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The Parts Alliance reveals its 2015 strategy

The Parts Alliance reveals its 2015 strategy

Parts-Alliance_300pxThe Parts Alliance has revealed its plans for 2015 a day after Andrew Page ceased being an associate member.

Peter Sephton, Chief Executive of PA, announced three new initiatives including, improving its national coverage and garage network, and making ordering and delivering parts faster than before.

PA plans to increase its reach across the UK by creating a franchise network for independent factors to distribute parts, similar to the scheme Andrew Page announced yesterday.

It has also updated its electronic cataloguing system with the launch of AlliCat X, which has been quoted as 25 percent quicker than its predecessor, and also covers menu pricing and GS One Stop. PA will be strengthening its garage network proposition by increasing the benefits its members receive.

Sephton adds: “Our promise is ‘national coverage, local strength’ and the creation of our Parts Alliance Factors programme is a prime example of how we will be working with independent factors to guarantee complete coverage of the UK with effective local delivery on the ground.

“We have made outstanding progress this year on several fronts as we have continued our long term investment plan.

“Strategic purchases such as Car Parts and Accessories (CPA) are a clear statement of our ongoing commitment to acquire and invest in high quality, profitable factors, along with infrastructure, to create a sustainable market leading position for The Parts Alliance.”

The funding made available from HgCapital’s automotive fund is crucial to The Parts Alliance’s strategy for 2015 as it allows the group to create a stability and security in an otherwise volatile market. Sephton also said that Andrew Page leaving PA was solely down to a fast moving market, adding:

“We originally came back together in good faith to benefit from the synergy of our two businesses. But in a rapidly evolving market, we now believe the most beneficial way forward for long-term growth is for us to act as separate entities.

“We will continue to work with Andrew Page as our partner on selected national account contracts that The Parts Alliance hold.”

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andrew page mintex vanAndrew Page has announced that it is entering a partnership with the Unipart Group, on the same day it left the Parts Alliance.

The new arrangement will see AP work collaboratively with Unipart Autoparts and Unipart Logistics on parts supply, combined buying activities and system developments.

Jim Sumner, Chairman of Andrew Page, said that the partnership comes at a great time for AP as the plans align to rapidly grow our national branch network, develop online sales and expand into new sectors.

“This is a ground-breaking development for Andrew Page,” he added. “Our two businesses complement each other perfectly and there are so many exciting aspects to this collaboration.

“Importantly it is grounded in a strong cultural alignment between our teams which I am confident will make for an enduring business relationship.”

John Neill, Chairman of the Unipart Group, said: “We’re very pleased to see this important collaboration growing strongly. The Unipart brand continues to be in great demand by Britain’s car owners, Unipart Car Care Centres and the Express Factor network.

“This strategic alliance with Andrew Page will provide opportunities for further investment in Unipart products and systems like Unipart KIS, which has been called the best garage management system in the industry.”

Andrew Page has also said it will expand its network by another 50 branches, with a proportion expected to be franchised.

Sumner added that due to this impending deal and strategy with the Unipart Group meant there was a conflict with the aims of the Parts Alliance.

“Given these plans and the resulting strategic conflicts, we have made the decision to exit the Parts Alliance. However, we will continue to work with the Parts Alliance where we have joint agreements with national accounts customers.”

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andrew-page-mintex-vanBREAKING NEWS: It has emerged that Andrew Page has left the Parts Alliance, only six months after returning to the group.

The departure has been attributed to differences in strategy and the synergy between the two businesses, with both agreeing that it’s in everyone’s best interest to go their separate ways.

The mood and discussions between both parties has been amicable, with Andrew Page thanking the Parts Alliance for their six months back with the group. Future collaboration between the two has not been ruled out.

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Component distributor Euro Car Parts has confirmed that Sukhbir Kapoor will return to the company as Vice President (VP) with responsibility for supply chain and e-commerce.

An announcement by LKQ Corporation, which owns Euro Car Parts, confirmed that Mr Kapoor will coordinate the company’s pan-European strategies and activities in supplier relationships, global sourcing, inventory, category management, brands and concepts, cataloging, e-commerce and pricing.

Mr Kapoor re-joins the board of Euro Car Parts after an absence of six months and will work closely with Sator, the Netherlands-based parts distributor also owned by LKQ. He will report to ECP CEO Martin Gray in respect of all UK matters.

Robert L. Wagman, President and Chief Executive Officer of LKQ Corporation, commented: “Sukhbir is a well-known figure in the European auto parts aftermarket and I greatly look forward to working with him again. His knowledge, skills and flair will drive increased efficiency and support our rapid growth, both organically and by acquisition, in various European territories and market sectors.”

Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia, Chairman of LKQ’s operations in the UK, added: “I am delighted that Sukhbir has rejoined Euro Car Parts. Like me, his heart never left the company. He will hit the ground running and play a key role in the next phase of our exciting expansion, both here in the UK and in Europe.”

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