Epicor Software Corp. has introduced a browser-based mobile eStore tool that lets automotive service professionals use their mobile devices to look up, price and order parts from the more than 20,000 wholesalers connected to the Epicor Parts Network (EPN).
For some time, vehicle service businesses have been able to purchase parts and supplies through the EPN B2B eStore, which is integrated into a number of shop management systems. The new mobile eStore is a standalone offering that delivers the same parts and providers without tying users to their back-office computers or service desks.
Mobile eStore users can look up parts and related information in various ways, including vehicle make, model, year and engine; by VIN; or with an optional license plate-to-VIN feature. Users are then presented with a list of parts, suppliers, pricing and availability.
The mobile eStore also allows users to build lists of parts needed by job to determine pricing and availability prior to writing an estimate. Additionally, a searchable archive of previous transactions is available to help users keep track of orders completed.