• Tough Times and Aftermarket Resiliency

    The U.S. automotive aftermarket continued its strong growth through 2021 and is projected to hit the $400 billion milestone by 2025. For this information I wish to thank Shane Norton at S&P Global (formerly IHS Markit) for this update to our annual Channel Forecast of market size. READ MORE  
  • The Latest On U.S. – China Trade

    The automotive aftermarket industry has been heavily impacted by the U.S.-China trade war. While it is important to develop a comprehensive strategy for the U.S.-China trade relationship that supports U.S. workers, the Section 301 tariffs have also caused severe economic harm to U.S. businesses struggling with supply chain uncertainty and U.S. consumers facing increased repair costs. READ MORE  
  • Our Finest Hour

    As you may have heard, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) is celebrating its 118th anniversary this year … and if you’re not familiar with us, MEMA is a trade association of over 1,000 vehicle parts and systems manufacturers and represents the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and 2.5% of U.S. GDP.  READ MORE  
  • In a Technology Tsunami, the Time Is Now to Step Up and Protect the Aftermarket’s Future

    The auto care industry is in the midst of a technology tsunami. Current vehicles on the road today are software-driven computers on wheels, with nearly every aspect of the vehicle controlled by software. READ MORE  
  • How To Differentiate Your Auto Repair Shop From Your Competition

    I want to take you through a quick visualization exercise. Imagine you are on a trip. You’ve been driving all day. You skipped lunch, it’s now late in the evening, and you’re really hungry. You’re coming up on the exit for Pleasantville, USA, and the next city is over 100 miles away. The time to get food is now. READ MORE  
  • Where are you going, what have you learned?

    What’s the status quo? We’re back to normal, right? Schools have been in-person all year and families have resumed vacation travel. Since AAPEX 2021, I’ve attended two conferences and worked in the office about half the time. READ MORE  
  • ADAS Is Here and Growing … But There Are Headwinds

    I attend many industry events every year, and the most-discussed topics and issues facing the aftermarket over the past two years are: Supply Chain Disruptions, Labor/Talent Recruitment & Retention, EVs & the Electrification of Tomorrow’s Vehicles, and Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS). READ MORE