Horizontal Vs Vertical Integration

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As the big box aftermarket retailers have grown in power and put pressure on other players in the value chain, these players have been responding differently. Historically, competitive response was focused on growing scale by horizontal consolidation and expanding product lines. Recent events may be an indication that the trend will now be to move into vertical consolidation. How successful will this strategy be? This session will outline the implication of different M&A trends in North America aftermarket and its impact on the channel members. Attendees will learn: What are the current M&A trends and potential outlook in automotive aftermarket categorized by horizontal vs vertical integration? What factors (new technologies, customer attitude
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