SOURCE: Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor Software Corporation

October 29, 2012 09:00 ET

Epicor Announces New Internet AutoParts Feature to Enable Thousands of Vehicle Dealers to Purchase Aftermarket Parts

DUBLIN, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 29, 2012) - Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, has developed an eCommerce business portal that will enable vehicle dealerships to research, price and order aftermarket parts and supplies and integrate with their dealer business management systems. The new Epicor Aftermarket Parts Portal provides a complete integration between dealers and the nearly 20,000 aftermarket distributors who utilize the industry-leading Epicor Internet AutoParts (IAP) sourcing solution. The Aftermarket Parts Portal is expected to be available to IAP-enabled distributors in January 2013.

The Aftermarket Parts Portal will allow aftermarket distributors to open a new sales channel with thousands of dealerships that are seeking to grow their all-makes/all-models service capabilities. The new feature initially enables dealership professionals using ADP business management systems to save time and eliminate research, procurement and billing errors by electronically sourcing parts through aftermarket providers. The solution also enables dealers to more easily look up, order and sell a variety of aftermarket accessories and other products not available through the original equipment service channel.

"Epicor IAP has been an important source of growth for our business over a period of several years," said Doug Washbish, president of Moog Louisville Warehouse, Louisville, Ky. "The new Aftermarket Parts Portal will help us establish new and stronger relationships with leading vehicle dealerships in our market area. This is a very exciting new capability for Epicor IAP."

"Many dealerships have been reluctant to increase their use of aftermarket parts and supplies due to the extra steps involved in researching, ordering and billing these products," explained Scott Thompson, vice president, automotive eCommerce for Epicor. "The Aftermarket Parts Portal eliminates these issues by integrating the entire sourcing process into the dealer's existing dealer management software and each repair order. As dealers look to expand their service operations and used-car businesses, we believe they will rely on aftermarket distributors who can integrate directly into their preferred systems."

As part of the Epicor Parts Network, the aftermarket's largest independent business-to-business eCommerce channel, the new Aftermarket Parts Portal is designed to solve a variety of other issues that have traditionally discouraged dealers' use of aftermarket parts. For example, by integrating industry-leading Epicor PartExpert® product data, the new solution can interchange OE and aftermarket part numbers and provide the other critical product details, including specifications and images, needed to facilitate each order. In addition to parts needed for specific repairs, the new IAP feature enables dealers to more efficiently process virtually any stock order through an aftermarket provider.

Established in 2000, IAP was acquired by Epicor in April 2012 and today operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Epicor Software Corporation. Today, Epicor serves approximately 20,000 parts distribution locations and nearly 150,000 registered automotive service dealers.

For more information regarding the Aftermarket Parts Portal and other innovative eCommerce solutions, please visit the Epicor exhibit (booth 2234) during the 2012 AAPEX Show October 30-November 1 in Las Vegas, contact IAP at (512) 527-8966, or email iap@epicor.com.

News Facts:

  • Epicor has developed a new eCommerce business portal that enables vehicle dealerships to electronically research, price and order replacement parts and supplies through aftermarket distributors
  • Epicor's new Aftermarket Parts Portal initially will link IAP-enabled distributors with the thousands of dealerships that use ADP business management systems
  • This tool will help distributors establish stronger relationships with dealerships that want to grow their all-makes/all-models repair and used-car businesses

About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering inspired business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. With over 40 years of experience serving small, midmarket and larger enterprises, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries. Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP), retail management software, supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional and global businesses demand. The Company's headquarters are located in Dublin, California, with offices and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit www.epicor.com.

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Epicor, the Epicor logo, Internet AutoParts, IAP, Aftermarket Parts Portal and PartExpert are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epicor Software Corporation or its wholly owned subsidiary Internet AutoParts, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Epicor Software Corporation.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:
This document includes descriptions of product functionality that is not presently available. This press release contains certain statements which may constitute forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding future product releases, growth prospects, and the direction and launch of future functionality and other statements that are not historical fact. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available competitive, financial and economic data together with management's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance at the time the statements are made and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to changes in the demand for Epicor's products; the timely availability and market acceptance of new products and upgrades; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the discovery of undetected software errors; changes in the financial condition of Epicor's customers; and other factors discussed in Epicor's various SEC filings, including our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 as well as our S-4 Registration Statement filed on January 11, 2012. As a result of these factors the business or prospects expected by Epicor as part of this announcement may not occur. Epicor undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Lisa Preuss
    Senior Director, Public Relations
    Epicor Software Corporation
    +1 949 585 4235
    lpreuss@epicor.com

    Drew Shippy
    Pinnacle Communication Group, Inc.
    on behalf of Epicor
    +1 330 688 3500
    drew@pinnmedia.com