Purolator USA Expands Service within Automotive Aftermarket Industry

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Purolator USA now offers its cross-border and intra-U.S. logistics expertise to automotive aftermarket manufacturers, with the added benefit of Purolator's widely respected customer service.

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This is an additional service that Purolator is pleased to offer the automotive aftermarket industry. Our customers have realized that it is generally more cost efficient to rely on us to process their returns, than it is to contract with a separate provider

Rapid delivery, deep distribution networks and cost efficiency are the three "golden rules" of the automotive aftermarket industry. The industry, with sales in excess of $285 billion during 2007, depends on logistics providers that can move their products through the delivery process and to their end-user as quickly as possible. Purolator USA now offers its cross-border and intra-U.S. logistics expertise to automotive aftermarket manufacturers, with the added benefit of Purolator's widely respected customer service.

"The nature of the automotive aftermarket industry is such that there really is no room for delays or miscalculations in getting goods where they need to be," says Purolator USA President John Costanzo. "Many times a part is being delivered to a customer who is having a car repaired, so time really is of the essence. We can all sympathize with being told, 'the part is on order'."

Purolator USA is a natural fit with the automotive aftermarket industry for several reasons. Shipments traveling across the border to Canada can be integrated into Purolator's extensive distribution network, which allows access to even the most remote regions of the country. In addition, Purolator has the capacity to combine shipments prior to crossing the border, which can minimize delays and reduce import-related fees. Further, Purolator USA operates facilities on either side of the border, which often means that shipments can be delivered directly to their end destination, thereby avoiding costly distribution center stopovers.

Purolator offers a team of cross border specialists through its Purolator Trade Solutions service, who can help customers understand and manage regulatory and trade-related requirements. Purolator's trade specialists can provide a customer with the exact amount of fees and duties that will be assessed at the border. Many logistics providers are unable to offer this service, which means that businesses are slapped with unexpected additional invoices upon delivery.

Manufacturers also rely on Purolator USA to handle their Canadian returns into the U.S. "This is an additional service that Purolator is pleased to offer the automotive aftermarket industry. Our customers have realized that it is generally more cost efficient to rely on us to process their returns, than it is to contract with a separate provider," Costanzo said.

"For automotive shipments that travel within the United States, service options range from Next Day Air to Domestic Ground, depending on a shipment's urgency," Costanzo said. "We regularly hear from our aftermarket customers that our range of intra-U.S. services offer them a high degree of flexibility, given their sporadic shipping schedules."

The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) projects a continued increase in industry sales for the foreseeable future, as an increasing number of individuals opt to forego purchasing a new car, and instead focus on maintaining their current vehicle. This means Purolator USA will continue to develop additional services to meet the unique needs of the automotive aftermarket industry.

Manufacturers interested in learning more about Purolator USA's capabilities should visit http://www.purolatorusa.com.

About Purolator USA
Purolator USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Purolator Courier Ltd, Canada's largest integrated distribution services company. Purolator USA specializes in the air and surface forwarding of small packages and freight shipments, customs brokerage and delivery to, from and within the North American market. Purolator USA doubled the size of its U.S. office network during the past 18 months, with branches operating in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, New York City and Newburgh, NY.

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Kimberly Caiaccio
Purolator USA
(516) 681-3749 ext. 2170
kcaiaccio @ purolator.com
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