Aftermarket auto companies weather pandemic through online sales

first_imgMobility to workplaces was down 25 percent as of Monday compared to the average level between January and February, while mobility to residential places was up 13 percent over the same period, data from Google’s Community Mobility Report showed.In addition to online services, Astra Otoparts is offering a home service where they send technicians to maintain vehicles.“So there are two home services, car battery and oil replacement. After the pandemic, the significant [increase] will be oil replacement because people will do things at home, and we’ll be ready with home delivery,” Yusak said.Lubricant producer PT Federal Karyatama, a subsidiary of American oil and gas company Exxon Mobil, saw its online sales double, according to the company’s president director, Patrick Adhiatmadja.The increase came amid falling demand for lubricant, as car and motorbike plants halted operation in May because of social restrictions.“Lubricant demand may start recovering at the end of the year both from other industries and the auto industry, particularly the aftermarket,” said Patrick.As a result of the pandemic, the country’s lubricant sales are estimated to have fallen by between 30 and 50 percent from the first to the second quarter of this year, according to the Indonesian Lubricant Association (Aspelindo).Like Astra Otoparts, Federal Karyatama is also providing home services for during the health crisis.The tire industry has continued to struggle against pandemic headwinds and the disruption of international trade. The majority of national production was intended for export, according to the Indonesian Tire Companies Association (APBI).While the nation’s tire companies have turned to the domestic market in response, including the auto aftermarket, the closure of workshops because of the government’s social restrictions has deflated the industry’s revenue.“The tire industry is almost dead,” APBI chairman Azis Pane said.Topics : “We’ve aimed to prepare a digital platform that can enhance the comfort and ease of the features we provide so that consumers grow accustomed to Astra Otoshop,” Astra Otoparts director Yusak Kristian said in a virtual discussion on June 26.Marketing consulting firm Markplus found in a survey of 105 respondents that nearly a quarter of consumers were buying auto parts online during the pandemic, compared to the 5 percent of consumers before the health crisis.The auto industry has been hit hard by the pandemic and the related restrictions, which have affected customers’ mobility and spending. Domestic car sales fell by more than 95 percent year-on-year to only 3,551 units in May, a continuation of the downward trend seen since March, Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers Association (Gaikindo) data shows.The auto aftermarket has seen an estimated 80 percent decline in total sales between April and May because of social restrictions. Consumers have required less auto maintenance and fewer parts, according to the Indonesian Automotive Aftermarket Association (Gatomi). Auto parts companies are relying on online sales to offset declining revenue from brick and mortar stores as the industry continues to suffer from the effects of COVID-19.PT Astra Otoparts, the auto parts manufacturing and distribution arm of conglomerate PT Astra International, saw the number of shoppers at its online store, Astra Otoshop, double from April to May.The increase in online shopping has also contributed to a doubling of monthly revenue over the same period.last_img read more

Sherwood: I love and hate Grealish

first_img Press Association Sherwood’s mixed emotions towards the 19-year-old academy product stem from the fact that he has been making back-page and front-page headlines in recent months. Grealish shone at Wembley in April as he helped Villa defeat Liverpool to reach their first FA Cup final in 15 years. But just a few days afterwards he was photographed inhaling the popular legal high nitrous oxide on a night out. Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has revealed his love-hate relationship with teenage winger Jack Grealish. He was on the wrong side of his manager again during the summer when more pictures emerged of him face down in the street while on holiday in Tenerife. Grealish is in contention to make his first appearance of the season against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday after missing the start of the campaign with a hamstring injury. And Sherwood insists he will welcome the youngster back with open arms because he is a rare talent. “I will back him 100 per cent, he is such a talented boy,” said Sherwood. “I love him to death and I hate him at the same time! I want to nurture him to fulfil his full potential. “He did annoy me in the summer, but he annoyed himself. Hopefully the penny has dropped with him. “Young kids make mistakes. But they come through it. He is a one-off – and he is a one-off on the pitch. He has come through it and we need to move on now.” Grealish made a goalscoring return from his injury for the under-21 team this week and is likely to go straight into the starting line-up against Palace. Carles Gil also played in that game against Derby on Monday and he too comes into the reckoning after an ankle problem. Villa have beaten Bournemouth and lost to Manchester United so far this season in the Barclays Premier League and Sherwood believes the return of Grealish and Gil could provide the creative spark that has been missing. “That is what we need, we need Jack and Carles,” said Sherwood. “It is unfortunate that two of the most creative players in the side have been injured at the same time. Now they are getting back to fitness, it will change us going forward. “I think they could play together. If anyone watched them play for the under-21s, you can see they suit each other’s game. They pass the ball to each other and they enjoy each other’s company. “They are very offensive players with a good technical ability so they can take us forward.” Sherwood admits his young side will face a tough test at Selhurst Park against a vastly more experienced Palace team. He said: “They have got some very good players and Alan (Pardew) is a very good manager. “They are a side full of men. “They have pace on the counter-attack and we have to be ready for that. They bring teams on to them and spring on you with the pace of Zaha, Bolasie, Puncheon. “But we have to be ready for that and I want to show far more attacking threat than we did against Manchester United.” Although Grealish and Gil return to the reckoning, Jores Okore remains out with a knee injury and Jose Angel Crespo is still working his way back from a groin problem. New winger Adama Traore, who arrived last week in a £7million deal from Barcelona, could be included in the travelling party. last_img read more

AFCON: Gabon Set for Showdown with Cameroon

first_imgCameroon and Gabon will be out to book their places in the knockout stages of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations when they do battle at the Stade de l’Amitié in Libreville this evening. Hosts Gabon have yet to win a game at this year’s showpiece with the Panthers held to successive 1-1 draws.Following a shock stalemate against AFCON newbies Guinea-Bissau in the opening game of the tournament, Gabon failed to take their chances as they were held to the same scoreline by 2013 finalists Burkina Faso. Now with arguably their biggest test still to come, head coach José Antonio Camacho will be hoping that his team can finally find their rhythm with pressure mounting on the Spaniard.Gabon have been dealt a further blow with news that Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina has been ruled out of action for the rest of the tournament, subsequently placing further pressure on the likes of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sunderland midfielder Didier N’Dong. “Failing to beat Burkina Faso was frustrating because we now have to wait for outcome of the Cameroon game. We had several chances but we did not convert them though the players gave their best and attacked piling pressure on Burkina Faso,” Camacho told“We had hoped for a win but it did not come. I know the frustrations from our fans but we hope to atone despite having a tough fixture against Cameroon.”He continued: “I am optimistic we will qualify for the quarterfinals even though a lot of pundits have written us off after the draw. As a coach I have to keep on encouraging and motivating my players to keep the focus and work hard on the pitch.”Cameroon head into the fixture top of Group A with four points – all four teams can still book their place in the knockout stages with Guinea-Bissau sitting on a single point.The Indomitable Lions were held to a 1-1 draw by Burkina Faso in their opening game before the four-time champions bounced back from an early setback to beat Guinea Bissau 2-1 with goals from Sébastien Siani and Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui securing all three points for the Hugo Broos’ coached team.“Being Cameroon, you’re forced to fight until the end and despite the fact we went a goal down, the team reacted well and earned an important win that was simply an amazing comeback,” Broos told this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more