Heartland partners with NTP-Stag for warranty parts fulfillment

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ELKHART — Heartland Recreational Vehicles announced today it is entering into a partnership agreement for warranty fulfillment with NTP-Stag.

Heartland will be linking future warranty claim fulfillment orders directly to NTP-Stag, leveraging the distributor’s inventory, warehouse locations and company-owned fleet to improve the time it takes to process warranty claims and get customers back on the road, the release noted.

A pilot program is set to launch with select dealers as soon as early April.

“Distributing parts in an efficient manner is critical to improving customer care,” said Chris Hermon, president of Heartland RV/Cruiser RV.

“NTP-Stag’s ability to work with manufacturers to help reduce the amount of time it takes to get warranty parts to the field is something we desperately need more of on the OEM side of the industry,” he added. “We are excited to be a leader in this.”

According to Hermon, the goal is to reduce the repair event cycle time (RECT), a pressing issue that is being championed by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and the RV Industry Association (RVIA).

“The repair event cycle time issues are a real challenge for the long-term health of our industry,” Hermon said.

“Having the right items in stock or available next day can have a dramatic impact on repair times and customer satisfaction,” he explained. “We, as an industry, need to reduce repair times, and Heartland is taking a huge step in the right direction.”

Herman noted that Heartland has been a long-term proponent of providing care for its customers after the sale to ensure they have a great experience with their products and remain active in the RV lifestyle.

“We want to develop lifetime champions of our brands and know that their ownership journey requires us to provide exceptional service,” he said. “We have been successful doing that by evolving our products and processes to better serve them where they are today and will be tomorrow.”

SOURCE: Heartland press release

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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