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The National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA), also known as NAPA Auto Parts, founded in 1925, is an American retailers' cooperative distributing automotive replacement parts, accessories and service items in North America.


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    • The AAM Group is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 AAM Scholarship.  The AAM Group established The educational aid program to support full-time employees (and their families) of AAM member warehouses in the pursuit of their educational goals at a two-year community college or technical school or a four-year college at the undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate level.  Each $1,000 scholarship is awarded for one year to a high school graduate in good scholastic standing.  A committee of independent, third-party evaluators selected the following recipients, who each demonstrated the diligence, rigor and academic achievement the award stands for. Winners Hailey Huchkowski (Dix Performance): Graduated high school in June with a 4.0 GPA and plans to pursue a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences. John T. Harris (AllPro Distributing): Graduated high school in June with a 4.395 GPA and intends to study biological sciences. Parker Larson (Motorville): Repeat winner graduated high school in 2019 with a 4.0 GPA. He is pursuing a degree in finance. Mark Rimmer (Lordco): Repeat winner who graduated high school last year with a 3.8 GPA. He is pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering. Application Details Each year’s AAM Scholarship application period opens April 15 and closes May 31. Applicants must be at least 16 years old on the day the application for the current year is due and have graduated high school or its equivalent with a minimum 3.0 GPA before July 1 of the year in which they will use the scholarship.  Applicants must be a full-time employee of an AAM member or a child, grandchild, sister or brother of such an employee. Up to five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded each year.  For complete program details, visit  link hidden, please login to view. The post link hidden, please login to view appeared first on link hidden, please login to view. link hidden, please login to view
    • Arnold Motor Supply and several aftermarket channel partners raised $40,000 leading up to the company’s 32nd golf and leisure event. Proceeds from the fundraiser have been donated to link hidden, please login to view, a foundation helping children with life-threatening medical challenges. ”Tori’s Angels changes the lives of children and families across Iowa and beyond,” said Eric Johnson, managing partner at Arnold Motor Supply. “The son of one of our team members was accepted as the foundation’s 89th sponsored child. Alongside our valued channel partners, we were able to raise enough to help approximately eight more families.” Tori’s Angels pays for all medical and travel expenses not covered by insurance. Each child is supported from the date of acceptance until his/her 19th birthday.  Channel Partners Recognized Arnold Motor Supply also recognized key channel partners during its annual event. BBB Industries received the Vendor of the Year award for the outstanding value BBB brings to the stores and distribution centers. “We partnered with BBB on a new category this year and saw immediate results,” said Brad Edwardson, vice president of business development at Arnold Motor Supply. “Once inventory was in place, the BBB team kicked off extensive training and forty-two scheduled days of fieldwork. We couldn’t ask for anything more from a partner.” The company named Brian Bouwkamp and Craig Johnson of The Heartland Group as Reps of the Year. The Heartland Group represents Rotary wheel-service products and related automotive and industrial equipment. “Our sales pros have the utmost confidence in Brian and Craig,” Edwardson said. “Their customer service on the selling and support side is why we’ve seen triple-digit growth in that category.” Arnold Motor Supply created a new award this year to recognize partners working alongside the company as it expands its store locations and distribution points. Arnold named Russ Wilshusen of Schnair Sales the Agency Partner of the Year for always going above and beyond, including helping with new-store setups. “It doesn’t matter the job, Russ jumps in to help,” Johnson said. “He’s everywhere we need him to be and we appreciate his constant dedication to our company.” The post link hidden, please login to view appeared first on link hidden, please login to view. link hidden, please login to view
    • Counterman’s “ link hidden, please login to view” contest challenges our readers to solve an automotive riddle, for a chance to win $100. And each month, we receive hundreds of responses from aftermarket professionals trying to guess the model of the vehicle depicted. The correct answer for the August/September contest is the Honda Clarity. The winner is Don Maloney, store manager at Carquest in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Now, let’s get to know the “Guess the Car” champion. CM: How long have you been working in the auto parts business? DM: About 15 years or so. CM: What do you like most about your job? DM: Talking to people about vehicles and helping them solve their problems – that’s usually the most fun. And you get to meet some very interesting people and hear some interesting analysis. CM: What’s the strangest question a customer has asked you? DM: What I like is the customer who comes in and buys oil and an oil filter and says, “OK, where do I pull the car around to get this done?” That’s probably the best question we get asked. We even get that question with belts and alternators and starters. CM: What’s the coolest car you’ve ever owned or worked on? DM: The coolest car I ever owned was a 1986 Mercedes 190E Cosworth. It was a four-door sedan with a Cosworth-built engine. It came standard with Recaro seats and a dogleg five-speed transmission. It was what they call a homologation car, which means that Mercedes had to build a certain number of these cars [for street use] and put them on the market for sale to qualify for a race series. CM: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you do for fun? DM:  When you have seven grandkids, you pretty much have your days off occupied. That is my hobby, pretty much. CM: What’s your dream car? DM: My dream car would be a Mercedes 190E Evolution. There may be a few floating around the United States, but way beyond anything I could ever afford. The post link hidden, please login to view appeared first on link hidden, please login to view. link hidden, please login to view
    • In our hyperconnected digital world, it’s everywhere – and it seems like it’s flowing more freely than ever. By 2025, the human race will generate more than 180 zettabytes of data, according to one forecast from Statista. For those of you scoring along at home, a zettabyte is a measure of digital storage capacity roughly equivalent to 1 sextillion bytes, sometimes expressed as 10 21 bytes – or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes. No matter how you slice it, that’s a lot of data. With more and more of our physical world now connected to the internet – from smartphones, TVs and appliances to thermostats, watches and fitness trackers – many of the devices and machines that we use on a daily basis are sending and receiving data. Our vehicles are no exception. Since the mid 1990s, technicians and vehicle owners have been able to access vehicle data by connecting a scan tool to the OBD II port underneath the dashboard. Today, most newer vehicles have the capability to transmit this information wirelessly. This wireless transmission of vehicle data is known as telematics. The word “telematics” is a combination of “telecommunication” and “informatics.” The two disciplines merged in the 1960s when the U.S. Department of Defense developed global positioning systems (GPS) to track military assets and improve communication, according to Geotab, a provider of telematics solutions for fleets. “Telematics owes its existence to three unique breakthroughs of modern technology: the internet, GPS and machine-to-machine communication (M2M),” Geotab explains in a 2021 blog post. A vehicle can gather a number of data points, including: Vehicle speed Trip distance and time Driver behavior (steering, acceleration, braking, seatbelt use, idle time) When it needs repair and maintenance, and what needs to be done The vehicle’s GPS location Vehicle health, including fuel consumption, emissions and engine hours Because this telematics data currently is sent directly to the automakers – bypassing vehicle owners and independent repair facilities – the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) have been lobbying for national legislation that shifts control of the data to vehicle owners. In November 2020, the aftermarket scored a major victory in Massachusetts with the overwhelming passage of Ballot Question 1, which updates the state’s landmark 2013 “Right to Repair” law. The ballot initiative requires OEMs to equip vehicles sold in Massachusetts with a standardized data platform that will enable motorists to access their vehicles’ telematics data through a mobile app. However, at press time, the new regulation has yet to take effect, as the automakers have kept it tied up in the courts with ongoing legal challenges. It’s been a tough, grinding road for the aftermarket trade groups, who are up against the deep pockets of the OEMs. But there are other glimmers of hope. In Maine, a coalition of independent shop owners and employees recently filed an application with the Secretary of State’s Office announcing their intentions to put a similar Right to Repair referendum on the ballot in 2023. And earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush introduced the federal REPAIR Act, aiming to provide consumers with access to their vehicles’ telematics data. “American vehicle owners have a right to control their data, and a right to access third-party repair shops, tools and parts,” said U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, a co-sponsor of the bill. “This bill would end manufacturers’ anti-competitive practices and restore consumer property rights.” Fleets Embracing Telematics Telematics has become an essential tool for commercial and government fleets. Working with telematics service providers (TSP) such as Geotab, fleet managers can gain valuable insights into the performance of their vehicles and the driving habits of their employees, which can help them optimize routes, reduce accidents, maximize fuel economy and anticipate maintenance and repair issues. SKF Vehicle Aftermarket recently introduced the TraX wheel-end monitor for fleets. Designed for Class 8 commercial vehicles and transit and coach buses, the bolt-on device intelligently monitors wheel-end vibration and temperature to detect potential issues such as impending bearing failures. “The TraX sensors are mounted on the outboard side of the wheels and are listening for early stages of bearing degradation,” explains Michael Hartman, director, national fleet sales at SKF Vehicle Aftermarket. “The TraX monitor is constantly collecting data samples and verifies the health of the bearings. If a bearing is failing, the TraX monitor will start broadcasting to the TSP and turn on a blinking LED light on the TraX unit to indicate that there’s an issue. This analytical notification takes place generally several thousand miles before catastrophic failure occurs.” Hartman asserts that telematics solutions such as the SKF TraX wheel-end monitor are “the future of aftermarket parts.” “Fleets can proactively utilize telematic/connected-component data to predict downtime, maximize component lifecycles, enhance preventative-maintenance scheduling and make informed, controlled purchases on their own terms while ensuring that they are maximizing their fleet’s uptime,” Hartman adds. The post link hidden, please login to view appeared first on link hidden, please login to view. link hidden, please login to view
    • First Brands Group has added 82 new part numbers to its Raybestos braking portfolio of friction, rotors and hydraulics that cover more than 25 million vehicles in operation (VIO).   New brake-pad coverage now is available for late-model domestic- and foreign-nameplate passenger and transport vehicles, including the Ford Bronco, Escape, Maverick and Transit 150-350; Hyundai Palisade and Santa Fe; Kia Telluride; Lincoln Corsair; and Nissan Kicks and Versa. “As we celebrate the 120th anniversary of Raybestos this year, we remain steadfast to our commitment to adding new coverage to our product lines to support our installer customers and help them grow their brake businesses,” said Lou Kafantaris, director of marketing, braking, First Brands Group. “Our Raybestos product-engineering team works tirelessly to ensure that each product that they design matches OE form, fit and function. Products are extensively tested at our newly expanded R&D facility in McHenry, Illinois, to ensure we continuously strive to provide the highest quality brake products in the industry.” The complete family of Raybestos brake products include disc pads and shoes, drums and rotors, master cylinders, wheel cylinders, calipers, hoses and hardware. To learn more about new part numbers and their applications, customers should contact their First Brands Group representative. The post link hidden, please login to view appeared first on link hidden, please login to view. link hidden, please login to view
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