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Our recap of the week’s top news begins with a report that AutoZone is partnering with CarHelp.com to offer CarHelp’s clients discounted pricing each time an order is placed with the parts retailer. The discounts will include off-invoice discounts to save dealerships money on the categories they buy most. And, parts will be delivered directly to the dealerships at no extra cost, according to CarHelp.
In other top news this week, NPD has announced the launch of its new Automotive Retail Tracking Service. This new product is an extension of NPD’s longtime product, the Aftermarket Industry Monitor, which it suspended publication of in January. aftermarketNews spoke with NPD’s David Portalatin about what the new Retail Tracking Service entails. Click here to learn more.
This week also brought another edition of our "Five Minute With" series. This time, we spend a few minutes getting to know Bryan Emrich, the new VP of marketing for Old World Industries. Read on to find out how Emrich got his start in the aftermarket and what he loves most about his job.
In other personnel news, the FRAM Group this week announced a new marketing director for the FRAM Filtration business. Josh Gordon comes to FRAM from Mars Chocolate, where he most recently served as senior marketing and innovation manager on the Walmart Team. In addition, FRAM has appointed Erica Johnson as marketing and communications manager. Both Johnson and Gordon will be based at FRAM’s Lake Forest, Ill., office.
Last in our look back at the week’s top news, we learned this morning that Auto Refacciones Franco has joined the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance as the newest Auto Value member. Auto Refacciones Franco currently has three facilities serving multiple independent jobbers in and around the Mexico City metropolitan area. Founded in 1964, the company has functioned as an independent operation with no group affiliation for more than 48 years.