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September 2020

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AutoFitmentPlus — Your Automotive Aftermarket Auto Parts Database Software

By Acumatica, Auto Parts Database Software, Automotive Aftermarket, Cloud ERP

When we started down this Automotive Aftermarket road, we had no idea it would lead to the creation of a custom solution like AutoFitmentPlus. But we are happy it did – it is helping our clients have an edge that no other companies have.

How It Began

While working with customers, we realized a major struggle for them was centered around parts database management. Order departments were relying on paper catalogs or were looking up parts on multiple websites, which was frustrating and time-consuming. Not only were they spending more time taking orders, but they ran a bigger risk of selling incompatible parts to their customers. Which at a minimum disappoints the customer and results in costly returns. At worst, it can cost them their business. There had to be a better way.

The Birth of Fitment for Acumatica

As you know, managing fitment information is an ongoing process. Vehicle standards change often. Without an integrated solution, you are left to manually maintain your database. Not only is it a huge task, but it is prone to errors and creates a lag in accurate data, paving the way for a bad customer experience.

Additionally, customers often search for parts by brand, not realizing that there can be parts that fit multiple brands of vehicles.

We realized an integrated fitment lookup that connects to your web store would allow you to educate your customers on how to search and serve up more compatible options. This also keeps them on your site, buying parts from you instead of your competition.

We developed and launched our fitment solution earlier this year, which allows you to quickly and easily look up fitment data by year, make, model, and other filters like trim and engine type. And did we mention that it connects to shopping cart? You can also quickly create new items with images, color options, finishes, descriptions, specs and manufacturer’s data with just a few clicks.

The Evolution to AutoFitmentPlus

We know there’s always room for improvement. So, we took our Fitment product to our clients for testing and recommendations. They did not disappoint. We came away from those meetings and conversations with a host of recommended features. And we got to work.

The expanded AutoFitmentPlus tool has the go-to reference specification tables: ACES (Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard) and PIES (Product Information Exchange Standard) built right into it, allowing fast, easy file preparation and transmission and seamless direct access to the data.

Auto Parts Database Acumatica Fitment

How Good is AutoFitmentPlus?

Auto Parts Software Acumatica FitmentWhen we talk about the features with any current or potential client, you can feel their interest grow. It’s no longer an ERP solution and our knowledge around how to implement. It’s a passion for the automotive industry that has resulted in a truly unique offering, designed from the ground up to save you time, money, and frustration.

We are 80% through phase I of development, so we are still a bit away from launching, but this product builds on a solid foundation of the fitment functionality we already created, and promises much more, including:

  • VIN validation and identification
  • Vehicle Classification data (Year, Make, Model, Engine Type, etc.) maintained and cross-referenced against your Part SKUs to establish Fitment Application.
  • Industry-standard ‘ACES’ (Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard) Vehicle Classification data automatically loaded into the ERP database and automatically updated at regular intervals.
  • Parts Fitment used to filter available products on Sales Orders and Service Orders. Fitment will also integrate with your eCommerce website.
  • Industry-standard ‘PIES’ (Product Information Exchange Standard) Product Categorization data automatically loaded into the ERP database and automatically updated at regular intervals.
  • PIES data used to provide information about your Parts in an industry recognized manner, including Attributes and other specifications.
  • Sales and Service performed on vehicles tracked by VIN, including Warranties on parts and service.
  • On-demand export of data in the ACES, PIES, or SEMA prescribed formats with no manual data manipulation or intervention on your part, providing you with seamless integration to your trading partners and the SEMA Data Coop.

Why Did We Focus on the Automotive Aftermarket?

Auto Parts Database Software Acumatica FitmentWe have a passion for classic cars, fast cars and the racing industry. This love of cars and racing started a generation ago and it continues with me, my brother and my son. It’s one of the reasons people choose us over anyone else. It’s why we find it easy and actually fun to help automotive aftermarket industry. It’s why we’re continually updating and improving our solution to make sure it provides everything our clients need.

Get to know us a little better…peruse our gallery of photos, and lots of other handy resources on our Acumatica Automotive page.

Stop “Getting By” with an Outdated Fitment Process

And start using a solution that eliminates errors and takes guesswork out of fitting parts to vehicles. A solution that won’t cost a fortune, take forever to deploy, or be hard to use. A solution that:

  • Helps sell the right part
  • Reduces research time
  • Improves customer service
  • Drives up repeat business
  • Eliminates silos of information

Take a tour of our fitment module, and let us know what you think! Your comments could lead to an even better solution!

See Fitment in Action

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Big News – Acumatica Partner PC Bennett Is Turning 18!

By Acumatica

Thank You to All of Our Customers for Making This Journey Possible – We Love Being Your Acumatica Partner

 

Remember your 18th birthday? Odds are, your answer is “yes.” After all, it was a milestone.

As we celebrate PC Bennett’s birthday, we have been taking some time to look back over everything that has happened over the past 18 years. From Patricia’s start in 2002 as a stay-at-home mom working with Microsoft Small Business Manager, all the way to becoming an award-winning Acumatica partner with offices and staff across the nation and customers around the world, it’s been great.

What a journey it’s been – and it’s all thanks to our incredible customers.

Here Are a Few Highlights Along the Way:

  • In 2002 when Patricia started the company, she thought she could handle everything herself as a stay-at-home mom customizing Microsoft Small Business Manager. The business grew quickly.
  • By 2003, she had dragged her husband, Chris, into the business. He had been working nights to help Patricia with software customizations but was worried about working full time for the company. He said, “We can’t put all our eggs in one basket,” to which Patricia replied, “But we don’t have any eggs or baskets yet!”
  • By 2004, Patricia added her first official staff member, quickly followed by another hire, a software developer, in 2005. Both the staff member and the software developer worked out of a playroom upstairs in Patricia and Chris’s house, doing all their work from an IKEA desk.
  • Later in 2005, PC Bennett hired another staff member who had to work from the kitchen table because the IKEA desk in the playroom was full. (Shortly after that, we got our first office.)
  • With a total of 5 people working hard to grow the company, PC Bennett began expanding exponentially. We added more staff, more offices, and more services. By 2014, Patricia sold her Microsoft practice to focus 100% on her Acumatica customers.
  • Then in 2016, PC Bennett acquired Roc Solutions, which added our COO Tim O’Sullivan to the team along with offices in Texas.
  • Now, PC Bennett does all Acumatica services, including software development for our leading go-to solutions. If you’ve used AutoFitmentPlus, Client Cash Management, Petty Cash Management, Positive Pay, and Shipping Container Management, you’ve been working with a PC Bennett software product.
  • Are you using Acumatica Payroll? PC Bennett wrote and sold that module to Acumatica.
  • Now, PC Bennett is an award-winning Acumatica partner with offices in Texas and Washington, with staff across the country and customers all over the world – and we have something important to say to all of our customers…

…Thank You to Our Wonderful Customers for Sharing This Journey and Letting Us Be Your Acumatica Partner!

Every step of the way, customers like you (yes, you!) have been there for us, just as we have been there for you. In fact, your ever-evolving business needs are what encouraged us to grow our skills, our capabilities, and our staff so much over the past 18 years.

The skills you’ve encouraged us to build have led to multiple awards, including:

  • Acumatica Modern Partner of the Year: 2018 (for everything including services, implementation, and subscription)
  • Acumatica Service Excellence Award: 2018 (for best scores in service)
  • Acumatica MVP: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Acumatica Gold-Certified Partner

Though you may see it as simply calling us up and asking us to tweak a setting, implement a new module, or help solve an unexpected challenge, every one of your requests has pushed us to be a better company and Acumatica partner, so we know we will be there for you when you need us.

We look forward to helping you even more over the next 18 years and beyond – what an incredible journey it has been and will continue to be!

Not yet a PC Bennett customer? Discover the PC Bennett difference.

 

PC Bennett Solutions offers a personalized, full-service experience for customers by implementing business management technology. Through a hands-on approach, PC Bennett Solutions helps companies get the most out of their software system. The team provides training, implementation and customization of Acumatica. Headquartered in the Seattle area and with offices in Dallas, PC Bennett Solutions is one of the largest exclusive Acumatica resellers. For more information, visit www.pcbennett.com.