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October 24, 2017 Week In Connections

CAWA Annual Gala is this Sunday October 29, 2017 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Enjoy a fun filled evening with auto care industry colleagues as we install new officers, celebrate our successes, listen to our keynote speaker Ted Wise former Co-President and COO of O'Reilly Auto Parts and support CAWA Memorial Scholarship Fund with a live auction. Thanks to the exclusive sponsorship of Motorcar Parts of America, all proceeds from the event go towards the Association's scholarship fund. A must do to start off Industry Week! 

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CAWA and Auto Care Association Promote the Automotive Aftermarket's Issues in Washington D.C.
Several CAWA members joined with their Auto Care Association colleagues to educate legislators and their staffs regarding issues of importance to the automotive aftermarket. Telematics, embedded software and tax reform were among the priority issues discussed during the Legislative Summit earlier this month in the nation's capital. CAWA representatives met with the offices of both senators and an additional number of congresspersons during the Summit. For more information on the issues and the Summit itself, contact Rodney Pierini, President & CEO at admin@cawa.org or 800.332.2292, ext. 1201.

California Congressman Darrell Issa meets with aftermarket representatives in Washington D.C.

Foreign DIFM Share Growth
"Do-It-For-Me (DIFM) product volume surged more than $11 billion at user-price between 2011 and 2016. Domestic nameplates comprised a majority, but shrinking, share of DIFM product sales." "Foreign nameplate light vehicles (including Transplants and Imports) expanded their DIFM product share between 2011 and 2016, greatly exceeding the annual growth pace of domestic nameplate DIFM products. For additional information, click here. Source: Jim Lang


Data is Literally the New Oil!
Telematics Data Data might indeed be the new oil, but unlike petroleum it's not a finite resource, and its vast potential is largely untapped in vehicles.

Like oil, however, data's usage in cars will be diverse, lucrative, and also costly to find and refine. And contestants are revving up for a race of resource dominance that will be more of a rally than a sprint.

See more here. Source: Automobile Magazine

The American Technicians Team Wins Big at the 2017 International Technicians Challenge
In a truly stunning outcome, Team U.S.A. took first, second, and third place at the 2017 International Technicians Challenge in Poland. The American team was sponsored by CAWA member, SSF Imported Auto Parts, which tested automotive technicians from across the nation to assemble three finalists who made the U.S. team. Read more here.

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Bosch Campaign Successfully Defends Brand and Trademark Against Counterfeits
Robert Bosch LLC announces that the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida has entered a judgment in favor of Bosch regarding its complaint against SIC Autoparts LLC (Case No. 2:17-cv-14030). The complaint alleged that the company offered for sale, and sold, counterfeit Bosch automotive aftermarket products. SIC purchased counterfeit products from non-Bosch vendors including several in China. For more information see here.

Where In The World Do 'US' Auto Parts Come From?
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The auto parts business is thriving on a global level. Have you wondered which countries send the most auto parts to the United States? A research company collected data from the Center for Automotive Research and the International Trade Association to build an infographic that breaks down the top importers to the US (see here for details). Source: AMN Global


Strategies Emerge as Businesses Try to Avoid More Cost Shifting in Health Insurance
Employers and their workers continue gravitating towards high-deductible plans to stave off premium increases, which have been averaging about 3% a year this decade. But as employees have taken on more of the cost burden by having to pay more in out-of-pocket costs, there are concerns that the added financial pressure is taking its toll. How is this affecting how employers look for new cost-savings? Find out here. For further information on your employee benefits situation, contact our partner, Mat Nabity at 866.340.2247 or mnabity@coremarkins.com. Another member benefit.
 

CAWA 2018 Scholarships - Apply Now Through March 31
Scholarship Interested in receiving a scholarship from the Association for your employees, children, family members and others who would be welcomed into the auto care industry? Applying is easy! The online application process allows students interested in aftermarket careers to submit one application each year online at www.automotivescholarships.com and receive consideration for several scholarships. Funds for scholarships come from generous CAWA members and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. For more information, see www.cawa.org or contact CAWA Member Services at programs@cawa.org. Another member benefit.

It's Not Too Late - Workers Comp Insurance - Exclusive Discounts for CAWA Members
Workers Comp Save up to 20% on your workers comp insurance this go around.

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to see how. Another member benefit.
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