Improvements in software and hardware used for inventory management have made it easier for distributors and shops to stay on top of trends in parts sales.


Inventory Control: High-Tech Ways to Manage Parts Flow

For anyone selling truck parts, managing inventory is the most basic part of the business. Automated inventory systems have been in use in the aftermarket business for year


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

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

Karon and Calbi agreed that a national network is an important dealer advantage -- one distributors need to come together to address.


Dealer vs. Distributor

In a standing-room only session at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas in January, a panel discussion duked it out between the views of the dealer and the independent aftermarket distributor

(Above) The receiver-dryer's moisture indicator gives a quick visual cue about the refrigerants's condition. (Below) When a compressor overheats, the rubber end-caps can melt right off (right).


Beyond R-134a: What's Next for Mobile A/C Refrigerants?

In February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued final approval of HFO-1234yf as a refrigerant for air conditioners in new cars and light trucks

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief


Service Sells

I recently needed a new pair of athletic shoes. Not that I'm particularly athletic, but I took a spill last year and my orthopedist said I need to wear good, supportive shoes to avoid continued knee and ankle problems. My 5-year-old New Balances weren't cutting it anymore


Why Distributors Might Want to Look into an Employee Ownership Plan

Employee stock ownership plans, known as ESOPs, are gaining in popularity. There even was federal legislation introduced earlier this year to expand their use


Aftermarket Products

Allison TC10 to aim at road tractor market Allison's TC10 transmission combines a torque converter with a sophisticated 10-speed mechanical gearbo

The IRS requires S-Corp owners to be paid


Incorporation Options: What's the Best Fit for Your Company?

When you started your business, chances are there weren't quite as many options for how to organize it as there are now

The benefits of reducing paper in your operation go way beyond being green.


Going Paperless

We all have received those emails with the little tagline at the bottom urging us to think about the environment before printing that message

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


Nine Ways to Help Customers Beat the Fuel Bill

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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