The VIPAR Heavy Duty Supplier Advisory Council met virtually last month to discuss topics relative to the network and business in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The group, composed of senior executives from VIPAR Heavy Duty supplier partners, shared insights on their operations in response to COVID-19 while the organization provided an update on the execution of current strategies, using the meeting as an opportunity to measure progress, hear from key constituents, reindex the company’s strategies and redeploy assets to align with changing market needs.
“Collaborating with the VIPAR Heavy Duty Supplier Advisory Council helps us identify and re-align quickly to market changes and to then be able to provide the necessary tools and strategies to ensure the success of our distributors and supplier partners, working together, serving our mutual customers,” said Chris Baer, president and CEO, VIPAR Heavy Duty. “Considering the current climate, the discussions were very positive and optimistic, sharing visions and establishing ways we can continue to work better together within this challenging market.”
In addition to discussing the affects COVID-19 has had on the industry, VIPAR Heavy Duty provided an update on PARTSPHERE, their proprietary digital ecosystem of technology and information-related solutions. The organization emphasized the critical role suppliers play in providing rich product content for their PARTSPHERE PIM platform to support distributor digital commerce strategies, as well as the value of integrating with their PARTSPHERE OMS order management system to expedite transactions between distributors and suppliers.
The Supplier Advisory Council meets on a regular basis to share ideas and address key industry topics. The council was formed in 2018 to help ensure that the organization is properly aligned with the market dynamics for the long-term success of the VIPAR Heavy Duty family of companies, its distributors and supplier partners.