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 product’s to their trading partners, by utilizing multiple 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 product’s 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 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 heavy duty products found in the Product Classification database (PCdb), which are both utilized in the PIES data standard.
While the PIES 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.
*The Product Attribute database (PAdb) requires an annual paid subscription. Please visit our subscriptions page for more information and to subscribe.
What ACES and PIES is NOT
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Current Version: PIES 7.2
Previous Version: PIES 7.1
Technical Documentation and Other Resources
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- Technical Documentation
- Data Rules & Policies
- Best Practices
- White Papers
- Category Management Hierarchy
Download and Request Changes to Databases
To access or request changes to the supporting data standards (ACES and PIES) databases, please visit AutocareVIP.com.
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- Vehicle Configuration database (VCdb)
- Qualifier database (Qdb)
- Product Classification database (PCdb)
- Product Attribute database (PAdb)
- Brand Table
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