AAPEX Blogs

  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Welcome to the Virtual AAPEX Experience

    By Mark Bogdansky, vice president, Meetings and Events, Auto Care Association

    Exactly one year ago, the most common question I was asked was “How is AAPEX going to top having President Bush?” What I knew, was that the bigger news from the Keynote Stage was not having the former President…

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  • From Training and Demos to New Products and Connections

    By Liz Goad, director, Events and Meetings, AASA

    This year has been. . .well, it’s been a year. Usually, this is the time of year we are finalizing preparations for the AAPEX Show in Las Vegas. We are getting ready to see all our industry friends, celebrate the year’s accomplishments,…

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  • I Miss Normalcy (and my Industry Friends)

    Why our “new normal” still provides the opportunities we need

    By Chris Messer, vice president and publisher, 10 Missions Media

    In any normal year, this would be the time we are all making final preparations for Industry Week. Hotels secured, flights booked, calendars filling up fast. But alas, 2020 has…

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  • Shifting from Apprehension to Acceleration

    By Nathan Shipley, executive director, industry analyst, Automotive, The NPD Group

    Like many of you, I have worked in the automotive aftermarket space for most of my professional career, which means I have attended the AAPEX show more times than I can count. The 2019 show seems like a distant…

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  • COVID Didn’t Win! Welcome Virtual AAPEX Experience 2020!

    By Brian Plott, executive director, Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI)

    I started this year with great anticipation, feeling that 2020 would be a year charged with evolutionary change in the industry and powerful growth in the automotive aftermarket. As if to confirm this feeling, our first quarter activities came out…

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  • A Zero-Dollar Investment to Attract and Retain Employees

    By Kirsten Zaremba, senior director of marketing, Auto Care Association

    Experts consistently put “providing ongoing training” on the top of their list as a way to attract and retain employees. Employees want to be successful and by providing them the tools to grow and excel, you will be able to…

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  • Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Discover the Value of Remanufactured Parts at the Virtual AAPEX Experience

    By John Chalifoux, president & chief operating officer, MERA – The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing

    “Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”

    Those powerful words were first spoken by Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company. He is also the person known for…

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