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How is your business changing? AIA seeks industry input

April 27, 2020 by Allan Janssen

How would you describe the current state of your business under the current Covid-19 crisis? Have you laid of some of your staff? Are some working from home? Have you created curbside-solutions that minimize customer contact? The Automotive Industries Association would…

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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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NRS brakes technology enables quick-assembly of ICU wards to fight COVID-19

April 22, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The same technology used in NRS brake pads to bind brake friction to backing plates could be used to build temporary healthcare facilities in a fraction of the time and with significant cost savings. Canadian-based Nucap Industries – parent company…

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Mazda U.S. offers free oil changes to health care workers

April 22, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Mazda in the United States will give free oil changes to healthcare workers as a way of thanking them for their “selfless dedication.” An Essential Car Care Fact Sheet from the vehicle manufacturer offers the details of the program, which…

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SEMA poll reveals widespread optimism in specialty market

April 21, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The specialty automotive industry remains largely open for business despite the Covid-19 pandemic, and executives are optimistic about a timely return to normalcy, a new poll shows. Between April 1-7, the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) asked 2,000 industry insiders…

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ASW Conversations: Daren Hodgson on staying closed a little longer

April 20, 2020 by Allan Janssen

 Auto Service World · 004 Daren Hodgson on why he’s resisting the call to reopen Daren Hodgson, owner of Atelier D.H. Tech Pro in Ste-Marthe, Quebec., has strong views about our responsibilities as an industry — and as a…

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Uni-Select / Bumper to Bumper donate PPE

April 16, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Uni-Select says it is humbled by the work of “guardian angels” in the Canadian health care system to keep Canadians safe from coronavirus. In response, the company and its Bumper to Bumper Canada banner have donated thousands of N95 respirators…

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ASW Conversations: Bob Greenwood on the new reality of retail

April 15, 2020 by Allan Janssen

In the face of a pandemic, all the rules of retail have changed. Management expert Bob Greenwood offers a primer on how we’re going to have to look at business through new eyes. We’ve got the details in Episode 3…

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Quebec reopens auto repair trade

April 15, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Auto repair shops in Quebec can reopen today as the provincial government relaxes restrictions it imposed on some trades out of fear of coronavirus spread. The province also extended the deadline for removing studded tires to June 5 – more…

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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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Dorman to offer free live technical training online

April 14, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  Aware of the impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic on technician training and morale, Dorman says it will offer free, live, online training classes every Wednesday through May. The webinars will start at noon, Eastern time, and the courses…