“The Group” Honors Top Supplier Partners

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Source: Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) announcement

STAUNTON, Va./GRAPEVINE, Texas – The Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) announced its “Vendor of the Year” awards this week during its virtual national conference and expo.

The Group recognized supplier partners for exceptional support in key categories important to its membership as well as the Outstanding Vendor of the Year award. Members of Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association cast votes for the top supplier in each category, and the results were as follows:

Outstanding Vendor of the Year – APC/AP Centric
Sales Support Vendor of the Year – Gates Corporation
Marketing Excellence Vendor of the Year – KYB Americas Corporation
Excellence in Education & Training Vendor of the Year – The Timken Company
Service Level Excellence Vendor of the Year – FCS Automotive
Catalog & Product Data Excellence Vendor of the Year – Standard Motor Products

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“It has been a difficult year for our entire industry and has been gratifying to see so many of our suppliers step up with support for our membership. We thank them all and honor the best of the best,” said Larry Pavey, CEO, Automotive Parts Services Group. “We have developed enduring relationships with our vendor partners through the years and we know that even when things get challenging, we will always work together towards tomorrow.”

More than 900 members, vendors and associates are participating in The Group’s conference and expo, attending a virtual series of general sessions and informational meetings as well as taking part in a first-ever virtual vendor expo.

About The Group

Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association merged their efforts and resources in a number of key areas to form the Automotive Parts Services Group or simply, The Group. The goal of The Group is a solid focus on “best in class” in order to provide overall value and support within the auto-care industry, build upon the success, cultures and relationships of Pronto and Federated, and work together for a stronger future.

Both Pronto and Federated headquarters remain in place and continue to support their respective member’s needs, marketing programs and brands, while moving to shared resources in all areas that offer efficiencies and improvement opportunities to remain competitive in a changing market. The combined organization will operate more than 5,000 locations in North America with estimated member revenue of approximately $7 billion.

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