The Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) is the aftermarket industry data standard for the management and communication of product information. The PIES data standard allows suppliers to communicate product information for their products to their trading partners, by utilizing multiple supporting relational databases, which contain standardized attributes, parts classifications, brands and other coded data. The PIES data standard is used by light, medium, and heavy duty, as well as powersport, off-highway and equipment companies to communicate their product information.
By using the PIES data standard, as well as best practices, it allows for companies to be more efficient in communicating product information for their products by utilizing a standardized communication method that is machine-readable (XML) by all trading partners. Product information a user can send through a PIES file for their products include, but is not limited to, features and benefits, marketing descriptions, pricing, warranty, product attributes/specifications, hazardous materials, kit, interchanges, and digital assets. By using the PIES standard, it:
- Removes duplicated communication and distribution efforts
- Saves time and money
- Lowers supply chain costs
- Increases product introduction and speed to market
- Contributes to increased sales, operational efficiencies, and reduced returns
+ NEW in PIES! Heavy Duty Expansion
The Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES)* was recently expanded for the heavy duty industry, as a result of an industry project managed by the Auto Care Association Community HDDA: Heavy Duty, beginning with PIES Version 7.1 and newer. This expansion included the addition of heavy duty fields into the PIES data standard, as well as the addition of product attributes in the Product Attribute database (PAdb)* for 20 product categories of heavy duty products found in the Product Classification database (PCdb), which are both utilized in the PIES data standard. Heavy Duty companies can now use the PIES data standard to communicate their product information to their trading partners!
While the ACES data standard is free, it utilizes multiple relational databases which contain standardized, codified data (aka reference data), some of which require an annual paid subscription.
PIES 7.2 is the current version* of the Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) offered to the industry. This version, and all versions, are designed and maintained by the industry, for the industry, through industry workgroups and the guidance of the Technology Standards Committee (TSC). Each version passes a 90-day industry review period and is then released to the industry there-after.
Documentation Includes: Technical Documentation Technical Specifications XSD Schema Best Practices White Papers Category Management Hierarchy
*Auto Care Association ONLY supports the Current and Previous versions of the ACES and PIES data standards per the guidance of the Technology Standards Committee (TSC). Auto Care Association highly recommends that users of the data standards stay up-to-date as new versions are introduced and released.
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The Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) utilizes multiple relational databases, which contain standardized, codified data (aka reference data). To utilize the PIES standard, users must utilize these databases and the data within them. Click to learn more.
PAdb require a paid subscription to access. Please visit each database's page for subscription information.
Check out this video to see who use the ACES and PIES data standards!
There are multiple ways to get involved in the development and management of the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) data standards, as well as their supporting relational databases.
+ Auto Care Vehicle Information Portal (VIP)
This platform allows users to both manage and download the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) supporting relational databases. This includes submitting change requests to the current databases to modify existing records, remove and/or add new records.
Access to the VIP site does require users to create an account. To create an account, please visit autocarevip.com and follow the instructions on the landing page.
Access to the VIP site does not require a paid subscription. However, access to certain products within the VIP site will require an active paid subscription.
+ Education and Networking
The Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN), a community of the Auto Care Association, is a professional network with 380+ individual members employed in the automotive industry. It is the only community devoted exclusively to the education and professional development needs of the automotive content management professional.
ACPN serves as the leader in content management and related activities; promotes industry technology standards; and provides a forum for discussing and promoting best practices within the automotive industry all of which will culminate in their annual Knowledge Exchange conference.
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