Parts Alliance members celebrate Christmas Jumper Day!

On Friday 18th December the Parts Alliance got in the festive spirit with staff up and down the country putting on their best Christmas jumpers.

Teams from across Parts Alliance members at Allparts, CES, GMF Motor Factors and SC Motor Factors raised money for charity in “style” by wearing Christmas jumpers and donating to charity for Text Santa’s Christmas Jumper Day 2015.

Have a look at some of our best efforts above!

The Parts Alliance provide UK’s first autoparts vending machines

The Parts Alliance has launched new autoparts vending machines in partnership with the AA. The machines are designed to provide the UK’s biggest breakdown provider with access to parts on the road, 24 hours a day. The PartVend concept is being piloted in a number of strategic locations, with the machines electronically linked so Parts Alliance members can tell instantly which products are being used and when to replenish the stock.

Mike Curry, sales director national accounts for the Parts Alliance said: “Early results are very positive and we hope to ramp up the number of locations significantly and pretty quickly. The vending machines not only allow access to stock out of normal hours but also mean we can get product closer to AA patrols in areas where we currently don’t have branches.” A typical stock item is a battery, the AA patrol gaining access using a secure key code.

Curry added: “It’s another way of extending our reach and increases the number of locations where the AA can quickly pick up parts if they haven’t got them on the van.

“They get what they need, the beleaguered motorist is back on the road more quickly and we have a sale. It’s a win for everyone.”

Peter Sephton, chief executive of The Parts Alliance, said:

“The PartVend vending concept is a world industry first and contributes to our position as a technology leader in the distribution of auto parts in Europe.”

“It integrates with our class leading electronic catalogue and our Parts Alliance Reporting and Compliance tool, , that allows our customers to gain full traceability of their parts in the supply chain.”

The Parts Alliance is the UK and Ireland’s largest group of wholly owned and franchised businesses supplying OE and matching quality autoparts to national and independent garages and workshops. The AA’s patrols attend an average 10,000 breakdowns every day across the UK.

Curry added: “It’s thanks to building up very strong relationships with major companies, and working closely with them, that when we propose innovative concepts they are amenable to them. Having completed the feasibility study we will work with the AA to identify exactly where and how many of these vending machines are needed.”

New and improved DriveTec oil range

The new and improved DriveTec oil range is now available from Parts Alliance distributors. The updated range boasts new look packaging with a fresher feel as well as new additions to the range, product name changes and changes to standard package sizes.

Changes to the product ranges include the introduction of three new oil grades. To keep up with market requirements the DriveTec range now contains the new 5W20 Ecomax, available in both 1 litre and 5 litre sizes, the 0W30 Volmax and 5W30 Renmax, both available in 5 litre bottles.

These new additional oil grades add improved vehicle application coverage for DriveTec engine oil, with new oil products to cover continuously advancing modern engines.

The range now better reflects the demands of customers with the discontinuation of 15W40 and 20W50 mineral oil. Specifications for the 15W40 are already being covered by the existing DriveTec 10W40 oil and the 20W50 has been discontinued due to declining customer requirements, as well as the viscosity specifications being mainly for older vehicles.

To keep in line with industry trends the previous 25 litre packages have been replaced by 20 litre packs.

The improvement of the DriveTec oil range is a reflection of our core business philosophy to evolve and grow as we lead the way in the industry. The enhancements in the DriveTec oil range further complements the extensive range of oil stocked by Parts Alliance members, which includes oil from brands such as Comma, Total and Mobil1.

For further information on the changes to the DriveTec oil ranges, please contact your local Parts Alliance distributor.