Lucas Deal

Articles by Lucas Deal

Lucas Deal is the editor of Truck Parts & Service and Successful Dealer. He can be reached at lucasdeal@randallreilly.com.

Lucas Deal has posted 1083 Articles for Truck Parts & Service

Three easy steps to finding a part

A customer comes into your store and he needs a part. You get the SKU, look it up in your inventory management software and nothing ...

Distributor of the Year finalists announced

Truck Parts & Service is thrilled to announce the finalists for this year's Distributor of the Year award: Blaine Brothers, (Blaine, ...

Surviving business struggles in the aftermarket

This is Part III of Truck Parts & Service's three-part special report on aftermarket family businesses. For an introduction, CLICK HERE. Joyful as it can be, leading a family business is not without challenges. If pride in a job well done is one of the biggest selling points, the stress of the job ...

Finding a part Step 3: Update your inventory

The third and final step involved regularly updating you parts stock in comparison to your demand. Make sure you note any non-stocked parts you acquire in your inventory system. When a single request becomes a trend, Ed Neeley, president at Truck Supply Company of South Carolina, says it’s time to ...

Finding a part Step 2: Determine a contact order

Having a contact list tailored to your location is the quickest way to find a part in need. To build a contact list, you must first identify every option you have for finding a component. This includes your other locations, vendors, other distributors, dealers and even other customers. When a ...

The joys of running the family business

This is Part II of Truck Parts & Service's three-part special report on aftermarket family businesses. For an introduction, CLICK HERE. Those who’ve done it say running a family business can be incredibly rewarding, keeping active family involved and drawing others into the industry. “It’s not about making money to me,” says Joe ...

Avoiding the tempation of emission tampering

This is Part I of a five-part special report on emission tampering released last week by Successful Dealer. For access to Parts II-V, please see the links at the bottom of the page. For as long as heavy-duty trucks have been on the road, people have been tinkering with ...

SPECIAL REPORT: All in the family

Trucking has always been filled with successful family businesses. Many of the largest fleets in North America — Swift, J.B. Hunt, Schneider, Werner Enterprises —started as small family businesses, as did some of the industry’s most recognizable truck brands — Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt. While some of those large scale ...

All in the Family, Part I: The foundation

This is Part I of Truck Parts & Service's three-part special report on aftermarket family businesses. For an introduction, CLICK HERE. The aftermarket has been filled with smart, proactive family-led operations since its inception. Some of those businesses remain major players in the industry today. When Six Robblees first opened ...

The ‘Family’ Business