Miles Driven Forecasting: Not So Fast My Friend

When it comes to forecasting the future I like to think of two quotes from one of the smartest people I’ve ever worked with (the quote may not be precise but hopefully you’ll get the idea). 1. Forecasts are always wrong. 2. Forecasts with longer time horizons are always worse. David Simchi-Levi brilliant MIT Professor…

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The Automotive Aftermarket

WHAT IS THE AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET? If you own a car, there’s a high chance you’ve had direct experience with the automotive aftermarket, whether you realize it or not. Anyone who has had to repair a windshield, replace brakes, purchase new tires, or even buy windshield wipers has participated in the automotive aftermarket, as has anyone…

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Amazon.com and the Drive to Sell Aftermarket Auto Parts

By now you’ve likely heard the news that Amazon wants a big slice of the aftermarket auto parts pie, and that Amazon has already made deals with some large parts manufacturers — Federal-Mogul and Bosch being a couple of these companies. We have had over a week to digest this news; admittedly it was received…

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Estimating Category Market Demand in the Automotive Aftermarket

Until recently the Automotive Aftermarket was provided data from key channel distributors indicating monthly sales activity and market share for various vehicle part categories. At the beginning of 2012 the consortium of companies that provided these data collapsed.  Since then, parts suppliers and others in the Aftermarket have been searching for a new source of…

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