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PartsTrader announced in early May that it has started rolling out the release of PartsTrader 3.0. Part of this release includes the restructured Quote Selection Tool, which the company states will save repairers time with fewer steps needed to select the quote that best meets their parts requirements.
The first phase of the time-saving inventory quoting to be rolled out is the Hotlines Automatch integration for recycled parts suppliers, soon to be followed by the DMI data platform integration for OEM dealers. Suppliers will see their inventory inside the PartsTrader application, and be able to quote inventory with a single click. As this product feature is rolled out to include additional supplier integrations in the coming months, suppliers will be able to quote far more efficiently than traditional phone or fax based methods, saving time and selling more parts.
B & R Auto Wrecking is one of the suppliers in the initial pilot testing of the inventory quoting integration.
“The new Hotlines AutoMatch feature in PartsTrader 3.0 is a huge time saver! Responding to repairers’ quote requests is now quicker than a telephone call, and we can quote even more parts because we get the entire parts list,” said Ryan Mandell, manager at the multi-state recycler's Graham, Wash. facility.
To assist users with the changes in this release, PartsTrader will host a series of webinars to ensure that customers are able to fully use these new features. The webinars will also highlight additional functionality incorporated into this release. Details on the webinars are available at www.partstrader.us.com/help/user-webinars/.
The International Roundtable of Auto Recycling (IRT) will be held in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, on April 20 - 23, 2016. The Malaysian Automotive Recyclers Association (MAARA) is the host association.
The IRT brings together the leading international automotive recycler associations, industry officials, guest speakers and local auto recyclers to discuss the global auto recycling industry. Previous IRT’s were held in Brussels, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Coffs Harbour, Quebec City, Liverpool, Phoenix and Kushiro.
Each IRT is unique to the local association hosting it. IRT’s are held every 18 months and hosted by one of the founding associations. The IRT brings the peak national associations to discuss the ever-changing world of auto recycling.
Go to http://irt-autorecycling.org for more information on this international event. MAARA is developing an IRT2016 specific website that we will broadcast its availability as soon as it is ready.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized five winners in New Hampshire with its 2015 Environmental Merit Awards and auto recyclers were one.
Jeff Kantor and Bob Phelps (posthumous) received the Lifetime Achievement award.
Kantor and Phelps have both been president of the Auto & Truck Recyclers Association of New Hampshire (ATRA) and both owned auto recycling facilities committed to environmental excellence. The state Department of Environmental Services awarded both of their facilities with the status of Certified NH Green Yard.
Kantor is now an environmental consultant for LKQ Car World in Candia and has served on many governmental committees. Phelps was a regional director at-large and a global ambassador for ARA. Phelps died in 2014.
Kantor and Phelps both were committed to promoting good environmental business practices within the auto recycling industry. As a team they were a power-house dedicated to building relationships between the auto recycling industry and all levels of government. They worked with the state legislature and U.S. Congress to promote legislation reflecting the modernization of the auto recycling industry and its importance in our nation. Both men were instrumental in helping DES establish the award-winning Green Yards Program, which promotes and recognizes environmental excellence among auto recycling yards.
They educated their peers on the advantages of running a facility with environmentally sound and sustainable business practices. In addition to advocating environmental sustainability through federal, state and local regulations and with their peers, Kantor and Phelps worked to improve public perception of the industry through community outreach and an increased understanding of the industry.
Kantor is the outgoing “front man” who helps people understand the importance of good environmental practices. He invited students into his business and conducted “show and tell” productions at local schools demonstrating the part a well-run auto recycling facility plays in environmental protection.
Phelps led with a quiet distinction, spending one-on-one time talking about his views on rules, regulations and the state of the industry. Before his death in 2014, he mentored young people, showing them that an environmentally sustainable business can thrive in today’s society. Kantor and Phelps spent their careers working to elevate an industry that is neither glamorous nor especially lucrative, but is vitally important to the sustainability of our society. Their commitment to substantive improvements of environmental performance within the automotive recycling industry is their legacy.
Each year EPA New England recognizes individuals and groups in the six New England states who have worked to protect or improve the region’s environment in distinct ways. The merit awards, given out since 1970, honor individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts.
The Environmental Merit Awards, which are given to people who have already taken action, are awarded in the categories of individual; business (including professional organizations); local, state or federal government; and environmental, community, academia or nonprofit organization. Also, each year EPA presents lifetime achievement awards for individuals.
The Florida Auto Dismantlers & Recyclers Association (FADRA) will hold its 2015 event at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla. once again.
Secure your room today by calling the Sheraton Sand Key Resort by calling 727-595-1611. The FADRA Room Rate is $159.00 per night. Please be sure to mention you are with FADRA to receive this rate!
Go to www.fadra.org for more information.
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