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Helping Repair Shops Get Through COVID-19

Learn what the iTRG has been doing to provide support for essential heavy-duty repair technicians. 

Episode 47: On March 9th, 2020 we aired episode 35 where I interviewed John Stoeckinger and Buck Monson from the Independent Truck Repair Group. That interview was recorded a few weeks before and at that time we had no idea what was coming.  

COVID-19 has changed the world since then and today we are going to speak to John and Buck again and they are going to share with us a report on the impact this pandemic has had on independent repair shops and the steps their group has taken to provide support for the essential heavy-duty repair technicians who keep trucks and trailers that are loaded with the necessities of life rolling.  

John, Buck, welcome back on The Heavy-Duty Parts Report. 

Question 1: What has been the impact of COVID-19 on independent repair shops? 

The majority of  work is and slow. Some shops are even cutting their rates.

Question 2: What steps are repair shops taking to protect their technicians?

Social distancing, daily cleaning, the use of gloves, and trying hard to be preventative,

Question 3: Have repair shops had difficulty getting parts, early reports are that field inventories are projected to be depleted in Q2 of 2020, and supply chain issues are impacting the ability to replenish those parts? 

We have seen a little bit. Some suppliers are not building or making materials. However, things are okay right now, even though we might go through a lull in July and August.

Question 4: Tell us about the specific things that the iTRG has been doing to assist their members to get through this pandemic? 

Offering Tech Talk, consulting, and online training. Also, offering free membership through august to assist their members.

Question 5: If there is one thing you want the listeners to take away from today’s conversation, what is that one thing?

We are here for you, and iTRG has resources for you to use.

To learn more, go to INDTRG.com.   

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