ARI Launches AccessorySmart™ - New Aftermarket Parts, Garment and Accessory Lookup Solution Solution will transform the parts and service counter for more than 12,000 powersports dealers

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ARI Network Services (OTCBB: ARIS), a leader in creating, marketing, and supporting SaaS and DaaS solutions that connect consumers, dealers, distributors, and manufacturers in selected vertical markets, announced today the launch of AccessorySmart™, its all-new online and fitment-powered aftermarket Parts, Garments and Accessory (PG&A) lookup solution.

AccessorySmart is the only fitment-powered aftermarket PG&A lookup solution of its kind. It provides dealers with accurate, up-to-date vehicle fitment, product SKUs, price, description, specifications and images in an easy-to-use, online interface. It will save dealers time and increase sales by empowering the parts and service departments with quick and easy access to more than $71 million worth of PG&A products from leading distributors.

"AccessorySmart is a brand-new product for ARI in an entirely new customer segment. Building on our rich history and success with PartSmart®, AccessorySmart will appeal to the more than 12,000 powersports dealers authorized to sell aftermarket parts, garments and accessories," said Roy W. Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer at ARI. "We're confident AccessorySmart will transform the way dealers do business and help them Sell More Stuff!™"

"Wow. AccessorySmart is my new best friend," said Jack Cooper, President of 2 Wheel Toyz, South Houston, Texas. "It not only helps us find what we're looking for in record time, but it also helps us analyze the products we carry and sell more!"

"AccessorySmart dramatically improves the efficiency of the parts and accessory department by eliminating the need to independently search multiple catalogs and cross reference in-store and distributor availability," said Brad Smith, Director of Product and General Manager of Aftermarket.  "On average, AccessorySmart decreased the time it took dealers to look up a SKU and research availability by more than 80%. That's real money. For a mid-size dealer, AccessorySmart could save them more than $20,000 per year in direct time savings. Reallocating this time to focus on the customer relationship and closing the sale is what AccessorySmart is all about."

Powered by data trusted by the largest distributors, eRetailers and most successful dealers in the industry, AccessorySmart covers more than 500,000 SKUs from 1,400 aftermarket manufacturers, representing more than $71 million in retail products. AccessorySmart offers smartphone and tablet capabilities that are compatible with all current devices without requiring a special application.

Dealers attending Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Ind., February 15-17, will have the opportunity to meet with ARI team members for a first look and hands-on demonstration. In addition, dealers can participate in an Accessory Lookup Challenge for a chance to win a Travis Pastrana jersey and a $100 Visa gift card.

About ARI
ARI Network Services, Inc. ("ARI" or the "Company") is a leader in creating, marketing, and supporting software, software as a service ("SaaS") and data as a service ("DaaS") solutions that enhance revenue and reduce costs for our customers. Our innovative, technology-enabled solutions connect the community of consumers, dealers, distributors, and manufacturers to help our customers efficiently service and sell more whole goods, parts, garments, and accessories ("PG&A") worldwide in selected vertical markets that include automotive tire and wheel, powersports,outdoor power equipment, marine, and white goods. We estimate that more than 22,000 equipment dealers, 140 manufacturers, and 195 distributors worldwide leverage our technology to drive revenue, gain efficiencies and increase customer satisfaction.

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For more information, contact:

Jon M. Lintvet, Chief Marketing Officer
ARI Network Services, Inc.
Phone: (414) 973-4300

Investor Contact:
Joe Dorame, Robert Blum, Joe Diaz
Lytham Partners, LLC
Phone: (602) 889-9700
aris@lythampartners.com

SOURCE ARI Network Services, Inc.




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