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Iran is the new automotive frontier
The emerging automotive sector in Iran, along with easing of international sanctions, can offer new opportunities for suppliers, according to Steve Ganster, director at Solidiance Asia Pacific. Ganster discussed the Iranian automotive market with members of the Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA).
Amazon’s Alexa, colonoscopies and aftermarket marketing
Men hate bad news. It’s probably the primary reason we die younger than women. In general, we don’t take care of ourselves like we should, lament the time and the cost of preventative procedures, and fear the results of necessary procedures that, in our opinion, are simply best left to chance.
Standard Motor Products to award $10,000 during scholarship contest
Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP) announced the start of its Standard Blue Streak® “Stronger Than Ever” Automotive Scholarship Contest. Running through June 30, 2017, the inaugural contest will present two up-and-coming students with a $5,000 scholarship each. Additionally, 10 students will receive a subscription to Standard® Pro Training’s On-Demand program. For more information, watch the promotional video on youtube.com/StandardBrandParts.
Braking system complexities underscore pressing value of training
Educational requirements for brake repairers and the distributors who serve them are showing no signs of slowing down as an alphabet soup group of terms – ABS, ESC, TCS, EBD and AEB – are increasing the levels of knowledge needed to make the correct diagnosis and fix the related computerized circuitry that may be at fault.
Independent repair shops increase use of Facebook, Twitter for marketing, study shows
More independent repair shops are using Facebook and Twitter to promote their services and to offer coupons and specials, according to the Aftermarket Business World 2017 Independent Repair Shop Study.
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Mexico plays important role in worldwide parts production, sales
Mexico is a critical link in the global automotive supply chain. American aftermarket manufacturers, distributors, retailers and repairers – along with numerous international automakers and suppliers – could all end up getting caught in the crossfire if a trade war erupts from President Donald Trump’s statements toward Mexico and its vehicle exports to the United States. “Mexico is beating us to a pulp,” said Trump in one comment directed at the nation’s automotive outsourcing presence.
Automotive Aftermarket Industry Embracing Data Analytics to Remain Competitive
CHICAGO – MARCH 2, 2017 – Global business intelligence (BI) software firm Phocas Software today announced its sponsorship of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association’s (AASA) 2017 Vision Conference (March 29–31, 2017). With over 15 years of experience in the hyper-competitive automotive aftermarket industry, Phocas has helped hundreds of global automotive companies uncover new sales opportunities and increase profits by increasing access and analysis of their business data.
Automotive businesses with large product portfolios and customer bases can use BI software to unlock the value of their data found in internal systems while optimizing sales and fulfillment strategies. In the same way that a car's dashboard shows the vehicle’s performance at a glance, Phocas instantly reveals product, customer and financial data pulled from ERP, customer and financial systems.
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Why Did Cottman Create the Transmission Physician?
The Cottman Man is joined by the Transmission Physician, who will focus specifically on transmission repair. Because, while the Cottman Man represents the classic appearance of an auto technician, the Transmission Physician is a woman. Why the distinction? To honor the many women who’ve been part of the transmission repair industry!
Responding to process variations in the automotive aftermarket
As the automotive industry continues its recovery from the 2008 recession and vehicles on the road continue to age, the aftermarket will face increased challenges in the year ahead, not the least of which is globalization.