2017, and held the opportunity

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Aftermarket challenges ‘daunting’ but not insurmountable, says new AIA chairman
May 14, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Incoming chairman Jason Best says the accessibility to vehicle repair data remains the highest level of pointed focus within the association.

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ASA launches new mobile app
May 10, 2019 by Renee Montague

The Automotive Service Association presented a new app at its Annual Business Meeting and Conference. Among other things, the app, developed by MobileSoft, allows ASA members to access industry news and events, and locate member shops. ASA also announced that

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S3 Ep 2 | Transforming the culture of your business
May 9, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Are you the architect of your own future? Or are you subject to the whims of change? In this episode of Greenwood’s Garage, management consultant Bob Greenwood offers 10 policies that will radically transform your marketplace, and enhance your bottom

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Carparts family in northern U.S. grows bigger
May 9, 2019 by Renee Montague

Carparts Distribution Center, a New England-based chain of parts stores, has acquired Motor Supply Company, effective April 1, 2019 This acquisition will bring nine new stores to Carparts’ operations. Motor Supply, a long-time customer of Carparts, has been owned and

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Former Dayco exec Bill Hay to lead Bestbuy Distributors
May 8, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Canadian aftermarket veteran Bill Hay has been named president of Bestbuy Distributors Ltd. The Mississauga, Ont.-based parts company made the announcement today. Hay will assume his new role on May 15, and be based at the company’s American Drive head

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Windom takes place on Uni-Select board of directors
May 6, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Uni-Select’s newly appointed CEO and president, Brent Windom, has been formally appointed to the company’s board of directors. Starting May 2, he joined 11 other board members to oversee company strategies, operations, and finance. “We are proud to have Brent