Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Report Significant Gains In Data Timeliness Through Epicor 'Net Adds' Capability

Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Report Significant Gains In Data Timeliness Through Epicor ‘Net Adds’ Capability

The Net Adds tool enables Epicor to publish new part numbers and other time-sensitive file changes in the Epicor PartExpert eCatalog without revalidating entire data sets.

EPICOR 2016 - LogoEpicor Software Corp. has announced that manufacturers of automotive replacement parts continue to report significant gains in new-parts data timeliness as a result of the company’s expanded “Net Adds” data publishing capability. The Net Adds tool enables Epicor to publish new part numbers and other time-sensitive file changes in the Epicor PartExpert eCatalog without revalidating entire data sets. Epicor says it is now publishing a vast majority of manufacturer-supplied new-parts files within five days of receipt.

In addition to accelerating the data validation and publishing cycle for industry manufacturers, Epicor now offers free weekly, automated eCatalog downloads for the thousands of aftermarket distributors, jobbers and other customers who rely on the PartExpert eCatalog. The Dynamic Updates service automatically refreshes the user’s eCatalog data set with the latest Net Adds, ensuring faster access to part numbers and other information necessary to research and sell thousands of additional products.

The Net Adds and Dynamic Updates tools are just the latest in a continuing series of value-added enhancements to Epicor eCatalog products and services, according to the company. The PartExpert eCatalog, which includes more than 12 million unique part numbers from more than 2,000 manufacturers, is published in several formats each month to address the requirements of virtually every popular aftermarket business software platform. In addition, the Epicor replacement parts database is embedded in automotive shop management platforms, B2B eCommerce portals and wholesaler and retailer eStores. It has been estimated that more than 70 percent of all North American automotive aftermarket transactions are facilitated through Epicor-validated parts data and related content and connectivity solutions.

“From the very beginning of eCataloging in the aftermarket, Epicor has been considered the industry’s de facto standard, and we take that role and responsibility very seriously,” said Scott Thompson, vice president, automotive, analytics and content, Epicor Software. “That’s why we don’t simply redistribute supplier data without extensive validation and other value-added services that help ensure that the ultimate customer gets the right answer and the right part the first time. Net Adds and Dynamic Updates software preserve our longstanding accuracy and usability advantage while addressing the ever increasing velocity of the aftermarket supply chain.”

“Net Adds has helped us tremendously in making sure accurate parts data is available in the market when we’re ready to launch new products,” said Duane Meadows, senior catalog manager for DENSO Products and Services Americas Inc., manufacturer of air conditioning, rotating electrical, engine management, ignition and other components. “Nothing makes our alarms go off faster than if our new data is not in the Epicor catalog, and Net Adds has completely changed this. We have seen tremendous improvements in timeliness.”

To learn more about the Epicor Net Adds publishing capability, Dynamic Updates feature, and Epicor PartExpert eCatalog products and services, call Epicor toll-free at 888-463-4700, or email [email protected].

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