First-quarter on-line gross sales surge 49% at Real Components Co.

2022 is off to a speedy begin for automotive and industrial merchandise distributor Real Components Co., the place B2B and retail digital gross sales in its flagship NAPA auto elements unit and different operations helped drive up whole gross sales 18.6% 12 months over 12 months to a report $5.3 billion for the primary quarter, the corporate stated immediately.

The GPC crew efficiently navigated by means of ongoing provide chain challenges and inflationary pressures at ranges we haven’t seen in 40 years.

Paul Donahue, chairman and CEO

Real Components Co.

“The primary quarter was highlighted by new gross sales information for GPC and our Automotive and Industrial segments, margin enlargement and our seventh consecutive quarter of double-digit earnings development,” Chairman and CEO Paul Donahue says. “The GPC crew efficiently navigated by means of ongoing provide chain challenges and inflationary pressures at ranges we haven’t seen in 40 years.”

Brooke Logan, director, B2B Digital, NAPA, who will converse on B2B ecommerce at EnvisionB2B in June in Chicago.

GPC doesn’t escape ecommerce gross sales, but it surely operates a number of ecommerce websites for companies and shoppers. In its Automotive Components Group, the place first-quarter gross sales rose 10.9% to $3.3 billion, GPC operates its flagship ecommerce web site with gross sales to B2B and do-it-yourself prospects.

NAPA’s Business Programs Group helps its automotive shoppers with such instruments as NAPA PROLink and NAPA TRACS, software program instruments out there as desktop purposes or cellular apps. PROLink lets restore store and fleet administration personnel order elements on-line for categorical supply immediately from their native NAPA retailer. NAPA TRACS is a web based shop-management software program system that helps auto restore retailers order elements and handle stock, handle buyer job estimates and invoices, and analyze their enterprise’s profitability.

The Automotive Components Group additionally contains Repco, which sells to prospects in Australia and New Zealand by means of GPC additionally sells by means of automotive retail shops and distribution networks throughout these markets and in Europe.

GPC stated first quarter gross sales at its Industrial Merchandise Group — which has lengthy operated beneath the Movement Industries model by means of and a North American community of branches — elevated 33.6% to $2.0 billion. The gross sales enhance features a 17.9% contribution from GPC’s acquisition final 12 months of diversified distributor Kaman Distribution Group. Kaman sells merchandise on-line and offline for every of its three enterprise items: Kaman Automotive, Kaman Fluid Energy and Kaman Industrial Applied sciences.

Two of the “foundational priorities for investing in GPC’s enterprise,” the corporate stated immediately, are to “make the most of knowledge and analytics to know our distinctive buyer segments and drive [an] rising mixture of conventional promoting and digital methods” and “improve digital capabilities to ship a best-in-class buyer expertise.

Brooke Logan, director of B2B Digital at NAPA, GPC’s flagship automotive model, will converse on digital know-how and on-line buyer satisfaction at EnvisionB2B in June in Chicago.

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