A Parts Pro Should Think Like A Beatle
I’m on the 100-step plan toward becoming a Beatle. No, I’m not going to get a mop-top haircut and learn guitar (actually, I play drums), but I’ve been reading a great business book. It’s called more
Smiling Might Be The Key
If you’ve never heard of Tom Peters, you should read some of his stuff. He’s one of those management gurus, and in my mind, one of the very best of them out there. He challenges people to do better and uses common sense to battle the ills t... more
2011's Top Stories In Review
At the beginning of each year, we review the top stories of the previous year in automotive aftermarket parts distribution. We gauge this by reviewing the most-read stories from our sister e-newsletter, more
Business Moves Fast (Some Of Them)
I subscribe to a newsletter by a business that runs auctions. What they auction isn’t important for the purposes of this discussion, but suffice it to say, the prices the items yield can be quite high.
The other day, the CEO of the ... more
Have Money. Need Product.
There's nothing more agonizing than needing or wanting something and you can't have access to it. Here he was, money ready in-hand, eagerly wanting to spend it but not being able to buy what he wanted. more
Editor's Ink: It's All About Market Intelligence
In the 1983 movie "War Games," starring Matthew Broderick, a giant military supercomputer named "WOPR" - which stands for War Operation Plan Response - sat in an underground facility and strategized about war. Think the aftermarket is any less exciting? more
Nominate Yourself, Someone Else For CPOTY
It's short for "Counter Professional of the Year," and yes, it's that time again. This year, the award is again sponsored by Affinia, and its brands WIX Filters and Raybestos brakes and chassis. more
Miles Driven Continues To Trend Downward
Northcoast Research, a Cleveland-based firm that tracks miles driven and presents data about six weeks ahead of the government, isn’t convinced that miles driven will reverse the decline it’s been experiencing. more
More Than Pizza Is Being Delivery
I’ve always marveled at something that a lot of people probably take for granted: home pizza delivery.
If you think about it, it’s a beautiful concept: With a phone call or few clicks of a mouse or swipes on a smartphone, a car will ... more