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To Catch A Thief

I’m going to let this one speak for itself. Here’s a great story from Karmak on how one of its business systems was used to quickly identify and apprehend a parts thief. In reading this story, I can’t help but wonder: Without Karmak’s technology, how long would it have taken to catch this guy? Probably more than a ...

The second half

As we prepare for the upcoming long holiday weekend, it’s time to again look at what’s scheduled for Truck Parts & Service in the coming months. Our Distributor of the Year nomination period ended last Friday, and the finalists will be announced next week. After those businesses are announced, we will begin the profiling each ...

Truck dealers jumping in used market head-first, and the aftermarket should follow

Used Class 8 tractors are selling for record prices – a fact that isn’t lost on some of the industry’s largest players. Recently, Penske and Rush Enterprises each announced plans to construct brick and mortar truck lots for used truck sales. Rush recently opened its first Rig Tough used truck ...

Distributor of the Year features to begin next month

Reaching June means we are now another month closer to announcing the 2014 Truck Parts & Service Distributor of the Year nominees. Our nomination process (which is still open, by the way) will conclude, Friday, June 27, and the 2014 finalists will be announced in July. We will follow ...

Customers (not competitors nor technology) are the real forces of change

The National Association of Wholesalers recently published the most recent installment in their Facing the Forces of Change series of research studies This series remains the only major research study to analyze the future of wholesale distribution within multiple lines of trade, and provides insights about the overall future ...

More dates for our 2014 calendar

It’s amazing to think we’re already in May. It’s seems like just yesterday we were all walking around the trade show at HDAW. Time really does fly. Knowing that, below is a list of stories that will be quickly appearing in the pages of Truck Parts & Service. And remember, those ...

Parts customers show Internet, digital preferences

Suppliers looking to reach their truck driver customers will find them in increasing numbers on the Internet. According to a recent report published by Truck Parts & Service's sister publication, Overdrive, an overwhelming majority (53 percent) of truck owner-operators surveyed preferred to receive trucking industry information from printed magazines but on digital ...

‘Best Practices’ a lame goal

A number of years ago, I had the good fortune to hear a lecture by the organization and quality guru W. Edwards Deming. It was plenty strange, because the talk was being delivered at a seminar presented by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers, in Tokyo, because ...

Avoiding a natural (gas) disaster

Natural gas. Think back over the last 12 months. How many articles have you read, or how many discussions have you been involved in, about natural gas? Dozens or more, right? There’s no question that finding a viable alternative fuel is a – if not the – hot button issue in ...

Steering clear of a service land mine

Nobody likes getting a bill. But a $37,500 bill, I’d have to imagine that would cause more than an audible grown to you. If you didn’t know, that’s the bill you are at risk of getting every day if you're an active commercial vehicle repair facility, as that is ...