By Keith Spacapan
For anyone in the auto industry right now, the year 2020 will be remembered as the most challenging of their career. The pandemic spared no one. Manufacturers, freight companies, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and customers all had their own cross to bear. In the end, 2020 net sales for the Hilco Parts Index (HPI) declined 1.1% compared to prior year results. That is considerably better than the 8.8% decrease suffered by the broader U.S. auto aftermarket and evidence the Big Four (Advance, AutoZone, Genuine Parts, and O’Reilly)continue to gain market share from smaller independent wholesale distributors. The Big Four are generally considered to represent a third of the marketplace.