SOURCE: Mitchell International

June 06, 2005 07:00 ET

ABS™ Shop Management System Sales Up 33%

Superior Data-Mining & Scheduling Drive Shop Profitability

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 6, 2005 -- Mitchell International, Inc. today announced April year-to-date sales of its industry-leading shop management system, ABS™, jumped 33% over the same period last year. Following closely on the heels of stellar sales performance in the preceding Q4, and making a strong showing at the International Congress & Autobody Exposition (NACE) in Las Vegas, Nevada, this past October, Mitchell's shop management solution continues to be the clear market-leader.

Shops of all sizes are feeling the pressure of an increasingly competitive market and are coming to realize their continued success requires they operate more efficiently, more productively, and more profitably. A strong business management solution, like ABS, can help them gain the competitive edge needed by automating labor-intensive tasks and providing critical information to managers to help them make solid business decisions in all areas of the business.

"Some of today's most successful multi-facility enterprises were early adopters of ABS," says Marc Brungger (VP-Collision Sales, Mitchell Int'l.). "ABS provided these shop owners and managers with specific insights into their operations, identifying areas to increase productivity and reduce costs, resulting in higher overall profitability, and the ability to successfully expand their businesses."

ABS continues to provide the accurate and reliable parts-pricing and job-costing functionality that first earned it a user base thousands-strong and reputation as the leading solution for managing today's collision-repair facilities. Expanded features such as integrated Autohouse® / Karora® Generis™ data-mining and reporting tools empower collision-repairers to monitor their ongoing operations and track emerging trends with unparalleled accuracy and clarity... compiling data from multiple facilities as easily as one. Web-based reporting ensures the timely delivery of information, without disrupting work-in-progress.

"We could not imagine trying to run a successful business in today's competitive market without a solid management tool backing us up," said Randy Pollard, of Larry Curry's Frame & Collision, Inc. of Griffin, Georgia. "We chose ABS to help us run the shop because it's easy to use and has the features we need... it makes the information we need readily available so we can make the most of our time. ABS also shows just where we're most productive and where we can improve. We're always on top of our business with ABS."

The upcoming release will include an integrated scheduling program that will enable shops to maximize the number of repairs underway at any given time, based on their capacity and current utilization. Efficient use of repair bays and personnel will help shops reduce average cycle time without compromising the quality of repairs. This much-anticipated new feature will add further value to ABS solution, assuring its continued leadership in the shop-management market.

About Mitchell International

Mitchell International is a leading provider of information and workflow solutions to the automotive insurance claims industry, serving carriers, collision repair facilities, and other commercial participants in the physical damage and auto-related medical claims processes. Mitchell facilitates millions of electronic transactions between more than 16,000 business partners each month to enhance their productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction levels. For more information on Mitchell International, visit: www.mitchell.com.

About AutoHouse

AutoHouse Technologies creates information and customer management solutions for the automotive aftermarket. AutoHouse provides multi-location repair facilities with a global view of the enterprise by integrating industry and business applications. Solutions enable repairers to capitalize on their information assets to drive sales, increase customer retention, and gauge operational efficiencies. AutoHouse Technologies, Inc., a privately held company, was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit: www.autohousetechnologies.com.

About Karora

Karora Technologies creates elegant, platform-independent software components and solutions -- designed to help enterprises efficiently manage information, documents, applications, and data by communicating between system, offices, suppliers, and business partners, through portals and on the web. Karora Connector™ products utilize an open technology framework and offer a high degree of functionality, effortless extensibility, and quick implementation. Karora Technologies is a privately held corporation serving customers across all major industries, including insurance, financial services, education, healthcare, government, and manufacturing, and provides integration suites that are compatible with most, popular Line of Business applications such as J.D. Edwards, Great Plains, Best Software, and more. For more information, visit: www.karora.com.

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