ShowMeTheParts and GCommerce to Partner on Business-to-Business E-Commerce Solution

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Vertical Development, Inc. and GCommerce Inc. are launching a new product collaboration called “ShowMeTheParts B2B GCommerce Edition.” The new business-to-business e-commerce tool integrates GCommerce’s Virtual Inventory Cloud (VIC) system into websites powered by our ShowMeTheParts (SMTP), adding drop-shipping and special ordering capabilities.

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Download the PDF and read more about the exciting new B2B e-commerce solution from Vertical Development, Inc. and GCommerce Inc.

ShowMeTheParts B2B GCommerce Edition is the capstone to a system that addresses every aspect of parts ordering between mid-market manufacturer/suppliers and their direct channel partners. With SMTP you can give your customers an account to see their own prices at log in. Since it leverages the SMTP database, buyers can see information including compatibility, attributes, data sheets and even photos of the part before placing an order.

“Partnering with Vertical Development to create ShowMeTheParts B2B GCommerce Edition leverages the best of both companies to contribute to increased sales,” shares Scott Luckett, Vice President, Industry Strategy of GCommerce, Inc. “In our more than 15 years in the e-commerce business we’ve built the largest network of trading partners serving the vehicle aftermarket. Combining the scale of our e-commerce system with the power behind the ShowMeTheParts database is game changing for mid-market wholesalers and distributors in the aftermarket industry.”

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ShowMeTheParts Gets Server Upgrades

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ShowMeTheParts.com started out as a stock 2006 Ford Mustang. Over the past ten years, we’ve made many improvements. One year, we swapped out that V6 for the V8 and added a hood scoop. Another year we threw on 19” rims and gave her a nice paint job. These improvements attracted more and more customers over the years; growing our client list and our database. However, expansion and innovation hasn’t come without a few growing pains.

Through the years, we’ve dealt with browser incompatibilities, database downtime, changing Apple and Android requirements — you name it, we’ve seen it. No matter the problem, we always worked hard to tackle them head on and remedy them as fast as possible. More importantly, we’ve learned from each problem we’ve faced.

It’s the knowledge of our past that drove us to our greatest upgrades to date.

The upgrades began with a new server infrastructure that is faster, more reliable, and easily scalable to keep up with demand. The new system has real-time monitoring; it tells us immediately if a server goes off-line so we can work on getting it back up and running as soon as possible. In an effort to be more transparent and accountable for our service reliability, we plan on releasing monthly uptime reports in the near future.

On the software side, we’ve upgraded our applications to use the latest web technology and allow for centralized roll outs. With new versions of browsers coming out almost daily, our team is constantly testing our software to make sure it works perfectly on all major platforms and browsers. By switching to a centralized release system, we can push changes to our customers immediately, so everyone using our products will always have the latest features. That means reliable results across the more than one million application lookups per month — no matter how end users are accessing the database.

To put it in car language, most novices are only concerned about making the engine fast. But if they don’t put the same time and money into the brakes, steering and suspension, they will have a car that is fast but unstable. Just like with the Internet, fast but unstable is likely to cause a crash. Our recent upgrades give you both speed and stability.

The added performance gives us room to grow, and we’re still able to roll out new product information in a matter of days ensuring that the information you and your customers use is always up-to-date. Simply put, ShowMeTheParts works even better now and will continue to work as we further expand our software’s capabilities.

Get the fastest, most reliable database in the aftermarket industry, contact Vertical Development today. Call us at (847) 609-9540 or email sales@verticaldev.com.

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2016 ACPN President’s Catalog Excellence Awards

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Did you design your catalog with Vertical Development and ShowMeTheParts last year? If so, we know it’s award-winning material already! Get your acceptance speeches ready, awards season is open…

Recently, the Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN) announced its call for nominations for the 2016 ACPN President’s Catalog Excellence Awards. We’re excited to share this news with you and hope that you will consider taking some time to submit your catalog for this prestigious recognition. We know firsthand all of the hard work that you put in each year, and these awards recognize the best examples of printed and electronic cataloging in the auto care industry.

Do you have a new mobile app? Enter that too! Web and mobile applications are evaluated as well as paper catalogs. Visit the Auto Care Association website for judging criteria and instructions on how to enter your catalog today.

Winners will be recognized at the Knowledge Exchange Conference on May 15-18 in New Orleans, LA.

The deadline to submit your catalog is Friday January 29th, 2016.

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Why You Need a Mobile App

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Over 58% of Americans own a smartphone and 42% own a tablet. Clearly, it makes sense to have mobile access for consumers, but what you may not realize is that this same level of mobile use carries over to the other side of the parts counter. Aftermarket Business World estimates that a little over half of aftermarket professionals use a mobile device for work.

As time goes on, more and more mechanics and parts people are reaching for their phones and tablets when looking for replacement parts. That’s why Vertical Development created ShowMeThePartsMobile. Now in its second version, this software makes it easy to turn your existing parts catalog into a mobile app or website that makes finding parts easier for customers, employees, and your field sales force.

What is “Mobile Friendly?”
Standard web interfaces are built with computers in mind, which means the user is accessing the site from a device with a large screen, a mouse, a keyboard and an Internet connection with fast, unlimited data. If you try to use one of these sites on a phone, then it becomes rapidly apparent why they aren’t suited to mobile devices. For example, filling out basic search information turns into an arduous task that involves slow load times, constantly zooming in and out to read text and frequent use of an on-screen keyboard.

A well-designed mobile app is built with touch screens and limited Internet access in mind. That means large text that is easy to read, large buttons that are easy to press, and simplified design elements that are fast to load. Long forms are broken into separate pages so that the user can see everything they need on a single screen instead of scrolling and zooming into multiple areas. Put all of that together, and a good mobile site allows users to navigate and find what they need far faster than they would on a regular website.

There’s also one other clear advantage that mobile devices have over computers: they can be brought to the vehicle needing the part.

Consumers and techs alike can make side-by-side comparisons between catalog photos and the part that needs to be replaced without having to remove the part from the vehicle. When a customer brings a vehicle to your store, your employees can enter information as they find it on the vehicle, virtually eliminating the chances of making mistakes.

Is It Difficult to Go Mobile?
It’s probably easier and more economical than you think. ShowMeThePartsMobile is built as a module that integrates easily with Vertical Development’s software, making it simple to create a mobile version of your current ShowMeTheParts-based catalog.

Not using ShowMeTheParts yet? The software also works with catalogs formatted to the Auto Care Association’s ACES format, so we can easily transform your data into a mobile-friendly application.

ShowMeThePartsMobile has the same powerful search tools as our standard database, including features like License Plate and VIN lookups. Participating Aftermarket DIYs, Installers, Jobbers, Repair Shops, and Warehouses now have instant access to the most up-to-date parts information for more than 300 brands covering over 95 million applications. Parts professionals can access these brands which cover more than 4,100 part types and include important information including complete coverage for 1.7 million parts with 4.4 million attributes, 8.7 million interchanges, 18 thousand documents and 2.8 million images.

ShowMeThePartsMobile also has unique features aimed at mobile users including integrated GPS to help customers find their way to the nearest store location to buy a replacement part.

Already have a mobile site? Our software can be adapted to have the same look and feel of your existing site while giving users access to the powerful search tools and information.

Which Devices Does ShowMeThePartsMobile Support?
Mobile apps for both iOS and Android can be built using ShowMeThePartsMobile, and they can be made available to users through the Apple App Store and Google Play. Mobile sites built with our tools are 100% HTML5, so they work in any modern browser, letting users on any platform from Blackberry to Windows Mobile access your parts catalog.

What are you waiting for?
Going mobile makes it even easier for your customers to do business with you and it can help your staff work with them to find the parts they need. Simply put, if your business isn’t mobile-friendly and accessible, then your customers will find one that is.

Ready to partner with us to deliver your products more quickly and seamlessly to customers? Give us a call at 847.609.9540 or email sales@verticaldev.com.

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New Spanish-Language eCat!

Our Spanish web sites are now mobile friendly! – ShowMeTheParts has released a new mobile-friendly branded site our manufacturer partners can deploy in HTML5 form and in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. This Spanish enabled site can be run on Android and Apple Smartphones and Tablets. Using the flexibility of the Auto Care Association ACES standard we are able to work with our manufacturer partners to deploy custom branded catalogs for their Latin America markets.

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Web Link Integrations

Web Link Provides ShowMeTheParts Business System Integrations

ShowMeTheParts.com enables customers to search and find the right part quickly.  The online catalogs keep product details and technical information up-to-date and easily accessible to customers.  It allows customers to fully interact with the product, increasing customer satisfaction, while allowing the business to easily manage data and increase profits.

Web Link provides eCommerce solutions for the aftermarket, performance & accessory, and import markets.  Catalog integrations include ShowMeTheParts, DCi, and IMC.  

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ShowMeThePartsMobile 2.0

It’s a great tool and less expensive than you think!

ShowMeThePartsMobile 2.0 has an updated look, faster response time, Where-to-Buy integration with device GPS, and more.  Business is changing.  Workers are mobile.  Clients are global.  And customers want real-time, any-time access to product data.  You know the challenges, and ShowMeTheParts has the solutions.  Whether you’re looking for a part, some technical specifications, or just an image, yep, there’s an app for that. . .

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