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 Earns Mighty Distributing’s Excellence in Service and Support Award

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Vertical Development earned Mighty Distributing’s “Excellence in Service and Support Award” for helping them provide better parts information to their franchisees and customers. This award represents efforts made through a partnership spanning over 15 years as Vertical Development has helped Mighty deliver unparalleled support for their franchisees and customers. ShowMeTheParts provides Mighty with multiple solutions to deliver detailed parts information to their customers.

When Mighty Distributing System of America needed help, they turned to Vertical Development to manage their catalog system. As Mighty has developed their business, Vertical Development has been with them each step of the way, helping them transition to the digital age and build their support network. To recognize this exemplary service, Mighty gave Vertical Development their 2016-2017 Excellence in Service Award.

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Vertical Development Featured in the Daily Herald Business Ledger

The Daily Herald Business Ledger — in its article “Naperville firm finds the right piece for auto parts market” by Richard Klicki — features the history and offerings of Vertical Development and ShowMeTheParts. The article provides a clear snapshot of how a software company started in 1983 by the Vertical Development Inc. president, Jay Wright, ultimately evolved into a present-day aftermarket parts success story.

Driven by opportunity, ever-changing market and customer demands, and innovation through adaptation, Vertical Development launched ShowMeTheParts years ago and is developing a set of product microsites with future e-commerce, the article explains:

“Wright said the database is also the platform for future growth, as the company plans to develop microsites for specific parts, such as brakes, filters or exhaust parts.

The microsites will also allow a client to order a part from online sites, such as Amazon.com, for a timely delivery.

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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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NovaPacific Leverages Vertical Development & ShowMeTheParts

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Jay Wright, President, Vertical Development Inc.

Establishing your business as a top-tier automotive parts supplier is a tall order, especially when a company is just starting out. Water pump startup NovaPacific had everything in place to make sure it developed high-quality auto parts.

To help customers find the correct part for their application and provide ACES files to support customers and eCat providers, NovaPacific turned to Vertical Development. With the ShowMeTheParts database system, NovaPacific could get accurate information to customers while still being able to add to its growing portfolio of parts.

Read the full article from Vertical Development’s President, Jay Wright on SearchAutoParts.com Aftermarket Business World and see how Vertical Development and ShowMeTheParts helped NovaPacific get its parts information out to thousands of buyers.

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Vertical Development Catalog Features and Upgrades Series: Application Import

 

vCatalog computersShowMeTheParts may get the most attention due to its position as the largest public parts database in the world, but that doesn’t mean we’ve left our other products behind. Our entire system from paper to e-catalog publishing is constantly being updated and expanded to meet the needs of our customers. We’ve decided to run this new blog series to show you some of the new features we’ve been working on.

Classic Vertical Development Feature

If you’ve worked around parts catalogs, you’re familiar with the Vehicle Configuration Database (VCdb.) This relational database is used in ACES to handle vehicle information including the year, make, model, trim and other attributes to correctly identify applications. Since the beginning, our catalog system has been set up to allow our clients to add their own entries, letting them expand the scope of VCdb well past standard vehicles.

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Vertical Development Catalog New Features Series: Alternative Part Numbers

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We may be famous today for our massive ShowMeTheParts database, but Vertical Development has been a leader in aftermarket parts catalog publishing for over 30 years, developing mapping and publishing software to fit the needs of a wide range of clients. In this series, we want to highlight some new features we’re bringing to our catalog system. This time, we’re taking a look at alternative part numbers.

There are a lot of variations of parts out there. For brake pads, a company might offer standard, heavy duty and high performance pads. A suspension company may offer rubber and polyurethane versions of a bushing, standard and heavy duty springs, and a variety of shock and strut options built to fit different ride characteristics. Shopped for an oil filter lately? Those come in different ranges, too, offering different levels of filtration to fit a variety of oil change intervals. This range of options means each application may have several compatible variants.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Innovating Aftermarket Catalogs and Technology

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We are excited to announce our 30th year in operations. Based in the greater Chicago area, Vertical Development got its start as a small programming firm, but we soon shifted gears to digital catalog development when contracting with Champion Laboratories in neighboring Albion, Illinois. Today, we are an award-winning technology development firm providing digital catalog software and services to more than 300 aftermarket brands.

Since 1987, Vertical Development has worked with aftermarket companies to first understand their business needs and then, develop solutions to better streamline processes, increase efficiencies, and ensure industry compliance. Each year, we take those learnings and create a development roadmap for future product upgrades and industry innovations. Last year, we announced significant upgrades to our catalog software and systems including near real-time inventory management and stock status updates, a direct result of feedback and feature requests from clients.

Over the last seven years we have been standardizing our vCat application, allowing us to add features and roll them out to our clients quickly. We have grown from a software provider to full service catalog services organization and will continue to operate on the cutting edge of technology to bring state-of-the-art aftermarket catalogs to our clients.

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What Do Self-Driving Fleets Mean for the Future of Aftermarket Parts?

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Self-Driving cars are getting a lot of press, whether it’s Google cars roaming the streets, GM’s purchase of Cruise Automation, or Uber’s plan to put a fleet of self-driving Ford Fusions to work carrying passengers around Pittsburgh. How will this shift to self-driving vehicles affect parts management for fleets when their use becomes widespread?

What makes a self-driving car or truck different from a regular vehicle? To make a car self-driving, a system is added that uses a series of sensors to make judgments about driving conditions and react accordingly. A lot of the interface is already in the modern vehicle with systems like throttle-by-wire, adaptive cruise control and the steer-by-wire system recently introduced in some Infinitis. In other words, from a purely functional perspective, this just adds another small set of electronics to today’s electronically complicated systems.

In practice, there should be a major difference in how and when parts fail. Replacing human drivers with electronics means a consistent driving style across the fleet, and that should lead to fairly consistent wear patterns. Parts like brake pads and suspension components may wear with such consistency that they can be put on a maintenance schedule just like oil and filter changes.

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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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