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July 8, 2013

Right To Repair Update

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 19, 2013

5 Ways Software Can Improve Your Bottom Line

It's a rare heavy-duty service shop or parts warehouse/distributor that doesn't use some kind of computer software in its operation. It might be as simple as an accounting package such as QuickBooks, or as complex as a full-featured industry-specific enterprise management package.

June 4, 2013

Inland Truck Parts Dedicated to Training Technicians

Inland Truck Parts is an independent parts and service operation, but it says the quality of its technicians rival that of OE dealers. Its latest commitment to that is a new 15,000-square-foot training facility in Olathe, Kan., a Kansas City suburb.

June 3, 2013

Independents Look to Service for Growth

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.

March 7, 2013

Interstate Batteries Senior VP Promoted

Interstate Batteries Senior Vice President Walt Holmes is adding the title of senior vice president for distributor operations and innovation team.

March 4, 2013

Record Supply in Wyoming Signs on with Vipar Heavy Duty

Record Supply Inc. in Gillette, Wyo. is the newest stockholder to join the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors.

February 27, 2013

Are You Pursuing Best Practices, or 'Next Practices'?

A fundamental challenge to our industry is our historical over-reliance on each other for insight. We seem to celebrate regurgitating and repackaging what ‘everyone knows’, rather than challenging ourselves to think different.

February 23, 2013

Inland Truck Parts Expands to Scottsbluff Location

Inland Truck Parts has now moved to a brand new, 37,000-square-foot facility in Scottsbluff, Neb.

February 19, 2013

How to Use Outsourcing to Focus on What Makes Your Distributorship Unique

Do you think of outsourcing as something to be done because you simply can't get everything done you need to? If so, you may be missing an opportunity to think strategically and use outsourcing to help you focus on the "magic dust" that makes your business unique.

February 12, 2013

Centennial Celebration at Six Robblees

Over the past 100 years, Six Robblees Inc. has grown from a small family business with three employees to a small family business with 165 employees and 18 locations across five states.

February 5, 2013

Inland Truck Parts Combines Wichita Parts and Service Locations

Inland Truck Parts has consolidated its Wichita, Kan., operations in a new, custom-built location.

February 5, 2013

The Value Of Separation for HD Distributors

The airlines have started charging separately for everything from shipping your luggage to getting a better place in line. Maybe it's time for distributors to look at a similar "unbundling" strategy.

February 4, 2013

HDA Truck Pride Adds Fleet Friction

HDA Truck Pride is continuing to grow by adding Fleet Friction. Fleet Friction is located in San Diego, Calif. Their management team includes: Owners Mike Buscher and Richard Harrigan and General Manager Craig Dawson.

January 17, 2013

East Coast Brake Rebuilders Adds High-Tech Paint System

East Coast Brake Rebuilders in Virginia Beach, Va., has added a new paint system for brake shoes it says is one of the first in the industry

August 16, 2010

Fighting Back: Regaining Market Share

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

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