SOURCE: Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan

April 15, 2011 10:59 ET

Frost & Sullivan Presents 2011 United States Automotive Technicians' Choice Award for Best Program Distributor for Replacement Parts to WORLDPAC, Inc.

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 15, 2011) - On the basis of Frost & Sullivan's independent research, Professional Choice Program 2011: Automotive Replacement Parts Preferences among U.S. Automotive Technicians, WORLDPAC, Inc. emerges as the overwhelming leader in the program distributor category among U.S. automotive technicians.

In Frost & Sullivan's survey of professional automotive technicians, WORLDPAC is ranked as the best program distributor for replacement parts.

Automotive technicians rank all of the surveyed influencing factors (friends/colleagues, automotive replacement part sales representatives, trade shows, magazines, televisions, radio) for replacement parts as having only low to moderate influence on their purchase decisions. However, the two most influencing factors are friends/colleagues and automotive replacement part sales representatives (4.2 and 4.0 on a seven-point scale). Both certification and loyalty programs also are viewed as having moderate influence on decisions as to what brands of automotive replacement parts to purchase.

Among the many features that WORLDPAC's clients appreciate are the huge line of products the company offers, an easy-to-use online program (speedDIAL), outstanding salespeople, competitive pricing, dependable delivery and consistent product availability. The overwhelming customer comment was the 'ease of doing business' with WORLDPAC. Thus, it is no surprise that WORLDPAC is recognized as the Best Program Distributor for Replacement Parts.

Bob Cushing, President and CEO of WORLDPAC, accepted the award on behalf of WORLDPAC during Frost & Sullivan's April awards banquet held on Florida's Marco Island:

"On behalf of WORLDPAC'S 2500 North American teammates, I would like to thank Frost & Sullivan for this very prestigious award. We thank the automotive business owners and technicians, our customers, who recognize and depend upon the 'value added' program we provide. As we continue to expand our import program and our recently introduced domestic program, we will remain highly focused in providing the very best service and solutions to our customers."

Frost & Sullivan Best Practice Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Customer Research analysts conduct the survey research and perform analysis on the results to identify best practices in the industry. Each year, the Frost & Sullivan Automotive Technicians' Choice Award is bestowed upon the company that demonstrates excellence in its category. The recipient has distinguished itself through its proactive strategies that position it as an industry leader.

About WORLDPAC Inc.

WORLDPAC was formed in 1995 as a result of several acquisitions of top tier import companies spanning over 30 years of service in the import automotive aftermarket. WORLDPAC imports and distributes original equipment (OE) and quality aftermarket replacement automotive parts for the independent repair service center.

WORLDPAC offers customers more than 100,000 part numbers at one source for over 40 import and domestic carlines. SpeedDIAL, WORLDPAC's exclusive online catalog and fulfillment ordering software, is recognized as the standard in the industry and contains more than 7,000,000 import and domestic multiple brand applications for virtually every automotive make and model. Paired with extensive customer services such as their highly praised technical and business training as well as targeted customer marketing solutions, WORLDPAC is committed to the success of the independent repair service center.

To learn more about WORLDPAC or to become a WORLDPAC customer, contact (800) 888-9982 ext. 5470 or visit www.worldpac.com.

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