OptiCat has announced the launch of three new catalog products.
The OptiCatOnLine.com parts research catalog is known for its display of the “freshest and highest-quality data available” from suppliers, generally reaching the online catalog within an hour of receipt at OptiCat. It also displays all the data, just as the supplier meant it to be displayed, without modification. Suppliers can use the OptiCat OnTarget Pro validation software to ensure their data is of highest-quality prior to loading it into OptiCat’s data depository.
OptiCat has now announced its new attribute search capability that allows catalog users to search for parts, inside the catalog, by inputting or selecting part attribute information (such as dimensions, part position on the vehicle, operating characteristics and others) that is specific to the part.
For products not related to a specific year, make and model, such as in many heavy-duty truck applications or applications where a part number is not available, this feature is ideal for narrowing the search for specific parts in order to make better choices. OptiCat says this new feature is driven by and made available by parts suppliers that choose to input the Auto Care Association “Parts Application Database” (PAdb) information, resident inside its PIES Standard, into the OptiCat system. This new search capability is now available at OptiCatOnLine.com to parts researchers.
This catalog is also available in “Branded Private Label” form, such that, suppliers and distributors can offer only their own product listings with their own searchable attributes. OptiCat’s branded private label catalogs are being used by suppliers to communicate with repair shops and sales personnel to ensure they are aware of the latest parts catalog content, as compared to the information that is otherwise available in the marketplace. This helps to address the issue of delays in many of today’s catalog systems that result in significant delays, sometimes measured in months, in fresh data reaching the marketplace.
The Official Introduction of the OptiCat Global Catalog
The OptiCat global Catalog combines the supplier databases of the OptiCat data repository with the data available from the TecAlliance TecDoc Catalog to provide a global view of parts information from around the world, covering 140 countries. The TecDoc portion of the information, including the Mexico portion also is automatically translated into 35 languages. This fee-based catalog is immediately available and will be an invaluable resource for companies wishing to “go global.” The information can be supplemented by other OptiCat and TecAlliance products such as standard conversion tools, PIM system capabilities and others. This catalog also is available as a Branded Private Label catalog.
The New TecAlliance TecDoc Catalog Mexican Edition
OptiCat has worked with TecAlliance to provide a new Mexico Combined Catalog featuring the combined data of TecAlliance and OptiCat, all available in Spanish, as well as 35 other languages, with technical language commonly used in the repair sector in Mexico. This accurate and comprehensive catalog provides Mexico catalog users, and others, with the most complete data available for Mexico applications, as provided by both North American suppliers and suppliers in the TecAlliance global system.
This low cost, fee-based catalog also is available as a branded, private label product for distributors wishing to offer their own custom catalog and to suppliers who wish to have their own catalog for a variety of uses. USA based suppliers who have their data in OptiCat and wish to be included in this Mexican catalog edition can choose to do so by contacting OptiCat or TecAlliance Mexico, below.
This new catalog provides the workshop professional and distributors with comprehensive vehicle identification and includes convenience features such as search by repair system, search by part number, search by original equipment number and a comprehensive attribute search capability. The convenience of having all this capability in one platform will appeal to parts professionals across the industry.