By Jeff Sanford
Boucherville, Quebec — November 9, 2015 — Automotive products distributor Uni-Select has announced its Canadian Supplier Award winners. The winners were announced recently at the company’s National Supplier Meeting in Toronto.
According to the company, the awards are presented to recognize the the achievements, innovation, and outstanding service of suppliers. Congratulations go out to aftermarket parts manufacturer Mevotech, which won the Diamond Award, the most prestigious of the Supplier Awards. The prize is awarded in recognition of dependable and detail-oriented service to the supplier having given the best support to Uni-Select customers. This award recognizes the quality of sales tools, fill rate, lead time, inventory management, service (training, tech support) and manpower support amongst others.
Three prizes called “The Golden Ally” are awarded in recognition for sales and marketing achievements. The first category, Sales tools for independent jobbers and installers, recognizes a supplier who provided an innovative sales tool designed to help jobbers sell to a shop owner or to help installers explain and sell a maintenance or service to a customer. This year, Standard Motor Products – Blue Streak is the recipient of this award. The Marketing campaign of the year, which is awarded to a supplier who stood out with its marketing campaign, was given to Brake Parts – Raybestos. The recipient’s campaign had to be focused on developing sales at the installers’ level to support them in offering the best solutions to their consumers. The third category, Training and technical support, represents a supplier who provided efficient and innovative training material designed to simplify tech’s education on installation or specialized maintenance. It could also be awarded to a supplier who provided professional technical support material and/or online and phone technical support through e-catalogue or website. This year, Dorman is the recipient of this award.
The Tech-Savvy Award – New Technology is awarded to Spectra Premium, a supplier who has developed and implemented the most user-friendly and innovative IT program to support the sales development at the independent jobber or installer level.
In recognition of their sales growth, three suppliers were given the Achiever Award. These winners’ sales growth performances were the highest ones among all Uni-Select suppliers in their respective categories. BBB Industries Wilson distinguished itself in the Automotive application parts. 3M and BE Pressure Supply stood out in the Paint, Body and Equipment and Tools and Equipment categories, respectively.
Uni-Select decided to officially commemorate its suppliers in order to show them that the company “is truly appreciative and grateful for the hard work they put into providing Uni-Select with best service.” The awards recognize company’s showing excellent “creativity skills and accomplishing groundbreaking work in the automotive aftermarket.”