LAS VEGAS — The organizers of the annual Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) have launched a blog to offer insights from industry experts on how the latest vehicle technologies, trends and issues are impacting the global automotive aftermarket.
AAPEX, to be held Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, is co-owned by the Auto Care Association (ACA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association.
In the initial AAPEX blogs, ACA President and CEO Bill Hanvey discusses "The Top 4 Opportunities That Come with Access to Vehicle Data" and how the vast majority of motorists have no idea that their personal information is being collected and aggregated by their own vehicles, then sold to the highest bidder.
AASA President and COO Long addresses, "Why We Are Positive About the Aftermarket…and AAPEX," with a look at near-term trends, including changes in the distribution model, such as E-tailing and omni-channels, and how autonomy will mean more miles driven as vehicle usage becomes more available to new categories of motorists.
The AAPEX Blog is designed to keep attendees ahead of the curve year-round as the automotive aftermarket faces near-constant change that presents both opportunities for growth, as well as long-term shifts and threats, according to organizers.