Auto Service World
News   April 16, 2012   by CARS Magazine

Epicor acquires Internet AutoParts

Company is now a leading integrated B2B eCommerce, connectivity provider for aftermarket parts distributors and repair businesses.

Epicor Software Corporation has acquired Internet AutoParts (IAP), a provider of business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce solutions for automotive replacement parts distributors, jobbers and vehicle repair businesses.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

With the acquisition of IAP, Epicor describes itself as a leading automotive aftermarket integrated B2B eCommerce and connectivity provider, with a comprehensive offering of reliable, robust and easy-to-use solutions for parts distribution businesses, shop management system providers and automotive service dealers.

“IAP is a perfect complement to our growing range of powerful product research, estimating and sourcing solutions,” said Pervez Qureshi, president and CEO of Epicor. “The IAP platform is a leader in the industry in terms of total connected distributors and service dealers, daily transactions, transaction size and the number of integrated shop management systems.”

Established in 2000 through a collaboration that included Activant Solutions Inc. (now Epicor), IAP serves more than 18,000 parts distribution locations and over 148,000 registered automotive service dealers. IAP eCommerce software is integrated with virtually every major repair shop business management system, enabling shop users to:

* Quickly and easily find and order application parts for a specific repair

* Manually enter and order specific part numbers
* Access parts from a customized non-application catalog

* Cross-reference OE-to-aftermarket and aftermarket-to-aftermarket part numbers

* Take advantage of special product promotions

* Identify labor costs through an integrated flat-rate labor guide

* Provide feedback directly to parts suppliers

IAP-managed and hosted eStores are integrated with the industry-leading Epicor PartExpert database of more than 8,000 manufacturer product lines — with coverage of 410 million vehicle applications — as well as the Epicor Cover-to-Cover graphical eCatalog module and other value-added parts and repair information resources.

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