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SMP and NPW Honored with AASA’s Third AASA Channel Excellence Award Presented by Epicor

The two teams were recognized at the 2021 AASA Vision Conference for developing a collaborative approach to resolving inventory complications across a nationwide supply chain during a pandemic.

Date: 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 Sills, President and CEO, SMP, and Chris Pacey, Executive Vice President & COO, NPW, accepted the award in a virtual ceremony at the 2021 AASA Vision Conference.
The AASA Channel Excellence Award was established in 2019 to recognize innovation and to encourage collaboration between suppliers and valued channel partners to drive aftermarket growth. Suppliers are innovators and drivers of new technologies, but when suppliers and channel partners join forces to develop new products and solutions, greater achievements are possible.
During his acceptance speech, Eric Sills said, “We here at SMP are honored to be able to share this award with our good friends over at NPW. The success of the initiative that we had with them between our two companies really just shows what great things can happen with collaboration and trust between channel partners.”
During his acceptance speech Chris Pacey said, “Thank you to AASA and Epicor for the award. Thank you to SMP for the great collaboration, and continued partnership. I would also like to thank our amazing team here at NPW for all their efforts. Finally, thank you to the Alliance for their assistance in bringing this all together.

The SMP/NPW project was one of two joint initiatives by automotive aftermarket companies selected as award finalists. The other finalist was ZF Aftermarket/FCP Euro. Short videos submitted by each of the AASA Channel Excellence award finalist teams were played at the 2021 AASA Vision Conference and will soon be posted on the AASA website.
“This award recognizes the achievements in collaboration and innovation between suppliers and our channel partners to drive growth together,” said Paul McCarthy, AASA President. “We give this award to encourage an openness to the behaviors we all know we need to see -- innovation and collaboration across the value chain. We congratulate SMP and NPW for embodying these behaviors and finding a way, together, to greater success in a challenging climate.”
“One of the most impressive elements of this award program is the depth of experience among our panel of judges, who represent every level of the industry," said Rod Bayless, Epicor Director, Industry Data Analytics. "They are thought leaders who understand the vital importance of collaboration in reinforcing the aftermarket's competitive advantage. Receiving this award, therefore, is something to be truly proud of."

The 2021 AASA Channel Excellence Award Selection Committee included:
Rod Bayless, Epicor
Brian Cruickshank, University of the Aftermarket
Chris Gardner, AASA
Rick Guirlinger, Schwartz Advisors, LLC
Tony Molla, Automotive Service Association (ASA)
Joe Pomaranski, Pomaranski Consulting
More information is available at the AASA Channel Excellence Award webpage or by contacting AASA Senior Vice President Chris Gardner at cgardner@aasa.mema.org.
About AASA
The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) connects suppliers of aftermarket parts, chemicals, tools, diagnostics, and technologies to what matters – including industry analysis, peer forums, customer and technology trends, global insights, and government advocacy. Since 1904, AASA’s sole purpose is championing the North American aftermarket industry and advocating for the growth of a profitable, innovative, and influential supplier community. Learn more about how AASA connects members to what matters at aftermarketsuppliers.org. 
About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software Corporation equips hard-working businesses with enterprise solutions that keep the world turning. For nearly 50 years, Epicor customers in the manufacturing, distribution, LBM, retail, and automotive industries have trusted Epicor to help them do business better. Epicor’s innovative solution sets are carefully curated to fit customer needs, and built to respond flexibly to their fast-changing reality. With deep industry knowledge and experience, Epicor accelerates every customer’s ambitions, whether to grow and transform, or simply become more productive and effective. Visit www.epicor.com for more information.
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