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


AUSTIN, Texas, January 09, 2017

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, today 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 industry-leading Epicor PartExpert® eCatalog without revalidating entire data sets. Epicor is now publishing a vast majority of manufacturer-supplied new-parts files within five days of receipt.

“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.”

In addition to dramatically 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.

“We’ve seen a night-and-day improvement in data turnaround and delivery time,” said Tim Oldiges, product manager for KYB Americas Corporation, manufacturer of ride control products for the North American aftermarket. “Epicor’s assessment reporting is also extremely detailed and helpful, which enables us to identify and address any data issues much more quickly.”

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. The PartExpert eCatalog, which includes more than 12 million unique part numbers from over 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.”

To learn more about the Epicor Net Adds publishing capability, Dynamic Updates feature, and Epicor PartExpert eCatalog products and services, please call Epicor toll-free at 888.463.4700, or email automotive.marketing@epicor.com.

About Epicor Solutions for the Automotive Aftermarket

For nearly 40 years, Epicor aftermarket solutions have helped empower motor vehicle parts and service providers through world-class technologies that drive sales, profits and customer loyalty.  Epicor products and services for the aftermarket include parts data and related eCatalog content; industry analytics and category management solutions; enterprise software; B2B and B2C eCommerce solutions; and business optimization tools. Visit the Epicor Automotive Aftermarket solution hub to learn more.

About Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor Software Corporation drives business growth. We provide flexible, industry-specific software designed around the needs of our manufacturing, distribution, retail, and service industry customers. More than 40 years of experience with our customers’ unique business processes and operational requirements are built into every solution―in the cloud, hosted, or on premises. With this deep understanding of your industry, Epicor solutions manage complexity, increase efficiency, and free up resources so you can focus on growth. For more information, connect with Epicor or visit www.epicor.com.

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Contact:

Lindsay Ortega

Senior Specialist, Public Relations

Epicor Software Corporation

+1 952 417 5022

lortega@epicor.com

 

Drew Shippy

Pinnacle Communication Group, Inc. (on behalf of Epicor)

+1 330 688 3500

drew@pinnmedia.com





“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.”

Duane Meadows

Senior Catalog Manager

DENSO Products and Services Americas

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