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Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 AASA Channel Excellence Award Presented by Epicor

Celebrating collaborative advanced technology initiatives that drive aftermarket industry growth

Date: December 14, 2020
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) is now accepting applications for the 2021 AASA Channel Excellence Award presented by Epicor. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Epicor, a leading provider of technology solutions for businesses at every level of the aftermarket, will present the prestigious award to the winning supplier and channel partner that have collaborated on an innovative product or service that drives aftermarket growth. The winner will be announced at the 2021 AASA Vision Conference on March 16-18.
 
Application details for the AASA Channel Excellence Award are available here and are due by Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Successful entries will detail a collaborative effort between an aftermarket supplier and a down-channel partner, including retailers, distributors, e-tailers, repair facilities, etc. In addition, the program should be innovative and utilize technology, such as data analytics, robotics, artificial intelligence and/or digital business processes. Programs or initiatives launched in the past 18 months are eligible for the award.
 
“In 2020, suppliers and channel partners had new challenges never imagined, and innovation and partnership became more valuable than ever,” said Paul McCarthy, AASA president. “The 2021 Channel Excellence Award will recognize the greatest collaborative effort in the automotive aftermarket during a year rife with challenges. I encourage all suppliers and channel partners to think of their successes this year and enter to win this prestigious award.”
 
The AASA Channel Excellence Award Selection Committee will select three finalists by Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Committee members represent all major levels of the aftermarket industry, including repair shops, distributors and suppliers, which will ensure a broad perspective. They are: 
  • Rod Bayless, Epicor

  • Brian Cruickshank, University of the Aftermarket

  • Chris Gardner, AASA

  • Rick Guirlinger, Schwartz Advisors, LLC

  • Tony Molla, ASA

  • Joe Pomaranski, Pomaranski Consulting

The 2020 Channel Excellence Award was awarded to BBB Industries and Hahn Automotive’s collaboration on enhanced inventory modeling and optimization tools that facilitated the availability of the right parts at the right time.
 
About AASA
AASA (www.aftermarketsuppliers.org) exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products, an important part of the automotive parts manufacturing industry which supports 871,000 American jobs. 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”
 
About Epicor Software Corporation
For almost 50 years, Epicor Software Corporation has specialized in helping their customers grow their businesses, expand their capabilities, increase their productivity, and improve efficiencies. A leader in Enterprise Resource Planning for medium-sized businesses, Epicor serves as a trusted partner for thousands of companies worldwide across key industries such as manufacturing, distribution, and retail. Through its innovative services and unparalleled vertical knowledge, Epicor is creating a world of better business for their customers, building in their unique business processes and operational requirements into every one of their solutions–in the cloud or on premises. For more information, connect with Epicor or visit www.epicor.com.
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