February 29, 2016

Fast specifications and digital design to shape automotive commerce on mobile devices

The Automotive Industry established the catalog data standards as a way to facilitate trading parts information through ACES and PIES transport data streams within the supply chain.  Now with a high adoption rate, it has effectively solved many issues of the past by providing a modern and uniformed way of disseminating parts information across the industry. However, with change comes new challenges. 

Manufacturers and distributors in the United States have for years sought to harmonize work on vehicle and parts taxonomy with other countries to develop end-to-end processing of the different standards messages for global trade. Although the industry now speaks the same language with their XML parts kernel, does everyone who is affected by the standards understand the vehicle and parts taxonomy and new standards for part attributes and brands?  The answer is no, at least not to the degree we should considering the role the standards play in all aspects of the supply chain.

To make matters more complicated, the translation of specific vehicle and part information has traditionally relied on those technical resources who understand the complexity of the automotive standards.  These experts are relied upon to decipher details from the disparate databases, schemas, data dictionary, and corresponding classifications that make up the standards to answer internal questions, customer queries, and truly understand the many audit reports they produce internally or receive from trading partners.

But what if there was a way to get the industry standards in a unified form?  A way that any employee in the supply chain could look up a vehicle configuration and understand its make up based on the region, sub-model, or even critical attributes of the component of interest.  How much money could you save by having a unified standards tool able to quickly search terms on any database and XML documents that is part of the standards?  SHIFTMobility’s CarSpeck app removes the barrier of costly research time and resource allocation by opening up the standards to all employees.  With CarSpeck, anyone in your organization gains access to a valuable reference and research app.

How does it work?

CarSpeck features digital design of your catalogs  optimized for parts commerce on all mobile devices.  It can support your efforts to improve response time and significantly reduce costly research that deriving information from the standards inherently brings. 

As new XML standards, interoperability and telematics specifications enter the main stream for standardization and implementation in catalog systems in the years ahead, moving to telematics coded commerce will provide a huge advantage for both manufacturers and distributors.  For now, take the complexity out of the standards and put the vehicle and parts information in the hands of all of your employees.

Melissa Madrigal, Director of Technical Business Development