The Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) is the aftermarket industry data standard for the management and communication of product fitment data for light, medium and heavy duty vehicles, powersports, and off-highway and equipment. The ACES data standard allows companies to communicate this information for their products to their trading partners, by utilizing multiple supporting relational databases, which contain standardized, codified data, including vehicle and equipment attributes, qualifier statements, product classifications, brands and more. For example, if a company's product(s) requires a Year, Make, Model lookup in order to find it in a catalog or web lookup, users would utilize the ACES data standard, which utilizes multiple relational databases, to communicate that fitment information for their product(s) to their trading partners. The ACES data standard is used by light, medium, and heavy duty, as well as powersport, off-highway and equipment companies to communicate their product fitment information.
By using the ACES data standard, as well as best practices, it allows for companies to be more efficient in communicating product fitment data for light, medium and heavy duty vehicles, powersports, and off-highway and equipment, for their product’s by utilizing a standardized communication method that is machine-readable (XML) by all trading partners. By using the ACES 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
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.