I'm looking forward to a trip to Las Vegas at the end of this month, but not for the gambling, cheap buffets or Broadway-quality shows. (Well, I may try to get to Alan Albert's for the prime rib, but we'll see.) What I really am anxious to see in person, for the first time, are the tool and equipment displays on the show floors at AAPEX, SEMA, CARS and NACE during the annual Aftermarket Week.
The sheer volume of new products promises to be educational, enlightening and overwhelming. If you're not able to attend, which areas would you especially like to read about in PD? My phone number and email are on this page — let me know what you're most interested in before Oct. 26.
If you are planning to attend, be sure to check our directory pages beginning on page 30, with listings of tool and equipment businesses and their booth numbers who are planning to display at AAPEX and some of the other industry shows.
On page 26, columnist Phil Sasso gives tips on why you should try to get to AAPEX and how it can impact your business. Additionally, for tips on saving money through tax exemptions at shows like AAPEX or the other annual tool expos, check out the advice from Mark Battersby on page 20.
Be sure to watch the next issue for more coverage of AAPEX and the cool tools and equipment debuting there. Of course, if you can't wait until then, you're always welcome to log onto the website, www.professionaldistributormagazine.com, for more info. Be sure to check out my new blog there for my particular thoughts on what's going on without having to wait for the next issue in the mail!
The main focus there for PTEN is on the AAPEX show, where the bulk of the new tools and equipment for auto repair are introduced.
Now that I've got my first aftermarket industry week under my belt, my main impression is that the tool and equipment segment is healthy
Imagine taking an enjoyable and educational vacation, and that Uncle Sam will pick up the tab.
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