Inaugural Aftermarket Distribution Summit set for September

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The after- market’s leading distributor asso- ciation, publication and e-commerce solutions company have joined forces to create the Aftermarket Distribution Summit – a new annual distributor event featuring issue-driven forums and business-building workshops.

The Aftermarket Distribution Summit is expected to draw hundreds of truck industry aftermarket professionals to its debut Sept. 12-16 on Amelia Island, Fla. The new event combines the annual Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network meeting, Truck Parts & Service magazine’s Truck Parts Seminar and the HDX Technology Conference.

“The goal was to create the best distributor-specific event in the industry,” said Ken Duval, CVSN president and president of Canadian Wheel Industries. “The Aftermarket Distribution Summit will bring the elite membership of CVSN together to chart the future of the aftermarket. This event will elevate the business performance of CVSN members and further strengthen the role of the independent aftermarket channel.”

The Aftermarket Distribution Summit will retain the winning elements that have made previous meetings successful and will incorporate new content to sharpen the focus on industry issues, new technology solutions and enhanced channel interaction between distributors and suppliers.

“The strength of Randall-Reilly’s collective media resources will establish the Aftermarket Distribution Summit as an issue-driven, content-rich meeting from which all attendees will benefit with numerous, executable takeaways,” said Mike Reilly, chief executive officer and president of Randall-Reilly, which publishes Truck Parts & Service magazine. “Our award-winning editors, industry-leading editorial content and unparalleled industry relationships with distributors, manufacturers, fleets and owner-operators will lay an invaluable foundation for the ongoing success of CVSN and HDX members.”

The inclusion of HDX into the Aftermarket Distribution Summit provides cutting-edge content on new business technologies. This will continue to serve the needs of IT professionals and other HDX members, as well as introduce industry executives to technology information they might not normally experience through other industry events.

“HDX will provide the usual amount of hard-hitting office technology issues over the course of two half-day tracks, including sessions on how to improve inventory management, product pricing and channel communication,” said Edward Kuo, executive director of HDX.

The preliminary agenda for the Aftermarket Distribution Summit will include:

  • A market outlook from a leading industry economist;
  • Candid roundtable discussions with distributor, supplier and end-user participants;
  • Technology workshops, including a “Bridging the Gap” IT panel;
  • Private strategic planning sessions scheduled between distributors and suppliers;
  • Presentation of the CVSN President’s Award to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry; and
  • Networking opportunities, including the Tenneco Challenge Golf Tournament and deep-sea fishing.
  • For additional information about the Aftermarket Distribution Summit, please contact Angelo Volpe at 904-737-2900 or avolpe@cvsn.org; Edward Kuo at 616-682-9900 or hdx@att.net; or Derek Smith at 847-636-5073 or dsmith@rrpub.com.

    About CVSN: CVSN (www.cvsn.org), with close to 80 members and more than 500 warehouse locations across North America, is the voice of the independent aftermarket distributor. The mission of CVSN is to strengthen its members’ businesses and the relationships between members and their supply partners across North America.

    About Randall-Reilly: Founded in 1934, Randall-Reilly (www.rrpub.com) is the premier U.S. media and information company focused on the trucking, construction and industrial markets. The company’s trucking division, which includes Commercial Carrier Journal magazine, serves the fleet, owner-operator, recruitment, truck stop, pre-owned truck and trailer, dealer and heavy-duty aftermarket segments. Randall-Reilly’s construction division covers the highway and heavy construction, landscaping and used equipment markets. The company also publishes a magazine focused on the woodworking industry. Additionally, Randall-Reilly publishes Truck Parts & Service magazine, known as the “Aftermarket Authority.”

    About HDeXchange Inc.: HDX (www.hdexchange.com) is an industry organization educating the heavy-duty truck parts distribution chain on the efficiencies gained from office-technology solutions, and developing standards in support of those solutions. HDX also offers a commercial suite of high-value customized e-commerce products. Products include file transmission and networking, document mapping and translation, data warehousing and vendor managed inventory.