RICHFIELD, Ohio, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OEConnection LLC, the leading online parts and service exchange for the automotive industry, announced today that it has signed an agreement to provide its core parts supply chain network solution to SAAB Cars North America. In a move designed to enhance parts supply chain performance and meet growing demands for faster parts fulfillment, OEConnection will provide D2DLink − the industry's most comprehensive web-based parts marketing and sourcing solution − to Saab's network of approximately 200 independently-owned and franchised dealerships throughout the United States.
Serving as a virtual parts warehouse, D2DLink will allow Saab dealership parts departments to quickly and easily locate, buy, sell and market parts to fellow retailers throughout Saab's U.S. dealerships. Saab joins numerous automotive and non-automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Canada that have embraced this technology. As with all OEConnection web-based solutions, the mission of D2DLink is to help dealerships sell more original equipment parts, increase customer satisfaction, and improve dealer parts department efficiencies.
Charles Rotuno, OEConnection President & CEO, said, "D2DLink is designed to speed parts delivery and vehicle turnaround while improving customer satisfaction for greater brand and dealer loyalty. Our expertise in web-based technology for the automotive industry allows us to provide Saab dealerships with a solution to proactively manage their OE parts inventories." He added, "By utilizing D2DLink, Saab dealers will create a virtual parts inventory, accessible at any time from any location, and capable of improving dealer responsiveness and overall performance."
Gary Dagesse, National Sales Manager for Saab Cars North America (SCNA), commented, "Saab's previous experiences with the D2DLink solution were very beneficial and ultimately increased parts sales and improved customer satisfaction. SCNA is excited to offer this solution to all of our U.S. franchise dealers." He added, "This agreement with OEConnection represents an integral part of our growth strategy and demonstrates our commitment to improving Saab Cars North America's parts supply chain infrastructure."
The online parts supply network solution from OEConnection is scheduled to rollout to Saab Cars Automobile USA's independently-owned and franchised dealerships this month.
About OEConnection LLC
OEConnection is the leading Online Parts & Service Exchange (OPSX) in the automotive industry and beyond, serving over 20,000 dealership and repair customers. Customers use OEConnection products over 5 million times each month to market, manage and move original equipment parts, facilitating an estimated $12 billion in annual replacement parts trade. The company is headquartered in the greater Cleveland area at 4205 Highlander Parkway, Richfield, Ohio, 44286. Additional information is available at www.oeconnection.com or by emailing Marilyn Thaxton at Marilyn.Thaxton@OEConnection.com.
About Saab Cars North America
Saab, or Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (Swedish Aircraft Company), was founded in 1937 as an aircraft manufacturer and revealed its first prototype passenger car 10 years later after the formation of the Saab Car Division. In 1990, Saab Automobile AB was created as a separate company, jointly owned by the Saab Scania Group and General Motors, and became a wholly-owned GM subsidiary in 2000. In February 2010, Spyker Cars N.V. of the Netherlands acquired the company from GM as an independently-run business. Saab cars reflect the brand's unique Scandinavian design ethic, which is fused with its aircraft engineering heritage. The company is a global premium car maker with a distinguished history of innovation. It is recognized for its pioneering role in turbocharging, as well as occupant safety and the introduction of flex-fuel technology through Saab BioPower. Saab Automobile AB currently employs approximately 3,800 staff in Sweden, where it operates world-class production and technical development facilities at its headquarters in Trollhattan, 70 km north of Gothenburg. Saab Cars North America resides in Royal Oak, Michigan, where it operates with approximately 45 employees handling Marketing, Sales and NA Field Operations. http://media.saab.com
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