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Basketball analyst Dick Vitale, seated at left during the 2019 IMPACT Conference in San Antonio TX, says "VIPAR Heavy Duty is AWESOME, baby!"

VIPAR touts ‘group value,’ PARTSPHERE in San Antonio

VIPAR Heavy Duty highlighted its efforts to provide “true group value” and launched the new PARTSPHERE digital ecosystem during the recent 2019 IMPACT Conference in San Antonio TX.

The organization said the 2019 event was well-attended by VIPAR stockholders, suppliers and industry associates, with more than 130 suppliers providing distributors with information about their products and technologies during the tradeshow, and more than 1,5000 one-on-one meetings between suppliers and stockholders.

VIPAR introduced PARTSPHERE and the first three platforms—the PARTSPHERE Order Management System (OMS), PARTSPHERE Product Information Management (PIM) and PARTSPHERE CLOUD—within the technology suite during the general session.

OMS supports the electronic transmission of orders between distributors, suppliers and national fleet trading partners within the VIPAR Heavy Duty network; PIM facilitates the storage, management and distribution of aftermarket parts data; and the CLOUD provides enhanced file-sharing capabilities that support growing data needs.

“VIPAR Heavy Duty is dedicated to providing solutions and services to our network that are meaningful and impactful now and for years to come,” said Jeff Paul, vice president of marketing at VIPAR Heavy Duty. “The launch of our PARTSPHERE environment and related technology platforms exemplifies our commitment to providing ‘true group value’ to best support our distributors and ultimately our end-user customers.”


Famed college basketball analyst Dick Vitale delivered the keynote address, sharing his approach to facing challenges and opportunities in business head-on by drawing on lessons learned throughout his career as an educator, coach and analyst.

Dirk Beveridge, an entrepreneur, strategist and advocate of innovation, spoke with stockholders about rethinking business models during the Distributor Educational Session. Beveridge’s presentation focused on creating a culture of innovation, and put an obsession with customers at the core of distributors’ value proposition.

During the Young Leaders Forum and Lunch, Dr Howard Fero, author of the book “Lead Me Out to the Ballgame,” presented the Ten Bases of Leadership to help young professionals cultivate leadership skills and focus their motivation to create high performing teams.

The 2020 VIPAR Heavy Duty IMPACT Conference is slated for Oct 18-23, 2020 at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes.

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