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92 • RV PRO • January 2018 rv-pro.com A F T E R M A R K E T sonnel around the country for its auto- motive distribution business. That doesn't mean there weren't a few learning curves about the differences in the two industries. For example, RV dealers like to have catalogs with pricing on their counters. Automotive dealers don't necessarily have the prices listed for each item in their catalogs. And in the RV industry, some dis- tributors weren't using manufacturer part numbers. "That's unheard of in the automotive industry," Gramelspacher says. "We are kind of resetting the bar in that regards. We only use manufacturer's part num- bers. They enjoy that because they don't have to go through all the extra hoops and steps of creating or dealing with a W/D's other part numbers. We see that consolidating and changing as other acquisitions happen and others find out how tough it is to manage three sets of part numbers for the same vendor." Ziegler says he believes everyone will benefit from the change to using manu- facturer's part numbers. "For the dealer, it's not a good thing to have alternate part numbers," he says. "It makes it difficult for them to make sure that their primary distributor does have a Above: Meyer's main warehouse in Jasper, Ind., stocks parts that are delivered to most of the eastern half of the United States. Most of the Western U.S. is stocked from a facility in Arlington, Texas. Top: Meyer Distributing's headquarters in Jasper, Ind., oversees 10 stocking facilities and 55 cross docks across the country.

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