At AAPEX, the exhibition areas at the Sands Expo and Caesars Forum will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and, for the first time, will include Repair Shop HQ, an area on Level 1 dedicated to the vehicle service center.
An expanded Tool and Equipment section and the Mobile Heat Transfer/Heating/Air Conditioning section also will relocate to Level 1. This area also will feature four training theaters, a new tire section and a section for diagnostics/telematics.
The new section also will feature "Joe's Garage," a working shop with eight bays, lifts, vehicles and a source-capture vehicle extraction system with product and equipment demonstrations.
The shop will feature demos of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration and service, as well as undercar and underhood equipment. For front counter staff, product demos will include shop management software, customer relationship management programs, digital inspection software, website design and integrated and text-to-pay solutions.
AAPEX 2021 will kick off Nov. 2 with a "state of the aftermarket" presentation by ACA President Bill Hanvey and AASA President Paul McCarthy, followed by a buyers' panel of CEOs representing retail and warehouse distributor buyer companies.
Roundtable participants will include: Corey Bartlett, president and CEO of Automotive Parts Headquarters; Sue Godschalk, president of Federated Auto Parts; Tom Greco, president and CEO of Advance Auto Parts; Kevin Herron, president, U.S. Automotive, Genuine Parts Co.; Gregory Johnson, CEO and co-President of O'Reilly Auto Parts; and Bill Rhodes, president and CEO of AutoZone. Schoenbart, CEO of NPD Group, will moderate.
AAPEX 2021 will include three general sessions and numerous educational training session during the week.
On Nov. 2, Nathan Shipley, executive director, industry analyst for NPD Group's Automotive Aftermarket division, will present "Aftermarket Outlook 2022," covering trends in general retail and the aftermarket over the last six months and how they will impact 2022.
On Nov. 3, Todd Campau, associate director, aftermarket solutions at IHS Markit, will present "5 Trends in 5 Minutes," with an overview of key industry trends and insights affecting the global vehicle aftermarket.
On Nov. 4, Akshay Singh, partner, PwC Strategy&, and Carlos Thimann, director, PwC Strategy&, will present "The Impact of New Technologies on the Aftermarket Industry." This session will focus on a recent study that analyzed the impact of CASE technologies on the growth of the U.S. aftermarket through 2030.
Educational sessions will cover technician and management topics, including g ADAS systems, diagnostics, digital inspections, hybrid and EV vehicle service, sales strategies, workforce issues, hybrid and EV vehicles and how women can thrive in a male-dominated industry.
Other events include:
- Women In Auto Care will present awards at 4 p.m. on Nov. 3 to the 2021 Women of the Year and the recipients of the Automotive Communications Awards.
- The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG), a community of the Auto Care Association geared toward the under-40 industry professionals will host its YANG Regional Meet-Up at 5 p.m. on Nov. 2.
On a less positive note, the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada has canceled its 2021 Canada Night event that was scheduled Nov. 2 during AAPEX.