DST Inc., a provider of e-commerce ordering technology, has partnered with its sister company Identifix, a provider of vehicle repair diagnostics, to enhance Identifix’s Direct-Hit – an award-winning online diagnostic tool – by allowing repair technicians to electronically order parts from their chosen supplier with just a click of a button. With this exclusive integration, Identifix subscribers can now get live visibility into parts warehouses, parts retailers and distribution centers and place orders directly into their preferred parts supplier’s business systems for immediate pick-up and/or delivery.
The more than 50,000 Direct-Hit users have always been able to see the original equipment manufacturer equivalent part number within Direct Quote, which is Direct-Hit’s estimating feature. By integrating DST Gateway with Direct-Hit, these repair technicians are now able to seamlessly search DST licensed parts suppliers for any parts that work for the repair. Direct-Hit users choose all of the parts suppliers they would like to purchase their parts from and the new system queries those suppliers in real-time, allowing users to find and quickly order the right part best suited for the repair.
In addition, the integration provides Direct Quote with an integrated parts sourcing and procurement network. Within seconds, the system can return comprehensive data on parts availability, quality and pricing. By lowering costs and simplifying the workflow, the DST Gateway empowers Direct Quote users to make intelligent purchasing decisions.
“When DST and Identifix became part of the Solera group of companies this past year, joining our technology and capabilities was an logical first step for both companies,” said Stan Gowisnock, president of DST. “Direct-Hit now brings access to more than 50,000 parts buyers to the thousands of suppliers that are part of the DST Gateway. This is a perfect example of the kind of power and innovation that the Solera Group of companies is offering to the marketplace.”
“DST and Identifix are part of Solera’s InPart platform, which is designed to empower the repairer with unrestricted access to the full range of parts, accessories and suppliers during the mechanical, glass and collision repair processes,” said Jeff Sweet, president, Identifix. “The integration of the companies’ two leading products is a testament to our commitment to connecting repair technicians with the qualifying suppliers who can offer the ideal parts at the right time for the right quality and price.”
Early adoption is available with general market release in January. Parts sellers who wish to take advantage of this new connection should contact their DST representative today. For a live demo, visit DST at this year’s AAPEX (Nov. 4-6) at booth No. 6016 (upper level).