LOS ANGELES – At Automotive Parts Associates’ (APA) 34th Annual Conference this week, the group’s 2015 vendor award recipients were announced.
The Headquarters Manufacturer of Choice Award was given to AISIN. This award recognizes AISIN for having the fastest turnaround time from application of parts to product availability, ease of doing business and responsiveness to member and APA headquarters needs.
Federal-Mogul received the Marketing Partner Award for the second year in a row. According to APA, Federal-Mogul continually supports and sponsors APA promotions, and also was recognized for its national ad campaigns, seasonal promotions and strong technical training programs.
APA Shareholders awarded The Professionals’ Choice Vendor of the Year to PTC for its excellent fill rate, outstanding cataloging, new numbers, ease of doing business and the company’s long-term commitment to APA.
The Branded Manufacturer of the Year went to BBB Industries. BBB was recognized for consistently being first-to-market with new model year parts, quick turnaround time and high fill rates on replenishment orders, new product categories and superior cataloging.
Two new awards were presented this year. The Cornerstone Award went to Bosch. This award acknowledges Bosch for being instrumental in the growth and success of APA. The Distinguished OE Partner award was presented to Denso; a manufacturer that is an industry leader in the automotive aftermarket that has successfully brought its OE products into the automotive aftermarket and provided APA with the highest-quality products.
APA recognized shareholder S & J Industries for its longevity and dedication to the aftermarket and the APA group. In 2014, the company celebrated 30 years of business in North Hollywood, Calif.
“APA truly appreciates the vendor community that works day in and day out with its shareholders and their customers. That relationship is an important part of the mutual success we have with them. We look forward to the continued growth with our vendor partners” said Gary Martin, president and CEO of APA.
APA’s Annual Shareholder and Manufacturer Conference is held each year at different venues across the United States. APA is a member-owned cooperative made up of more than 100 independent warehouse distributors in North America with more than 375 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Its members’ distribution centers offer a wide assortment of national brand product lines as well as a substantial line of Professionals’ Choice private brand products.