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NetSuite for Retail is a cloud-based multi-channel retail management solution for retailers that combines e-commerce, POS, and order management functionalities. The software provides a unified retail system with back office management... Read More
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NetSuite for Retail is a cloud-based multi-channel retail management solution for retailers that combines e-commerce, POS, and order management functionalities. The software provides a unified retail system with back office management... Read More
 
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 Nobly POS is supported in over 20 countries including the US, UK, and Canada. Merchants use Nobly POS to manage inventory and staff, gather business insights using more than 30 reports, set up loyalty schemes, and take credit card... Read More
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 Nobly POS is supported in over 20 countries including the US, UK, and Canada. Merchants use Nobly POS to manage inventory and staff, gather business insights using more than 30 reports, set up loyalty schemes, and take credit card... Read More
 
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Pacific Amber’s AmberPOS offers a point of sale software solutions to a variety of retail specialties, ranging from small to midsized, in the United States and Canada. In addition to point of sale functionality, AmberPOS includes... Read More
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Pacific Amber’s AmberPOS offers a point of sale software solutions to a variety of retail specialties, ranging from small to midsized, in the United States and Canada. In addition to point of sale functionality, AmberPOS includes... Read More
 
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Bindo POS is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) system that offers inventory management, customer management and e-commerce within a suite. The solution integrates with online marketplaces so that shoppers can purchase products directly... Read More
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Bindo POS is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) system that offers inventory management, customer management and e-commerce within a suite. The solution integrates with online marketplaces so that shoppers can purchase products directly... Read More
 
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Springboard Retail is a web-based retail solution designed for multi-channel and multi-store retailers. Springboard’s point of sale system is fully accessible through any modern web browser on any device. The solution is designed... Read More
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Springboard Retail is a web-based retail solution designed for multi-channel and multi-store retailers. Springboard’s point of sale system is fully accessible through any modern web browser on any device. The solution is designed... Read More

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COMCASH ERP is a cloud-based retail management solution that caters to multi-channel and multi-location retailers. The point of sale module utilizes multi-touch capabilities allowing users to navigate the menu similarly to the iPad.... Read More
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COMCASH ERP is a cloud-based retail management solution that caters to multi-channel and multi-location retailers. The point of sale module utilizes multi-touch capabilities allowing users to navigate the menu similarly to the iPad.... Read More
 
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Cumulus Retail by CAM Commerce is a Cloud, SaaS based retail management solution that enables small to mid-size retailers to manage their entire business in one system. Cumulus combines point of sale, E-Commerce, back office, and digital... Read More
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Cumulus Retail by CAM Commerce is a Cloud, SaaS based retail management solution that enables small to mid-size retailers to manage their entire business in one system. Cumulus combines point of sale, E-Commerce, back office, and digital... Read More
 
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ACCEO Smart Vendor is a retail point of sale (POS) and inventory management system that helps small and midsize retailers to manage stocks and process customers’ orders. It serves a variety of single and multi-locations retailers... Read More
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ACCEO Smart Vendor is a retail point of sale (POS) and inventory management system that helps small and midsize retailers to manage stocks and process customers’ orders. It serves a variety of single and multi-locations retailers... Read More
 
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Stratus Retail by Celerant Technology provides tools for point of sale (POS), inventory and order management, enterprise resource management (ERP), e-commerce, business intelligence, marketplace integrations (Amazon, eBay, Walmart,... Read More
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Stratus Retail by Celerant Technology provides tools for point of sale (POS), inventory and order management, enterprise resource management (ERP), e-commerce, business intelligence, marketplace integrations (Amazon, eBay, Walmart,... Read More
 
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Instore is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution catering to small and midsize retailers that helps them to manage their day-to-day business operations. It offers features such as sales reporting, gift cards and employee time... Read More
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Instore is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution catering to small and midsize retailers that helps them to manage their day-to-day business operations. It offers features such as sales reporting, gift cards and employee time... Read More

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Agiliron cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) solution is designed to serve both in-store and mobile businesses as well as online sales channels. The system offers a host of features that work in tandem with the point-of-sale solution,... Read More
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Agiliron cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) solution is designed to serve both in-store and mobile businesses as well as online sales channels. The system offers a host of features that work in tandem with the point-of-sale solution,... Read More
 
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Created for retailers of all sizes, KORONA provides a point-of-sale, inventory management and CRM system for many types of stores, including fabric stores, florists, gift shops and more. The system is offered as a cloud-based option,... Read More
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Created for retailers of all sizes, KORONA provides a point-of-sale, inventory management and CRM system for many types of stores, including fabric stores, florists, gift shops and more. The system is offered as a cloud-based option,... Read More
 
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Retail Management Hero is a point of sale (POS) solution for small to midsize businesses and single-store operations in industries such as convenience, grocery, apparel, sporting goods, wine and spirits, gift and specialty. Both cloud-based... Read More
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Retail Management Hero is a point of sale (POS) solution for small to midsize businesses and single-store operations in industries such as convenience, grocery, apparel, sporting goods, wine and spirits, gift and specialty. Both cloud-based... Read More
 
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iVend Retail is a comprehensive retail management solution that easily automates core business functions. Provides 360-degree view of day-to-day operations. Can support loyalty programs and wide range of POS transactions.
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iVend Retail is a comprehensive retail management solution that easily automates core business functions. Provides 360-degree view of day-to-day operations. Can support loyalty programs and wide range of POS transactions.
 
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Founded in 1986, the retail software suite from Cybex includes point of sale, inventory management, distribution and replenishment, warehouse management, CRM, and e-commerce. The Cybex Enterprise Retail Suite focuses on information... Read More
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Founded in 1986, the retail software suite from Cybex includes point of sale, inventory management, distribution and replenishment, warehouse management, CRM, and e-commerce. The Cybex Enterprise Retail Suite focuses on information... Read More

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Cegid provides cloud-based retail software to fashion and luxury, beauty, as well as specialty retailers. The system is built on a single, centralized database that is shared across all channels and updated in real time with customer... Read More
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Cegid provides cloud-based retail software to fashion and luxury, beauty, as well as specialty retailers. The system is built on a single, centralized database that is shared across all channels and updated in real time with customer... Read More
 
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LS Nav is a retail management system consisting of point of sale (POS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). Key features include inventory management, customer management, retail accounting, e-commerce, warehouse management and... Read More
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LS Nav is a retail management system consisting of point of sale (POS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). Key features include inventory management, customer management, retail accounting, e-commerce, warehouse management and... Read More
 
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RQ is a cloud based point of sale (POS) and retail management solution for multi-location retailers. Features include mobile POS, CRM, advanced inventory management, HR, marketing and loyalty, repair and in-depth reporting and analytics. RQ... Read More
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RQ is a cloud based point of sale (POS) and retail management solution for multi-location retailers. Features include mobile POS, CRM, advanced inventory management, HR, marketing and loyalty, repair and in-depth reporting and analytics. RQ... Read More
 
Oracle Financials ERP Cloud logo
 
Oracle Financials ERP Cloud is a cloud-based, end-to-end business management solution designed for midsized to enterprise-level customers. It offers a suite of applications including material planning, financial accounting, and business... Read More
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Oracle Financials ERP Cloud is a cloud-based, end-to-end business management solution designed for midsized to enterprise-level customers. It offers a suite of applications including material planning, financial accounting, and business... Read More
 
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ERPLY is a cloud-based retail solution built for small and midsize businesses. Key features include point of sale (POS), customer database and inventory management. The solution can run independent from web access and data is auto-synced... Read More
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ERPLY is a cloud-based retail solution built for small and midsize businesses. Key features include point of sale (POS), customer database and inventory management. The solution can run independent from web access and data is auto-synced... Read More
 

Buyer's Guide

by Agnes Stubbs,

Last Updated: July 4, 2018


Auto parts stores outstrip the capabilities of most general retail sales packages. An auto parts store can have inventories of thousands of parts for hundreds of cars and hundreds of thousands of parts available for special order. Auto parts stores also have different categories of buyers, such as do-it-yourselfers, repair shop owners and dealers, with each category having a different discount level. Even identifying a part to sell can be challenging. One customer might come in and say “I need a Bosch vacuum pump for a 1994 Mercedes Benz S320.” The next may come in with a greasy piece of metal and a request, “Do you have any of these?”

While dealing with customers is typically done with the help of customer relationship management (CRM), point of sale (POS) and ordering, these modules are different for auto parts stores than for general retailers. The accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger and payroll are essentially the same as that for general retailers. What’s important here is that auto parts inventory software should have search functionality and be easy to use.

Sales dashboard screenshot in Springboard Retail

Sales dashboard screenshot in Springboard Retail

Common Features of Auto Parts Store Software

In addition to core business functions, auto parts retailers should evaluate the following functions to meet their unique requirements:

Part lookup by vehicle make, model and year The system should be able to identify any part for any car based on the vehicle’s make, model and year. The catalog should be either on premises and updated frequently or kept in the cloud by a catalog provider. In addition to finding original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, the system should be able to recommend substitute parts.
Integration with parts and labor catalogs The system should be able to integrate with parts suppliers’ online catalogs for both OEM and aftermarket parts. Look for compliance with Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) iSHOP as well as integration with major parts vendors.
Multiple location inventory query The POS system and the inventory system should be able to see inventory levels at all locations in order to fill a customer’s order. It should check whether the part is available locally. It should also be able to place parts “on hold” for local pick, or trigger a process to transfer the part to the store of the customer’s choosing. Advanced systems will support shipping directly to the customer after payment.
Seasonal order levels The system should recommend or order seasonal merchandise; for example, tire chains and windshield scrapers in the winter and automobile detailing kits in the summer.
Special order tracking If a customer requires a part that is not in stock, the system needs to locate the part from a supplier and place a special order. The system should notify the customer (or at least a clerk) when the part comes in.
Lot pricing/em> Many items sold in an auto parts store, such as oil, cleaners and grease, are sold in lots to repair shops and car dealers. The system should assign the lot pricing and correctly decrease inventory.
Kit and assembly pricing Car parts can be combined into kits or assemblies. The system should correctly decrease the individual parts if a kit or assembly is sold.

Benefits of Adopting Auto Parts Store Software

A properly implemented auto part solution helps retailers. Without the software, managing thousands of different auto parts becomes challenging and further increases chances of human error, which will have a detrimental effect on the store’s image. Auto store platforms prevent these instances of manual errors, reduce overhead tasks and improve business processes by making them time- and cost-effective.

The primary benefits that can be attained by using these solutions are:

Improved point of sale transactions: These solutions help improve the checkout process for both employees and customers by reducing the wait time, automatically managing cash books, tracking stocks and running promotional campaigns. With automated billing and real-time inventory status updates, human errors can be reduced significantly, or even, eliminated completely. In addition, these solutions help facilitate credit card transactions and digital wallet payments.

Streamline inventory management: Every store owner aims to maintain optimum inventory levels because high inventory means incurring additional cost while low inventory means risking stock outs. Advanced solutions provide real-time inventory updates to track stock levels and receive alerts. The reporting feature in auto part software summarizes the overall business and product-based performance metrics to help business owners make timely decisions. With inventory levels optimized, businesses can accomplish better cash flow, prevent stock shortages and manage multiple suppliers.

Personalize customer experience: Auto parts store solutions provide customer relationship management (CRM) modules to automotive retailers. These modules help them customize the client experience, engage customers and run promotional campaigns. Advanced systems can send personalized emails and text messages targeting specific customers based on location, age, gender and other demographics. Moreover, sharing promotional campaigns with clients on occasions, such as their birthdays, anniversaries and festivals, engages clients and helps increase sales. With a centralized database, auto store owners can identify client metrics such as active buyers, inactive buyers, last purchase and the average amount of purchase.

Cost-efficient operations: These solutions enable auto store owners to automate manual data entry, send emails, track inventory, generate bills and manage payments. The barcoding scanning feature facilitates swift checkout for thousands of products, a process that is quite challenging if done manually. The software helps store operators reduce labor costs and utilize them in more important areas.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Local or single store: Single-store retailers look for a basic POS solution to handle complex retail transactions, improve customer service and manage credit card transactions. Inventory tracking functionality is a value addition to these stores. The platforms in an auto parts store management software also provide basic CRM and accounting functionalities to ease the store operator’s responsibilities.

Multi-store or regional store: Multi-location stores face specific challenges and seek solutions that can address their multi-location and multiple staff requirements. Inventory management is a requisite feature for these businesses as their stores and warehouses are usually located at different places. Automated email and text-sharing capabilities are needed to run promotional campaigns and engage clients. POS platforms to reduce check-outs are also common requirements in these stores.

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