AutoZone selects Edgenet for Global Data Synchronization
Edgenet, Inc., announced today that AutoZone (NYSE:AZO), the largest Automotive Aftermarket retailer in the United States, has selected Edgenet to provide product data management services. Edgenet announced its entry and commitment to the Automotive Aftermarket industry in July of 2008 by joining the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and committing resources to participate in the development of industry standards such as PIES and ACES. Edgenet will provide GS1 GDSN™ and Marketing data pool services that incorporate the AAIA’s PIES and ACES standards. Edgenet is the only company that offers a complete data management solution that incorporates these aspects of product data in a single offering. For AutoZone and its suppliers, this results in unprecedented collaboration on product attributes, imagery and supporting documentation for both logistics and selling purposes.
Bill Hackney, AutoZone’s Vice President of Merchandising Support, Customer Satisfaction said, “Edgenet will enhance our vendors’ capabilities to publish and maintain content that is complete, accurate and compelling” referring to the ability to synchronize product data on a much larger scale than previously possible. “We believe Edgenet’s capabilities will position AutoZone and our vendors to further leverage our core competencies and satisfy more customers”, said Hackney. AutoZone is looking to 4th Quarter of 2009 to begin receiving data from its suppliers through Edgenet. “Great product data is a significant competitive advantage in today’s market”, said Tom Frederick, President and Chief Executive Officer of Edgenet. Frederick went on to say “Edgenet is committed to providing exceptional value to the Automotive Aftermarket and we are very pleased to include AutoZone as part of that strategy”.
The AutoZone announcement marks a significant event for Edgenet with its official entry into the Automotive Aftermarket retail vertical. This expands the Edgenet Network and adds value for existing and future Edgenet customers and media partners. The Edgenet Network consists of product data management and applications that bring together manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers to provide enhanced buying and selling experiences.
Edgenet provides guided selling and content solutions to leading retailers and their suppliers. Edgenet provides rich product content and compelling software solutions for in-store, print, and ecommerce. Edgenet solutions empower consumers and associates with visual product knowledge, endless buying options and customizable products and services. Decrease time to market and increase sales through Edgenet’s Network of products and services. Edgenet maintains over 600,000 products, serving thousands of suppliers and synchronizing marketing data and GS1 GDSN™ data.
AutoZone is the nation's leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories with more than 4,100 stores in the US, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. Each store carries an extensive line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured hard parts, maintenance items and accessories. Since opening its first store in Forrest City, Ark. on July 4, 1979, the company has joined the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: AZO) and earned a spot in the Fortune 500.