AAIA ACES VCdb and PCdb Compliant Shopping Cart

What is AAIA? What is a VCdb or PCdb?

AAIA stands for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association. AAIA is based in Bethesda, MD. With more than 23,000 members and affiliates these members manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, service, tools, equipment, materials and supplies. Through its membership, AAIA represents more than 100,000 repair shops, parts stores and distribution outlets.

AAIA ACES VCdb and PCdb Compliant Shopping Cart

AAIA is a leader in developing standards and best practices in e-commerce and technology to help lower the cost of doing business and increase efficiencies in the aftermarket value chain. Through the leadership of the AAIA Technology Standards Committee, the association has developed tools and practices that have come to be recognized as the industry standard. Major initiatives include the Aftermarket Catalog Enhanced Standard (ACES) and the Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES).

So what does this all mean to you? The Auto Plus program allows it’s users to import, export, create and manage AAIA ACES and PIES databases. The Auto Plus system is used to manage your all of your catalog information for your online automotive shopping cart. Cartanium shopping carts integrate seamlessly to the Auto Plus Microsoft SQL database in real time. No more managing multiple disconnected databases for inventory control, sales order entry, paper catalog and web.

Because the Auto Plus system can import ACES and PIES data this allows Cartanium shopping cart owners to import quality part number information from leading manufactures for part number, vehicle fitment, application notes, images, up sale information, pricing, dimensional information and so much more.

AAIA ACES VCdb Compliant Shopping Cart

Are you a SEMA member? SEMA or Specialty Equipment Manufacture Association started a new service to their members last year. This new service is called the SEMA Data Coop and can be found at www.semadatacoop.org. SEMA members can now enjoy unlimited access to participating supplier’s ACES and PIES data. Not many recievers can take advatage of ACES and PIES XML files. With Auto Plus and Cartanium you can have thousands of inventory items online complete with part number, descriptions, images, categories, vehicle applications, pricing and more in minutes.

If you are not a SEMA member you can request data from any supplier you purchase from. Any type of data can be imported using the Auto Plus import module.


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  • Vehicle Garage Management (Unlimited)

    As you search for an application using the dropdown navigation you can add the vehicle lookup to your garage. You can also add a vehicle to your garage when browsing part numbers and viewing the vehicles tab. Read more...

  • Make Sure Your Part Fits

    Many customers complain about having a high number of returns due to the wrong part being added to the checkout. This happens as most sites do not have a way to validate the application. Read more...

  • Unique Pages For Every MMY Combination for Every Part Number

    One of the frustrations for many automotive shopping cart data managers is the fact that in the automotive world most part numbers fit many vehicles. It is nearly impossible to list all of the applications a part number fits. Read more...

  • Single Page Checkout

    Spending time on a site filtering your vehicle, categories and making sure all of the items you need to complete your job takes time. Having to spend minutes going through a multiple page checkout is frustrating to say the least. All Cartanium sites have a single page checkout. From your first-time customer to your returning customer, the checkout process is fast and painless.

  • Four Levels of Categorization

    Most ecommerce shopping carts have two levels of categorization. Some carts even have more. Cartanium sites adhere to the AAIA ACES PCdb (Parts Categorization Database) structure. This is Category, Subcategory, Part Type, and Position.

  • Advanced Customer Account Login

    Customer login allows users to view orders, speed up checkout times by filling in all bill-to and ship-to details. Customers can also login to receive special pricing as set up by the automotive shopping cart owner via Auto Plus.

  • Unlimited Part Images

    Many shopping carts offer many images per part number. Using the Auto Plus software to manage the automotive inventory catalog images are easily organized in galleries and associated to part numbers. Customers can also manage image titles and roll-over captions.

  • Unlimited Part Categorization

    Each part number as managed in the Auto Plus system can be associated to unlimited combinations of category, subcategory, part types, and positions. This means that you can have something you have always wanted: have your part number show up in multiple categories.

  • Part Number, Vehicle & Keyword Search

    One field on every page of your site allows your customers to enter search criteria to query data by part number, interchange number, vehicle application and keywords.

  • AAIA (Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association) ACES VCdb and PCdb Compliant

    Having the ability to search for a part using make, model, year, liter etc is nothing new. Being able to have all of your application data validated to the ACES industry standard is. Unlimited possibilities for full VCdb group and attribute searching. Read more...

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    For customers who either have a high number of web orders per day or simply do not want to enter the shopping cart orders into their ERP system manually, opt for the this module. Read more...

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