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The Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) is a national trade association representing the automotive aftermarket industry. The aftermarket is a $15.6 billion industry, and is proud to employ more than 220,000 people. AIA's members manufacture, distribute, and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, service, tools, equipment, materials and supplies.


www.aiacanada.com



AIA's mandate is to promote, educate and represent members in all areas that impact the growth and prosperity of the industry. Bestbuy Distributors is a long-time member of AIA Canada, and through this affiliation, is one of the founding sponsors for "Be Car Care Aware", a consumer education campaign about the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair.


www.carcarecanada.ca


Automotive Parts Associates, inc. (APA)

During the late eighties, Bestbuy became more and more interested in pursuing an affiliation with an American buying group. This business objective was fuelled by the creation of Free Trade and the desire to distribute from north to south, though traditionally distribution in the aftermarket flowed east to west. Such an affiliation would provide Bestbuy with a better competitive position within North America as well.

In 1990, Bestbuy became affiliated with Automotive Parts Associates, inc (APA), Kansas City. APA, formed in 1973, operates in a way that is very similar to Bestbuy's mode of operation. The two companies' philosophies and purposes are also similar, as indicated by APA's mission statement:

APA represents 100 plus warehouse distributors, who have bonded together as a co-operative to compete more profitably in the automotive aftermarket. We are designed to afford our members the ability to not only buy better, but sell better as well.

This joint venture has also given Bestbuy the opportunity to deal directly with American suppliers, in addition to giving the company better bargaining power and access to new marketing programs. The affiliation with APA has also meant the introduction of a new name to the Canadian market: Professionals' Choice. An exclusive label with over 30 product lines, Professionals' Choice continues to be well received by both Bestbuy's shareholders and their customers.


www.professionalschoice.com


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