ShowMeTheParts Launches New Mobile App for PFC Brakes

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As a sponsor of dozens of motorsport vehicles, PFC Brakes understands speed. They recently applied that same mindset when contracting a company to create their new mobile app. With industry leading speed to market, and lightning fast servers, ShowMeTheParts created a beautiful mobile app which allows PFC Brakes’ customers to quickly and accurately find their parts from anywhere.

Our custom mobile apps have helped over 30 companies better serve their customers and sales staff. With our metrics we see that mobile app usage is trending higher than we could have anticipated. Some receive nearly 50% of their lookups via mobile devices. It’s becoming more clear that in order to be competitive, brands must have a presence in the Mobile arena.

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ChannelAdvisor and ShowMeTheParts Partner to Enable Selling on Marketplaces and Direct Channels

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ShowMeTheParts has partnered with ChannelAdvisor to enable ChannelAdvisor retailers to feed content for the aftermarket vertical into ChannelAdvisor’s platform to start selling on marketplaces and direct channels. Now, automotive clients can participate in this segment and have unique content to differentiate from other listings that all look and appear the same.

Retailers can also leverage ChannelAdvisor’s Fulfillment Service offering, which will automate the fulfillment process with distribution partners. Once a product is listed and an order taken, the order files are automatically sent to the fulfillment partner to be shipped every 15 minutes! This eliminates the need to buy and carry physical inventory and retailers know their orders are being fulfilled expertly and shipped as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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ShowMeTheParts App Update Brings Faster, Easier Mobile Access

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Vertical Development has released a critical update to their ShowMeTheParts app, giving mobile users faster access to the largest public parts database on the market.

The newly updated 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.

To get the full benefit of these updates, current users will need to uninstall the app and download the new version. 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.

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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

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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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ShowMeTheParts and Spork Marketing Create Catalog Search Solution with WordPress Plug-in

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Now, automotive aftermarket companies can easily add ShowMeTheParts catalog lookups to WordPress websites with a new WordPress plug-in created by Spork Marketing and Vertical Development, Inc. Combining our ShowMeTheParts’ massive aftermarket parts database with the world’s most popular website platform makes bringing parts information to your customers easier than ever before.

The first company to use this new tool is GMB North America, Inc. On the previous GMB North America website, customers had to leave the site to check parts information on ShowMeTheParts.com. As part of developing a new website for GMB, Spork Marketing created a WordPress plug-in that integrates GMB’s ShowMeTheParts catalog directly into the WordPress website system, so now customers can find what they need for their vehicles immediately. The results are now live on GMB’s website, www.gmb.net.

“Our new WordPress plug-in leverages the ShowMeTheParts’ API, which allows any parts seller or manufacturer to add a full suite of catalog lookup tools to a WordPress website,” says Jason Lancaster, president of Spork Marketing. “As perhaps the most popular website platform in the world, WordPress is already a reasonable choice for any auto parts or accessory manufacturer’s website. Our plug-in makes WordPress an even better option.”

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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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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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