IPO facilitates ordering parts through the Internet

The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) announces the release of the Internet Parts Ordering (IPO) standard for electronic parts inquiries and emergency orders.

IPO is an important component to an industrywide architecture that promotes efficient communication and inventory visibility. With it, suppliers, resellers and e-commerce providers can develop software applications that communicate across a variety of platforms.

This standard complies with the Open Applications Group Inc XML standards for messaging and uses a Web-services model to provide technical mechanisms for transporting, securing, and describing IPO communications.

IPO was developed under the direction of the AAIA Technology Standards and Solutions Committee. Prescient Technologies Inc provided project management and architectural expertise to the committee.

The specification is available from www.aftermarket.org at no cost. For more information, phone 301-654-6664 or e-mail [email protected].

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