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News   January 13, 2011   by Auto Service World

Call Goes Out To Suppliers for Non-Application, Universal Parts eCatalogue

Activant Solutions Inc., is inviting suppliers of non-application and universal parts and related items to include their product data at no charge in the comprehensive Activant ItemExpert eCatalogue.
The new ItemExpert eCatalogue will enable suppliers of non-application and universal parts to reach potentially thousands of additional retail points of sale by providing their latest product information – including part description, pricing, image and more – to Activant’s data acquisition team, says the company.
The new eCatalog will help retail professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada look up and sell products not covered by Activant’s PartExpert eCatalogue of application-specific parts.
“We are opening the door to the aftermarket distribution channel for product suppliers that have never before been able to provide their data directly to automotive parts resellers,” said Paul Salsgiver, executive vice president, Activant.
The Activant ItemExpert eCatalog will include 58 categories and nearly 2,000 specific types of products commonly sold by automotive parts distributors, jobbers and retailers.
These non-application and universal products – ranging from tools and chemicals to welding equipment and tire and wheel accessories – are not currently listed in any other comprehensive database widely used in parts stores.
Among the product categories scheduled to be included in the new eCatalogue are:
Air Fresheners
Appearance Accessories
Appearance Chemicals
Application Electrical
Automotive Hardware
Automotive Lighting
Battery Accessories
Body Repair
Bulk/Professional Paint
Cargo Management
Climate Control
Emission Control/Air Management
Engine Parts/Components
Exterior Accessories
Fluid Management and Accessories
Fuel System
General Merchandise
Greases and Lubes
Hand Cleaners
Hand Tools
Heavy Duty Tools/Equipment
Ignition System
Interior Accessories
Light-Duty Shop Equipment
Mobile Electronics
Motor Oil
Non-Auto Batteries and Flashlights
Performance Chemicals
Recreational Transportation
Reference and Entertainment
Rotating Electrical
Spark Plugs
Tire and Wheel Accessories
Tires and Wheels
Towing and Hitch
Transmission Fluid
Washer Fluids
Welding Equipment and Accessories
Wiper Components

To be included in the new eCatalog, suppliers need to provide product descriptions and digital images. Other helpful information – such as product specifications, installation instructions, warranty information, MSDS files, and technical bulletins – is also welcome.
For more information on the submission of product information for the new eCatalog, please contact Kristen Correia of Activant Supplier Services at (925) 454-6652 or

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