ACES & PIES: The Standards
The Automotive Aftermarket is a vast industry with more than half a million manufacturers, distributors, part stores and repair shops. To keep supply chains running smoothly and customers happy, the Auto Care Association has developed standards and best practices for how your product data should be formatted. These standards are also known as ACES and PIES. ACES, the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard, is the best practice for the management and exchange of application fitment information. ACES data is based on a master list of vehicles and other applications that is maintained by the Auto Care Association. PIES, the Product Information Exchange Standard, is the best practice for the management and exchange of your product attribute information. PIES data includes your product specifications, shipping information, market copy (including everything from general company information to specific part descriptions), pricing, and HAZMAT information.
Customers will first use your ACES data to see if your part fits their car, and then they will use your PIES data to see if your part fits their needs. When used correctly, data presented according to the standards can increase sales while significantly reducing the overhead costs of ordering errors, returns, and other supply chain issues.