Automotive Distribution Network to Hold Technology Forum in Conjunction with AASA 2015 Technology Conference

Date: April 24, 2015

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – AASA will examine “Technology Game Changers” at the 2015 Technology Conference presented by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). This year the conference will be conducted in conjunction with the Automotive Distribution Network (The Network) technology forum.

Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20 through Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Marriott Suites, Clearwater, Fla., the AASA Technology Conference is the only event of its kind in the industry with its exclusive focus on technology professionals in the automotive aftermarket.

“Our Conference combines general session presentations, roundtable discussions, networking, product demonstrations, thought leadership and breakout/training sessions in an unsurpassed environment to generate the most value possible for aftermarket professionals with technology-related responsibilities,” said Bill Long, president and chief operating officer of AASA. “By holding the conference in conjunction with The Network's technology forum this year, we will open the Conference to more participation by aftermarket channel partners and enhance industrywide communication and collaboration about existing and future technologies which will drive business throughout the industry.”

The AASA Technology Conference is renowned for its networking among aftermarket leaders in technology, data management, e-commerce and forecasting, according to Tom Frey, vice president of IT for the Automotive Distribution Network. 

“Futuristic technology concepts and practical nuggets from respected experts make the Conference the can’t-miss event for our industry,” Frey said. “The Network is pleased to join with AASA this year to offer this great opportunity to our partners.”

The AASA Technology Conference agenda will feature a keynote presentation on “Game Changing Technologies” by a leading subject matter expert highlighting technologies that will directly impact the aftermarket and debunking those that will not be commercialized. General Electric also will present a keynote address at the event, elaborating on its long established use of “the Internet of Things” and machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies to monitor and predict part failure to better anticipate replacement rates, plan production and manage inventories.

Other agenda highlights will include the Member Spotlight, featuring a member company of the AASA Technology Council (ATC) discussing technology philosophy, platforms and future direction; and the Customer Spotlight, a forum for a leading aftermarket channel partner to share overall company information, data standards/formats required, e-commerce platform and future plans for technology enhancements.

Conference attendees also can choose among four breakout session tracks focused on marketing, heavy duty, customer-facing and information technology. Breakout session topics will include: Google Search Myths, Telematics for Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management, Leveraging EDI to Grow Othermotive Business, Program Group Product Information Management Systems, Promoting Your Products on Trading Partner Websites, and much more.

Details about the AASA Technology Conference agenda, online registration, hotel accommodations and more are available at the event’s website, www.aasatech.com.

Pricedex Software Inc. is the premier sponsor of the 2015 AASA Technology Conference. The Conference offers a wide range of promotional opportunities to businesses interested in reaching aftermarket technology professionals. Contact Ben Brucato of AASA for details: bbrucato@aasa.mema.org.

About The Automotive Distribution Network

Operating under the brands of Parts Plus, Parts Plus Mexico, IAPA and Auto Pride, the Network is one of the largest, most diverse program groups in the industry.

About the ATC

The ATC is a peer group of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). It serves as a medium for industry interaction, education and idea exchange regarding matters of common interest to information technology (IT) and e-commerce professionals in the automotive aftermarket industry. ATC provides industry leadership and information through semi-annual conferences, committee activities, monthly newsletters and IT education.

About AASA

AASA (www.aftermarketsuppliers.org) exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products which support 710,000 employees in the United States. AASA is a recognized industry change agent – promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues and serving as a valued resource for members. AASA is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). “AASA, The Voice for the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Industry”

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