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The New Year Brings a Freight Acquisition

We recently heard from our National Tractor Parts Dealer Association representative Steven Haas about a new acquisition that he indicates will be a major Tforce Truck and Logo benefit for our NTPDA Members.

TForce Worldwide, a major freight company has acquired not only DLS Worldwide a business unit of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company which was established in 2006 but also the freight side of UPS, it's less than truckload division. 

According to Steve the new partnerships could not come at a better time.  He tells us that the collective freight spend now exceeds six billion dollars annually and TForce Worldwide has even stronger carrier negotiations than before.


Steve Haas Jan 2019Here is the news directly from TForce Worldwide and what it means for us:

"We won't be immune to these continued carrier increases but we won't be affected like most others. As a matter of fact, our industry intelligence suggests that that carriers will be dialing back many of their re-seller programs and will be pulling their rates from smaller 3pls and many independent brokers.

Here’s what the new TForce partnership brings to our customers and trading partners.

  •  Increased buying power with the SAME online platform and a larger carrier mix.
  •  An enhanced network of LTL carriers with new capabilities to/from/within Canada & Mexico
  •  Enhanced capabilities for full truckload services through an asset- based network with nearly 7000 power units, 8000 drivers and 12000 trailers.
  •  A new range of specialty services with new access to flatbeds, tanker trucks, oversized and specialty equipment.
  •  An improved mix of International capabilities including air freight, ocean freight and a host of intermodal services

There is hope on the horizon with forthcoming vaccines and 2021 will be a promising new year.

TForce Worldwide will flex with these changes and continue to look out for your best interests through stronger carrier negations, an improved range of services, and by looking for new and better ways to increase the value we bring to you.

We appreciate your business and our continued partnership, so please do your best to stay safe and have and prosperous New Year.

TForce Worldwide will remain a “force” within the auto, truck & tractor parts recycling industries and our rates will continue to prevail over the likes of: Priority 1, BlueGrace, GlobalTrans, SAV, Unishippers and Worldwide Express."

For more information and to connect with Steve Haas for an account or quotes you can call him directly at 612-296-1806 or steven.haas@tfwwi.com 

 


Two More Acquisitions for All States Ag Parts

Over the past two weeks we’ve been informed that our member All States Ag Parts (ASAP) has made two more important acquisitions.  Tractor Joe of Tractor Joe LogoPlymouth, MN which specializes in on-line ag parts for tractors and other agricultural equipment and Yesterday’s Tractor Company based in Port Townsend, WA which specializes in providing antique tractor owners with valuable resources for repair and information as well as a complete line of antique tractor parts.

Yesterdays Tractor LogoJohn Dyke, CEO of All States Ag Parts said of the two acquisitions, “Both Tractor Joe and Yesterday’s Tractor allow ASAP to continue serving the vast agriculture by offering new and different products and services.  Tractor Joe brings a fully developed website operation with good traffic numbers which will supplement our existing site. Meanwhile Yesterday’s Tractor allows us to continue to serve their current and future customers and expand the current parts offering by including used parts in addition to expanding the remanufactured and new part lines.”

 Both former owners, Marina Vorobeychik of Tractor Joe and Kim Pratt of Yesterday’s Tractor will remain in place during the transition and both newly acquired companies will retain their current identities.

Tractor Joe can be reached at 888-860-9096 or online at www.TractorJoe.com while Yesterday’s Tractor can be reached at 800-853-2651 or online at www.YesterdaysTractors.com .

All States Ag Parts now operates 21 locations in North America including 16 tractor and combine salvage yards.  ASAP is the leading supplier of agricultural All states ag logo parts in North America and carries used, new aftermarket and remanufactured parts for tractors, skid steers, combines and other ag equipment. Parts are stocked for virtually all brands of equipment including John Deere, Case IH, Ford, New Holland, Allis Chalmers, Massey Ferguson, AGCO, Hesston and many more.  All States Ag Parts may be reached at 877-530-4430 or at www.TractorPartsASAP.com

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) congratulates All States Ag Parts as the company continues to expand to serve farmers, ranchers, hobbyists and restoration customers.


Member Stories - Herman Rempel

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association has a long history of helping our members grow their business. We thought it might be a good idea to "look Herman NTPDA Board
back" and profile some of the people who were with us near the beginning. Here is a short story about Herman Rempel, a lifetime member, who along with his wife, Jeannie attended nearly 20 NTPDA Annual Meetings. We reached out to his daughter Rebecca Braun who helped us pen this story:

Herman was fascinated by all things mechanical as a young boy. In his small home town of Niverville, Manitoba, he had the first transistor radio and subscription to Popular Mechanics. Some of his early toys included a horse and saddle, a green CCM bicycle he bought for $59 in 1950 with his paper route earnings, a Hiawatha scooter, a 1946 Chev convertible (the first built after WWII), a new fiberglass red and white Vanguard boat, a 1957 Vauxhall (which had the same Zenith-built carburetor as British Ferguson tractors), and a 1967 Lincoln Continental. Mostly every vehicle he owned he rebuilt, modified, and repainted red.

His first of eight airplanes was a Piper PA11 that he rebuilt from a wind-damaged wreck. It took one year and Herman Planewas finished two weeks before his wedding. He also owned three Cessna 172s, an Alon Aircoupe, a PA12 Piper (750 hours), a Beechcraft Sport, and finally a Cutlass RG Cessna 172 with 180 hp and retractable gear. Herman’s policy was always to be paid by and pay by certified cheque. This lesson was learned as he has numerous stories of how planes and automobiles were damaged on their ways home.

He worked for 11 years with his father, John K. Rempel, at an International Harvester dealership owned by Mr. George Kehler. To feed his growing family, he started rebuilding Ford 8N and 9N tractors in his car garage. He was known for his beautifully painted tractors and implements. Eventually, his hobby-turned-business grew and required him to buy two acres outside of his home tow. The yard had an abattoir which became his first building for repairs and storage. His business kept growing which required to hire more people, buy more land, build more buildings, erect more shelving, hire more people…you get it. He eventually farmed 80 acres with 3,500 tractors – that’s a Herman joke!

Herman was a walking encyclopedia of tractor parts information. He recalled almost every part number by heart and explained how and why and with what Herman Wife Young
you could interchange it. He also had jobber parts manufactured with modifications made to make them perform better.

Worthington purchased Rempel Tractor Parts in May 1994. Herman very much appreciated the way they treated him and enjoyed the five additional years he stayed in the business, including two winters in Sikeston, Missouri. There was no ownership stress, management and customers valued his knowledge, and he grew his relationships and formed new ones.

Former customers called him for information so he thought it would be good if he had a few replacement parts on-hand. Herman had a giant auction sale of parts and tools in 2017, so you can imagine that those “few” parts expanded out of his garage and basement and into storage trailers.

HErman Wife NowHe is a man of integrity, a wonderful storyteller, and is generous and empathetic. He was bighearted with his time and resources at their churches and in their communities.

He married the love of his life, Jeannie Buhr, in October 1964 and together they had four beautiful children. Now their family has grown to 24 with everyone included! They fully and happily retired when they moved from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Calgary, Alberta in December 2017 to be close to their daughters.

 

 


A Membership Win - Win

A couple of weeks ago I got a message from President Scott that we might want to connect with his credit card processing agent Andy Goranson about themACCESS Payment Processing becoming an Associate Member. So I made the call, offered “the pitch” and we had a great conversation. Andy seemed interested and a day later said his company Access Payment Processing was “in”. Andy, by the way, is the president of the company.

The next step in becoming a member is that we circulate some of the new member data among our existing members so they have the opportunity to offer comments and ask questions. That email was sent out and within a couple of hours I get a call from Andy asking, “So am I a member because one of your members wants to do business with us!”  It was the fastest turn around I’ve ever seen.

Access Growth ImageMary Eisenmann from Eisenmann Supplies, based in Madison, Nebraska, saw the email and called Andy asking about switching out her current credit card processing service for Access. When I spoke with Mary she said their processing company was “OK” but, “I really do want to do business with a company that focuses on customer service and a person who we can trust. Those are the qualities I got from my conversation with Andy.”

Andy tells me that he sent her a new credit card machine, talked her through the setup and said that he plans to make a personal visit soon. Oh, one other thing:  The switch saved Eisenmann Supplies a couple of thousand dollars a year in fees.  And Mary indicates the switch was “seamless”.

Yes, there is real value in membership.

Got a great membership story for us?  Give us a call: 877-668-0900 and we're on it. 


Area Diesel Service - Member News

We love sharing Member News. Recently long time NTPDA Member and family owned company Area Diesel Service was awarded an ISO 9001:2015 Von Linda Leefers Trade ShowCertification. What does that mean for the company and its clients?  You can bet we asked. Here Von Leefers and his wife Linda explain what this is, the impact on their business and, more importantly, what it means to the people who, internationally, are buying from them. As always we're grateful to hear about stories like this and pleased that Area Diesel Service made the news. If you would like to listen to the interview with Von and Linda, just click the audio player below.

Congratulations and thanks for being a member.  AND...if you've got news about your business, make sure you connect with us. We'd love to tell your story too. You can reach us at 877-668-0900 or by cell at 515-707-7699.   


What If We Told You...

What if we told you we have a way for your business to save hundreds of dollars and all you had to do was work with our prefered vendor Payteva?  Would Payteva logoyou? Our bet is that you would at least look into it.

Recently Payteva, a credit/debit card processing service, and its founder, Steve Casteel, became a member of NTPDA. During a recent conversation with him (we check in with our members all the time) he told us about how PayTeva is saving a company based on the east coast hundreds of dollars each month just by following the suggestions of Steve and his crew.

One of the things we do for our members is attempt to make sure your membership dues becomes an investment rather than an expense and, clearly, by working with Steve you've got an opportunity to do just that. And, it doesn't cost you a dime to at least make a call to learn more.

Here is a link to Payteva.  Let us know how it goes AND if you want to hear more check out this audio interview we recently did with Steve on behalf of NTPDA.

Thanks for being a member...or hoping  to be one.  We'll make it worthwhile!

 


Meet Our Members - Payteva - Fighting High Processing Fees

Our goal at the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association  (NTPDA) is to truly add value to your membership. Here in our latest "Meet Our Members" segment Steve Casteel Image April 2020 you'll learn about our newest member, Payteva from entrepreneur Steve Casteel. There are many different fees associated with processing credit/debit cards and Steve, who has been in the business for several years, explains them and tells us what Payteva can do for you and your business. Take a few minutes and meet our member Steve Casteel from Payteva by clicking on the player below:

NTPDA Meet Member Payteva

Meet Our Members is a regular feature of the National Tractor Parts Dealership. Thanks for joining us

 


Business News from K&M Manufacturing

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) encourages our members to share information about their ongoing business development with us so we Mark Ziemann Photocan share the news far and wide over our expansive social media presence and by email.

Today we heard from Mark Ziemann of K&M Manufacturing headquartered in Renville, Minnesota.  Mark tells us that the company has implemented a “no travel” order for the outside sales force and those folks, along with the inside sales people and office personal, are all working from home and in contact with their customers.

K&M has set their phones to automatically roll over direct extensions to cell or home phones so there is no lag in making contact with the company.

As for the manufacturing and shipping departments they are fully operational and following government guidelines.  All orders that are received are being entered and fulfilled as usual.

Yet there have been some changes: All personal plant and office visits to the company facilities have been suspended ad all “will call” customer pickups have also been suspended until further notice.

Mark tells us that K&M is working with their vendors to insure that the supply chain remains viable and intact.

And, in case you were wondering, K&M Manufacturing has been declared an essential business.

Mark added, “Our goal is to provide for the safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and the community at large.  We are doing our very best to provide the high quality customer service you have come to expect from K&M.  While you may experience some longer than usual wait times due to a high volume of calls, and the current situation please be patient and bear with us. You can always send orders and get support via email to: sales@tractorseats.com.”

Mark said that customers can contact him via his cell phone or email if you have questions or concerns and added, “Please let me know if I can help, even if it is an out the ordinary request.  Please stay safe and we wish you the best during this situation. I am very proud of everyone in the industry dedicated to keeping our farmers and construction workers viable during these times!”

Mark Ziemann Cell Phone: 612-570-2653

Mark’s email: mark@tractorseats.com


Loader Parts Source - Meet Our Members with Levi Burkholder

The goal at the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association is to bring value to our members and here you'll get to meet Levi Burkholder the founder and owner Levi Burkholder Jan 2020 of Loader Parts Source based in Wisconsin but doing business everywhere. Here you'll learn more about who Levi is, what he does and what he thinks about the NTPDA. We sat down with Levi during our Annual Conference & Trade Show in Maricopa, Arizona. It was the first time Levi had displayed with us. Click the player and enjoy....it's time to "Meet Our Members" with Loader Parts Source: 

Loader Parts Source Levi

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) is made up of some of the finest companies on the planet. Our organization has been around for nearly four decades helping our Regular and Associate members build relationships and their business. You can learn more about us at NTPDA.com. Thanks for coming by! 


The Grand Re-Boot - Shipping Issues with Steven Haas

Another in our series of Guest Blogs from our NTPDA Members. This has to do with shipping changes and critical information for our membership and our Steve Haas Image friends from Steven Haas of DLS Worldwide. Also if you would like to hear the audio of the news story that aired this week just click  the audio link below: 

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As of this writing, over twenty states have made "shelter in place" warnings...

The good news is that auto, truck and tractor parts (new, used and remanufactured) have been deemed essential commodities so freight will keep flowing as usual.

These items have been deemed critical commodities because we can assist aid and assist in the uninterrupted supply of the essential replacement parts that keep ambulances, fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles moving not to mention the fact that the parts we supply are also needed to keep trucks and ag equipment running to maintain crucial supply chains that provide food, home deliveries and medical supplies.

The bad news is that more states will inevitably follow, and we expect the remainder of states to put similar orders in place within the first few weeks of April.

During the last several days, I have reached out to a number of Associations within these industry segments in an attempt to get a "pulse" of the situation and assess their respective supply chains. Pretty much all are reporting "business as usual" and that most of their members are still getting things done but sometimes in unusual ways.

One way to look at things is that this is a "Grand Reboot" for both people and businesses and that we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to re-invent ourselves and our business models.

And - we've been here before...when the internet went mainstream in 1995 it forced a somewhat painful and costly re-invention of both business and society, and we all ended up much better off with some incredibly useful technologies in place. Not far after, social media came into play, online commerce began to go gangbusters and now we have the underpinnings in place to both thrive and survive in a challenging new world.

The following are a few simple recommendations that will help you keep your supply chain intact and eliminate complexities and costs:

Deploy a Multi-carrier Platform

For starters, if you’re not already using a multi-carrier rate shop platform you need to get one in place. The DLS platform (available through DLS and/or your association) provides thousands of quality carrier options for all major modes including truckload, partial truckload and less-than truckload (LTL) service. If a carrier suspends service on a national, regional or micro-regional level our customers have more than enough options already in place.

Keep Advised of Carrier Updates

You should also do your best to tune into carrier updates on a daily basis if possible.

The team at DLS Worldwide is doing our best to keep your association professionals advised of carrier embargos, restrictions and/or closures on a daily basis and are encouraging them to pass that information immediately on to you.

Call Ahead to Confirm Pick-ups and Deliveries

Communication is key!

We will do our best to keep you advised of the various carrier changes, restrictions and closures by state. If you need to schedule a pickup or delivery in one of those states we suggest you contact your pickup or delivery location to confirm they are operating and if they have any special needs or protocols for the carriers.

As of now, only a small percentage of our customers within the recycling and remanufacturing sectors have been closed (temporarily) but this one proactive measure can save you a considerable amount of time, money and aggravation.

Stay In Touch With Your Suppliers and Customers

Use those proactive calls to check in with your suppliers and customers to ASK them about their personal health and the health of their businesses. We are all in this TOGETHER so if you take the time to ask those concerned questions and perhaps share some innovative best practices it will help you strengthen and deepen relationships and build goodwill for the future.

Determine What you Can Control and Cannot Control

And finally - remind yourself that there are things that you can control and things that you cannot control. No one was able to predict the gravity of this pandemic but you can do your part to lessen its impact by following governmental recommendations and through the rapid re-invention of your business.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or would like some suggestions about the rapid reinvention of your own supply chain or business. You can reach me at 612-296-1806 or online at steven.haas@rrd.com and I would be more than happy to share my thoughts and ideas.

You can choose to view this as a tragedy or an opportunity – I for one, choose the latter.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Steven P. Haas handles Association Partnerships for DLS Worldwide a 3rd party logistics company based in Chicago Illinois. If you would like to streamline your supply chain and fortify your carrier options he can set you up with a multi-carrier rate shop platform through your association partnership or in free-standing form. If you would like him to perform a courtesy rate review and/or supply chain evaluation you may reach him at the contact information above.