Largest aftermarket auto parts retailer 1A Auto comes to JAXPORT

Brahm Buck

Do-it-yourself auto tinkering just got a bit easier for Jacksonville residents. 1A Auto, the nation’s leading online-only aftermarket auto parts retailer, is now operating from its new Southeast U.S. distribution facility — with its first cargo already arriving at its warehouse near JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal.  With Florida as […]

Do-it-yourself auto tinkering just got a bit easier for Jacksonville residents.

1A Auto, the nation’s leading online-only aftermarket auto parts retailer, is now operating from its new Southeast U.S. distribution facility — with its first cargo already arriving at its warehouse near JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. 

With Florida as one of its top markets for customers nationwide, 1A Auto Head of Logistics Rich Higgins says the Southeast was the next place to be. 

“When I arrived at the company, we had two fulfillment centers in Massachusetts and in Kansas, and all our products were being shipped from those two locations,” he said. “We opened our third center in Reno a little over a year ago, but over time with so many of our customers heavily based in Florida, it was not a smart thing from a logistics perspective. In some cases, we paid significantly more to ship parcels from those centers to Florida.

“Now, with this facility, we will be able to ship to our Florida customers in a one-to-two day period rather than a three-to-five day period … and we’re paying less for shipping because our packages go through fewer zones.” 

Higgins

Founded in 1999 by Rick Green out of a family garage, 1A Auto’s popularity has soared by catering directly to do-it-yourselfers through its website. The company offers more than 8,000 how-to videos to help consumers complete their own auto repairs and offers a wide range of parts for autos from a 1926 Chrysler Imperial to a 2021 Toyota Corolla — and nearly everything in between. 

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