Undercar trade show in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Showpower 2001, the annual industry trade show for the undercar and transmission aftermarkets, will run April 19-22 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.
The show will feature more than 200 exhibit booths displaying premium parts, equipment, tools and services, as well as undercar, transmission and management seminars, an assortment of after-hours entertainment and prize giveaways.
A number of nationally known industry trainers and management speakers will participate, including Terry Greenhut, Thom Tschetter, Dale England, Ron Henningsen and Tom Marks.
For more details, contact Michelle Dickemann, Showpower coordinator, (800) 274-7890.
`Aftermarket U.' part of Northwood
LAS VEGAS—The "University of the Aftermarket," an educational alliance of three industry associations, is now an operating unit of Northwood University and will relocate from Kansas City, Mo., to Northwood's main campus in Midland, Mich.
The new relationship with Northwood, said Bob Raff, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket, will "improve the quality of the education students receive, and thus improve the caliber of professionals working in the aftermarket."
The school was formed by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). A joint operating committee voted to transfer programs and employees to Northwood, which will expand its services to the aftermarket.
In the past five years, Mr. Raff said, the University of the Aftermarket's program has grown from 250 students to more than 8,000. Its goal is to develop and provide aftermarket business management education to the employees of association member companies and their customers.
Northwood is a private, accredited university specializing in managerial and entrepreneurial education, offering two- and four-year degrees in a variety of enterprise fields, including Automotive Aftermarket Management. It operates residential campuses in Michigan, Florida and Texas; the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, Maine; 31 University College outreach centers and locations throughout the U.S.; and international study programs abroad.
E-commerce firms ease parts buying
NEW YORK—Autovia, which provides automotive aftermarket e-commerce applications for repair shops and parts distributors, has formed a partnership with iSalvage to provide integrated recycled-part procurement.
iSalvage is an Internet-based procurement network for recycled and remanufactured parts, primarily for the automotive market.
The union will offer customers a greater selection of new and used parts and ease the process for ordering recycled auto parts online, according to Autovia. Rod Georgiu, Autovia's founder and CEO, said the partnership expands his company's vast online parts database, allowing repair shops to "purchase all the parts they need—whether they're aftermarket or salvage parts—at one convenient site."
He said the iSalvage application will initially be available to Autovia customers by hyperlink, but the eventual integrated application will allow repair and collision shops and dealers that use Autovia to search iSalvage for recycled parts availability and purchase parts directly.