CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — VIPAR Heavy Duty Inc. has launched product advisory councils for the U.S. and Canada to refine its supplier programs.
The councils are comprised of stockholders who will meet monthly with the VIPAR Heavy Duty program management team to engage in discussions on existing supplier programs and new program opportunities to further strengthen the network and its offerings, the company said.
VIPAR is a network of independent aftermarket truck parts distributors. Stockholders representing the geographic regions within the U.S. and Canada were selected as members for each respective council.
"Our kick-off meetings were highly successful with robust discussions about our supplier programs and market factors impacting our stockholders," said Larry Griffin, vice president of program management, VIPAR Heavy Duty.
"The insight generated through enhanced engagement with these council members will be valuable for our program management team as we strive to become more informed about local market conditions and their effect on the success of our supplier programs."
The council meetings will be held virtually each month with in-person meetings scheduled during the VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference in October.
VIPAR distributors have more than 630 locations across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. VIPAR also operates two wholly owned subsidiaries, Global Parts Network L.L.C. and Power Heavy Duty L.L.C.