The Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) is the best practice for the management and exchange of product attribute information in the aftermarket industry. Following an industry standard is the first step towards data synchronization with channel partners which yields increased sales, shorter new product introduction cycles and lower operating costs through reduced order processing, invoicing and shipping errors. Standardizing product content lowers supply chain costs and contributes to increased sales and operational efficiency.

PIES standardizes field definitions and requirements as well as delivery mechanism used to transfer product specific data such as pricing, interchanges, kits, digital assets, marketing content, hazmat, product attributes, etc., between all members of the supply chain.  

While the PIES standard is free, PIES utilizes Auto Care’s databases, some of which require a paid subscription . In using PIES, there are clear advantages to database (PAdb, PCdb, Qdb and Brand table) subscriptions. However maintaining your own data in-house may require more internal resources than you are able to commit. If you have your application data in an electronic format, there are many  service providers that will help map your data to the PIES format. Some service providers can send PIES files for you.


Latest Version: PIES 7.1

Previous Version: PIES 7.0


technical documentation

PIES 7.1 - download 

best practices

Best Practices for Delivering Regulatory Content in PIES

white papers   
Volume 1: Using PIES for Pricing
Volume 2: Using PIES for Product Attributes
Volume 3: Using PIES for Rich Content, and other Market Copy
Volume 4: Using PIES for Images and Digital Content
Volume 5: Using PIES for Kit and Set information
Volume 6: The Description Segment – Definitions and Uses of the Description Codes

other resources

Communifire - contains the latest standards information including access to previous versions of ACES.  Communifire provides a forum to connect with other users, ask questions, and provide feedback.

VIP –   autocarevip.com contains the databases (PAdb, PCdb, Qdb and Brand table) used by the PIES standard. 

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The Association manages technology products under the guidance of the Technology Standards Committee ( TSC). The TSC is comprised of volunteer leaders who provide input and guidance to the association and act as an industry sounding board. The TSC sets the direction and approves changes to the standards managed by the association. Keep up-to-date of TSC initiatives and changes to the standards by joining and reviewing communifire. This is our industry platform to discuss the standards, changes, challenges, and direction.

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