Don't be the only taxi in an ocean of UBER cars The importance of ACES & PIES in the Automotive Aftermarket today.

According to CURBED New York, UBER cars now outnumber Yellow Cabs in New York City 4 to 1. And The New York Times suggests that although Yellow Cabs have been a long-standing standard of New York streets, they are on their way to fading into people's memories. Business has declined for cabs so much that many of the Yellow Cab drivers have had to become UBER/Lyft drivers to supplement their lost cab income. The big difference is the versatility and control that the UBER/Lyft mobile apps offer riders; which appeals to today's tech-savvy buyers, who are used to doing most of their product research and shopping online, often on their phones.

The Automotive Aftermarket is going through its own tech revolution. You used to be able to just manufacture your parts, and provide customers with whatever information you thought was important in a wide variety of formats. Today, your customers expect more extensive product and fitment information in an easy to read, easy to access format. If you can't provide your customers with that information, guess what? Someone else can, and you have lost that potential sale.

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.

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