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GenNext announces changes to board of directors

After its Q4 Board of Directors meeting, GenNext has voted and approved to install five new directors and one new ...

Supplier openings still available for upcoming GenNext distributor training expo

GenNext announced this week that it still has Silver Level Sponsorship openings available for its inaugural distributor sales training expo, which will be held April 29 to May 1, 2016, in Atlanta. Designed to allow suppliers direct product training with distributor sales and parts professionals, GenNext says Silver Level Sponsorship ($10,000) provides a supplier ...

In case you missed it: Video of the 2015 Distributor of the Year presentation

For those who didn't make the trip to Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW), here's a look at the 14th annual Truck Parts & Service Distributor of the Year award presentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1KRsn-qpfs

Industry report: The State of the Independent Aftermarket

The following comes from the January 2016 issue of Truck Parts & Service. To read a digital version of the magazine, please click the image below. While it won’t be remembered as the best ever, 2015 was a solid year for the heavy-duty aftermarket. Buoyed by a still aging vehicle ...

Top Challenges facing the aftermarket

Finding service technicians remains far and away the largest challenge facing independent heavy-duty aftermarket operations entering 2016. According to Truck Parts & Service's November 2015 reader survey, nearly 56 percent of aftermarket operations cited technician availability as one of the three biggest challenges they face in their business. That number was ...

What would you fix, if you could fix it today?

If time and money was of no concern, nearly 38 percent of respondents a November 2015 Truck Parts & Service reader survey say the first thing they would improve about their business is its use of technology. That number was nearly double the second most popular answer, improving the service department ...

The Great Unknown

Economic uncertainty remains one of the aftermarket’s biggest hindrances in preparing for 2016. In November 2015, Kiplinger’s pegged expected 2016 GDP growth in the United States at 2.8 percent, while IMF was slightly more conservative at 2.4 percent. Many in the aftermarket seem to agree. Nearly one quarter (24 percent) ...

Eaton expands coverage of automated 10-speed transmissions for vocational applications

Eaton has expanded coverage of the Fuller Advantage series automated overdrive models for use in vocational applications. Initially launched in other applications in 2013, Eaton says Fuller Advantage transmissions offer many benefits compared to the UltraShift PLUS including reduced weight, increased efficiency and lower maintenance costs. Vehicle control is vital ...

Tire Service Equipment concludes patent infringement litigation against Gaither Tool

Tire Service Equipment Manufacturing Co. (TSISSG), last week announced the conclusion of its patent infringement litigation against Gaither Tool Co. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank has entered a consent judgment and injunction finding that Gaither’s U.S. Bead Bazooka line ...

VIPAR CFO Joyce named COO of Global Parts Network

VIPAR Heavy Duty Chief Financial Officer Suzan Joyce has been named chief operating officer (COO) for Global Parts Network, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VIPAR Heavy Duty. A 12-year veteran of VIPAR Heavy Duty, Joyce will continue in her role as CFO while also leading the GPN organization. “Suzan has played a key ...