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China Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Charter Members Complete North American Discovery Tour

Working sessions with distributors and stores in Southern California provide visitors insights into operations in their own emerging aftermarket.

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The charter members of the China Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance wrapped up their initial fact-finding and discovery tour of North America with working meetings with three Alliance shareholders in Southern California.

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Collaborating with their North American peers, the contingent of visitors gained valuable one-on-one interaction to learn skills from the established operators in North America to take back to their own markets. Meetings with the leadership teams at Warren Distributing, Metro and Hanson Distributing Co. focused on best practices in the areas of distribution, the criticality of forging strong ties with service center customers and effective sales and marketing techniques. charter members visit california auto supply of hanson distributing co. in pomona, calif.

While at Warren Distributing, the group met with President Brian Weiss and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Pat Winters and toured the master Santa Fe Springs facility and one of the Warren satellite facilities in Santa Monica. The next stop was Pico Rivera and Metro’s new, state-of-the-art distribution center. The tour ended at Metro with a Q&A session with General Manager Robert Ramirez and Operations Manage Ken Auer. A Warren Distributing satellite facility in Santa Monica, Calif., was next on the list.

The final stop for the contingent was Hanson Distributing in Azusa. Dan Hanson Sr., president & CEO; Dan Hanson Jr., senior vice president & director of store operations; Steve Cox, chief operating officer; and Berng Yeh, vice president and director of fulfillment and data services treated the group to a master warehouse tour and presentation on warehouse operations. They then traveled to stores including California Auto Supply in Pomona and Walnut Auto Parts in Rowland Heights.

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“The experience of visiting these incredibly impressive operations is something that will help us tremendously when we return home,” said Zhang Xiwen, chairman of CAAPA. “Our own markets are growing and evolving every day and the experience here is almost like peering into the future. It was both overwhelming and invigorating.”

“We packed a lot into a one week visit,” said John Washbish, president and CEO of the Alliance. “Our new China partners were not exactly sure what to expect during their visit to America. We promised to teach them how we ‘do it’ at the Alliance and with the expert assistance of these three ‘world-class’ shareholders, we more than delivered on our promise! Our new members went home with plenty to chew on!”

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