ShowMeTheParts Brand Spotlight : VIEROL

“Partnering with ShowMeTheParts has been extremely valuable to Vierol’s family of brands. We’ve quickly increased visibility to our products! Furthermore, the ShowMeTheParts team has helped us build important relationships throughout the Aftermarket to help facilitate our business goals.”

The VIEROL brands include

 

 

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Federated Co-operatives Limited Partners with ShowMeTheParts

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) partners with ShowMeTheParts to create a battery finder for its Co-Op retail locations and customers. The tool will be used by store teammembers at the Co-op retail locations who sell Co-op Premium Batteries to assist customers in finding the right battery for their application. 

Ease of use for the customer service representative as well as the customer was important to FCL. “The online look-up tool will make it easier to match the correct battery with a specific application and will allow Co-op to better convey the wide range of available batteries that are part of our product line-up.” said Niels WitbraadMarketing Supervisorfor Federated Co-operatives Limited 

Co-op Home Centres and Argo Centres will be using the look up tool. There will also be a URL for customers, both in-store and online. This gives them the ability to look up battery options on their personal mobile devices without relying on in-store hardware, such as tablets and touch screens, which are prone to failure, disuse, and maintenance complications.  

Having an online look-up tool available for our family of Co-op Premium Batteries will allow our store team members to better serve our customers while also giving those customers the freedom to browse our product line-up and determine which battery is best for their needs. It emphasizes the broad range of available batteries a across wide range of vehicle types and leverages our brand and quality products in an effective manner.” said Witbraad 

For information on how ShowMeTheParts can create a similar solution for your company please contact Sales@VerticalDev.com or 630-724-1159.

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Spotlight : Eagle Engine

Today if you head over to aftermarket supplier, Eagle Engine’s website you will be greeted with a link to their latest online catalogue where you can instantly and easily search for the exact rebuild engine/transmission you need. This, however, was not always the case. The challenge at hand that brought Eagle Engine to partnering with Vertical Development is one that every business has at the forefront of their minds. How do we make sure our customer can select the correct part number for their application? 

Eagle Engine wanted better customer service, but specifically, Eagle Engine wanted to eliminate the middleman issue in which customers were always needing to call in order to find a part number of an application and what the cost of that part was. They were searching for a more efficient way to provide their customers with the information they needed at the tip of their fingers. A simple internet search for online automotive catalogues led them to exactly where they needed to be, ShowMeTheParts.com. 

Upon reaching out to Vertical Development via ShowMeTheParts.comEagle Engine realized they needed an application file, meaning, some way to communicate year, make, model, engine, and part number for every vehicle. This would eliminate the disorganization currently in place and allow for better customer service. Vertical Development was able to provide Eagle Engine with a file of all applications for American made cars. This file includes year, make, model, engine, and engine vin number. At this point it was clear Vertical Development was able to provide Eagle Engine with their exact needs and serve as the perfect partner. Eagle Engine took the file and added part number, description of part, and information about the part. From there, Vertical Development was able to create an ACES file. This ultimately was the starting point for Eagle Engine’s online catalogue, eagleengine.showmetheparts.com. Vertical Development created this catalogue to include not only parts, their descriptions, and clearly displayed pricing as well as a login for each individual customer. 

“Eagle Engine is a perfect example of a company that utilizes services we offer to provide better service to their customers.” Jay Wright, founder of Vertical Development said.  

To keep the catalog up to date, Vertical Development sends Eagle Engine a file with all of applications and part numbers in it. Eagle Engine can go into the file, adding new numbers to new applications and then send the file back to Vertical Development where they update the catalog. 

Vertical Development is constantly upgrading the system to include inventory available at multiple warehouses. This will almost eliminate the need for phone calls because now customers have all of the information they need from pricing to inventory availability. Central to Eagle Engine’s business being that now all customers have the level of expectation of finding this information in the most competent manner. Top notch customer service at its finest. 

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The Part That Makes Us So Agile: Vertical Development Stays on Top of the Latest Technology Including E-Commerce Platforms Like Amazon Parts Finder and eBay Motors

Steadfast Support, Evolving Technology

Since our beginning in 1983, some things haven’t changed. These include Vertical Development’s commitment to customized solutions which meet clients’ needs, our unmatched support, and our ability to evolve with the industry as it evolves.

But much else has changed.

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Vertical Development and Web 2 Market Upgrade to Magento 2

ShowMeTheParts and Web 2 Market aftermarket parts E-commerce/e-catalog platform has upgraded to Magento 2, bringing faster page rendering and easier inventory management to online parts sales. After years of success with Web 2 Market’s implementation of the Magento 1 e-commerce platform, Vertical Development has integrated the ShowMeTheParts database with Magento 2. This update adds a 100% responsive design that looks great on both desktops and mobile devices. It includes automatic part updates, advanced back-end tools, and faster page rendering, making it easier to use for both retailers and customers.

With the ShowMeTheParts integration clients no longer have to perform the time-consuming tasks of application management of parts. Updated application data is automatically pushed to your e-commerce or e-catalog site and displayed to your customer in an SEO and desktop/mobile friendly way, allowing you to focus on more profitable tasks. Combined with Magento 2 the ShowMeTheParts integration gives you a feature-rich admin, B2B, and B2C selling tools, Content Management System, SEO friendly, professional looking e-commerce or e-catalog. With the recent upgrade to Magento 2, Vertical Development and Web 2 Market are able to deliver a better online shopping experience for your customers and easier management for you.

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“Near Real Time” Inventory now available on AP Exhaust ShowMeTheParts catalog

ap exhaust near real time inventory

Vertical Development’s ShowMeTheParts database can show your customers which parts will fit their vehicle, what those parts look like and what their design characteristics are. That just leaves one thing they can’t find: inventory. With the near real time inventory system, your customers can see how many of an item you have in stock alongside all the other information that helps them find what they need for their vehicle. We recently added this feature to AP Exhaust’s catalog to take some of the work out creating a parts order.

This system is automated, so when a part is ordered, it’s subtracted from the inventory automatically. These inventory changes are pushed to the website every hour, which is far faster than the days it can take to get information into a system by manually filing and checking orders against the inventory. Automating this process also eliminates errors made when transferring stock information to the system, so the inventory is always accurate.

For buyers ordering from a distributor or wholesaler, that means they don’t have to call ahead to make sure the parts they want are still available. AP Exhaust added real time reporting to their site at the request of their customers. Their distributors already use SMTP to find the parts they want to order, so it seemed logical to display the inventory alongside the parts information. This doesn’t just shorten the time it takes to make an order, it makes it easy for these customers to choose alternative products if the part they want isn’t currently available.

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Using 2016 e-Commerce Trends to Build a Better Mobile Presence

showmetheparts mobile ecommerce

“e-Commerce” may be starting to sound like a tired buzz word, but make no mistake: the growth of online sales is nothing to take lightly, even in the aftermarket parts sector. As the data comes in for the past year’s sales, we’re getting a better picture of how the online marketplace is changing. More than ever, buyers are turning to online tools to help with shopping, whether they’re ordering items at home, on the go, or even making decisions inside a store. Most of that growth has centered around smartphones, making it more important than ever to have a solid mobile presence.

In the past year, the biggest growth area in e-commerce has been focused squarely on growth through mobile devices. There are over 125 million smartphone users in the United States, and 62% of these people have made online purchases from their phones in the last six months. What does that translate to for overall sales? Last holiday season, shoppers used smartphones for 1/3 of all online purchases.

For those businesses with a physical location, e-commerce is still important. Last year, 40% of sales for Black Friday at brick and mortar stores came from online sales. Even when buyers are coming to your stores to buy, over 80% used smartphones in-store to look up product information and reviews or to search for other locations where they can find the products they need.

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Gorlick’s Distribution Centers and ShowMeTheParts in Aftermarket Business World

Recently, Aftermarket Business World shared an article detailing Gorlick’s Distribution Centers and ShowMeTheParts’ collaboration, modernizing Gorlick’s B2B ordering system. This was a challenging endeavor given Gorlick’s volume and variety of inventory. Read here how we were able to tackle the challenge and work with Gorlick’s to create an easy-to-manage system for the company and a simplified buying process for its customers by leveraging the power and scalability of ShowMeTheParts and integrating the database and shopping cart into Gorlick’s existing website.

Gorlick’s Distribution Centers Build Powerful B2B E-Commerce System

Ready to get started on your e-commerce site? Call us at (847) 609-9540 or email sales@verticaldev.com.

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