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Not Your Granddad’s Parts Guys No More

LAS VEGAS, NEV – Your parts people are facing seismic shifts in the marketplace; and aftermarket suppliers are running hard to keep your stockroom equipped accordingly.

That’s the gist of a brand-new white paper released today by Pedro Ferro, Meritor’s Senior Vice President, Aftermarket & Trailer.

Fleets are running equipment longer, more and more companies purchase parts on line, glider kits are becoming more popular and because individual trucks can be called into a variety of applications, parts departments have often been forced to re-engineer the way they keep those trucks repaired.

“Owners with an average vehicle age of nine to 10 years are focused on quality replacement parts availability and overall lifecycle costs,” Ferro said. “They also want a supply distribution channel with appropriate product support, counsel and expertise. Fleets have ‘discovered’ the total cost of a parts purchase  ?even the sourcing, inventory requirements, order processes and shipping costs,” he said.

You can read the complete white paper—which Ferro distributed during the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week Conference, which takes place in Las Vegas every January—here:

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