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Opportunities In Focus at VIPAR Supplier Council Mtg.

At this bi-annual meeting, the group discussed ideas to support the success of the network’s distributors and supplier partners.


VIPAR Heavy Duty welcomed several leaders from its supplier community to Chicago in May, 2022 for the organization’s bi-annual Supplier Advisory Council meeting. Council members met with the executive team from VIPAR Heavy Duty to collaborate and discuss ideas to support the success of the network’s distributors and supplier partners.

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The meeting provided an opportunity for council members to share pertinent updates from their organizations, review the previous fiscal year and look at current market conditions and forecasts for the year ahead, VIPAR says.

The VIPAR Heavy Duty Team highlighted progress in priority areas that support its network including the evolution of their proprietary PARTSPHERE Digital Ecosystem of technology and information-related solutions. The organization reported through its collaboration with suppliers it continues to enrich its PARTSPHERE PIM (Product Information Management) platform which now contains data and assets for more than one million part numbers and increase efficiencies and accuracy with its PARTSPHERE OMS order management system.


“We started the Supplier Advisory Council four years ago to ensure we stay aligned with market dynamics, and what we’ve accomplished speaks to the caliber of our supplier community and their vested interest in the long-term success of the VIPAR Heavy Duty family of companies, our distributors, and supplier partners,” said Chris Baer, president & CEO, VIPAR Heavy Duty.

The organization says it continues to work closely with its suppliers to provide routine updates to distributors on fill rates and other market conditions impacting the heavy duty aftermarket. 

“With the ongoing strain on the supply chain, we appreciate our suppliers’ open communication and working together to overcome today’s challenges while focusing on new avenues of opportunity,” added Baer. “It’s still a great time to be in the heavy duty truck parts business.”


The next meeting of the Supplier Advisory Council will be held in October in Marco Island, Florida, at the 2022 VIPAR Heavy Duty IMPACT Conference.

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