BETHESDA, Md. – June
1, 2018 – HDDA: Heavy Duty (HDDA), the only
community that serves the entire heavy duty aftermarket supply chain, announced
the release of a new web resource center dedicated to the progress of the
development of heavy duty product data standards. Included on standards.hdda.org are updates and
highlights of the project status, downloadable information on product data
standards, a calendar of product category data collection and a volunteer form
to participate in the standards creation.
“The heavy duty data standards resource center is the only
true source for information on the HDDA-owned project,” said Sheila Andrews, director, heavy duty programs and liaison for HDDA. “The expansion of product standards
to accommodate the heavy vehicle marketplace is an industry-shifting mechanism
for increased efficiency in the supply chain. Simply put, product data
standards get you the right part, at the right place, at the right time.”
The resource center will serve as an integral part of the standards
project, which will include the standardization of product information
communication across more than 8,200 key components for 150 heavy duty vehicle
systems. This type of standardization will result in accurate part data for a
more accurate product selection, lower return rates and increased customer service—all
while maintaining manufacturer ownership of their product data.
Included in the resource center is the schedule of data
collection for the top 20 parts categories in the heavy duty aftermarket.
Manufacturers offering products in each of those categories can now have a
clear picture of when their participation is needed in the data collection
process. While an extensive set of manufacturers and suppliers have already
volunteered to participate, more are urged to join the project.
“The more companies participating in this project means a
more robust standard at the time of product release,” said Andrews. “When the
industry adopts the standard, each organization within a category has the
opportunity to volunteer to ensure the standard is accurate in how their parts
information should be available throughout the supply chain.”
In addition to providing information on the standardization
project, the resource center offers a quick and easy way for manufacturers and
suppliers to become subject matter expert volunteers. Those interested can
click on the “Volunteer
Now” button on the page to participate.
Over the course of the next 16 months, HDDA will rely on the
cooperation of manufacturers and suppliers in order to collect the necessary
product description data, which will ultimately be populated in a standardized
product file. Those files can then be distributed to all customers in one
format, rather than the countless formats currently being used across the
For more information, contact Sheila Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit standards.hdda.org.