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Apr 5 2019 - 10:45am

Our promotion was so popular last year that we are pleased to announce we are running our Platinum Promotion for this year's SEMA Show exhibitors again! We are offering $10,000 in marketing outreach to participating SDC manufacturers exhibiting at the 2019 SEMA Show...

Apr 4 2019 - 12:37pm

These brands have recently completed their on-boarding, and are ready for export:

Husky Towing      Platinum           www.huskytow.com

Borla                    Silver               www.borla.com
Bully Truck          Silver                www.pilotautomotive.com/bully
Crower Cams       Silver ...

Apr 4 2019 - 12:36pm

Please welcome these new Manufacturers to the SDC!  They have begun the on-boarding process with our Data Lab Teams:

Auto Metal Direct  Auto Metal Direct (AMD) is your one stop source for high quality body panels. Their staff has extensive experience in the collector car / restoration trade and will be happy to assist you. Check out our extensive inventory and let them help you get your car back in top condition!

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Apr 4 2019 - 12:35pm

The SDC is pleased to welcome two new team members, Patrick Arche and Richard Nemcek!

Patrick Arche

Patrick joins the SDC as a Data Analyst, and advises he has had few careers from janitorial to engineering to nursing and parts sales for 7 years...

Feb 12 2019 - 3:06pm

These new updates to our PIM System are since the last published newsletter, and include the following:

  • PIES 7.0 import and export functionality completed
  • ...
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Post date: Friday, April 5, 2019 - 10:45
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Our promotion was so popular last year that we are pleased to announce we are running our Platinum Promotion for this year's SEMA Show exhibitors again! We are offering $10,000 in marketing outreach to participating SDC manufacturers exhibiting at the 2019 SEMA Show that achieve or maintain Platinum status prior to July 12, 2019.

Included in the 2019 promotion are the following:

  • Carpet/floor ad near booth location
  • Meter-panel listing in the SEMA Show’s lobbies
  • Ad listing in the 2019 September and October issues of SEMA News magazine, with a full page ad in the November SEMA Show issue
  • Ad listing in each of the four SEMA Show Daily magazines

To register, go to: www.semadatacoop.org/platinum-rewards click the "Register Now" button, and fill out the requested information. 

Not Platinum?  No problem!  Register early, and our Data Lab will work with you to get your data up to our Platinum level before the July deadline.

Questions? The West Coast & Texas contact for SDC is Tom Ameduri, 888-958-6698, ext. 9, email: tomam@semadatacoop.com. The East Coast & Midwest contact for SDC is Jim Graven, 888-958-6698, ext. 4, email: jimg@semadatacoop.com.

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Post date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 12:37
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These brands have recently completed their on-boarding, and are ready for export:

Husky Towing      Platinum           www.huskytow.com

Borla                    Silver               www.borla.com
Bully Truck          Silver                www.pilotautomotive.com/bully
Crower Cams       Silver               www.crower.com
EGR                     Silver               www.egr.com

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Post date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 12:36
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Please welcome these new Manufacturers to the SDC!  They have begun the on-boarding process with our Data Lab Teams:

Auto Metal Direct  Auto Metal Direct (AMD) is your one stop source for high quality body panels. Their staff has extensive experience in the collector car / restoration trade and will be happy to assist you. Check out our extensive inventory and let them help you get your car back in top condition!

Bodyguard Truck Accessories  Bodyguard Truck accessories offers heavy-duty front and rear replacement bumpers, 4-1/2" tube steps, and accessories for Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC and Toyota trucks and Jeep Wranglers.

Classic Car Dashes   Classic Car Dashes specializes in Reproduction and Replacement Dash Pads for many of your favorite Cars, Trucks and SUV’s.  They understand that replacing a dash pad in any vehicle can be a difficult and time consuming adventure, even for the best do-it-yourselfers. The last thing you want after you’ve spent what can be many hours and great energy removing your original dash pad is to find that your new one doesn’t fit! 

Classic Fit Covers  Classic Fit Covers' goal is bring you high quality car covers and seat protection for considerably less than you might pay for comparable products from other sources. They understand the personal value of your car and that you want to protect it whether its garage kept or parked in your driveway. All of their covers are designed to provide a "custom fit" to your vehicle versus the "universal" fit covers typically available. They carefully develop all of their own patterns to ensure that once installed you will agree that a Classic Fit Cover is exactly that!

Corvette America  Since 1977 Corvette America has served the Corvette Community with top-quality interior components, fast delivery and excellent customer service provided by the most experienced and knowledgeable team in the industry. Today, they manufacture the world’s finest Corvette Interiors at their facility in Reedsville, Pennsylvania. Interior products are their specialty, but they also house a complete line of Corvette Parts, Wheels, Weatherstrip and Accessories for every generation of Corvette.

Crower Cams   Crower offers a line of high-performance camshafts, valvetrains, rods, crankshafts, and clutches.

Garvin Industries  Under the Garvin Wilderness brand name, Garvin Industries manufactures roof racks, roof rack accessories, bumpers, tire carriers, rock rails for Jeep Wranglers™, and other popular SUV's. Their products are designed to stand up to the toughest off-road trails and offer their customers the style and functionality they desire. They help their customers "Leave Nothing Behind" on their next adventure with family and friends.

Mustang America  Mustang America is continually expanding its inventory which now includes Interiors, Parts, Wheels and Accessories for Classic (1st Gen., 1964-1973) Mustangs and Fox Body (1979-1993) Mustangs.  

Turbo XS  TurboXS has been manufacturing high quality performance parts since 1999. They promise top-notch customer service and support from the time you place your order to the installation of the product.

Turbonetics Inc.  Since 1978, Turbonetics has been a leading source for OEM and aftermarket forced induction systems and components. Turbonetics is a world class small-to-medium volume OE and aftermarket manufacturer of turbochargers, heat exchangers, and pressure control components for customers in the industrial, military, and motorsport sectors.  

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Post date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 12:35
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The SDC is pleased to welcome two new team members, Patrick Arche and Richard Nemcek!

Patrick Arche

Patrick joins the SDC as a Data Analyst, and advises he has had few careers from janitorial to engineering to nursing and parts sales for 7 years with BMW/MINI, but his love and passion for cars has always driven him (no pun intended) to the automotive performance industry. Patrick started tinkering with engines when he was 12, fixing up mopeds and scooters, then wrenching at 16 and drag racing at 19. In his mid 20’s he began autocrossing and track racing with BMW/MINI performance and driving seminars. Patrick said he has driven buses, tractors, motorcycles, exotics, lowriders, hot rods, off-road trucks and full-on race cars, if it has an engine he loves it!  He also enjoys traveling, sports, food, photography and cinematography. Patrick likes to travel to eat, from the Philippines, Mexico to Canada and a few places in-between, all the while taking pictures of his meals and the places he has visited.

Richard Nemcek

Richard also joins the SDC as a Data Analyst, and advises that he has lived in San Diego for 16 years, and was most recently performing content management at AutoAnything.com.  Originally from Florida, Richard has also lived in Illinois and England.  His previous toy car was a 2001 Audi S4, and his current toy is a motorcycle, a 2013 Triumph Street Triple.  Richard uses the Triumph for commuting, motorcycle camping, and track day fun.  He likes his steaks fatty and his scotch smoky.  On his bucket list of vacations are renting a motorcycle in Europe to ride to the Isle of Man to watch the races and touring New Zealand on a motorcycle.  Richard is excited to be part of the SEMA Data Co-op family!

Please help us welcome these two performance enthusiasts to the SDC Data Lab!

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Post date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 15:06
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These new updates to our PIM System are since the last published newsletter, and include the following:

  • PIES 7.0 import and export functionality completed
  • Updates to the Import Scheduler to automatically stage PIES & ACES files – now, import files can be dropped to respective FTP folders at the same time and our system will load in proper order.  Previously, manufacturers had to process PIES imports before dropping ACES imports to the FTP.
  • New selection option for manufacturers to set reseller data requests to ‘Auto-Approve Within 14 days’ if a pending request is not responded to within a 14 day window.  This enhancement can help reduce Reseller wait times for requests pending approval or denial, reducing request management for Suppliers.  As a reminder, the "Consolidate" feature is available in both our standard approval method, and the new 14 day option.  Consolidate is for Manufacturers with more than one brand, to consolidate requests from Resellers to one per Reseller, instead of one per brand from the Reseller.
  • Update to Market Copy ‘complete replace’ procedure so brands consolidated under a single supplier only modify the brand identified, not across all brands within that Supplier ID.
  • Additional API’s are available to lookup vehicle content by brand or product.  See updated API documentation for details.  
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Post date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 15:01
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New SDC Regulation Fields

As mentioned in a previous newsletter, SDC is ramping up data content support of government regulations, specifically California Proposition 65.  Through detailed review of content needed between manufacturers and resellers, SDC is using a combination of the Autocare Best Practices and member-driven and legal counsel-driven content to include a full range of detail to express these regulations.

With 7.0 now available, we support use of the new RGL (Regulatory Label) digital asset code to identify the warning label image.  If you have not converted to 7.0 yet, it is still acceptable to send as a ZZ1 User Defined image.  The physical image needs to be uploaded to the SDC cloud or a valid URI link needs to be identified in PIES for resellers to use on their own websites and systems.

For Prop 65 text content, we’ve spelled out some very specific labels to use in the Attribute segment to further declare the warnings:

  • Prop 65 Yes/No                                                Required
  • Prop 65 (C,R or CR)                                          Required
  • Prop 65 Warning Label                                   Required
  • Prop 65 Warning Chemical Listing                Optional
  • Prop 65 – Short Label                                      Optional
  • Prop 65 – Long Label                                       Optional

Reach out to the Data Lab for further instruction on how to begin incorporating this vital information into your datasets.

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Post date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 14:53
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Please welcome these new Manufacturers to the SDC!  They have begun the on-boarding process with our Data Lab Teams:

AWE Tuning

AWE Tuning has one vision: To Unlock Performance. From award-winning handcrafted performance exhausts to track-tested carbon fiber intakes and performance intercoolers, AWE Tuning innovates, designs, manufactures, retails and distributes AWE Tuning brand performance products globally through its preferred network of dealers, online and from its state-of-the-art headquarters outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 1991, AWE Tuning's elite team of researchers, engineers, innovators and drivers have track-tested and introduced premium performance upgrades for some of the finest automobiles in the world.

Coyote Wheel Accessories

Coyote Premium Wheel Accessories is a wholly owned brand of Revolution Supply Co. We have been providing high-quality wheel and tire accessories to distributors around the country and beyond for more than 13 years. Most of our sales staff have more than 20 years experience in the wheel accessories industry.

Fab Fours

Fab Fours has been on a consistent growth trajectory uncommon in the automotive aftermarket since the company was incorporated in 2004. This performance has earned awards such as recognition in the Inc. 500 and Aggie 100 for sustained year over year growth. Fab Fours Inc. is one of the largest aftermarket bumper manufacturers in the world. The company takes great pride in being Made in the USA. Fab Fours is a full vertically integrated manufacturer with all company personnel and capabilities located at the headquarters in Lancaster, South Carolina. This ensures repeatable quality and precise fit for every product and allows adaptability to quickly respond to customer needs.

Lange Originals

Lange Originals has been serving the Jeep and automotive community for over 20 years. Our most popular product, the Hoist-A-Top has been a Jeep enthusiast favorite for years. Lange Originals specializes in quality products that remove Jeep hardtops and increase garage space.

Lock'er Down

Driven by the need for secure storage in a vehicle, Lock'er Down was created. Although other products were available for some applications, none met our standards. We wanted to build a product the was both secure and sleek.

Pulstar LLC

Pulstar Spark Plugs use innovative plasma-assisted combustion technology to increase horsepower and torque. Pulstar features an internal capacitor, developed with the help of a US Department of Energy laboratory, to store energy that creates a high-intensity electrical pulse when released. This pulse saturates the fuel with combustion-enhancing plasma, ensuring instant ignition and a rapid burn.

Super Pro Suspension

The SuperPro brand has been manufacturing, designing, and developing polyurethane for more than three decades.  A brand born to breed long-lasting maintenance-free solutions to keep work trucks working during the week and make sure they could tackle the harshest trails to and from the weekend campsite and be ready to work again on Monday has come full circle.  As word of one solution spread it would introduce another opportunity – the bushing ideas that kept the work truck working could suit the weekend track car that to commute in comfort during the week.  Performance enthusiasts and racers came calling for more durable parts that would last well beyond a session or two, components to optimize their alignments and get the most out of their tires. Three decades of engineered solutions, continued evolution of designs, formulations and manufacturing techniques, and an ever-expanding catalog to suit the global market have brought SuperPro to the forefront of polyurethane and elastomer technology.  Track, trail or travel; we innovate.

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Post date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 14:52
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These brands have recently completed their on-boarding, and are ready for export:

 

 

 

 

DV8 Off Road – Platinum               www.dv8offroad.com

Action Clutch – Platinum               www.actionclutch.com

Eagle Specialty Products – Silver www.eaglerod.com

LEED Brakes – Platinum                 www.leedbrakes.com

MOMO Tires & Road Wheels – Platinum www.momo.com

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Path: /news/tue-2019-02-12-1435/sdc-fully-compliant-pies-70
Post date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 14:35
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SDC is fully compliant with PIES 7.0!  One of the major changes in this version release is all PIES Coded Values have been decoupled from the PIES XSD and moved to the Product Classification Database (PCdb), allowing Autocare to release code updates in shorter timeframes. Previously, code changes had to be held for version releases that are infrequent.  Now, we’ll see code requests move through the approval process in a fraction of the time.

In PIES 7.0 some valuable new Coded Values have been added to enhance your data including:

  • Video Digital Asset Types
  • Three additional Price Types and a description field for the ZZ User Defined Pricing Fields
  • Title (TLE) Description Code added into Description segment
  • Additional National Popularity Codes (Obselete & Superceded) in EXPI segment

These newly defined codes will make it easier for Manufacturers to categorize this type of content and easier for Resellers to utilize.

If you need guidance on incorporating these updates into your data, just drop us an email. You are still welcome to import or export files in PIES 6.7 & PIES 6.5 and we also offer the flat file, Excel, and custom templates to meet your individual requirements.

To see all the current Coded Values available to use through 7.0, go to your SDC PIMS Dashboard, navigation to bottom right of the home page and click “PIMS Coded Value Table”.  This gives you an Excel file that is easily filterable by column to find the information you are looking for, whether you need a code, definition, or listing of available choices for a given field.

Please reach out to your Data Analyst with any questions about PIES 7.0!

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Post date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 10:19
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ACPN is a membership segment of the Auto Care Association. More specifically, ACPN is a professional society comprised of automotive content professionals, or catalog managers as they have long been known. ACPN serves the professional development requirements of their members for education, training, technology solutions, industry insights, networking with peers and recognition.

Where else can individuals who share the highly specialized career requirements of an automotive content professional gather with hundreds of peers who face the same challenges everyday. ACPN was born over 40 years ago, when “catalog managers” gathered annually to share tips and techniques for typesetting layout and printing of paper catalogs. Electronic catalogs were in their infancy and there was no talk of electronic data standards and best practices.

Today, ACPN serves nearly 250 content professionals representing companies making nearly every category of automotive replacement part. The conference features leading executives from the industry speaking about the role that “content” plays in business, as well as other breakout and general session speakers that will contribute to a well-rounded program of business education and personal improvement.

The ACPN conference includes an afternoon trade show showcasing all of the leading technology and service solutions that help content managers stretch their budgets further, save time and publish better content. Nearly 40 vendors will gather in one ballroom with services and solutions of interest to automotive content managers.

The ACPN has a long tradition of recognizing the best examples of electronic and printed cataloging with awards judged by volunteer peers and recognition of the best content suppliers by the leading retail and wholesale data receivers. ACPN awards are displayed in businesses across the industry as an indication of a job well done.

Finally, the ACPN has developed a certificate program that members can pursue to demonstrate that they have achieved a high level of professional accomplishment and a dedication to lifelong learning. The Automotive Content Professional (ACP) designation is administered by the University of the Aftermarket and awarded at the conference only to those members who have reached the highest levels of achievement in their content management careers.

Join the ACPN, and take part in this community of peers!

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