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DCI vs SDC: By the Numbers

Posted on 21 January 2014, 5:42 PM PST by Eric Peters under News


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With the introduction of the SEMA Data Co-Op (SDC), in late 2012, there are now two data (PIES/ACES) repositories targeted to Performance & Accessory Data Suppliers & Receivers. With the SDC now out of BETA & in the full Production Phase, we wanted to see how they stack up to DCI from an available data standpoint. The results actually surprised us a lot.

Overall Stats:

Due to how long DCI has been around in the industry, we expected SDC to be a sub-set, or perhaps a super-set of the DCI product lines:

Predicted Venn Diagram of Catalog Overlap

In practice, the numbers show a much different story:

Total Unique Product Lines Between Both: 430
Product Line Overlap: 118 (27%)

DCI Total Market Coverage: 66%
DCI Exclusive Market Coverage: 38%

SDC Total Market Coverage: 62%
SDC Exclusive Market Coverage: 34%

Both have a very large "Exclusive" data sets.

As a data receiver, if you were thinking about moving to the SDC exclusively, at least right now, you'll be leaving behind a lot of brands.

As a data supplier, it might make sense to participate in both repositories, to maximize your distribution to receivers.

Some Notes:

  • DCI had 22 Product Lines that didn't have records in the AAIA Brand Code Database, SDC had 25. These were assumed to be non-overlapping brands & unique to each repository.
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  • Product Lines that were mapped to a single AAIA Brand Code were effectively "de-duped"
  • Sources: DCI Available Product Lines, SDC Available Product Lines, & AAIA Brand Database
  • If you would like to get a copy of our dataset, please contact us


Amazon Coupons

Posted on 5 December 2013, 4:47 PM PST by Frugal Mechanic under Features


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Since the introduction of Amazon Coupons in 2012, we've been wanting to incorporate these coupons into our platform. Today, we finally pushed out this integration.

Look for any active Amazon coupons in the "Discount" Column:

Amazon Coupon Screenshot

Before you make add the item to your cart, make sure you click "Clip" the coupon:

Before: Amazon Clip Coupon Screenshot

   After: Amazon Clipped Coupon Screenshot


Free PIES & ACES XML Validator Tool

Posted on 22 October 2013, 4:47 PM PDT by Frugal Mechanic under Tools


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PIES (short for Product Information Exchange Standard) is an industry data (XML) format maintained by the AAIA (Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association). It's used to help manufacturers of automotive parts & accessories to tell people like us & retailers all of the various attributes of products they manufacture.

ACES (short for Aftermarket Catalog Enhanced Standard) is an industry data (XML) format maintained by the AAIA (Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association). It's used to describe north american automotive part applications.

There have been multiple "versions" of each of the standards produced. In order to verify compliance with any specific ACES or PIES standard, we've created this free tool that will verify & help identify any technical incompatibilities with Manufacturer data files. As of this launch, we support PIES 6.3/6.4/6.5 and ACES 3.0.1.

Please try our Free PIES & ACES XML Validator today!

ACES/PIES Validator Tool Screenshot


Example Successful Validation:

ACES/PIES Validator Tool - Validation Passed Screenshot

Example Error Reporting:

ACES/PIES Validator Tool - Validation Failed Screenshot

As always, please Report any Bugs or Feature Requests