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ASW Conversations: Daren Hodgson on why he’s still not open for business

June 29, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Auto Service World · 015 Daren Hodgson on why he’s still not open for business   Daren Hodgson, owner of Atelier D.H. Tech Pro in Ste-Marthe, Que., has remained closed to thwart the spread of coronavirus… even though he’s legally…

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AIA releases results of latest business condition survey

June 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Only about eight percent of aftermarket businesses are functioning normally, according to a second round of survey calls by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada. The AIA’s Impact of Covid-19 Aftermarket Business Conditions Survey found that 34% of businesses have…

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Updated survey reveals post-Covid shop challenges

June 18, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Management priorities at auto repair shops in the U.S. have changed dramatically since the coronavirus pandemic upended business in March. According to a new survey from IMR Inc., shop owners are now focused on keeping staff and customers safe. The…

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Business optimism growing in specialty equipment market

June 16, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Business confidence among manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of automotive accessories is climbing, according to a recent survey conducted by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA). The poll found that more than 30% of those surveyed said they are now operating…

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COMMENTARY: Who are you in a crisis?

June 9, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Adversity on this scale tends to bring out our essential natures.

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CAF seeks apprenticeship input on coronavirus impact

June 5, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Apprenticeship are being invited to join a panel run by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum in advance of a survey that will focus on Covid-19. The upcoming survey is designed to help the Forum understand the unique challenges apprentices are facing as…

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CRC releases bulletin on proper workplace cleaning

June 5, 2020 by Allan Janssen

A new bulletin from CRC Industries explains the two-step process of cleaning and disinfecting a workplace in the era of Covid-19. The global manufacturer of specialty products and formulations for maintenance and repair professionals and do-it-yourselfers, developed the document, entitled ‘The…

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How is COVID-19 impacting you? AIA wants to know

June 4, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Industries Association has launched a second survey seeking input from repair shops on the impacts of Covid-19 on their businesses. The second survey, to measure the cost of the pandemic and gauge industry sentiment. is now online on…

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FMSI acknowledges PPE donation from SpiderTech, sister company of NRS Brakes

June 2, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Friction Materials Standards Institute (FMSI) is being supplied with protective masks during the current coronavirus pandemic by one of its member companies. Frank Oliveto, president of the Michigan-based institute, has released a statement acknowledging the donation of personal protection…

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Supply chain most optimistic about early end to pandemic pain

June 1, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Further analysis into the Automotive Industries Association of Canada’s business confidence survey suggests the supply chain is most optimism about an early recovery in 2020. Some 63% of supply chain respondents in the AIA’s recent Business Operations Survey said they…

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Platform matches laid off workers with automotive employers

May 26, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) has partnered with executive search firm APA Search to match automotive employers with people who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have launched a free platform, based on…

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New program communicates Covid-19 safeguards

May 26, 2020 by Allan Janssen

A Toronto marketing company has developed a program that allows businesses to quickly communicate their Covid-19 safeguards to the public. OneLocal created CovidSafe Services as a tool for businesses – including automotive repair shops – to advertise what Covid-19 standards…