DST, Turbo-Mac form software alliance IRVINE, Calif.-Distribution Service Technologies (DST) and Turbo-Mac Corp. have agreed to cooperate in the development, integration and marketing of software products and linkages for businesses involved in automotive repair and parts warehouse distribution.
The firms said their alliance is in response to increasing demand by automotive repair shops for the ability to electronically link to their suppliers' warehouse/ distribution systems from their own point-of-sale (POS) systems.
Other firms such as tire, quick-lube and tune-up facilities, also require the ability to tie between their locations and their warehouses, they added.
Turbo-Mac, based in Camarillo, Calif., develops and markets POS business management software for the auto repair market that operates on Apple Computer's Macintosh' systems. Irvine-based DST develops IBM AS/400 platform software for warehouse distributors, chains and distribution centers in North America.
Racine, Wis.-based Walker Manufacturing Co., a division of Tenneco Automotive, said it has bolstered its catalytic converter product line with the acquisition of Products for Power, a converter manufacturer in Addison, Ill.
According to the Automotive Parts & Accessories Association, the long-term reduction in the number of service stations continued last year, with a 2.5-percent decline resulting in fewer than 100,000 service stations in operation. The number of new-car and -truck dealers also continued to decline.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) reported registrations last year topped 30,000 for its new Advanced Engine Performance Specialist test, with 7,500 technicians certified as of last August.