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News   April 8, 2003   by Auto Service World

DST Forms Focused Business Units

Computer systems firm DST, Inc. has formed four new strategic, semi-autonomous business units to focus its efforts on the automotive aftermarket.
Saying that the business units are specifically designed to best serve the OEM and aftermarket supply chain’s changing landscape. The focus of each unit will be to partner, share, and develop technological and e-commerce expertise with respective supply chain constituents.
The business units have been designated as follows:
Business Systems Division industry-specific information systems supporting sales, distribution initiatives, linked processes and e-commerce, led by Floyd Beadle.
Strategic Accounts Division serving large marketing groups and OEM’s and headed by Allan Telford.
nTierPrise Division devoted to enterprise-scale chain store/franchisee and fleet data collection and distribution, managed by Ray Stover.
Consulting Services Division collaborative consultative services regarding open standards, warehouse management, and communication architecture to promote e-business development, led by Steve Ricketts.
In addition, Tom Haas has recently been hired to spearhead supply chain initiatives, which draw from the management resources of the other areas.
DST president Ray Stover noted, "The complexities of the aftermarket supply chain and DST’s comprehensive expertise in serving our clients propel this structural change within our organization. Supply chain challenges cannot be satisfactorily addressed with cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all solutions and this firm’s business units are poised to provide the focused guidance and technological know-how needed to provide on-target, increased revenue and higher margin-generating toolsets for our customers."
Floyd Beadle, DST vice-president of business development said, "These business units and their strong leadership demonstrate DST’s commitment to continue to expand its leadership role in providing high performance, cost-effective solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s aftermarket supply chain."

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