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Auto industry solves its Right to Repair question

I always hear people in the heavy-duty aftermarket say our industry is consistently seven to ten years behind the automotive industry. It doesn’t matter what innovation or technology it is, if it is in use in the heavy-duty market, it probably debuted earlier somewhere in or around a car. If ...

The first day of the rest of your life

This month marks a new beginning; the beginning of a new year, and a dawn of a new emissions age. Effective this month, heavy-duty engine and truck makers will offer new models that comply with the additional new standards for lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and minimum fuel ...

Slow and steady growth in 2014

The aftermarket survived a slow start to post a solid year in 2013, its fourth in a row since last decade’s recession. Business growth has been minimal but it’s happened, and early indications are 2014 will be more of the same. Considering what the market went through just five years ago, most industry veterans are ...

Debunking the retreading myth

While home with my family during the holiday break I joined my father on a short trip to a nearby town. On the way there we started discussing the stories I was working on for Truck Parts & Service and I mentioned I was conducting interviews for an article ...

Final thoughts on the year

Yesterday I posted a blog on Successful Dealer highlighting my top stories of 2013. Before we completely turn our backs on last year, I’d like to do the same for Truck Parts & Service. So without further ado, here are three stories I really enjoyed on Truck Parts & ...

Minimizer celebrates 30 years

Great ideas are often born in the strangest places. In Minimizer's case, it was born in the trash...kind of. Thirty years ago Lorraine Kruckeberg backed her car over a Rubbermaid trashcan. That seemingly mundane event inspired her husband, Dick, to develop heavy-duty poly truck fenders, which in-turn led to the ...

Updating our calendar

For those of you who don’t know, it’s common in the publishing business for magazines — and trade magazines like this one, specifically — to release an editorial calendar before an upcoming year to notify advertisers, marketing firms and readers about what’s to come. Truck Parts & Service has ...

Distributor of the Year photo gallery

Last week I mentioned in this space how fortunate we are at Truck Parts & Service to have great businesses nominated for our 12th annual Distributor of the Year award. I also highlighted the great businesses who have been finalists and winners in the past. Each distributor has ...

Not these guys’ first rodeo

The 2013 Rush Truck Center Tech Rodeo stormed into San Antonio this week where a battle for bragging rights, cash, trophies, belt buckles, pay raises and prizes took place over three days. Mike Besson, Rush's Vice President of Dealership Operations and Customer Care, said a few new twists were ...

Looking back on 2013

Beginning later this week, Truck Parts & Service will begin its annual countdown of the Top 10 stories from 2013. The selection of articles were based on the number of people who read them, and ranked accordingly. So, you may not see them as the most "newsworthy" in the traditional sense. ...