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AutoZone’s Mark Finestone is Featured Speaker in the ‘Customer Spotlight’ at the 2021 AASA Technology Conference
September 28, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Mark Finestone, executive vice president, strategy, and innovation for AutoZone, is the featured speaker for the “Customer Spotlight” at the upcoming 2021 Technology Conference, presented by the AASA Technology Council (“ATC”) on Tuesday, October 12, at The Holloran Center, Memphis, Tenn., home to AutoZone’s headquarters.   “Our ‘Customer Spotlight’ is... READ MORE
AASA Technology Conference Announces New Health and Safety Measures for October Event
September 16, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Together with the AASA Technology Council, the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (“AASA”) has announced updated health and safety measures for the AASA Technology Conference to be held October 11-12 in Memphis, Tenn. The Technology Conference is AASA’s first in-person event since the pandemic began and, as such, the well-being of our attendees is our... READ MORE
Equipment and Tool Institute, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, and Auto Care Association Announce Unified Position on Automotive Scan Tools
August 5, 2021
Research Triangle Park, N.C., Bethesda, Md., and Farmington Hills, Mich. – In a position statement to the automotive aftermarket industry, the Equipment and Tool Institute (“ETI”), Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (“AASA”), and Auto Care Association have taken a unified position on multi-brand scan tools in the aftermarket space following significant commentary and debate surrounding... READ MORE
MEMA Issues Statement on NPRM – Revision of the SAFE Vehicles Rule
August 5, 2021
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the proposed rule that revises passenger vehicle emissions standards for model years through 2026. The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) is still reviewing the details of the proposal that requires more emissions reductions than the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule finalized in 2020.  ... READ MORE
AASA to Help Members Address Current Supply Chain Issues Through New Webinar Series
July 27, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – AASA, along with premier sponsors Baker Tilly and eShipping, will kick off a critical webinar series, The AASA Supply Chain Series: Essential Strategies to Meet Customer Demand, on Wednesday, August 4 with a session entitled Aftermarket Supply Chain: The Next 18 Months. This will be the first of six webinars that will take place between the months of August and... READ MORE
MEMA and AASA Reinforce Support to FTC as Commission Unanimously Voted to Ramp Up Law Enforcement Against Repair Restrictions
July 22, 2021
Research Triangle Park N.C. – During a policy meeting yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) unanimously voted to ramp up law enforcement against illegal repair restrictions. Catherine Boland, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (“MEMA”), commented on behalf of AASA during the hearing in support of the automotive aftermarket’s fight for... READ MORE
MEMA and AASA Applaud President Biden for Executive Order Ushering in Consumer Choice in Right to Repair
July 9, 2021
Research Triangle Park N.C. - The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (“MEMA”) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (“AASA”) applaud President Biden for issuing an executive order today directing the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to establish new rules making it easier and cheaper for consumers to repair items they own – including their vehicles. As a strong... READ MORE
AASA Announces Dates and Key Topics for the 2021 In-Person Technology Conference
July 1, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.  –  The annual AASA Technology Conference hosted by the AASA Technology Council (ATC) will be AASA’s first live event post-COVID-19 restrictions, but also will provide an online segment for those who are not comfortable traveling. It is designed to bring together the brightest minds in business process technology for a series... READ MORE
AASA Announces Dates and Key Topics for the 2021 Mobility Innovation Conference
June 23, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.  –  The Mobility Innovation Conference, hosted by AASA’s Mobility Technology Council (MTC), will be held as a virtual event on August 30-31, but the insights and networking will be just as powerful as ever. There will be a series of critical presentations and thoughtful conversations on everything from telematics to predictive analysis, mobile apps to... READ MORE
Total U.S. Automotive Aftermarket Sales Forecasted to Increase 11.2% in 2021
June 8, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. and BETHESDA, Md. – The automotive aftermarket proved its resiliency once again with a stronger than expected performance in 2020, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, and is anticipated to recover robustly in 2021. Total United States light duty automotive aftermarket sales are forecasted to increase 11.2% in 2021, totaling $325 billion, according to the “2021 Joint... READ MORE
FTC Report to Congress Strongly Supports Expanding Consumers’ Repair Options
May 10, 2021
Washington D.C. – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report to Congress identifying anti-competitive repair restrictions, parts limitations, and inaccessible software, including specifically in the vehicle aftermarket repair and maintenance industry. The report notes that, “there is scant evidence to support [original equipment] manufacturers’ justifications for repair restrictions... READ MORE
MEMA Brings Automotive Supplier Concerns to the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, And Ports
April 27, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) testified today before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports chaired by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI).  During the hearing titled, “driving innovation: the future of automotive mobility, safety, and technology,” MEMA presented the case on how a vibrant automotive industry can provide... READ MORE
AASA’s Technology Council Launches its New “Think Tanks” to Address Four Crucial Topics
April 26, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – AASA’s Technology Council (ATC) recently announced the launch of its new “Think Tank” groups to enable ATC members to engage on crucial topics in the business technology world. The ATC is a forum for networking and exchanging of best practices focusing on current and emerging technologies that support members’ efforts to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and pursue... READ MORE
AASA Announces Marybeth Storjohann as New AASA Aftermarket Volume Group (AAVG) Executive Committee Member
April 8, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.  –  Last year, in a reorganization designed to give members more insights into the latest shifts in aftermarket customer finances, the former MEMA Financial Services Group (MFSG) and its Aftermarket Volume Group (AVG) were combined to form the AASA Aftermarket Volume Group (AAVG), a council of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). The new... READ MORE
Final Day of the AASA Vision Conference Delivered Executive-Level Insights Leaving Attendees Ready to Take On 2021
March 18, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The second and final day of the 2021 AASA Vision Conference provided aftermarket supplier executives with insights from the customer keynote speaker, Greg Johnson, CEO of O’Reilly Auto Parts and also covered topics including: electrification and automated technology, ... READ MORE
SMP and NPW Honored with AASA’s Third AASA Channel Excellence Award Presented by Epicor
March 18, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – A recent collaboration between Standard Motor Products (SMP) and National Performance Warehouse Companies (NPW) that developed a solution to resolve inventory complications across a nationwide supply chain during a pandemic, was awarded the 2021 Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Channel Excellence Award presented by Epicor Software. Eric... READ MORE
First Day of the AASA Vision Conference Brings the Industry Together through Resilience, Recovery and Innovation
March 17, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The 2021 AASA Vision Conference concluded its first day with high engagement in a now-familiar virtual format. The premier executive event in the automotive aftermarket provided valuable insights and perspectives from a range of thought leaders in an agenda packed with compelling speakers and presentations... READ MORE
Finalists Selected for AASA’s Channel Excellence Award Presented by Epicor
March 8, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The Selection Committee chose two collaborative aftermarket projects as finalists for the third annual AASA Channel Excellence Award presented by Epicor Software. This prestigious industry honor will be awarded during the AASA Vision Conference on March 18. The conference will be held virtually on March 17-18. The 2021 AASA Channel Excellence Award finalists and... READ MORE
Barry Neal from Roland Berger to Cover Hot Topic Vehicle Data Business Opportunities at the 2021 Vision Conference
February 16, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Barry Neal, Partner, Roland Berger, will speak during the ‘Aftermarket Innovation and Opportunities’ session of the 2021 AASA Vision Conference. In this Vision-exclusive session for AASA’s newest landmark study, Barry will cover how free flowing vehicle data will create new repair and maintenance opportunities for automotive aftermarket repair shops, distributors... READ MORE