By: Pete Kornafel
General Motors announced a significant headcount reduction and closing of several plants on 11/26/18. There are three major factors that led to this.
One is a flat market for new vehicle sales in 2018. Rising interest rates have largely killed the zero-rate financing deals, and have increased payment sizes and lease rates for most vehicle purchases. Absence of major new models also contributes to the flat market. As a result, 2018 US new vehicle sales are up a tiny 0.2%vs. 2017 YTD through October.
Second, there continues to be a significant change in the mix of new vehicle sales. Figure 1 is a chart from the Wall Street Journal article about General Motors announcement in late November 2018.
Written By: Pete Kornafel
Most people in the automotive industry are painfully aware that the US recession created huge swings in new vehicle sales a decade ago. New vehicle sales in the US exceeded 16 million units per year from 1999 through 2007. New vehicle sales fell to about 13 million in 2008 and 10 million in 2009. They slowly came back but did not reach 16 million again until 2014. This Created a huge “gap” in the population of vehicles during the recession years.
It did not impact all makes and models equally. For example Chevrolet Silverado 1500 sales fell from about 500,000 in 2007 to about 300,000 in 2009. That was just one factor that led to GM’s bankruptcy in 2009. Silverado 1500 sales continued to fall to below 200,000 in 2010. As a comparison, Lexus sales dipped a lot in 2009, but fully recovered in 2010 to their 2007-2008 level of almost 300,000/year.
Check Out the Q&A with our CEO Justin Holman in Aftermarket Business Word.
Earlier this year, Aftermarket Analytics in Pueblo, Colo., launched its Inventory Analyst tool – a web-based software to help aftermarket companies improve inventory planning. Company CEO Justin Holman recently discussed the new product with us and talked about the challenges of inventory planning…
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Justin Holman (CEO) was delighted to present on the Lets Tech stage at AAPEX 2018. The topic of his presentation was “Data Science & Technology for demand forecasting in the Aftermarket”.
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Take a look at the great article and interview by Brian Albright for searchautoparts.com and Aftermarket Business World.
Automotive sector expands investment in inventory analytics
With the number of SKUs expanding and more and more companies moving to an omnichannel model for parts sales, inventory planning and demand forecasting in the aftermarket has become increasingly complex. Companies are turning to advanced analytics tools to help make more accurate and faster inventory decisions. IndustryARC predicts that automotive data analytics market will reach $3.81 billion by 2023, with a compound annual growth rate of 15.4 percent. That growth will be fueled, in part, by the increasing amount of data available from autonomous and connected vehicles or telematics systems.
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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 with some alarm at first. After all, the thought that this online e-commerce behemoth could chew up and spit out our neighborhood parts stores was a bit shocking.
Many of us, if not nearly all of us, have purchased items from Amazon and may order from Amazon on a regular basis.