Nov. 8, 2010 – Aftermarket Digest

Tucker Rocky integrated into ADP Lightspeed’s DMS

Tucker Rocky products will now be available on ADP Lightspeed’s dealer management system following an integration of Tucker Rocky’s data into the DMS, ADP Lightspeed announced.
Tucker Rocky will allow its regional warehouses to be searched through the DMS, so dealers can view the available merchandise without leaving the DMS invoicing screen. The Tucker Rocky data will automatically be added to all relevant searches. LightspeedNXT’s locator database will be updated daily, so the data will be current.
“We are very proud to have Tucker Rocky warehouse information included in the Locator,” Dave Johnson, manufacturer solutions and consulting with ADP Lightspeed, said in a release. “By offering this data within the DMS, we are helping dealers search multiple sources to locate the part they need quickly. Tucker Rocky’s vast inventory of quality products will give dealers the ability to find exactly what their customers want.”

Exhaust manufactor LeoVince moves entirely to dealer direct

Aftermarket exhaust manufacturer LeoVince USA is aligning its North American distribution with its worldwide operations, going entirely to a dealer-direct model.
The company said in a mutual agreement, LeoVince USA and Tucker Rocky Distributing ended their relationship. LeoVince began moving to a dealer-direct model one year ago when it severed relationships with two other national distributors.
Tim Calhoun, executive vice president of LeoVince USA, said in a press release the current challenging marketplace “has expedited this planned change for our company, which will allow us to best serve our dealer network and our fast-growing Forza dealer network. It is more efficient, offers dealers better product availability and allows us to offer an extremely high level of customer sales and after-sale service.”
As a result of the move, LeoVince is launching a massive inventory cleanup and clearance sale. The company believes this will help eliminate the returns and rotations created through prior distribution relationships.

Drag Specialities, Parts Unlimited host September dealer rides

Aftermarket distributors Drag Specialities and Parts Unlimited each hosted rides for their dealers in September, according to a press release.
Drag Specialities’ fifth annual ride was Sept. 19-22. Qualifying dealer representatives rode through the Adirondacks in Lake George, N.Y., stopping at Lake Placid and Jimbo’s Club on Bryant Lake.
Parts Unlimited hosted two rides. The UP300 was held in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and based in Marquette. It ran Sept. 11-14. The RM400 began in Crested Butte, Colo., and ran through the Rocky Mountains Sept. 20-24. It was the 11th year of Parts Unlimited rides.
Each trip included a visit to a performance alley in which dealers had the opportunity to view vendors' new products and place discounted orders.

Kido Sports opens ScorpionEXO Warranty/Tech Center

Kido Sports USA has launched a stand-alone Warranty/Tech Center where all warranty and technical issues, questions and concerns for the ScorpionEXO brand in the United States will be directed, according to a release from Kido.
“This expansion will allow Kido Sports USA LLC to focus entirely on the goal of total customer satisfaction,” said Rick Miller, president of Scorpion Sports Inc., in the release.
Changes have been made to the warranty procedures, he said, to make the process easier on the dealer and the retail customer. Doug Chapman and Jeff Kang are heading the customer service project.
Scorpion Sports also announced it has promoted a pair of new regional salesmanagers. Industry veterans Luke Brady and Eddy Raisch now split the U.S. to support Scorpion’s network for independent sales reps and stocking dealers for both helmets and EXOWear.
“Luke and Eddy have seen the growth of the brand and its success for their dealers on the sales side,” says Scorpion Sports National Sales Manager Jon Eide. “Their background both as riders and at the dealership level makes it possible for them to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk when it comes to Scorpion EXO. This is just another example of how Scorpion Sports is dedicated to supporting our dealers.”

Yamaha to distribute Progressive Suspension

Progressive Suspension’s new 465 Series Monoshock will be distributed by Yamaha, according to a press release from Progressive Suspension.
The Monoshock has applications that include Raider and other models at a stock height and a 1-inch lowered version. The shock, with a $495.95 MSRP, has a 46-millimeter bore and deflective disc piston for precise dampening.
“It has been our pleasure to partner with Yamaha on this project, and we feel the high-performance 465 Series Monoshock is a great match for their line of high-performance cruisers,” Progressive’s Director of Marketing Patrick Lovro said in the release.

Armadillo Scooter Wear launches new jacket models

New scooter clothing brand Armadillo Scooter Wear has just launched its Fall/Winter 2010 range of scooter wear with a new online viral campaign.
“The idea is that dealers will be able to download videos, edit them or use them as is, and re-upload to the web,” said Joel Martin, president of Martin Racing Performance, which is the U.S. logistics partner for Armadillo.
The videos will feature all the new models individually and as a group and be available for download from the MRP site for stocking dealers.
“New models are using stitched Kevlar as well as Codura linings, some models such as the Camo jacket have been improved and all new 2010 production feature the ability to add back d30 amor (sold separately),” said Kerwin Vega, sales manager for Martin Racing Performance. 
“Dealers that would like to download the videos can do so to re-upload them or they can link to our YouTube page,” Martin said.

Brembo: Suzuki new customer for road bike calipers

After years of cooperation in MotoGP, Brembo is also now a supplier for Suzuki road motorcycles with a new brake caliper designed specifically for the latest version of the GSX-R 600 and 750, the flagship super port model of this manufacturer.
The new supply agreement lasts for three years, Brembo said, and strengthens its presence in the metric market, where it has been working with Yamaha for some years.
Brembo’s motorcycle industry customers now include Aprilia, BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Husqvarna, KTM, Moto Guzzi, MV Augusta, Piaggio, Triumph and Yamaha.

AXO America Announces gear deal with racing team

AXO, a leading brand in motocross apparel, and the Red Bull MX1 Factory Racing Team have signed a two-year deal that will see four-time World Champion Antonio Cairoli and German star Maximilian Nagl wearing AXO gear next year.
Cairoli and Nagl will take on their mission wearing the Nickel pants, the Pistol jersey and the brand new Padlock glove, which represents AXO’s top lineup.
The lineup features the “Slip Fit” knee system on the pants, the 100 percent lightweight polyester construction with fully sublimated graphics on the jersey and the new “Over the Top GOLF” closure of the glove.
“The AXO staff is pleased to welcome Tony and Max and the whole Red Bull KTM MX1 Factory Racing Team,” Valentina Zago, president of AXO Europe, said in a press release. “We had the chance to work with Claudio De Carli a few years ago. I am sure that his professionalism, his long experience in the field, combined with Tony’s and Max’s great performances, will bring us a lot of success!”
Claudio De Carli, Red Bull KTM MX1 Factory Racing team manager, said, “AXO is a top-level brand to partner with in our racing efforts and their passion for motocross is well known.”

Ramps manufacturers expands its distribution

RevArc Ramps, manufactured by Bosski, has expanded with Maverick Distributing, a press release stated.
“We only want to deal with the best,” Greg Woods of Maverick said in the press release. “The RevArcs offer three things dealers really need: great price, excellent features and consumer demand.”
Bosski’s RevArc ramps are growing, as they have 350 U.S. dealers, and now, Maverick will reach more than 200 additional retailers. PSB


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