"This version of the Internet Parts Ordering standard is significant in three important ways," said Scott Luckett, vice president for technology standards, AAIA. "The volume of computer code that has to be exchanged in the course of a transaction has been reduced by more than 25 percent and the standard messages are composed completely with elements shared between the other AAIA standards such as ACES and PIES. Finally, IPO version 2.0 is the most thoroughly tested and documented specification ever published by the Technology Standards Committee. As a direct result, automotive IT development cycles will be shorter, re-use more standards-based code and deliver proven results."
Parts proliferation in the automotive industry is unrelenting and the slow-moving product in the tail end of the demand curve is growing. IPO is intended to allow aftermarket buyers to locate availability and complete special order transactions, online, between any business systems, in seconds. This has the potential to transform the aftermarket supply chain and convert slow-moving product from a liability into an industry asset.
The Internet Parts Ordering standard is fully documented with test code and schema compatible with all industry standard development tool sets. For more information, visit www.aftermarket.org and click on "Technology."