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The Group Training Academy to stream free content
May 7, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) is providing free streaming training for automotive repair teams. The program, known as START, is found on the company’s web training portal, The Group Training Academy. With START, automotive professionals can tune in

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ASW Conversations: Zara Wishloff on why we’re so essential
April 24, 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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Uni-Select offers update on its reaction to Covid-19 pandemic
April 23, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Uni-Select says it will continue to optimise its operations in the face of unprecedented challenges for the entire automotive aftermarket. In a corporate update on measures taken related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the company said it expects demand for

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Jason Best joins Uni-Select
April 15, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Jason Best has joined the leadership team of Uni-Select’s Canadian Automotive Group as senior vice president, sales, Canada. The former executive with Spectra Premium will head up Uni-Select’s Canadian sales team, focusing on strengthening relationships with member customers. “We’re pleased to

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Auto Value launches daily briefing webinars for its CSC shops
April 14, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Auto Value is kicking off a ground-breaking webinar series this month with daily briefings for its Certified Service Center (CSC) shops. “Automotive repair has been deemed an essential business because we keep North America moving,” said JC Washbish, vice president

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Colonial / APM donates mask inventory to healthcare providers
April 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Colonial Auto Parts and A.P.M. Limited have donated their combined inventory of 3M respirator masks to local health care authorities. The masks – including half- and full-face reusable masks, as well as disposable mouth and nose masks – were designed

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UAP offers cheat sheet on critical resources
April 3, 2020 by Allan Janssen

UAP has prepared a ‘living document’ on its website, listing support programs and financial resources available to businesses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The document is updated once a week, as new programs are launched. The quick-access page leads to the

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Uni-Select furloughs half of its employees
April 1, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Uni-Select Inc. has furloughed approximately half of its employees in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Faced with a marked slowdown in demand, the company has also temporarily closed a third of its facilities. A further 28% of its sites

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What working from home looks like, Alliance-style
March 26, 2020 by Allan Janssen

    The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance – known simply as the Alliance – is showing the world what “working from home” really means. The company says it has committed to being a resource to its shareholders during the Covid-19

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Quebec list of essential services includes vehicle repair
March 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The provincial government in Quebec has deemed service and repairs on emergency vehicles to be essential services. The list of essential services includes the “mechanical repair of motor vehicles, trucks and specialized equipment for industries deemed essential and roadside assistance.”

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Auto repair listed as essential service in Ontario
March 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Repair shops and auto parts stores in Ontario will not be forced to shutter during the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Ontario Premier Doug Ford issued an order yesterday closing all non-essential businesses in the provinces. The list of essential services was

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Winnipeg tech named Auto Value’s Canadian tech of the year
March 17, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  Jason Meilleur of River Park Automotive in Winnipeg has been named the 2020 Canadian Technician of the Year. Meilleur was selected from five Canadian finalists, scoring highly for his training efforts and automotive excellence. His achievements – along with