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Shop concern of the month: Investing in technology

Shop concern of the month: Investing in technology

By: Jamie Bryson | June 20th, 2018

The complexity of cars is on the rise, and it is creating an increased need for the right vehicle manufacturer data. In fact, there are three million more lines of computer code to operate a 2015 Ford GT than there…

Holding your parts data ransom

Holding your parts data ransom

By: Celeste Hall | June 11th, 2018

Cybersecurity Ventures states that ransomware is expected to attack a business every 14 seconds by the end of 2019, and predicts that damage costs from it are predicted to hit $11.5 billion. It’s a cybersecurity threat that affects small business…

How to take advantage of the growing DIY market

How to take advantage of the growing DIY market

By: Jamie Bryson | May 18th, 2018

According to a recent Hedges & Company study, the e-commerce auto parts industry is set to top $10 Billion in 2018, boasting a 16.3 percent increase from 2017. And these DIY retail sales are growing at an annual rate of…

Keep customer relationships strong as technology increases

Keep customer relationships strong as technology increases

By: Kathy Jambor | March 21st, 2018

"Relationships sell parts.” This was a quote from one of the country’s top wholesalers at the recent OEC Dealer Council in Cleveland, Ohio. I was fortunate enough to be in the room with many experienced Parts Directors and Managers, and…

Yes, people want to buy from YOU

Yes, people want to buy from YOU

By: Scott Galbicsek | March 8th, 2018

According to Hedges & Company, the auto industry generated over $7.6 billion dollars in 2016 online parts sales – and it will only continue to grow¹. For 2018, the projected number has since risen to $10 billion dollars. With this…

Business intelligence: What’s the big deal?

Business intelligence: What’s the big deal?

By: Tom Strain | February 22nd, 2018

I know you – yes, you the person reading this – would answer “yes” to a question I am about to ask (And no I am not a magician). “Do you want to work smarter, not harder?” I know it’s…