Ken Towery's Auto Care Centers, seeking better inventory control and streamlined order processing, has converted its wholesale business to an integrated software management system developed by CarParts Technologies Inc. (CPT).
Ken Towery's, a leading retailer in Kentucky for more than 30 years, started its wholesale tire business three years ago.
In an effort to increase sales while reducing costs, the dealership chose a package of systems offered by San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based CPT, according to Doug Meadows, Ken Towery's vice president.
Specifically, Ken Towery's selected CPT's Tradera and OpenWebs Intelligent Tire Trading Network for its point-of-sale and electronic trading needs, along with CPT's VAST auto service management system. The company said it hopes the systems also will help reduce operating costs for a growing number of its associate dealers.
``The enhanced inventory visibility and online ordering available with Tradera-integrated all the way to the VAST platform used by our associate dealers-will increase revenues and reduce costs,'' Mr. Meadows said in a prepared statement.
``For a wholesale and retail business such as Towery's,'' he added, ``the ability to have better inventory control, streamlined point-of-sale processes and simplified shipment management will have a significant impact on our bottom line. Integration all the way to our customer's point-of-sale means real usage and adoption will occur.''
Wholesaling accounts for about 25 percent of the annual sales of Ken Towery's, which operates 16 retail stores in Kentucky and Indiana. The Tire Trading Network technology provides Towery's access to its primary supplier and its electronic distribution network system. This access will enable all of Towery's stores to place orders rapidly over the Internet using CPT's XML-based Intelligent Trading Network. The Tradera Tire Management System provides enhanced return on investment through its inventory management and account reconciliation capabilities, CPT said.
``This is the industry's first fully integrated suite where outside purchases link into the inventory and ordering system of the wholesaler,'' said CPT CEO Dave McCann. ``It eliminates double keying of information, making it simpler for the retailer, and gives instant visibility to on-hand distributor inventory even as the consumer is at the retail counter receiving an estimate.''
Founded in 1997, CPT provides extended supply chain software solutions for the automotive aftermarket.
The firm said its e-commerce platform enables efficient online trade, integration and collaboration between B2B marketplaces, buyers, suppliers and commerce service providers. The solutions are used in more than 3,000 aftermarket outlets, including tier 1 manufacturers, distributors, tire and service chains and independent installers, CPT said.