TRP EX­PANDS WITH THIRD STORE

Truck and trailer parts re­tailer TRP has opened its third out­let in Ballarat, of­fer­ing a one-stop out­let for qual­ity-as­sured parts and ac­ces­sories

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The re­tailer of truck and trailer parts in Aus­tralia, TRP, of­fi­cially opened a third out­let in Ballarat at the end of March. The new store in Ballarat, Vic­to­ria, of­fers a one-stop re­tail out­let of qual­ity-as­sured Parts and Ac­ces­sories (P&A) for all brands of truck and trailer on Aus­tralian roads. With a fo­cus on qual­ity parts at com­pet­i­tive ev­ery­day prices, TRP Parts caters for all makes of US and Euro­pean driv­e­lines.

It of­fers a genuine al­ter­na­tive to OEM spares with a guar­an­tee to boot, boast­ing a 12-month war­ranty on all parts sold.

The Ballarat branch adds fur­ther na­tional breadth to the ex­ist­ing TRP store na­tional roll-out plan, com­ple­ment­ing the lo­ca­tions at Bur­ton in South Aus­tralia and Gee­long in Vic­to­ria, with more stores cur­rently in de­vel­op­ment.

The new branch is owned and op­er­ated by the re­spected Ken­worth DAF Mel­bourne (KDM) deal­er­ship in Der­rimut, west of Mel­bourne.

KDM have also been op­er­at­ing the Gee­long store for the past fif­teen months.

With about 2100 lines on hand and daily de­liv­er­ies from var­i­ous lo­cal and in­ter­state sup­pli­ers, TRP are con­fi­dent that they’ll be able to sup­ply most needs off the shelf, con­firm­ing that if they don’t have a part, they can get it within 24 hours.

As lo­cal us­age trends emerge, there is am­ple ware­hous­ing pro­vi­sion for this stock hold­ing to in­crease fur­ther.

The TRP store’s shelves are stacked with parts that, through ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence and dealer in­ven­tory man­age­ment, are the parts most needed at short no­tice by owner-op­er­a­tors and fleet own­ers alike.

A range of ven­dor brands, such as Ea­ton, Dana, Mer­i­tor and Hen­drick­son, are also on dis­play on the shelves of the store, fur­ther high­light­ing the vast avail­abil­ity of parts avail­able.

Aus­tralian TRP store start-ups are be­ing rolled-out at an in­creas­ing pace and they will join an in­ter­na­tional net­work that al­ready stands at 134 stores world­wide.

Be­ing un­der the PAC­CAR um­brella, and po­si­tioned as a more af­ford­able qual­ity al­ter­na­tive to their pre­mium coun­ter­part, PAC­CAR Parts, TRP aims to lever­age the core com­pe­ten­cies of the par­ent busi­ness.

This is re­flected in TRP’s com­mit­ment to main­tain high lev­els of cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion through ex­cel­lent parts avail­abil­ity and of­fer­ing prod­uct backed by PAC­CAR’s rig­or­ous test­ing to en­sure qual­ity.

TRP will ac­tively seek to of­fer parts to suit the older-ve­hi­cle and sec­ond or even third owner mar­kets too.

“TRP of­fers a wide range of high qual­ity parts for all makes of ve­hi­cle at a price point that will suit the own­ers and op­er­a­tors of older ve­hi­cles, what­ever the make or model”, said TRP Na­tional Sales and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Michael Long.

“The TRP store of­fer­ing in­cludes our ever ex­pend­ing TRP range to­gether with a full range of mar­ket lead­ing brands”.

In­evitably, some parts will come from abroad, but a sur­pris­ing num­ber are made in Aus­tralia, ac­cord­ing to KDM’s Dealer Prin­ci­pal Adrian Smythe.

“For ex­am­ple, the TRP-branded driv­ing lights are built just an hour or so away, right here in Vic­to­ria.”

KDM’s Parts Man­ager Scott Thomas notes that there are more than twice as many trail­ers than prime movers on Aus­tralian roads, yet parts for them are of­ten hard to find at short no­tice.

TRP’s in­ven­tory in­cludes off-the-shelf air tanks, dry­ers, brake shoes and valves.

In an in­dus­try where per­sonal con­tact is im­por­tant, TRP have made it a pri­or­ity to hire re­tail and ware­house staff with a solid truck­ing back­ground to an­swer the toll-free line, pick, despatch and de­liver the parts their cus­tomers need.

The new store is in Selkirk Drive in Wen­douree, just off the West­ern High­way.

The Ballarat branch is store num­ber three in TRP’s na­tional roll-out plan

Above: KDM’s Parts Man­ager Scott Thomas (L) and KDM’s Dealer Prin­ci­pal Adrian Smythe cut the rib­bon for the new TRP Ballarat out­let Be­low: The new branch is owned and op­er­ated by the Ken­worth DAF Mel­bourne (KDM) deal­er­ship in Der­rimut

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