Bill Wade

Bill Wade is a partner at Wade & Partners and a heavy-duty aftermarket veteran. He is the author of Aftermarket Innovations. He can be reached at

Envisioning Amazon Aftermarket Effects 2019

May 18, 2017

As May, 2017 reaches its halfway point, CNBC this week noted the 20th anniversary of Amazon (AMZN) going public. Had we invested $10,000 in their IPO, we would enjoy a holding worth well over $5 million today. On this anniversary, AMZN has twice the market cap ...

Avoiding Heavy Duty Groupthink

April 6, 2017

Heavy-duty distribution innovation used to feature a linear trajectory from new knowledge to new product or service, to new profit. Now innovation is neither singular nor linear nor obvious. "The dogma of the past is inadequate in the stormy present ... As our case is new, so must ...

Lean Works for small distributors and even branches

March 14, 2017

Lean manufacturing (originally developed in Japan) has helped factories throughout the world reduce inventories, lower labor costs and increase overall efficiencies. The same concepts embraced by lean manufacturing practitioners can help even smaller distributors achieve the goal of effective inventory management. Effective inventory management allows a ...