Lack of planning could mean the end of your business.


Are You Planning For Succession?

Last year, Midwest Wheel celebrated its 100th anniversary under a fourth-generation owner. Betts Spring is in its sixth generation and just promoted a sixth-generation Betts family member to vice president. But many more small businesses peris

New braking rules require shorter panic stops, but the resulting stronger brakes will have otehr benefits like increased fade resistance on long downgrades.


Stronger Brakes on Class 8 Rigs Require Distributors to Learn About and Stock New Parts

Emerging from truck factories in the U.S. since Aug. 1 are road tractors that can stop in substantially shorter distances than those built earlier. It's due to a change in government stopping distance requirement


Engines Tomorrow: What Types of Engines Will You Be Selling Parts for in the Future?

The next step in engine emissions is targeting greenhouse gas emissions in heavy trucks. Because burning less fossil fuel means lower GHG emissions, truck makers soon must meet North America's first fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty truck


Engines Today: How Are the EPA-Spec Engines From the Past Decade Performing?

A lot of truck owners aren't particularly happy with some of their EPA-emissions-spec engines from the past decade, and that could spell aftermarket opportunities as those engines come out of warranty.


Aftermarket Products

Trojan heavy-duty starting battery Trojan's TransPower ST1000 high-performance AGM 31 heavy-duty starting batter

If you don't have a website - or if it leaves a bad impression - you might be invisible, or worse. Many fleets or shops won't buy from someone without a website because these customers can't check out the operation online.


Why You Need a Great Website

Why is a website important? Because if you don't have one, you don't exist to a very large number of potential customers

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)


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

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

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake's Versadjuster is one of the Top 5 products selected.


Top 5 Aftermarket Products Honored

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Journal's Top 5 products were selected by the editors from new product announcements published in HDAJ during 2010

Deborah Lockridge, Editor


Smart Business: How You Can Use Brain-Boosting Strategies to Build Your Business

I was reading an article in Newsweek about ways to boost brain performance, and it occurred to me that a number of key points could be applied to boosting business performanc


Aftermarket Products

Eaton Launches EverTough Eaton launched a new brand of drivetrain components, called EverTough, engineered specifically for the aftermarket with a new line of heavy-duty clutches


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