AASA Channel Excellence Award presented by Epicor
An Award To Recognize Innovation and Collaboration to Drive Growth
The new AASA Channel Excellence Award Presented by Epicor will recognize and encourage innovation and collaboration between suppliers and valued channel partners to drive aftermarket growth. Suppliers are innovators and the drivers of new technologies, but greater achievements are possible when suppliers and channel partners develop new products and new ways of getting the right parts to the right places at the right times. This award is unique in that it requires suppliers and channel partners to work in concert. It is a true collaborative initiative.
Epicor, a leading provider of aftermarket-specific product information, business management and Industry Data Analytics, will present the first award during the 2019 AASA Vision Conference, which will be held April 3 in Dearborn, Mich.
Applicants/applications for the Channel Excellence Award must meet the following criteria:
Thank you for your interest. Application forms were required to be completed in full and submitted by January 15, 2019. We are no longer accepting applications for this year’s award.
Initiative/program must be created, owned and/or executed by a collaborative effort between an aftermarket supplier (manufacturer) and channel partner (retailer, e-tailer, distributor, repair facility, national service chain).
Initiative/program must be innovative and utilize technology, data analytics, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, AR/VR and/or digital business processes.
Initiative/program must advance the aftermarket, increase sales, reduce costs, help prepare the aftermarket for becoming more digital or competing in the new digital world, significantly enhance efficiencies, and/or support the independent repair community’s ability to compete and service advanced vehicles.
Demonstrative results must be included with the applications.
Initiative/program must have been launched within 18 months prior to the application submission date.
Each finalist will prepare and submit a short video (maximum of two minutes) to use in selecting the winner.
Videos will be posted to the AASA website and will be played at the Vision Conference on April 3, 2019.
Finalists should attend the 2019 AASA Vision Conference.
Applications were required to include the information below:
Contact Information – For supplier and channel partner applicants
Initiative/Program – Provide a brief title or name
Executive Summary – One paragraph overview of the initiative/program, why it was launched, its purpose and its success
Process – How supplier and channel partner worked together, how third party companies were utilized, roll-out, when the initiative/program was started and when the new product/process was launched, roles of the supplier and the channel partner
Initiative/Program – Detail the innovation, new product, new service or significantly enhanced (i.e. digitized) process
Results – Provide metrics, statistics and/or analytics that explicitly demonstrate results
Next Steps – Describe the strategic future of the initiative/program
Contact Terry Sakiewicz of AASA with any questions: email@example.com.
January 15 – Deadline for application submissions. Applications are no longer being accepted
January 30 – Selection Committee identifies three finalists
February 1 – Finalists notified
February 27 – Deadline for finalists’ videos
April 3 – Finalists’ videos shown and winner announced at AASA’s Vision Conference
Rod Bayless, Epicor
Brian Cruickshank, University of the Aftermarket
Chris Gardner, AASA
Rick Guirlinger, Schwartz Advisors, LLC
Tony Molla, ASA
Joe Pomaranski, Pomaranski Consulting