At the 2012 SEMA show, the SEMA Data Co-op team did a great job teaching and illustrating how important this new service will be to all SEMA members. Thanks to the SDC’s effective PR campaign launched several years ago, we have been working hard at Hotchkis to bring our data up to standard. Thankfully it all came together and we were ready to load our data just as they were preparing to go live with PIMS. We really look forward to taking advantage of PIMS as it will be the first time we have the authority to affect our data in real time.
ABOUT THE SEMA DATA CO-OP
SEMA understands what a challenge it can be to manage product data, whether it is weights and measures, accurate descriptions, current pricing, UPC codes or application data to power vehicle specific parts look-ups. That’s why we have undertaken this challenging project to create the definitive, industry owned and operated centralized data repository, complete with a comprehensive set of online data management tools.
We believe that all Suppliers should have direct ownership of their product data and that it should be configured and stored in the accepted industry ACES and PIES standards. The SDC provides a full-time Data Lab to assist Suppliers in the onboarding process, and our user-friendly system validates standards compliancy. Once their data is securely stored in our data repository, customers have the ability to receive data exports in any custom or standardized format required to power their internal warehouse, retail and Internet systems.
SUPPLIER (MANUFACTURER) SERVICES:
- Full Data Lab support throughout the process
- On-boarding of Supplier data from any format electronic file (even an excel spreadsheet)
- Stringent validation processes ensure data meets SDC requirements
- Data is stored securely in industry standard PIES and ACES formats
- Unlimited exports to all approved Receivers at no charge to the Supplier
- Permissions based exports ensures that data is given only to approved Receivers
- No extra fees for special Receiver requirements
- One low fixed monthly fee ranging from $150-$600 per month for total participation in on-boarding, validation, secure storage and unlimited standard or custom exports. No setup fees or added charges!
- Unmatched Speed-to-Market to deliver your updates and changes in near real time
- Your data included in SEMA Search for use by WD’s & retail sales people for product reference
RECEIVER (SELLER) SERVICES
- Full Data Lab support throughout the process of creating your exports
- Unlimited data exports from approved Suppliers is FREE to SEMA members!
- Custom export configurations available to fit any Receiver requirements
- Web services to power internal business applications, POS systems and web sites
- Scheduled bulk exports or data on demand
- Instant updates available, as soon as a Supplier makes a change
- Free access to SEMA Search
- Free API integration to access the SDC data repository real-time
- Suppliers maintain complete control and ownership of all data
- “Do it once” solution consolidates effort and minimizes expense
- With virtually no barriers to entry, all Suppliers large and small can join affordably
- All inclusive, always on, centralized storage & distribution point for industry product data
- Development and initial operational expenses underwritten by SEMA
JOIN NOW AND DECLARE YOUR “DATA INDEPENDENCE”!
If you are a manufacturer or Supplier of automotive parts and accessories, contact us today to learn how we can help “get your data house in order”. Whether you have XML ready PIES and ACES files to send us, or you don’t know where to start, we are here to help.
Warehouse distributors, retailers and e-tailers should contact us now about your data needs and get signed up as an authorized data Receiver. Be sure to talk to your Suppliers about joining the SDC!
The SEMA Data Co-op is truly a collaborative effort to bring Suppliers and Receivers together to sell more parts and grow your business. We look forward to serving you!
General Manager / Vice President of Sales
The industry as a whole in the last 20 years has changed drastically. Every year we move forward there seems to be more and more added value to have accurate data that is updated on a regular basis. Whether you are running a website, parts store or any other automotive related channel, the importance of accurate data is crucial to your success. The work days of yesteryear included calling manufactures for their data every time a new vehicle came out. I remember walking the SEMA show every year asking hundreds of manufactures for their accessory data in a specific format. Then the largest hurdle of making sure they sent me the updated information on a regular basis. I get a headache just thinking about it. We now have a solution through the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC), that does just that. I receive Application data from their easy to use system as often as I want/need it. It also is much easier for the manufactures as well, because instead of having to keep thousands of people updated on a regular basis they are now only keeping the SDC updated… and the SDC takes care of the rest. I can’t wait to see what they do next!
Sr. Product Manager
AddOnAuto, a Reynolds and Reynolds Company