SOURCE: Mitchell International

Mitchell International

January 26, 2011 06:00 ET

Fix Auto Canada to Use Mitchell RepairCenter™ Across Entire Network

Open Architecture Allows Franchisees to Access Comprehensive Management Tools and Standard Operating Procedures From Single Personalized Workspace

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - January 26, 2011) - Mitchell International, Inc., a leading provider of information, workflow and performance management solutions to the Property & Casualty claims and Collision Repair industries, today announced that Fix Auto Canada, one of the largest collision repair networks in Canada, has selected Mitchell RepairCenter™ for use across its entire organization of 200 franchise centers. Using RepairCenter as its primary business management solution provides Fix Auto facilities with a comprehensive suite of tools to help them manage the repair, the customer experience, and the business -- all from a single cohesive shop Workspace.

RepairCenter will host Fix Auto's proprietary Standard Operating Procedures, making them easily accessible from the Workspace along with a variety of user-friendly RepairCenter tools, including: job tracking, automatic customer updates, parts management, opportunity tracking and follow-up, labor and production management, paperless office tools, task management, and analytics. RepairCenter's integration with popular accounting applications such as Sage Simply Accounting® and QuickBooks® will help Fix Auto improve efficiency with its accounting practices and ensure consistency across the Fix Auto Canada network.

"We were looking for a centralized solution that could be easily adapted to Fix Auto's unique business model and proprietary data systems to drive performance at the individual shop level, as well as provide robust reporting and management tools for our corporate managers," said Steve Leal, Chief Operating Officer of Fix Auto Canada. "Mitchell RepairCenter provides exactly what we need to take our network into the next generation with new technology and tools to increase efficiencies in all areas of our business. Transitioning the shops to RepairCenter is a natural extension of our long-standing partnership with Mitchell," he added.

The system-wide implementation will begin rolling out this month. French language reporting functionality will be launched in RepairCenter later this year, in advance of the migration of Fix Auto's Quebec shops to RepairCenter.

"Mitchell's ongoing goal is to help shops succeed for the long-term by providing them with solutions that fit their business needs both today and tomorrow," said Mike Jerry, Vice President and General Manager of Mitchell's Canadian Operations. "We are excited about our extended partnership with Fix Auto Canada and are looking forward to addressing their current business model as well as helping them continuously improve operations with additional functionality as their network grows and their requirements evolve over time."

Mitchell RepairCenter is the industry's first shop Workspace, building on the strength of Mitchell's market-leading business management systems, repair information content, and customer satisfaction services functionality. RepairCenter's flexibility and open architecture allow shops to select the tools they want to manage the repair, the customer, and the business the way that best meets their needs, and to add modules as their business grows -- all from within their own personalized Workspace. Please go to http://repaircenter.mitchell.com to learn more about RepairCenter and Mitchell's other solutions for collision repair facilities.

About Fix Auto Canada
Fix Auto Canada is the largest network of auto body shops in Canada, with 200 franchises in the country. Created in 1992, the Fix Auto body shop concept today encompasses 250 facilities across Canada, the U.S., the U.K. ad France, offering the full range of collision repair services. Fix Auto's success is due largely to its development of an innovative formula that meets the needs of all automobile collision and repair service stakeholders, and the establishment of operating standards common to all franchises.

About Mitchell International, Inc.
Mitchell International (www.mitchell.com) is a leading provider of information and workflow solutions to the Property & Casualty claims and Automotive Collision Repair industries. The company's comprehensive solution portfolio streamlines the entire auto physical damage, bodily injury and workers' compensation claims processes. Mitchell enables millions of electronic transactions between more than 30,000 business partners each month to enhance partner productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction.