• State of Supply Chain Disruptions

    By Angela Chiang, director, International Affairs, Auto Care Association

    Companies of all different sizes and industries are experiencing significant supply chain disruptions as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reveal supply chain vulnerabilities and have a staggering effect on the movement of goods worldwide. Each link in the supply chain is…

  • A Radically Different Aftermarket

    By Nathan Shipley, automotive industry analyst, The NPD Group

    My first business trip in more than 18 months will take place in a few weeks as I fly to Las Vegas for the 2021 AAPEX show. I have attended this show more times than I can count — and the…

  • Employee Retention & Evolving With the Automotive Industry

    A Conversation With The ASOG Podcast’s David Roman & Lucas Underwood

    We reached out to the hosts of The Auto Shop Owners Group (ASOG) Podcast, David Roman and Lucas Underwood, to get their thoughts on challenges the automotive aftermarket industry is facing, recommendations they have for shop owners, and how…

  • Eight Ways to Strengthen Your Company’s Cybersecurity Strategy

    By Taylor Mitchell, senior vice president, technology and standards, Auto Care Association

    Vehicle security is a critical conversation and you can learn all the latest information about safe, secure and standardized access to vehicle repair data at the Auto Care Emerging Technology booth (A30001) and in Joe’s Garage this year…

  • Where Customers Become Friends

    By Dwayne Myers, CEO and president, Dynamic Automotive

    This summer, we were finally able to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, about a year and a half late, with our customers, friends, family, partners and team members. What a celebration it was, being able to be in person after so long and getting…

  • Businesses Must Adapt as Cooling Systems Technology Changes

    By Mark Taylor, NARSA/IDEA Executive Director

    Many radiator shop technicians actually started out as blacksmiths. An example of this history is NARSA/IDEA member Don Hart’s Radiator based in Waller, Texas. Don’s great-uncles, the Echols brothers, started a blacksmith business in Fort Worth in 1910. Because they recognized automotive technology as…

  • Attracting and Retaining Automotive Aftermarket Employees in 2021 and Beyond

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

    Automotive aftermarket wage averages continue to break records with June 2021 being another record month for non-supervisory employee wages. On the retail side, parts store employees on average made $18.61 per hour, 7% higher than June 2020, while tire dealer employees…

  • How the Automotive Aftermarket Can Navigate the Ongoing Chemical Regulation Challenges 

    By Laurie Holmes, senior director, Environmental Policy, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)

    President Biden’s administration has made strong public commitments prioritizing policies that aim to improve environmental and health concerns. The administration’s Paris Climate Accord goals to significantly reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) by 50% – 52% by 2030 have…

  • Exploring and Expanding Business Opportunities in the Global Automotive Aftermarket

    By Carolina Arregoces, associate, International Affairs, Auto Care Association

    While it is true that the pandemic impacted the global automotive aftermarket, there are significant trends that are already shaping its growth while providing new global business opportunities for companies looking to expand and explore new markets.  

    E-Commerce Opportunities

    Developing a…

  • Today’s ESG Environment Presents a Wonderful Opportunity for All Who Make or Sell Remanufactured Parts

    By John Chalifoux, president & COO, MERA – The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing

    Much has happened in the automotive aftermarket since the start of the pandemic. First, we saw vehicle miles traveled — and sales — take a big hit. As we began to juggle disrupted supply chains and irregular…