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Andreoli & Associates Inc. reports its HITS business management platform for tire dealers and related businesses will soon include a comprehensive Web-based service estimating solution and electronic catalog designed to help users increase sales in non-tire automotive service categories.

The company is working with Activant Solutions Inc. to finalize the addition of the Activant Integrated Service Estimator (ISE) solution into the Web-based HITS BPOS business management platform.

The Activant ISE solution enables users to quickly identify the information, parts and suppliers needed to complete common automotive repairs.

The solution provides fast, easy access to an extensive array of features and functionality, including the Activant PartExpert database of 7.9 million parts covering approximately 148.5 million applications.

The ISE solution also includes integrated parts pricing and sourcing capabilities through more than 8,000 North American replacement parts distributors.

All parts, labor and pricing information looked up within the Activant ISE solution will be able to be quickly imported to any HITS BPOS estimate, work order or invoice, the company says.

“The addition of these powerful new capabilities underscores our commitment to helping HITS users accelerate their growth across all service categories,” says Andreoli & Associates Founder and President Mike Andreoli. “The Activant ISE solution represents a proven path to new customer relationships and increased sales.”

Other key features of the ISE solution are the Activant Cover-to-Cover eCatalog module, which includes millions of detailed product photos, diagrams, specifications and other content; LaborExpert aftermarket flat rate labor guide; EZWrite database of popular repair and maintenance services pre-mapped to parts and labor requirements; InterChange cross-reference tool featuring more than 16 million OE-to-aftermarket and aftermarket-to-aftermarket listings; Service Intervals Plus database of OEM-recommended scheduled vehicle maintenance items; and an automatic VIN decoding tool.

Current users of HITS M/S software will be able to easily convert to the enhanced, Web-based HITS BPOS system featuring the Activant ISE solution, according to Andreoli.

“We have scores of customers who have seamlessly transitioned to HITS BPOS to help save time and increase customer service levels,” he says. “The addition of the powerful Activant ISE solution makes our browser-based HITS platform even more appealing and financially rewarding for our customers.”

Introduced in 2008, the Activant ISE solution has been integrated into the business management platforms of several leading automotive service chains. It features a tight integration of a full-featured, user-friendly estimating solution with Activant’s suite of aftermarket parts and labor data.

“The Activant ISE solution enables business owners to compete in dozens of additional parts and service categories without the need to abandon their existing business management and point-of-sale systems,” says Paul Salsgiver, executive vice president, Activant Solutions. “This is a perfect example of an innovative, affordable technology that can enhance the long-term value of an automotive service business."

For additional information, contact Andreoli & Associates at (800) 438-4487, ext. 32, e-mail or visit the company's Web site at


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