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MERA Members Can Get the First Preview of the Emerging “New Retail” Aftermarket Report at the 2019 AASA Vision Conference in April

Date: March 8, 2019
Dramatic changes are transforming the automotive aftermarket with a potential “new retail” emerging that could blur the line between physical and digital commerce. MERA members can attend the conference at the AASA member rate and hear Barry Neal, Roland Berger partner, and its US Aftermarket Leader, discuss the new business models being pursued by both current aftermarket players and new “digital giants” at the upcoming 2019 AASA Vision Conference on Wednesday, April 3, at The Henry, Dearborn, Mich. 
Roland Berger, one of the leading global consultancy firms, and AASA have launched a groundbreaking analysis of how these new distribution and service models will impact the aftermarket – and what strategies aftermarket businesses need to adopt now to succeed. Vision Conference attendees will receive a preview of the report.
The AASA Vision Conference is regarded as the aftermarket’s premier thought-leadership event and is dedicated to advancing the business interests of the aftermarket industry and the association’s members. 
The 2019 event opens on Tuesday, April 2, with an industry networking reception at The Henry Ford Museum. The Conference convenes the morning of April 3 with industrywide sessions examining critical aftermarket business issues, such as:
• The Road to Achieving Freedom of Choice for the Aftermarket
• The Great Tariff Debate
• How the Aftermarket Will Unfold in 2019-2020
• Repairing High-Tech Vehicles
The industrywide sessions of the conference open to MERA members conclude at 3:30 p.m. on April 3. A networking reception for all attendees will start at 5:15 p.m., following the AASA member-only session.
More information about the AASA Vision Conference agenda, registration and hotel reservations is available at
AASA Vision Conference supporters to date include premier sponsor Epicor Software Corp. and APA Search, AutoNetTV Media, Corcentric, Experian, Gold Eagle, IHS Markit, Interact One, MontAd Media, N.A. Williams, OptiCat, Paramount Data Management GmbH, Plante Moran, Snap36, Surys, Syndigo and Tasco Sales Reps.
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