Nexus North America presented inaugural supplier and technology awards at its 2017 “N! North America Connecting Days” event in Atlanta, Ga., May 22-23.
The second annual event also provided a forum for Nexus North America founding partners, the Automotive Distribution Network (The Network), Automotive Parts Associates (APA Group) and Vipar Heavy Duty, to meet with current and prospective global supplier partners.
In March 2016, the three organizations joined Nexus Automotive International SA (N!), a global aftermarket trade group based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Nexus North America entity is the exclusive partner for N! in North America.
Nexus North America presented the “Supplier Partner of the Year” award to Robert Bosch LLC and its “Technology Partner of the Year” award to WHI Solutions Inc.
The organization says the Connecting Days event is an ideal setting to recognize key partners crucial to the its success and the success of the aftermarket in general.
“The success of Nexus North America is based on the free exchange of ideas between the partners and our suppliers. This has led to opportunities to collaborate in many areas,” says David Prater, president of The Network. “We appreciate the input and support of all of our partners, but it is gratifying to recognize these two companies who have gone above and beyond in their support of Nexus.”
The organization says Connecting Days provided its members with the opportunity to hold productive one-on-one meetings with suppliers and a forum for the three groups to share ideas, knowledge, and strategies and to facilitate discussions on mutual opportunities.
“The Nexus Automotive International community continues to expand, growing in both distributors and key supplier relationships, and we’re proud to support the community through Connecting Days. This event helps further those global alliances while maintaining a North American focus,” said APA Group president and CEO Gary Martin.
Nexus North America says it delivers value to its members through real-time collaboration in areas such as membership, PDC access to parts, and technology. Members have collaborated on a variety of projects, including a B2B platform to provide an e-commerce solution for end user customers as well as national accounts with vehicle ranges from class 1 all the way up to class 8.
“The work among the members of our group on this technology project is precisely the type of collaboration we envisioned when we formed NEXUS North America,” explained Chris Baer, president and CEO of Vipar Heavy Duty. “We anticipate more projects like this that help us better serve our customers.”
About Automotive Distribution Network
The Automotive Distribution Network is a is a full-service program group providing services including marketing, technology, purchasing and sales. Network members operate under the brands Parts Plus, Parts Plus Mexico, Auto Pride, IAPA and are located in Canada, United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.networkhq.org.
About Automotive Parts Associates
Automotive Parts Associates Inc. (APA Group) is a member-owned cooperative made up of 90 independent warehouse distributors in North America with over 375 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Its members’ distribution centers offer a wide assortment of national brand product lines as well as a substantial line of Professionals’ Choice private brand products. For more information, visit www.professionalschoice.com.
About Vipar Heavy Duty
Vipar Heavy Duty is a North American network of independent aftermarket truck parts distributors serviing the needs of customers from more than 620 locations across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Vipar Heavy Duty also operates two wholly owned subsidiaries, Global Parts Network LLC and Power Heavy Duty LLC. For more information, visit www.vipar.com.