Arsenault integrates with parts supplier NAPA

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Arsenault Associates, provider of Dossier maintenance management software, has joined with parts distributor NAPA in that company’s Integrated Business Solutions program. Users of Dossier software who also employ the NAPA Integrated Business Solutions program will be able to enjoy simplified workflows and automation of parts management and tracking, the company says.

NAPA integration with Dossier means that the shop repair order number also becomes the purchase order number for parts, eliminating steps in the ordering process. Automated data exchange between NAPA TAMS (Total Automotive Management – inventory management and point of sale system) and Dossier then automatically populates the Dossier database with parts used details, including part number, VMRS code, quantity, and cost.

The NAPA integration will be available in Dossier 5.1, now in beta testing.

The NAPA Integrated Business Solutions Program is designed to reduce the overall cost of an on-site parts department by reducing the inventory investment, lowering the cost of transactions, increasing productivity, and providing single source billing. The program also protects a fleet from concerns about possible inventory shrinkage, devaluation, and obsolescence, according to Arsenault Associates.

“This is an exciting step for Dossier customers and for the maintenance community,” said Bob Hausler, Arsenault Associates vice president of marketing and technology. “Dossier integration with NAPA IBS program brings us closer to a long sought goal: a seamless flow of information through Dossier from the shop floor and outside vendors, from the parts room, from remote technicians, and from rolling vehicles themselves all the way to the executive suite through ERP and enterprise management systems.”

Dossier 5.1, which includes NAPA integration, is planned for commercial availability in September.