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91% of independent automotive repair shops report decreased revenue, study finds

December 14, 2020 by Christine Hogg

As of December 2020, ninety-one percent of independent automotive repair shops reported a decrease in revenue this year, according to a new report by IMR. 18.5% of shops report they have returned to ‘normal’ revenue levels while 1.3 per cent…

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Canadian wholesale vehicle sales drop sixth week in a row

November 25, 2020 by Christine Hogg

  In their latest weekly COVID-19 weekly market report, Canadian Black Book reports that Canadian wholesale vehicle prices for cars and trucks declined for the sixth week in a row. As of midnight, Monday November 23, in Ontario both Toronto…

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What you should know about coronavirus & car cleaning

November 2, 2020 by Christine Hogg

  At the beginning of 2020, the world was hit with COVID-19 and thus, a global pandemic ensued. People started to become more aware of sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces to keep themselves safe from the virus.  Nowadays, wearing a mask…

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Federal government extends CERB, revises E.I. program

August 25, 2020 by Allan Janssen

As the economy begins to re-open, the federal government has announced new financial supports for workers affected by COVID-19. The $2,000/month Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended to Sept. 27. To date, the CERB has paid out more…

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Canadian spending more, but still cautious

August 20, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Canadian optimism has remained steady during COVID-19, with most Canadians uncertain about an economic recovery, according to a report from McKinsey & Company. Canadian consumers are uncertain about the economy and the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Though more consumers…

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Commentary: A new kind of TRUST

August 13, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The global pandemic has altered the expectations people have in their service providers.

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SEMA canceled, AAPEX to be a virtual event

August 5, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Despite Herculean efforts to proceed with Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week in Las Vegas this fall, uncertainty surrounding public gatherings has forced the cancelation of the industry’s two biggest trade shows. The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Show (SEMA) and the Automotive Aftermarket…

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Virus disrupted supply chains for 60% of manufacturing companies: new report

July 31, 2020 by Allan Janssen

A just-released Supply Chain Resilience Report from 3D Hubs, says 60% of manufacturing companies around the globe have suffered supply chain disruptions as a direct result of Covid-19. By contrast, cybersecurity issues, which have become serious supply chain threats in recent years,…

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Feds extend Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

July 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has been extended through to Dec. 19, 2020. New legislation – Bill C-20 – allows more companies to be eligible for the subsidy, and changes the amount companies can put toward their workers’ wages.…

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Manheim Auctions reveals new car disinfecting service

July 7, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  Manheim Canada, a business of Cox Automotive Canada and a leading provider of vehicle remarketing services, has introduced the Manheim Vehicle Disinfection Service. Available at all Manheim Auctions across the country, the Manheim Vehicle Disinfection Service will effectively reduce…

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Fountain Tire thanks truckers with Class-8 sized drive through

July 2, 2020 by Allan Janssen

A one-of-a-kind coffee shop popped up at Edmonton’s Rosenau Transport in late June. The Truck-Thru – created by Fountain Tire to show appreciation for the transportation industry’s dedication throughout the Covid-19 crisis – is a drive-through specially designed for tractor…

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Social-distancing floor and window decals available for aftermarket

June 30, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Superior Signals, Inc. (SSI) has introduced a new line of social distancing decals. The series features a selection of five decals, encouraging safe social distancing and the wearing of appropriate safety gear. Extremely durable and highly visible, these decals can…