Auto Service World
News   July 2, 2004   by Auto Service World

NAPA Forms Strategic Alliance With COSTAR

NAPA Canada has announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with COSTAR Computer Systems of Edmonton, Alberta. COSTAR has been writing software for the automotive industry since 1975 and is the developer of the COSTAR Tire & Auto System, one of the finest Shop Management Systems in the industry. NAPA PROLink, the "online parts ordering system", available exclusively from NAPA, is now an integral part of the COSTAR Shop Management System.
"The integration of these two applications will provide automotive business owners the combination they have been asking for," said Simon Weller, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for NAPA. "In any business, making effective use of time is paramount. The implementation of a complete business management system will allow our customers to become more efficient with their day to day business operations".
Bill Colman, President of COSTAR says, "We have built the features and functionality of NAPA’s PROLink system into our Shop Management application to provide a single seamless user interface to both our products. We use the Internet based NAPA Catalogue (PartsPRO) to define the customer’s vehicle on the repair order, the service history file and use it to check parts pricing and availability. The COSTAR system automatically creates purchase orders and electronically places the parts order with the NAPA Store."
The combination of COSTAR and NAPA PROLink is available now and exclusively to NAPA customers in Canada.

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