Epicor Marks 30th Anniversary of Automotive Aftermarket eCatalog
Epicor Software Corporation is celebrating the 30th anniversary of electronic cataloging for the automotive aftermarket. The company introduced the industry’s first electronic catalog (eCatalog) in August 1984. Epicor eCatalog products...
Epicor Software Corporation is celebrating the 30th anniversary of electronic cataloging for the automotive aftermarket. The company introduced the industry’s first electronic catalog (eCatalog) in August 1984. Epicor eCatalog products and related data solutions are used by tens of thousands of parts professionals, more than 100,000 vehicle service providers and millions of consumers throughout North America and around the world.
The first-generation Epicor eCatalog of the mid-1980s was limited only to the supplier lines and catalogs carried by each auto parts store. Nevertheless, many replacement parts distributors and jobbers quickly realized that their counterpeople were often twice as productive and far more accurate when they relied on the eCatalog rather than print volumes. Also fueling early adoption was the rapidly accelerating growth of vehicle platforms and corresponding part number proliferation. The new eCatalog also helped users eliminate pricing mistakes, reduce returns and improve inventory control and buying practices.
“Our first eCatalog opened the door to countless opportunities to improve efficiency and accuracy at the parts counter, which remains the nexus of virtually every vehicle repair,” said Scott Thompson, vice-president, automotive, retail distribution solutions for Epicor. “Epicor eCatalog products are even more important and prevalent today, connecting tens of thousands of wholesalers with service providers, and driving an ever growing number of business-to-consumer eCommerce web sites.”
In stark contrast to the company’s first eCatalog, the Epicor PartExpert eCatalog suite includes more than 10 million parts, 7,800 manufacturer product lines, and 27 million interchanges and covers virtually every vehicle make and model marketed within North America over the past 40 years. The company’s data and eCatalog solutions are now referenced in more than 70 per cent of aftermarket parts sales in North America. Epicor replacement parts data is also used by leading global online retailers such as Amazon.com and eBay.
“In my opinion, Epicor is the standard by which all other electronic catalogs are measured, which is why we have relied on it for many, many years,” said Trevor Tennant, corporate development manager for Piston Ring Service Company, Winnipeg, Manitoba. “Our counterpeople consider the Epicor eCatalog to be one of their most valuable business tools. It helps make them faster and more efficient in virtually every selling situation.”