Magazine article National Defense

Military Auto Shops Get Easier, Less Expensive Parts Delivery

Magazine article National Defense

Military Auto Shops Get Easier, Less Expensive Parts Delivery

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A new partnership between the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) is expected to simplify procedures for government buyers.

DLAs contract with NAPA gives purchasers access to a catalog of more than 230,000 automotive parts. Motor pools and government fleet managers registered for the program are getting 20 to 50 percent savings off the list price, a spokesman said. They also can use the government credit card to pay local dealers.

NAPA has 9,200 dealers throughout the United States. It offers free delivery and an online ordering capability.

NAPA has included DLA and its military customers in a so-called "major account program." Its sales to DLA have increased 300 percent since the contract was signed in 1997. NAPA also will assist DLA's maintenance locations by developing an inventory stocking mechanism based on the vehicles in the fleet and previous usage.

For example, the Ohio National Guard Combined Support Maintenance Shop has an arrangement with KPS NAPA Auto Parts in Newark, Ohio. The dealership agreed to keep 10 steering gear rebuild kits for Humvee trucks to support the unit that maintains all of the state's National Guard vehicles.

"That keeps them off our shelf and reduces our stockage level," said Staff Sgt. John Crane, whose shop completes about 5,000 work orders per year.

The Iowa Army National Guard recently registered for the NAPA contract.

"If I can get all 16 of our maintenance facilities on this NAPA contract before the end of the fiscal year, our state should be able to save $150,000 on one-just one-single item that we need," said Steve P Delmege, maintenance manager at the Iowa Army National Guard. …

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