New Epicor Vista for the Automotive Aftermarket Released

Epicor continues to vertically enhance the products stemming from its different acquisitions. The vendor has unveiled version 6 of Epicor Vista for the Automotive Aftermarket (from former Activant, not to be confused with Epicor’s legacy Vista/Vantage manufacturing ERP product). This introduces Epicor's Web-based market and category intelligence services solution that enables automotive aftermarket distributors to create location-specific inventory models based on actual parts demand by vehicle, brand, and other criteria. These capabilities should improve inventory efficiency and sales performance at the distribution channel, store, and installer levels.

Epicor Vista helps distributors create tailored market basket assortments by vehicle, across categories and brands and specific to each store location. The solution's analytics identify buying patterns and emerging trends by combining transactional information—including store sales and regional rankings by part—with e-catalog fitment data available through the Epicor PartExpert replacement parts database. This data also is filtered through Polk's Vehicle in Operations (VIO) records and Vista replacement rate information to create fact-based stocking recommendations across each part category. This solution should empower the entire distribution channel to step beyond traditional category management by including insights on the individual vehicle and parts installer as well as the anticipated repair demand by part type and brand.

Epicor Vista also includes new data visualization technology in the form of easy-to-use applets that present key information in clear, crisp, dynamic presentations designed for mobile devices of distributor sales representatives. As one example, the solution's new "Installer Insight" applet summarizes account-specific vehicle repair and parts consumption patterns for the shop owner, manager, or service writer as a means to increase customer loyalty and sales volume.
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