on the road with kathleen

Bullish on AAPEX

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on November 20, 2014
While the dust has settled on yet another AAPEX in Las Vegas (my 40th to be exact), the buzz about the show and events surrounding it has not diminished.

Breaking Ground on the Impact of E-Tailing

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on September 23, 2014
I am very excited about the recent release of the Auto Care Association’s first-of-its-kind study on the depth and breadth and impact of e-tailing in the auto care industry.

How Did We Celebrate World Trade Month?

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on June 03, 2014
The month of May is widely celebrated across the United States as “World Trade Month.” Around the country, state and local governments, non-profit organizations and private sector entities supported events to help more American companies engage and succeed in the global marketplace.

Pumping Up the Facts in Our Factbook

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on June 04, 2013

Every day we are all bombarded with facts, data, information, predictions… tons of stuff. But, most of it is totally useless unless we can sift through it, make sense of it and find ways to apply it to our daily personal or business lives.

Even More Bullish on Our Industry

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on May 16, 2013

I’m even more bullish on our industry this week than before. Why?

We just released a report, called the Channel Forecast Model, which predicts 3.4 percent annual growth through 2016 for the automotive aftermarket industry, likely to continue outpacing growth of the overall economy.

Lots of Hot Air About Gas

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on June 05, 2012

All year a bunch of energy analysts and “experts” have been predicting gloom and doom for the motoring public (and the overall economy) because gas prices were sure to “skyrocket”  to $5 a gallon or higher this spring and summer.