Partstech yesterday unveiled its vision of the future connected repair shop to aftermarket industry leaders at the AASA Vision Conference in Chicago. PartsTech is delivering new technologies to enable the next-generation of communication and connectivity between automotive repair shops and their local auto parts stores or distributors.
Let’s stop the game of telephone
In the automotive repair space today, nearly 80 percent of local commercial auto parts orders are still placed via telephone. This creates enormous inefficiency and cost for repair facilities and parts suppliers alike.
“All too often, when a repair shop picks up the phone to order parts, the result is a blind guessing game between the repair shop and the parts counter,” said PartsTech CEO Gregory Kirber. “Each side is guessing without seeing the part on the other end of the phone. This game of telephone results in high return rates and lost productive time.”
Connectivity between repair shop and parts counter
PartsTech has built a new system that improves communication and information flow between the repair shop and parts counter. By embedding voice control and chat within the commercial ordering system, PartsTech aims to simplify the transfer of information between trading partners.
“We’re working with a very talented team of engineers from MIT to reshape the way repair shops connect and communicate with the part counter. We are currently testing the voice user interface and chat technology in our lab and will introduce this system to select repair shops and parts stores in the coming year,” said Kirber.
Watch the video: “The Future of Parts Ordering” here.
Intuitive voice control allows you to search and order parts without touching the keyboard – for that matter, there’s no need for a technician to put down the wrench. A technician or service writer can simply say, “PartsTech, I need brake pads for a 2002 Camry.” PartsTech handles the rest, according to the company.
The PartsTech platform allows the repair shop to communicate with the parts counter, right from within the ordering system. This allows the parts counter to immediately see the vehicle and parts the garage is searching for. This system will enable more efficient communication with fewer errors, according to PartsTech.
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For more information on the company, and to see our other initiatives, visit partstech.com/lab.