Auto Service World
News   July 16, 2007   by Auto Service World

New Market Tool Launched by Activant

Activant Solutions, a provider of business management solutions for the automotive aftermarket, has introduced a market intelligence solution to help replacement parts distributors and store owners capture new sales opportunities through increased insight to regional catalog transactions and other data.
The Web-based Activant Vista for Distributors solution enables users to access an extensive nationwide database of daily catalog lookups and product transactions by part number and vehicle platform.
The solution includes more than 50 customized reports designed to help users improve inventory efficiency and sales performance by making demand-based stocking decisions at each of their store locations.
This important new solution allows aftermarket distributors and store owners to gain a clear view of their regional markets based on actual parts consumption, said Thomas V. Aliotti, vice president and general manager of the Activant automotive business.
With the Vista for Distributors solution, youre no longer making stocking decisions based solely on broad assumptions from local vehicle registrations.
“Now you can customize your stock assortments by store location based on demonstrated customer demand via the parts replacements tracked by Activant.
Subscribers to the Activant Vista for Distributors solution will become members of the national panel through which catalog lookup and parts transaction data is collected, consolidated and analyzed on a daily basis. Rather than having access only to their own point-of-sale data, subscribers can track and analyze transactions across regional and national panels of distributor and jobber locations for a more precise view of product demand.
Activant Solutions Inc. is a technology provider of vertical business management solutions serving small and medium-sized retail and wholesale distribution businesses.
The company serves three primary vertical markets: automotive aftermarket; hardlines and lumber; and wholesale distribution.
Founded in 1972, Activant provides customers with tailored proprietary software, professional services, content, supply chain connectivity, and analytics.
More than 30,000 customer locations use an Activant solution to manage their day-to-day operations.

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