Happy Birthday, Counterman
With its October 1983 inaugural issue, Counterman became the only publication dedicated to catering to the needs of automotive aftermarket parts professionals. more
Succession Planning Is Harder Than It Sounds
Our own business actually had a succession plan, (we owned a five-store chain and one service center) and believe it or not, we did not execute our plan for nine years, until we felt the time was right. more
Where Do We Go From Here?
By Allen Markowitz and Allan Gerber
We received another call from a jobber in distress looking for some assistance and the vision of a clearer future. Most of the time, we feel that updated training will help most jobbers, mainly in are... more
Program Groups Overview: Leveraging
Each year, Counterman magazine surveys the state of the program groups to assess the general health of program distribution. Consolidation that occurred in the last few years has been absent lately, as the groups have hunkered down to allocate resources where needed and sharpened their data-mining skills. There’s been an increasing emphasis on data in the past few years, something that will only continue. This year, we asked the heads of five groups for their take on where program distribution is headed. more
Make Time For Education
So often, training is available to those who really and truly need it but they won't make the time or effort to show up. more
A Good Work Ethic Can Be Taught
Folks do not inherently set out to do a bad job. I honestly believe that. However, folks come to our little "parts world" and find that we do not have it as easy as they think. more
Planning To Close A Store?
Fortunately with my current company, we’ve not had to close a store. But, in a previous lifetime, we had to close a few stores for a numbers of reasons.
It’s never easy to waltz in and tell the staff that they have a few days... more
Pep Boys Ends Merger Agreement with The Gores Group
PHILADELPHIA Pep Boys announced that it has agreed to terminate the proposed merger between Pep Boys and The Gores Group.
As settlement for any and all potential claims that Pep Boys could assert under the terms of the merger agreem... more