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Ports on the U.S. West Coast were expected to reopen to shipping on Monday following a weekend shutdown tied to a labor dispute. A total of 29 ports were idle on Saturday and Sunday after being closed by terminal operators. Though ship movements were at a standstill, the Pacific Maritime Association said that yards in the five Read more…


By Bill McDonough, Editor, Body Language General Motors may have delayed the implementation of their dynamic parts pricing program (MyPriceLink.com), but let’s not lull ourselves into believing that GM is abandoning a program that would give them a tremendous marketing advantage. “Real time” parts pricing is coming soon, and it will require a strong response from the aftermarket Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director and Karen Fierst While most of the U.S. suffered under a prolonged cold spell in mid-January, collision industry leaders gathered in warm temperatures and under blue skies at the annual Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Palm Springs, California on January 15-17. As usual during CIC Week there were a multitude of activities. Read more…


Leaders of the automotive parts industry are planning to meet at the Drake Hotel in Chicago from April 21 to 24 at the ABPA Annual Business Meeting and Trade Fair. Will you be there? Registration is now open for this important event, whose theme is “Continued Growth and Meeting the Challenges Ahead”. Edward Salamy, Executive Director of Read more…


Last November’s mid-term elections resulted in a shift in power in the U.S. House of Representatives, giving Republicans a majority. This means new committee assignments, including the appointment of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) as Chairman of the Intellectual Property Subcommittee. That’s good news for collision repair parts manufacturers, importers and distributors, for the insurance companies who pay Read more…


A new bill has been “pre-filed” in the New York state assembly that, if passed and enacted, would require repair shops to notify vehicle owners up front about which type of repair parts are being used on their vehicle (OEM, aftermarket, recycled, etc.), and to obtain written authorization from the vehicle owner before installing the parts. The Read more…


The National Autobody Parts Warehouse, Inc. headquarters in Grand Prairie once again served as the “North Pole” of Grand Prairie, Texas for the Santa Cops. Starting in October, volunteers from the Grand Prairie Police Department and Fire Department worked tirelessly to bring food and toys to families in need in the city Grand Prairie at the Santa Read more…


The “City of Big Shoulders” will host the 2015 ABPA Convention on April 21-24, as the industry’s most progressive leaders and decision makers gather at the historic Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL. This is a great opportunity for suppliers and vendors to discuss the most important issues facing our industry, and to make connections with customers and potential Read more…


According to a report published in the Journal of Commerce, the heads of the two largest U.S. ports said it is time for President Obama to pressure the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to end the contract impasse that is crippling West Coast ports and threatening the nation’s economy. The ILWU Read more…

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