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January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket Outlook: Near-Term Spotty; Consolidation, Reman Among Long-Term Trends

One trend affecting the aftermarket is increased focus on remanufacturing.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

LAS VEGAS -- The aftermarket, like the trucking industry at large, has been in a bit of a slump the last six or seven months, and Stu MacKay, president of MacKay & Co., thinks it will continue for at least a little while

Tags: Issues, HDAW, MacKay and Co., Aftermarket, Remanufacturing

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Patent Case Before Supreme Court Could Have 'Chilling' Effect on Reman

The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association has joined two other trade associations in filing a friend of the court brief in the United States Supreme Court opposing the right of a patent holder to impose post-sale restrictions on the use of its patented products.

Tags: Issues, APRA, Parts, Aftermarket

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CSA Changes Mean More Attention to Maintenance Items Than Ever

The latest revision to the way the federal government assesses fleet safety and compliance will mean the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC just got more important than ever

Tags: Issues, CSA, Aftermarket, Safety, compliance

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OEMs Outline Natural Gas Product Plans

Fleets have been looking forward to the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

If you're wondering about whether parts and service for natural gas engines will be in your future, it might be useful to take a look at what engine and truck makers will be offering

Tags: Issues, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Aftermarket

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Ways to Avoid Selling Counterfeit or Substandard Parts

Can you tell the difference? On the left is a genuine Bendix MV-3 dash valve. On the right is a counterfeit version.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

One of your customers gets sued when his truck is involved in a fatal crash. Faulty brake parts are blamed. Before you know it, you get dragged into court because you sold it to him. You may say, "I didn't make it! I didn't know it wasn't safe!" The answer from the courts may well be, "You should have.

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November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Massachusetts Votes in Right to Repair; Truck, Engine Makers Say it's a Bad Fit

One of the issues truck makers have with Massachusetts' ballot measure is that custom-spec'ed trucks are so individual in nature, the amount of information required is daunting.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When the Massachusetts state Legislature passed the nation's first right to repair law earlier this year, it excluded vehicles over 10,000 pounds. Last week, state voters overwhelmingly approved a different version of the law, which includes all motor vehicles sold in the state

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October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Investcorp Sells Fleetpride

Investcorp is selling heavy-duty truck and trailer parts retailer FleetPride Inc. to global investment firm TPG. FleetPride, based in The Woodlands, Texas, was established in 1999 as a result of the merger of Quality Distribution Service Partners and HDA Parts System Inc. It was bought by Bahrain-based Investcorp in 2006.

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June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Owner-Operators: 
Today's New Breed

Availability can often trump price on critical parts for many owner-operators, who don't have many options for backup if the truck goes down while under a load.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief and Jim Park, Contributing Editor

There are three kinds of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. The recent recession culled many owner-operators from the latter category

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January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dealer Perspective

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Each year, I spend some time chatting with some of the nation's top truck dealers, those nominated for the Truck Dealer of the Year award from American Truck Dealers association and sister publication Heavy Duty Trucking

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January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Great Secret

Steph Sabo, Guest Columnist

By Steph Sabo, Guest Columnist

Everyone is always looking for a competitive advantage, one that will take them over the top. Well, your search can stop, at least for today. Spend your time looking into the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Extended Trade Cycles: Examining the Value of a Savvy Parts and Service Provider

As fleets extend trade cycles, they run into spec’ing and maintenance issues where a good parts and service provider can be invaluable. (Photo: Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Nobody likes surprises. Nevertheless, in the depths of the recent recession, fleets believing they could save a few dollars by holding onto equipment for another year or so got their share of surprises

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New CSA Federal Safety Program a Game-Changer for Aftermarket Service Shops

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

There's an alarm going off for businesses that repair and maintain heavy-duty trucks. Those who hear it are working hard to prepare themselves for the game-changing new federal truck safety regim

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nine Ways to Help Customers Beat the Fuel Bill

Build customer loyalty by joining them in their quest for better fuel economy.

Fuel. Diesel or gasoline, it's one of your customers' biggest costs. Worldwide energy consumption will grow by 53% between 2008 and 2035, according to a repor

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parts & Service in the New Safety Environment

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Trucks are probably the most complex vehicles on the highways today. They fairly bristle with electronic controllers, multiplexed wiring, and sensors

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reman Today: Remanufacturing Faces New Pressures in a Changing World

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Why use new parts when used parts are half the price

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rude Awakening

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor

A lot of your customers are going to find the new CSA 2010 enforcement regime painful. Helping them avoid that pain is good business

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

21st Century Technicians

By Gordon Botts, Guest Columnist

My 15-year-old daughter's life goal, since she was 6 years old, has been to be a pediatrician. This year, she was able to attend a National Youth Leadership Internship in Medicine

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fighting Back: Regaining Market Share

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

In undercarriage components, independents have seen their share drop from 46 percent to 35 percent, while dealers have risen from 32 percent to 43 percent

Tags: Issues, Aftermarket, Distributors

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A New Groove: Alternatives Fuels and Hybrids Are Coming

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor

We're wrapping up the winter-and-spring "show season," where conventions have shown the latest products and offered educational programs for all segments of the industry

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet Parts Buying Looking Up For 2010

Look for pent-up demand to push parts buying this year, but industry trends will require a closer look at what you offer customers. (Photo by Michelin)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

The recession has not been good for the parts and service business. Dealers and independent distributors alike report a downturn like they've never seen

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovation in the Execution: Three Ways Suppliers May Distinguish Their Products and Services in the Aftermarket

By Terry Livingston, General Manager - Americas, Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket, ArvinMeritor

The heavy-duty aftermarket is hardly known as a bastion of innovation. By its very nature, the business is reactive: when a component breaks down it must be repaired or replaced

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January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Braking News: New Regulations Could Spell Parts & Service Opportunities

A technician repairs a Meritor air brake. With the new stopping rule, service providers can expect changes in 2011.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Changes in the works at the Department of Transportation could spell major opportunities for independent brake shops around the nation

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January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Turn Technology Into Profits

Don't adopt technology for technology's sake, but so you can better serve your customers. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

It's easy to get excited by all the possibilities technology offers us today. It's also easy to be intimidated and concerned about the challenges increasing technology in trucks poses to the independent distributor and service provider

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January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDAW '08 Report - Aftermarket: Where it's been, where it's going

Heavy duty distributors and product specialists have lost market share over the last 15 years, especially to independent garages, but there are opportunities for growth in several areas

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January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Battle Over Access to Repair Information

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Have you ever had a longtime customer buy new trucks and tell you he can't give you his parts and service business anymore

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January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Graying of the Aftermarket

Offer younger employees assignments outside their normal sphere to keep them challenged. Here, a part sales representative sells a part to a walk-in customer at Mascot Truck Parts. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

While distributors aren't exactly going on hiring sprees these days, there is a major issue within the industry that is being overshadowed by the current economic situation

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