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PARts DB Online and Console v6.1.0.0 update release summary

 

 

Here is a list of new features and BAU (business as usual) PARts DB Online and Console updates for v6.1.0.0 dated 17th May 2018 (including v6.0.0.13 dated 10th April 2018)

Details of these updates have been available via the Alert feature on PARts Console and Online but here is a published summary.

We are always working to improve your experience in PARtsDB platform through new features and improvements across the product.

Many improvements are made based on your feedback, so feel free to share your experience with us, good or bad!

Stand by for a major update and release in the next few weeks including;

  • Bulk product image upload functionality
  • Subscriptions management – ability to see and manage who has access to your data and how
  • Try before you buy – test accounts for VIN and Rego Decoder service
  • Back-end revamp of Explorer to improve performance of search

HERE IS WHAT’S NEW IN THE LATEST UPDATE V6.1.0.0

New features plus changes and updates

  • Criteria autocomplete improvement – if criteria ID matches 100%, it shows up first in the drop down
  • Added TecDoc EAN data to Console and Explorer
  • Changes to version control and release updates
  • Minor bugfixes

HERE IS WHAT’S NEW IN THE LATEST UPDATE V6.0.0.13

New features

  • Added Product Change Logs tab – it allows you to see all changes done to the product, as well as make your own comment against each of those changes
  • Added ability to filter by a specific column in the Fitment Details – Add Vehicle screen. You can now enter VehicleIDs separated by comma in the VID column, and it will filter only VIDs you provided
  • CED Rich Content – we’ve added the ability to store rich content against your CED data
  • Added a button to quickly add “Quantity per Vehicle” value to the attributes to save time in typing it again

Bugs squashed

  • Fixed the issue where “Online Catalogue” type of rich content did not open correctly
  • Admin users can now delete users under their company

 

 

PARts DB Online and Console v6.0.0.11-12 update release summary

 

Here is a list of BAU (business as usual) PARts DB Online and Console updates for v6.0.0.11 to v6.0.0.12 since December 2017

Details of these updates have been available via the Alert feature on PARts Console and Online but here is a published summary.

We are always working to improve your experience in PARtsDB platform through new features and improvements across the product.

Many improvements are made based on your feedback, so feel free to share your experience with us, good or bad!

HERE IS WHAT’S NEW IN THE LATEST UPDATE V6.0.0.12

New features

  • Ability to store meta data against rich content
  • Addition of Vehicle on Road data to Catalog and VML exports. You need to be subscribed to the service to get the data
  • You can now preview videos in rich content tab
  • Added VML Delta export

HERE IS WHAT’S NEW IN THE LATEST UPDATE V6.0.0.11

New features

  • Fitment tab now shows the percentage of vehicles covered by fitment within a Make and Model
  • You can now manage fitment rich content through console
  • We expanded the Vehicle on Road services. We can provide 2 sources of data for you to subscribe to
  • Exports are now queued properly on first come first serve basis

Bugs squashed

  • We fixed the split slider function on Console pages so it works a lot smoother now

PARts DB Online and Console v6.0.0.10 update release summary

 

Here is a list of BAU (business as usual) PARts DB Online and Console updates for v6.0.0.10

Details of these updates have been available via the Alert feature on PARts Console and Online but here is a published summary.

We are always working to improve your experience in PARtsDB platform through new features and improvements across the product.

Many improvements are made based on your feedback, so feel free to share your experience with us, good or bad!

 

HERE IS WHAT’S NEW IN THE LATEST UPDATE V6.0.0.10 RELEASED 12.12.2017

New features

  • Parent-Child Product feature now lets you select children from different brands that you own or supply
  • Ability to add and delete product to Chassis Group
  • When doing chassis group mass edit, the data will be updated for vehicles belonging to the CG that are not in the currently selected/visible countries
  • Online tab has now been renamed to Explorer

Bugs squashed

  • Performance upgrades on Product and Fitment tabs
  • When adding a new product, SD selected can be removed now
  • Certain data was missing in the Fitment records compare popup. This has been fixed now
  • Other smaller updates

One car part sold every 4 seconds on ebay Australia

eBay Australia claims they now sell a car part every 4 seconds on the platform representing a huge channel opportunity for both Brands & Sellers.

With the help of PARts and TecAlliance, eBay is set to launch their next generation auto parts catalogue in 2018 using advanced part finders and vehicle lookup.

With 70% of visits now on mobile devices, having clean structured catalogue data is more important than ever to convert Buyers.

Using the parts catalogue will drastically simplify the listing process and decrease time taken to list – Sellers only need the correct Brand & Part Number (MPN) data to capitalise on this opportunity.

PARts Australia and TecDoc are ready to help Sellers maximise this opportunity and can provide data validation support to make sure their data is ready to go.

You can contact PARts via this contact form on our web site or you can talk to Arn or Andrew at TecAlliance Australia using the details below

andrew@tecalliance.com.au – +61 420 277240

Arn@tecalliance.com.au +61 412 532755

ebay is celebrating its 18th birthday this month and has put together a birthday card here.

 

PARts DB Online and Console v6.0.0.9 update release summary

 

Here is a list of BAU (business as usual) PARts DB Online and Console updates for v6.0.0.9 including PARts Fit

Details of these updates have been available via the Alert feature on PARts Console and Online but here is a published summary.

Update v6.0.0.9 released 2017.11.15

New features

  • PARts Fit Service deployed, more information on this service and how you get access to it here via PARts Fit page.
  • It is now possible to do mass edits of fitment records in Products – Fitment Details tab
  • You can now delete a vehicle you created and own
  • When changing a product number, you will be prompted to change the CED SKUs if you have any linked to that product. For more on PARts CED

Bugs squashed

  • Video links are now showing on the product page in PARts Online.
  • Number of other minor bugs

 

Fulcrum Suspensions new website goes live

 

Fulcrum Suspensions has gone live with its new web site offering a range of suspension and service solutions for 4×4, performance and daily drivers including steering and suspension alignment and service.

Now celebrating over 40 years of innovation, the company was originally founded in 1976 by Graham Scudamore-Smith. Fulcrum has grown from its humble beginnings as a wheel alignment workshop in the Brisbane suburb of Moorooka to a global organisation that offers a diverse range of suspension solutions for almost any vehicle.

Today Fulcrum employs over 100 people across 8 locations including an in-house R&D department, distribution warehouse, and SuperPro production facility. Fulcrum’s presence now extends over 8 Service Centres throughout Queensland and a distribution centre in Preston, Melbourne.

Our head office is Moorooka with branches and retail workshops in Brisbane Qld, Browns Plains Qld, Capalaba Qld, Stafford Qld, Yeerongpilly Qld, Cairns Qld, Townsville Qld, Fraser Coast QLD, Bundaberg QLD, Rockhampton QLD, Ipswich QLD and Gladstone.

The new Fulcrum Suspensions website marks an important further step toward connecting with customers about its diverse and specialised range of products and services.

A 4×4 Suspension Kit selection wizard helps correctly choose the right kit and solution for most 4×4’s using the 40 plus years of knowledge accumulated in this highly specialised sector. The results are the sum of that knowledge, expertise and experience.

 

 

The web site features a fully mobile responsive design that works on desktop and mobile devices and is e-commerce enabled.

 

 

PARts Australia is proud to be associated with one of the industry leaders using PARts DB and other technologies like PARts CED.

 

 

TecAlliance releases Automotive Report 2017

 

TecAlliance, the company behind TecDoc has just released this year’s Automotive Report including:

  • automotive data for more than 50 countries from seven regions (Europe, Asia, Middle East, Oceania, North America, South America, and Africa)
  • sales figures for top 3 brand names (by country) and the most important economic and automotive trends from 2015-2016
  • five-year forecasts for cars and light trucks (electric vehicles) and more.

As is the case with previous editions, the 2017 Automotive Report is full of useful automotive facts and market data for each included country – fuel prices, vehicle density, and vehicle age with comparisons to Europe.

The data is particularly relevant for product managers and business planners interested in participating in an increasingly globalised auto parts market.

More on TecDoc

Using TecDoc standards, supplier brands, mechanics and parts sellers can accurately and quickly match parts with vehicles, using both KType (passenger and light commercial) and NType (truck and heavy vehicle) vehicle master lists. Thanks to TecDoc’s efficient “1 system, 1 format” solution, parts searches and delivery are faster and more efficient.

Outside of North America, TecDoc is the prevailing standard. Australia and New Zealand’s close ties with Europe gives TecDoc a local competitive advantage. For example, millions of parts are linked to over 600 global brands, for both imported and Australian-made vehicles that can be easily accessed via TecDoc.

PARts DB is a TecAlliance partner and an official technology solution provider.

Vehicles In Operation (VIO)

Among the 2017 Automotive Report’s facts is the VIO data – the number of registered vehicles in a particular country. VIO is similar to VOR or Vehicle-On-Road data and gives aftermarket parts providers insight into the growth of a particular market – helping planners to deliver better servicing and aftermarket parts needed for a region, a country, or even a city. The combined VIO for Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East, in this year’s report, increased by 44.9 million (13%) – from 355 million in December 2015 to 399.9 million in 2016.

Australia and New Zealand’s combined VIO is now at 21.5 million (against a population of 28.8 million) in the current report vs the 2016 report’s combined VIO of 20.1 million (reported population = 28.4 million).

It is important to note, however, that the Australia VIO forecasts between the 2016 and 2017 Automotive reports look very different:

In the U.S. and Canadian (and, to a certain extent, the Mexico) markets, the combined ACES and PIES data standard is common the leader and has different VIO data.

Evolution of forecast VIO PC + LC market Australia (Automotive Report 2016)

 

While the 2016 Australian VIO forecasts show a peak in the 2017-2018 period that dips very noticeably by the 2020-2021 period, the 2017 VIO forecasts for Australia show only a slight decline up to the 2020-2021 period. This reflects a change in market expectations, possibly influenced by coming vehicle trends – electric vehicles, for example.

The future is electric

Another thing that Automotive Report 2017 does differently this year, is its highlight on the emerging electric vehicle market. TecAlliance anticipates countries banning or discouraging the use of petrol and diesel-fueled vehicles in the next two decades. Even though China didn’t set a timetable, the biggest Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, BYD, predicted internal combustion engine vehicles will be totally banned in the country by 2030.

The TecAlliance Automotive Report ends its section on electric vehicles by expecting governments to play a big role:

As prices of hybrid and electric vehicles drop and their driving range on a full charge continues to increase, consumer interest in such vehicles will go up in the following years. Financial incentives, including tax credits, initiated by the government will play a pivotal role in this.

This could mean the beginning of another mining boom in Australia due to increased electric vehicle demand. Major papers recently reported that Western Australia “has become ground zero in the global scramble for lithium”, the major component in electric car batteries. The Brisbane Times reports that “rising Chinese demand for lithium-ion batteries needed for electric vehicles and energy storage is driving significant price gains”.

This development makes Australia’s dominance in lithium production even more significant in the predicted surge in demand for electric vehicles in the coming years. Expect an electrifying change in aftermarket vehicle part trends to go with it.

As the leading TecAlliance and TecDoc solution provider and technology partner, PARts Australia can deliver all the various products and services including VIO (VOR), VIN lookup, vehicle table (VML) subscriptions and brand fitment data for local and global brands.

This will soon include an expanded truck and heavy vehicle NType table for Australia and Asia to complement the existing KType passenger and light commercial VML.

PARts DB including PARts Console and PARts B2 are the go-to technologies to power standards based auto parts data plus online and e-commerce solutions.

You can click here to download a copy of 2017 TecAlliance Automotive Report

 

 

 

Parent Product allows child product links to mass manipulate product and fitment data

The Parent Product feature in PARts Console will create a link that will allow a brand or supplier user to manipulate related child products en masse.

For example, if a user wants to a change product and fitment data link that contains the same listings, the user is able to link the parent to the child products and implement changes across all linked child products.

Lets assume a brake rotor company has a master parent part number of ABC123;

  • Create or make ABC123 the Parent Product with all the common fitment or other attributes you need.
  • Set it to non-Released so it does not get published.
  • Then create ABC123-1, ABC123-GT or ABC123-XXX as children that will then have all the common properties of the parent.
  • Release these to the market and your customers.
  • Tweak the attributes for the children but maintain the core attributes via the Parent product, ABC123

NOTE: Any product or fitment data which is added, deleted or replaced with the linked parent product will reflect and be implemented in the child products except for UPC or barcode.

Parent Product feature also allows for child products to have different Standard Description than the parent.

When first creating the link between the parent product to the child product all Product and Fitment data will be overwritten.

This very powerful feature will save product managers a lot of time when creating and maintaining new and existing products. Ask the PARts team for an online tutorial or demo of PARts Console Parent Product feature.

Or, registered users can refer to the PARts DB Knowledge Base Solutions via help for more details.

 

Create your own 99xx vehicles exclusive to your brand

 

 

The latest PARts Console update now also allows user creation of custom or 99’s prefix vehicles for brands or suppliers own use directly via Console.

PARts DB will sometimes create specific vehicle ID’s for non-standard vehicles. They are not part of a standard like ACES/PIES, TecDoc or RBC but are sometimes created as a place holder until the standards catch up at which time they will be converted to a KType or standards based VID.

NOTE: The following measures need to be taken into consideration when creating a 99xx Vehicle:

  • 99xx’s are not standards based vehicles and would not be picked up or visible to all customers or channels like Amazon, eBay or Repco that use standards.
  • 99xx’s vehicles are specific to a task and if created by a customer, only specific to that customers brands etc.
  • Only Admin user on your account has access to create 99xx vehicles
  • Only brand suppliers can create a 99xx vehicles
  • In order to create a “standards based” vehicle you must have a subscription to that standard. For example, to use TecDoc standards tables you must have a current TecDoc VML license

Options for creating new vehicles include:

  • New Model: Creating a vehicle model listing which is not a make or chassis code already specified in TecDoc VML for example
  • New Vehicle: using TecDoc chassis code to create a new vehicle listing under a model

To access the following feature simply go to Console → Data → Fitment → Select Brand Name and Make → Under vehicle tab right click on the model to access the menu.

 

 

Vehicle country MUST be selected. If the vehicle flag is left excluded it will not show up in the respective Country VML.

Vehicle brand restriction controls the brands that the created vehicle will appear exclusive to.

Registered users can refer to the PARts DB Knowledge Base Solutions via help for more details.

 

PARts DB and Console v6.0.0.6-7-8 update release summary

 

Here is a list of BAU (business as usual) PARts DB and Console updates for v6.0.0.6 to v6.0.0.8 since July 2017

Details of these updates have been available via the Alert feature on PARts Console and Online but here is a published summary.

Update v6.0.0.6 released 2017.09.11

New features added, many in response to user feedback

  • Supplier or brand admin users can now create their own 99 vehicles for the brands they own/supply. A vehicle can be linked to more than one brand. Click here to learn more about the new custom 99 vehicle feature or refer to the PARts KB (Knowledge base)
  • Added the ability for suppliers and brands to create Parent Products within a brand. These can be used as a core or base product to replicate or clone copies. Click here to learn more about the new Parent Product feature or refer to the PARts KB.
  • Added the ability for brands to have a sales name.
  • PARts Online lookup product pages now show all fields available in Console for reference
  • Added pagination to the display grids in Product and Fitment details in order to improve the load performance of these pages.
  • When adding a product to vehicle, the user can now select products from more than one Standard Description without closing the add dialog box

Bugs fixed

  • Resolved memory issues where Console didn’t release memory used causing the browser to slow down with time

Update v6.0.0.7 released 2017.10.03

New features added, many in response to user feedback

  • Supplier or brand users can now select multiple countries at the same time for displaying vehicles for both product and fitment side.
  • Added the ability to edit existing product or part numbers

Bugs fixed, reported and otherwise

  • Connection time-out issue fixed for “Company Enhanced Data” tab in product side
  • Product deletion issues fixed
  • Fixed issues regarding new vehicles additions
  • For vehicle creation, user can either include or exclude selected countries, but not both
  • When hovering over applications in product search results in PARts Online, the mouse pointer has been changed to indicate to the user that they can view the fitment info by clicking
  • Save button error fixed for fitment details
  • Font size changed for user options (above “Feedback” button)

Update v6.0.0.8 released 2017.10.24

We’re always working to improve your experience in PARtsDB platform through new features and improvements across the product.

Many improvements are made based on your feedback, so feel free to share any feedback you have with us, good or bad!

Here is what’s new in the latest update v6.0.0.8:

New features

  • Parent Product feature now allows for child products to have different Standard Description than the parent.
  • CED Category now has its own Description field

Fixes

  • Fixed the performance issue when changing or editing the product number
  • Minor under-the-hood improvements

 

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