Vertical Development’s ShowMeTheParts app gives mobile users faster access to the largest public parts database on the market.
The ShowMeTheParts app provides full access to the largest public parts database on the market on the go. Users can find parts and check photos, specifications and other information while working on their vehicles.
ShowMeTheParts is the largest public parts database on the market covering 1.7 million parts from over 300 aftermarket parts manufacturers. This includes over 4.5 million applications including passenger cars, motorcycles and both heavy duty and agricultural equipment. Along with interchange information and specifications, users can view product information sheets, photos and even 360-degree views of parts. This information is constantly updated, ensuring the most accurate information available.
“Users will see faster look-up speeds and smoother navigation to the freshest data in the aftermarket,” says Jay Wright, President of Vertical Development, Inc.
The app provides access to all the information in the ShowMeTheParts catalog through a user interface tailored to work with small touch screens. Vertical Development’s update brings improvements in both the design of the app and the servers supplying it with data making accessing parts information easier than ever before. Vertical Development is able to create branded mobile apps and HTML5 versions with responsive, mobile friendly design for any company. Over three dozen companies have chosen ShowMeTheParts as the base for their own apps, including Valvoline (iOS/Android,) Champ Quality Filters (iOS/Android,) KYB Shocks (iOS/Android,) and MPA’s Street Smart eCatalog (iOS/Android.)
The app not only makes access more convenient; it means users can check information when they are at their car, making direct comparisons between photos and specifications with the parts they need to replace. The app can even search local businesses to find a supplier for the part they need, putting the power of ShowMeTheParts’s catalog in their pockets.
The iOS version is available from the App Store, while Android users can get it from the Google Play Store. For users whose phones don’t have a supported OS, there’s an HTML5 version of the app that can be accessed using any modern browser.
ShowMeTheParts Powers New eCatalog for Thermal Solutions Manufacturing
Sustaining a successful manufacturing business in today’s market is quite a significant feat. Thermal Solutions Manufacturing has managed to do just that– they’ve established themselves as an industry leader in developing high-quality industrial heating and cooling parts for light and heavy-duty trucks and equipment.
So, when this leader in the heavy-duty parts space went searching for the best solution for their e-catalog, Thermal Solutions turned to another industry leader for help, Vertical Development, an aftermarket tech solutions provider. Vertical Development helped to get accurate information to Thermal Solutions’ customers online in the form of an eCatalog using its proven, easy-to-use platform, ShowMeTheParts.
Thermal Solutions now offers a searchable, mobile-friendly, catalog to showcase its high-quality engine cooling and temperature control automotive parts, as well as its long line of durable, easy-to-install heavy duty parts including replacement radiator cores, truck radiators, tractor radiators, lift truck radiators, industrial radiators, DPF’s, DOC’s, charge air coolers, and A/C condensers for heavy duty applications.
Finding the correct parts quickly and on-demand is mandatory for meeting customer needs today.
Vertical Development created ShowMeTheParts as an online complement to its catalog mapping services. It contains the largest public parts database on the market, offering millions of entries with interchange information, specifications, data sheets, photographs, and even three-dimensional views. All of this data is accessible online through a simple web interface that works on computers and mobile devices.
The platform is scalable, allowing agricultural, heavy duty, and industrial manufacturers like Thermal Solutions to use ShowMeTheParts in a form that best fits their needs. With such a vast collection of parts, the company needed a robust solution to digitally organize and present a myriad of options to its customers, while also being able to readily add to its portfolio of parts. By partnering with Vertical Development, Thermal Solutions was able to bring integral parts information to its customers using a data system with years of development and refinement behind it.
Now, Thermal Solutions has a distinct competitive advantage by being one of a few parts providers in this space to offer customers digital, anytime access to industrial and heavy-duty applications. The image thumbnails allow for techs to look at the parts they are servicing and compare apples to apples. In addition, customers can now use smartphones and tablets to access the catalog since it is mobile-friendly.
“ShowMeTheParts gets our data updated immediately. This is critical for new product launches and it helps to reduce our overall number of returns and increase customer satisfaction,” shared David Hamill, Director of Product Management for Thermal Solutions. When Thermal Solutions saw the capabilities of ShowMeTheParts, the company decided it was the best way to get parts information from its broad portfolio into the hands of existing customers and thousands of potential new buyers.
How does integration with ShowMeTheParts work?
ShowMeTheParts uses an HTML5-based front end with an API that integrates with existing websites, which means both current and prospective customers can visit Thermal Solutions’ website and seamlessly look up parts information from any modern browser. The database gives users an easy way to find the information they need for ordering without having to contact customer service. Customers can search for parts by the product type and vehicle make.
“For our heavy duty and industrial temperature control products, there are a number of critical data points which we must deliver to our users for them to find the correct fitment. A few of these are OE Core Size References, OE Numbers, and Product Construction Type. We needed to have this information front-and-center in our application search,” explained Hamill. To meet those precise requirements for Thermal Solutions, Vertical Development created a clean and intuitive product lookup with ShowMeTheParts, which allows users to filter on the specified information.
Searches can also be done based on the part itself. A cross-referencing option can find the right Thermal Solutions part based on the part numbers from other suppliers, while the “Part Search” option displays a buyer’s guide with compatible vehicles for that part number. Both options make it easy to find replacement parts.
The feedback has been tremendously positive.
Thermal Solutions’ customers like how the new catalog powered by ShowMeTheParts gives them the ability to access and cross-reference its entire product range with a few swipes or mouse clicks, letting them find the exact parts they need from the company’s extensive line of merchandise. Employees like the support they’ve received from Vertical Development’s team to deploy the system.
The integration of ShowMeTheParts makes ordering parts as easy as possible for customers, and that’s often a significant enough difference to choose Thermal Solutions over other companies with similar products. And, with over 350 brands already using ShowMeTheParts, there’s a good chance these customers already have experience using this system.
Ready to take your ag, heavy duty, and/or industrial auto parts business to the next level? Contact us here, or via telephone at (630) 651-0594 or email email@example.com to build your user-friendly digital parts catalog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ShowMeTheParts 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.
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.
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.