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Your Parts Data and Why You NEED SPEEDcat!

Your Parts Data and Why You NEED SPEEDcat!



Learn about the automotive aftermarket data standards: what they are, why you need them, and how SPEEDcat can help you create standardized datasets all by yourself!

Learn about the automotive aftermarket data standards: what they are, why you need them, and how SPEEDcat can help you create standardized datasets all by yourself!



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  • PIES for trading and orderingACES for fitment and lookup

Your Parts Data and Why You NEED SPEEDcat! Your Parts Data and Why You NEED SPEEDcat! Presentation Transcript

  • Gigi Ho
    Co-founder & Data Goddess
    Digital Performance Inc.
    Your Parts Data and Why You NEED SPEEDcat
  • Take this opportunity to talk to everyone about the current state of data in our industry.
    Introducing new SPEEDcat release to our customers with focus on new interfaces now available.
    Invited data receivers to take the mystery out of what data is available from SPEEDcat to them and in what formats.
    Reasons for the webinar
  • Why should you care?
  • Phase 1 – 2007 vs. Phase 2 – 2009
    Read full report at…
    BTC Data Pilot Phase 2 White Paper | Specialty Equipment Market Association http://bit.ly/UzmON
    SEMA Data Pilot Results
  • Phase 1 Overview
    4 warehouse distributors
    7 manufacturers
    To confirm that incomplete, non-standardized data results in losses to the SEMA market equivalent or higher than other market segments.
    To confirm data standards were appropriate to SEMA market.
    To encourage adoption of industry data standards.
  • Phase 2 Overview
    5 warehouse distributors
    19 manufacturers
    To continue to prove the inefficiencies of current data practices in the SEMA market and use information to encourage adoption of data standards.
    To show participants that perfect, synchronized data lowers costs, shortens time to market and increases sales.
    To encourage the adoption of industry data standards.
  • Price variances between Manufacturer and Distributors’ inventory systems
    Phase 1 - 2007
    Phase 2 - 2009
  • Part Numbers in Distributors’ system thatwere NOT in Manufacturers’ system
    Phase 1 - 2007
    Phase 2 - 2009
  • Part Numbers in Manufacturers’ systems thatwere NOT in Distributors’ systems
    Phase 1 - 2007
    Phase 2 - 2009
  • Money being thrown away…
  • Enter the Data…standards
  • AAIA Legacy: original AAIA electronic catalog standard for vehicle year, make, model, and engine in a flat file format.
    ACES (AAIA Catalog Enhanced Standard): current electronic cataloging standard comprised of vehicle year, make, model, engine and vehicle attributes in a relational database in an XML format.
    PIES (Product Information Exchange Standards): standardized fields of product information, like part number, descriptions, price, dimensions, etc., in an XML format.
    Delimited Text File: an array of data separated by any character; most common delimiters are tabs, commas, and vertical bars (aka, “pipe”). This is a flat file format.
    XML (Extensible Mark-up Language): tags that define and validate data and facilitate transmission and interpretation of data between organizations.
    Let’s get the terms down
  • Product data standard is used for trading between you and your business partners.
  • Brand Identification
    Part Number
    Part Type
    Part Description
    Universal Product Code (UPC)
    Dimensions and Weight
    SEMA BTC PIES template contains 32 fields, 12 are required.
    Sample product fields
  • SEMA BTC PIES Template
    Click any Template Field below. An Instruction Box will then appear on the spreadsheet next to field selected.
  • Part Numbers
    No special characters (*, /, $, ”, etc.)
    Make them descriptive of the part and not just what vehicle it fits.
    Without this, your products can sit up to 72 hours before going to the shelf
    Minimum 400x400 pixels at 72dpi
    White background
    Leave between 5-15 pixels around border
    Keep shadows to a minimum
    Make sure your pricing is current
    Key product fields
  • BAD descriptions from manufacturers
    Ford Boss 351
    DTC-60 12mm
    00-02 Mustang V6 polished
    rtrdrldsltdzpfrnt 1988-96 Corvette 13in. Lh
    GOOD descriptions from manufacturers
    [Mfr Brand] Polo shirt – XL – Navy
    May be silly – but you know what the part is, don’t you?!
    Air filter universal, rubber, 2-1/16in FLG, 3-1/2in Btm, 2in Top, 4in Ht
    This description is only 72 characters. You have up to 80!
    Description samples we’ve received
  • Application/vehicle fitment data is used to help determine what and how your part is installed.
  • Application/fitment fields
    Brand Identification
    Part Number
    Part Type
    Year or Year Range
    Model (sub-model if needed)
    Engine (if needed)
    Vehicle attributes/qualifiers (if needed)
  • Suggested application/fitment format
    Above, the part number is “related” to each year that the Chevrolet Tahoe LS was available. The year, make, model, sub-model each occupy their own column of data in this spreadsheet.
  • Suggested application/fitment format
    If your data receiver, the person/company/system that you’re sending your data to, can take this format, the years can be condensed to one line but indicate in separate columns the start and end years along with the rest of the vehicle information.
  • What do standardized data exports look like?
  • AAIA Legacy Sample (pipe delimited)
    BXYZ|ABC1001|Shock Absorber Jeep CJ Front|1180853|Shock Absorber|2 Door Sport Utility; 4WD; Front
    BXYZ|ABC1002|Shock Absorber Jeep CJ Front|1180842|Shock Absorber|2 Door Sport Utility; 4WD; Front
    BXYZ|ABC1003|Shock Absorber Jeep CJ Front|1181270|Shock Absorber|2 Door Sport Utility; 4WD; Front
    BXYZ|DEF1001|Shock Absorber Jaguar XJ12 Front|1177848|Shock Absorber|4 Door Sedan; RWD; Front
    BXYZ|DEF1002|Shock Absorber Jaguar XJ12 Front|1177860|Shock Absorber|4 Door Sedan; RWD; Front
    BXYZ|DEF1003|Shock Absorber Jaguar XJ12 Front|1177871|Shock Absorber|4 Door Sedan; RWD; Front
    BXYZ|GHI1001|Strut Porsche 911 Front|1351617|Suspension Strut Assembly|Front; 65-9/68
    BXYZ|GHI1001|Strut Porsche 911 Front|1351628|Suspension Strut Assembly|Front; 65-9/68
    BXYZ|GHI1001|Strut Porsche 911 Front|1351594|Suspension Strut Assembly|Front; 65-9/68
  • <Item MaintenanceType="A”>
    <Description LanguageCode="EN" MaintenanceType="A" DescriptionCode="MKT">The marketing description is often the feature points of the product or part.</Description>
    <Package MaintenanceType="A”>
    <Dimensions UOM="IN”>
    <Weights UOM="PG”>
    . . .
    PIES XML Sample
  • <App id=“1” action=“A”>
    <BaseVehicle id=“3109” />
    <SubModelID id=“450” />
    <EngineBase id=“417” />
    <Position id=“12” />
    <Transmission id=“1197” />
    <PartType id=“10727” />
    <App id=“2” action="A”>
    <BaseVehicle id="3464” />
    <Position id=“12” />
    <BedType id=”5” />
    <PartType id="2864"/>
    ACES XML Sample
  • …but beautiful to the computer systems that process them.
    They’re ugly to our eyes…
  • …when someone is asking for your “electronic data”
    What NOT to send…
  • Excel spreadsheets made for human eyes
    You might say, “This looks great!”
    Answer: Yes, *looks* great, but completely unreadable by a computer, and therefore, will not be loaded into your customer’s inventory system for a looong time...if ever.
  • Fields of mixed product information
    You might ask, “What’s wrong with this?”
    Answer: Sub-model, year range, and fitment notes are all crammed into one cell! Again, completely unreadable by a computer.
  • PDF Pages, Catalogs, Guides…PDFs.
  • “What can I do?”
  • 12 Steps to Synchronicity
    Step 1: Admit your data files suck
    Step 2: Realize that the industry standards can help create order and PROFIT for your company
    Step 3: Make a decision to do something about it
    Step 4: Make a searching and fearless inventory of all your data silos
    Step 5: Admit to your business partners, customers and company members the nature of your data’s wrongs
    Step 6: Be company-wide ready to remove these defects of data
    Step 7: Make a list of all persons in your company who will be responsible for data
  • 12 Steps to Synchronicity
    Step 8: Make sure those persons know and understand the industry standards and requirements of your customers, and appoint them as Data Lords and Ladies
    Step 9: Continue to take inventory of your data silos
    Step 10: Seek through seminars, webinars, conferences and tradeshows the current and future trends of data requirements and key contacts
    Step 11: License SPEEDcat software from Digital Performance!
    Step 12: Having had an awakening as the result of these steps, carry this message forward to others, and continue to practice these principles for even greater profit!
  • How can SPEEDcat help me with business?
  • GOAL: Distribute consistent data electronically to everyone
  • Problem: Disparate and inconsistent data silos within a company
  • Problem: Channels have proprietary or require multiple formats
    Manual Manipulations
    Manual Manipulations
    Manual Manipulations
    Website Format
  • Solution: SPEEDcat® cataloging software
    • applications mapping (ACES)
    • part details (PIES)
    • pre-formatted exports
  • SPEEDcat can help you to…
    Reduce costly data errors
    Create and Export standardized datasets in AAIA Legacy, ACES XML and PIES XML any time YOU want to or need to update your customers
    Access parts information and pricing for quick updates
    Distribute and help sales channels sell your parts through accurate parts data any time from any where
    Utilize your parts data in marketing efforts
    Print partial or full application guide sheets to send as needed
  • The SPEEDcat solution
    SPEEDcat’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) model allows for quick startup and lower costs.
    You can access your data from anywhere you have Internet access.
    Will remain compliant to industry data standards as they continue to evolve.
    Can set up unique users to access all or only specific input interfaces.
    Centralize and deliver accurate and detailed data to boost sales and build customer confidence.
  • Parts are searchable on our Comparison Shopping Guide
    Syndicated to over 50 enthusiast and forum websites
    Gets over 4.5 million views monthly
    Has approx 200 resellers participating
    Contains products from over 1,000 manufacturers
    Digital Performance Inc.
    4701 Von Karman Ave, Ste 100
    Newport Beach CA 92660
    949.379.6300 main
    949.379.6333 fax
  • AAIA Technology Standards & Solutions Committee
    Scott Luckett, VP and Committee Liason
    SEMA Business Technology Committee
    Alan Dicker, Director Business Technology
    Websites and Bookmark Tool
    AAIA - www.aftermarket.org/Technology.aspx
    SEMA - www.sema.org/btc
    NAFTA - http://bit.ly/wfuwU
    Bookmarks – www.foxmarks.com
    Resources for Data Standards