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Increase Tire Sales … Not Carrying Costs

Increase Tire Sales … Not Carrying Costs

By: OEC Staff | October 15th, 2015

The industry is abuzz with the latest sales trend of replacement tires. Ok … every parts manager knows what a pain they can be. They’re low margin, slow-moving, high capital parts that take up a ton of space and compete…

The Top 3 Online Replacement Parts Purchases – Who’s Buying and Why

The Top 3 Online Replacement Parts Purchases – Who’s Buying and Why

By: OEC Staff | September 10th, 2015

A while back, this blog talked about the value of setting up an e-store.  While all good information, let’s take it a step further to better understand who’s actually buying online and what replacement parts they’re actually purchasing – the…

Jeep Car Hacking Raises New Safety Concerns

Jeep Car Hacking Raises New Safety Concerns

By: OEC Staff | August 27th, 2015

We’ve all heard the sensational news around the two cyber-sleuths who managed to car-hack a Jeep Cherokee on I-64 in St. Louis.  While “playfully” adjusting the stereo, air conditioning and windshield wipers, these new-age “self-professed messiahs” also cut the transmission…

“Parts Hold” – A True Story

“Parts Hold” – A True Story

By: OEC Staff | August 19th, 2015

“Parts Hold” How many times have we heard that line at a place of business? You didn’t even ask me what I needed before hitting the “hold” button and giving my ears a rhapsody of unwelcomed music or commercials extoling…

Mythbuster: Why it Never Works to Self-Market Idle Parts

Mythbuster: Why it Never Works to Self-Market Idle Parts

By: OEC Staff | June 16th, 2015

Tell the truth, Parts Managers. Have you ever tried to self-market your idle and obsolete inventory by sending spreadsheets to larger dealers? And if so, how often did that work? According to Marvin Windham, Parts Manager for Benchmark Chrysler Dodge…

Top 5 Things Successful Parts Managers Do To Manage Parts Inventory

Top 5 Things Successful Parts Managers Do To Manage Parts Inventory

By: OEC Staff | May 28th, 2015

As I’m sure you are aware, the parts department contributes to a large amount of a dealership’s profitability.  The parts business alone is $50+ billion industry, according to NADA! What do the successful parts managers do to maintain that trajectory?…