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2011's Top Stories In Review
At the beginning of each year, we review the top stories of the previous year in automotive aftermarket parts distribution. We gauge this by reviewing the most-read stories from our sister e-newsletter,
Babcox Media, Publisher of Counterman, Acquires Automotive Video Inc.
AKRON, Ohio – Babcox Media Inc., publisher of Counterman, announces its acquisition of Automotive Video Inc. (AVI), effective Jan. 1, 2012, extending its reach farther throughout the automotive aftermarket, tire, performance, collision, commerci
Genuine Parts Co. Announces Donahue As New President
ATLANTA – Tom Gallagher, chairman, president and CEO of Genuine Parts Co. (GPC), announced that its board of directors has elected Paul Donahue to the position of president of Genuine Parts Co., making him only the seventh president in the compa
Federated Announces New ‘Enhanced Supply Chain’ Data Warehouse
STAUNTON, Va. – Federated Auto Parts is preparing to launch a new data warehouse solution that the group says will provide its suppliers better visibility while enabling member businesses to optimize category management practices, streamline mar
Eastern Warehouse Distributors and South Jersey Auto Supply Merge
LANGHORNE, Pa. – Pennsylvania’s Eastern Warehouse Distributors (Eastern) has announced its merger with South Jersey Auto Supply, in a combination stock/cash transaction, which became effective Nov. 18. “It is clear t
AutoZone Reports First-Quarter Sales
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — AutoZone has reported net sales of $1.9 billion for its first quarter (12 weeks) ended Nov. 19, 2011, an increase of 7.4 percent from the first quarter of fiscal 2011 (12 weeks). Domestic same-store sales, or sale
WORLDPAC Partners with Sangsin Brake
NEWARK, Calif. – WORLDPAC has added Sangsin Brake to its community of quality OEM and OES suppliers. Sangsin Brake is the largest brake pad manufacturer in South Korea and has a 30-year history in the industry, according to WORLDP
Alfred State Announces Spring Course Line-Up
ALFRED, N.Y. – Alfred State College and its automotive parts technology curriculum offer individual courses designed to help you and your employees gain a better understanding of automotive parts operations. The college has announced a list of c
Several Companies Garner Awards From The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance
AVENTURA, Fla. – Five companies were presented awards by The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance during the Alliance’s 2011 Winter Meeting on Dec. 6 in Aventura, Fla. WIX Filters, a member of the Affinia Group family of brands,
The Network’s Sold-Out National Convention to Feature Top Business Speakers at Wynn Las Vegas
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. – The Automotive Distribution Network has signed several renowned seminar speakers to appear at its sold-out National Convention, which will be held Feb. 26–29, at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort, according to Mike Lambert, pres
Mevotech Expands its Sales Team
TORONTO, Ontario – Mevotech Inc. has appointed four new executives to key positions in its sales team. Gilberto Lopez joins Mevotech as director of international business (Mexico, Central America and South America); Ray Ingraham a
Trico Products’ Radio Campaign, Website Recognized at 2011 Automotive Communications Awards
LAS VEGAS  — Trico Products recently received two honors at the 2011 Automotive Communications Awards. The company was recognized for its Fall 2011 radio campaign and revamped website at a ceremony held during AAPEX 2011.
What's New In Spark Plugs
What's New In Spark Plugs
Iridium has a higher melting temperature than platinum and is six times harder than platinum.
Brake Pulsation Returns: Don’t Blame The Pads or Rotors
by Andrew Markel, Editor Brake & Front End magazine Here is a scenario: A shop buys a set of pads and rotors from your store and performs a brake job on a vehicle (nothing special about the vehicl
A Brief History of Gasoline Direct Fuel Injection Systems
A Brief History of Gasoline Direct Fuel Injection Systems
The concept of injecting gasoline directly into an engine’s cylinders was invented by Swedish engineer Jonas Hesselman in 1925. During World War II, Germany began equipping some of its fighter aircraft with direct fuel injection to prevent eng
Why Some Shops Fail
Repair shops come and go and often we look around and wonder why they failed.  Sometimes the economy gets them and sometimes a vast combination of negative factors point to a failure. Good technicians don’t necessarily make good business
Are You Trained?
By now, many of you have figured out from some of my references in this column that I have spent time as a counterperson. Yes, it was a while ago but not long enough that I can’t relate to what all of you go through on a daily basis. All I can
Counter-Tech: Three Tech Trends... at SEMA 2011
I never thought the words, “I’m a writer for Counterman magazine” would ever roll off my tongue; but here I am. For several months now, I have been fortunate to be given the opportunity to write a column for you folks and going f
Deliver Consistent Service in 2012
By Allen Markowitz and Allan Gerber As 2012 begins, here are a few business concepts that should be reviewed and reinforced annually. First, follow up with your customers. Customers need to k
MAM Announces New Roles and Promotions
MAM Announces New Roles and Promotions
Two key staff members appointed to new roles within company.
Federal-Mogul Technical Education Center Announces Extensive Schedule of Training Workshops, Webinars
Federal-Mogul Technical Education Center Announces Extensive Schedule of Training Workshops, Webinars
Parts professionals, vehicle and engine service technicians can choose from more than 40 hands-on clinics, 20 live webinars covering latest diagnostic and repair procedures.

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