AAPEX Blog

  • Imagine the Conversations

    By Mike Chung, director, market intelligence, Auto Care Association

    Never have I ever … missed an AAPEX

    Never have I ever … seen so many DIY pleas for help

    Never have I ever … seen so many delivery delays

    “So much has changed” is an understatement. Our last in-person AAPEX… READ MORE  

  • Why the Automotive Aftermarket is Bouncing Back Already

    The U.S. automotive aftermarket had its ups and downs last year, but 2021 is once again proving that the aftermarket is resilient. Aftermarket suppliers report that the first quarter had strong sales and are optimistic about the rest of the year. AASA believes that economic conditions and the fundamental drivers of the aftermarket will support the market throughout 2021, though risks are present (and not just from the pandemic). READ MORE  
  • Invest in the Future Now to Avoid Disruption Later

    By Behzad Rassuli, senior vice president, Strategic Development, Auto Care Association

    The way we operate as human beings has changed thanks to the pandemic. From basic things like changes to your sleep schedule and daily routine, to how much time you spend with your family, to what your new typical… READ MORE  

  • The Aftermarket Can Take Advantage of Vehicle Data

    By Chris Gardner, senior vice president, AASA

    We sure have heard a lot about telematics and connected vehicles over the past few years – and for good reason. The penetration, spread and utilization of these technologies is headed our way quickly, so it only makes sense to prepare for… READ MORE  

  • A Year of Challenge and Change Puts Us in Pole Position for 2021

    By Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association

    After over a year of not being able to be together, there really are no words to express how I feel about the prospect of AAPEX finally being our homecoming this November. 

    This is the year that challenged us. This is… READ MORE  

  • The Future of Face-To-Face and Our Essential Industry

    By Paul McCarthy, president and chief operating officer, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA)

    I’ll start with the first big question: yes, there will be an AAPEX in 2021.

    Virus permitting, we’re seeing many promising signs for a trade show in November, which is great news for the aftermarket.   

    Based on… READ MORE  

  • A Strategy For Success in Canada’s Aftermarket

    By Andrew Ross, publisher and director of content, Indie Garage and Jobber Nation

    Up here – just a kick of the leg north of the 49th parallel – lies probably one of the biggest regional markets within your reach: Canada, and its growing, dynamic aftermarket. The global aftermarket knows it is… READ MORE