Iconic Automotive history and state-of-the-art digital workshops solutions on display at AAAE

Repco is promising huge celebrations at the 2022 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo as the event’s major sponsor enters its 100th year in Australia and New Zealand.
GPC Asia Pacific’s Automotive Division Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Bryant, recently told GoAuto News that the sponsorship of the Expo is an important part of the company’s 100th birthday celebrations.
“The Expo is a big deal for Repco – as it is for anyone in the industry. It’s an opportunity to showcase the key initiatives that we’ve got in our business, particularly those that support the trade such as our digital workshop solutions, tools and equipment, and that all-important chance to talk to our audience about our product range,” Wayne told GoAuto News.
“The Expo is very important at any time, but there has been a lot of change in the industry over the past three years. I think 2022 is a year where change is particularly obvious. Whether that’s because of the rise of zero- or lower-emissions vehicles, or what’s happening with choice of repairer, or even advancements in vehicle technology in general, it’s another key time in the evolution of our industry,” he added.
From humble beginnings when it started in a Collingwood tin shed in 1922 under the name of ‘Replacement Parts Company,’ Repco now has more than 400 stores across Australia and New Zealand.
Included is a remarkable tale of global domination when Repco powered Jack Brabham and Denny Hulme to Formula One World Drivers’ Championships in 1966 and 1967, including back-to-back Constructors’ titles thanks to the famous Repco-Brabham combination.
Repco is entering its second year as the major partner of the Repco Supercars Championship, the Repco Bathurst 1000 as well as its ongoing partnership with Shell V-Power Racing.
Repco’s racing heritage will be represented on its stand at this year’s Expo with a number of iconic racing cars on display.
As part of Repco’s celebrations, visitors to its stand will walk away with presents as Repco will have a number of giveaways during the Expo, including Repco Tote Bags full of exciting Repco merchandise.
Repco will also be promoting its digital workshop solutions as part of its show activities.
Whether communicating externally with customers or internally with your team, the digital age affords aftermarket workshops greater opportunity to increase performance and profitability.

With more information at their fingertips, modern workshops will become more competitive by providing customers answers to queries when they call and not having to worry about call-backs or follow-ups.
Having the information at hand to convert the caller to a customer will be key, by ensuring that the customer has all the answers in one call.
Just in time delivery has also changed how workshops operate, reducing the amount of stock carried, even though the range of parts required for vehicles has increased significantly.
Being able to locate stock and know it is available to suit customer expectations allows for increased productivity in the workshop. Time is not wasted with vehicles on hoist or staying overnight because parts were not available when the job was booked.
Digital systems can also assist workshops internally, helping to find information faster than ever before, increasing workshop performance and efficiency.
Every activity in the workshop takes time, whether ordering alternators, clearing codes, finding parts or stamping logbooks. The faster a workshop can find information, the sooner they can return to profitable work.
Without accurate, timely information, workshops are at a disadvantage before a spanner has been lifted or the key turned in an ignition barrel. It is only by supporting a change that all workshops can benefit as we move into the future.
Time is now the world’s most precious resource. People are more time poor than ever before, and productivity is key to any profitable business.
Repco says its suite of Digital Workshop Solutions will ensure that any workshop can maximise productivity and, in return, profit.
For a workshop, this can mean fitting more jobs into the same day, increasing income with less expense.
It can also mean completing paper work during the day, on the spot and not taking time away from family and friends working late into the night after business hours.
Repco has designed multiple workshop solutions to save time and increase customer engagement for any size of workshop in Australia which will give simple ways to improve efficiencies and allow workshops to reinvest the saved time in to what is most important.
Rare Spares, which was recently acquired by Repco, will also be featured on its stand.
Repco invites you to visit it at Stand I14 at the AAAExpo.

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