Auto Parts Fulfillment: Parts & Catalogs
Auto Parts Warehouse Distributors - WDs.
Large scale e-commerce can't quite happen without capable warehouse distribution. As you know, auto part distributors have large accounts with their manufacturers and suppliers and any that will fulfill for e-commerce should be able to supply you with their inventory as quickly as you request it and handle the orders you send them as quickly as you request it. You'll often be able to use their shipping accounts at a better rate than you're likely to have, or you can use your own.
More and more manufacturers are recognizing the success they can achieve by being able to fill all of their own orders from retailers across the web. There are great benefits with a manufacturer direct drop ship program. You should be able to get a better cost than from a warehouse. You are likely to going to get better account service and customer service as well. In fact, a driving reason for most manufactures to want to go direct is so that they can get direct customer service to the end consumer, which isn't very possible otherwise.
The list of manufacturers that are participating or willing to participate is unknown and each really have their own set of goals and ambitions, so whoever you might be interested, you'll have to pursue them individually.
What about Cataloging Data Fulfillment?
When working with an auto parts manufacturer direct, getting their cataloging data should be simple as they should already be quite familiar with what their e-commerce deliverables are. When working with your WD, they may or may not have a data center of cataloging available for you.
Otherwise, there are several 3rd party data distributors in the industry and there's a relatively clear line between replacement auto parts and performance and accessory parts.
- Opticat offers cataloging distribution for some of the best names in replacement aftermarket auto parts.
- DCi (CatalogRack) has tremendous experience in performance and accessory catalog distribution for e-commerce.
- SEMA Data Co-op (SDC), backed by SEMA, SDC has a growing list of performance and accessory parts.
- Additionally, some e-commerce platforms come with available cataloging.