November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
Without a common definition of remanufactured products, products with different quality levels could be grouped together, causing confusion in the marketplace.
October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
Every industry is transitioning to online sales as the world is becoming more digitized and people are getting more accustomed to online purchases in their personal lives.
August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
Parts and service providers are making major investments to better position themselves to be the fleets’ location of choice for maintenance and repair.
July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
Things can get confusing when a truck is down and a part is needed to complete a repair. Which part is right in a given situation can be hard to tell, and often it has nothing to do with whose name is on the box the part comes in..
July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
Amy Kartch, director of North America Vehicle Group Aftermarket for Eaton, shared her thoughts on the major issues facing the aftermarket, what Eaton is doing to help overcome those challenges, and what she sees for the future.
July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story
The trucking industry is rife with misconceptions about parts that make it difficult for fleet managers to be sure they are getting the parts they need.
June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
Fleets want to have as much choice for parts acquisition as possible, so having a strong independent aftermarket is important.
April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
It doesn’t matter how quickly a technician diagnoses a problem; the repair will be put on hold without the right parts.
February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
Exhaust gas circulation valves and coolers and DPFs have been around since 2007, but not all fleets have a good understanding of the proper cleaning cycle.
February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
The trucking industry aftermarket is being bombarded with technology, and that trend is not likely to go away any time soon, according to industry analyst Derek Kaufman.
December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
The truck parts and service aftermarket got a lot of attention in 2015, as the focus of many fleets shifted to total cost of operation rather than cost per mile. This shined a bright spotlight on maintenance and repair practices as ways to keep asset utilization high.
November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
Action Truck Parts recently moved to a more visual customer experience offering more of a retail approach to parts purchasing.
September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
There is no requirement that aftermarket linings meet reduced-stopping-distance requirements.
August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
For fleets that are trying to extend the life of their vehicles, recycled or reconditioned parts might be the answer.
July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
Counterfeit. White box. Gray market. Genuine. Aftermarket. Will fit. Private label. Knock-off. All those terms are used to describe truck parts. That explains why there is confusion and uncertainty in the market.
July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story
Counterfeiting, gray market parts and intellectual property violations can make it hard to know what part is actually in the box you just bought.
April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
While it seems like price dominates conversations about both parts purchasing and service provider selection, the reality is that it often is not the most important factor.
March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
2014 and 2015 might be the sweet spot for aftermarket parts and service, in large part due to the average age of the truck population.
January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
It’s that time of year when suppliers, distributors and service providers all gather to talk to each other, share best practices and to discuss the future of the heavy-duty aftermarket.
December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
It’s been a busy year for the heavy-duty aftermarket. With the age of the nation’s fleet still high, fleets are spending a lot of money to keep trucks on the road. Given the importance of maintenance and repair, we'll recap some of the key issues that affected fleets in this area in 2014.
October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
With the growth of all-makes (often referred to as private label or value line) parts programs, fleets have more choices than ever for fulfilling their parts needs. But do these programs offer real choices or just muddy the parts purchasing landscape?
July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story
Trucks are on the road much longer than they used to be, and that translates into a greater demand and investment in parts, service, and ongoing maintenance. Which means parts purchasing decisions more important than ever.
May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
Ever wonder exactly how the parts you order get to you when you need them where you need them? Meritor recently invited Heavy Duty Trucking to its Florence, Ky., Parts Distribution Center.
April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
Remanufacturing has been in the news quite a bit lately. I recently wrote about the need to include remanufactured parts as an integral part of your fleet’s overall parts strategy.
March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
Phony designer handbags…fake Rolex watches…buy these without realizing it and you’ll undoubtedly overpay for inferior products. Your wallet and your ego will both take a hit, but you’ll survive. But if you purchase fake aftermarket truck parts, the results can be disastrous.
December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial
The Internet is opening avenues for parts purchases that never existed before. But does it make sense for you to consider adding online parts purchasing to your parts buying strategy?
July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
The Massachusetts state legislature passed the nation's first "Right to Repair" law last summer, but it excluded vehicles over 10,000 pounds. However, in November, state voters overwhelmingly approved a different version of the law, which includes all motor vehicles sold in the state.
June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive
Consolidation, more proprietary parts and increased competition are squeezing margins for those who sell heavy-duty truck parts. Industry experts are on the record saying that in the future, aftermarket parts distributors need to have service as part of their business if they want to remain profitable.