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New buying group created
Pro Heavy Duty will represent independent wholesale distributors and service specialists throughout North America.
John Stoeckinger, president at Pro Heavy Duty, says the group has been formed to provide the best buying group solution in the heavy-duty aftermarket arena, and to provide improved profitability to its membership.
Stoeckinger says the group will offer distributors a focused list of quality suppliers and product categories to operate in the marketplace.
“We want to partner with two or three suppliers in each product category and work with them to support them and bring market share back to them” through our distributors, he says.
“The [distribution] market today is looking for a traditional buying group that provides its members with the benefits of best acquisition pricing and assisting in reducing its members’ operational costs,” Stoeckinger adds.
The Pro Heavy Duty membership has excellent distributors in major markets, that are professionally managed, as well as small business owners that take pride in providing excellent service to their customers, the company says.
Pro Heavy Duty forecasts to grow to 50+ members and 175 locations in the group in 2014. Stoeckinger says interest in the group was high at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.
Pro Heavy Duty will represent OEM quality parts and also provide all makes aftermarket product lines to its members.
“Pro Heavy Duty is taking a different approach to the aftermarket in how we partner with our suppliers,” says Stoeckinger. “We continue to want to partner with, and structure programs that allow its supplier partners to gain market share.”
More information on the new group can be found at www.proheavyduty.com.