PACT, the electronic trading initiative from eParts and TecCom, has launched into the commercial vehicle aftermarket with the aim of streamlining the ordering process between parts distributors and suppliers and bringing about a cost reduction while at the same time improvements in productivity.
Connecting from a distributor’s business management system to a PACT supplier is simple and easy to set-up. This connection allows for real time stock enquiries and ordering and, the automation of order acknowledgements, dispatch notes and invoices, saving time, money and allowing for the redeployment of resources to much needed areas within a business.
PACT currently works with 80 leading passenger car suppliers – many with CV ranges – having worked as eParts and TecCom in the automotive trade for the past 12 years. These suppliers, including Bosch, Juratek, Mann + Hummel, Schaeffler and Tenneco, have access to more than 2000 ‘buyer’ locations throughout the UK, many of which also distribute into the commercial vehicle aftermarket.
Peter Hollowood of PACT said: “We already have the customers (buyers) in the commercial vehicle aftermarket and are regularly appointing new suppliers so that the market can benefit fully from the serious cost savings and efficiencies PACT brings. By officially launching into the CV aftermarket, we’ve made it clear that we have a specific focus for this sector and understand fully the permutations of CV part selection and supply, in order to present a complete solution to the trade.”
Mark Rudge of PACT added: “We work in partnership with MAM, Epicor and other business management systems to ensure effective parts enquiries and orders over the internet and allow for the seamless exchange of essential information – such as invoices, credits and dispatch notes – conducive to the successful running of any business.”
As part of its launch in the CV aftermarket, PACT provides a free audit to suppliers determining their electronic trading usage, ranging from the number of transactions and volume of data exchanged, in order to arrive at a cost for implementation within the network.