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News   March 23, 2015   by Auto Service World

APA Distribution Group Launches Supplier Pricing Portal

#aftermarket – Automotive Parts Associates (APA) has selected Pricedex Software Inc. to provide an online Supplier Portal for product information exchange with its members.

The software solution, called the APA Pricing Portal, will enable suppliers to upload price files, new product announcements, and other marketing material which will be automatically distributed to its member companies.

“We are very excited about the launch of the Professionals’ Choice Pricing Portal and our partnership with Pricedex”, said Gary Martin, President & CEO of APA. “With the Pricing Portal, Suppliers will now be able to submit their Price Files online, which will automatically be made available to our members, clearly showing them New Product Pricing, Pricing Changes, and Parts Supersessions. And with the help of Pricedex, we have set this up using the AWDA PIES Standard, to make it easy for our suppliers to create their files, and easy for our members to use.”

“After a rigorous and thorough selection process, the partnership with Pricedex was approved by our Board of Directors”, Martin commented. “This strategic initiative is part of our ‘i-success’ programme, which incorporates a number of enabling and transformative technologies designed to improve the efficiency of conducting business between APA shareholders and vendors. The Professionals’ Choice Pricing Portal leverages all the investments our aftermarket industry has made in creating Product Information Exchange Standards, and puts one of the most difficult and complex information exchange processes – the Price List – into practical production and use.”

Terence O’Reilly, Pricedex CEO, added, “We are very pleased to be working with the APA, in bringing this innovative and ‘Industry-first’ initiative forward. While the industry has been focused at PIES and ACES data for the purpose of populating catalogs, this particular use of the PIES standard is the first time receivers of product data will actually be getting their Net Pricing, in an AWDA-PIES format file, for direct load into their business systems. The braintrust at APA, with this Pricing Portal initiative, is truly giving their members and suppliers a competitive leg-up by simplifying how pricing is handled between trading partners.”

“The system is up, and ready-to-go”, Martin stated, “and we are commencing our Supplier On-Ramp Programme immediately. APA suppliers will be contacted by the APA, and will be given scheduled appointments to help them with the first-time use and load of the Pricing Portal. Suppliers will have a designated contact at Pricedex to help them every step of the way, making it easy to get online with APA.”

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