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How Epicor Can Help You Address the Challenges of the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry will be facing a significant number of challenges in the coming years. Consumer demands are changing, evolving, and becoming more complex. If it is to thrive, the automotive industry needs to adapt to this new environment by implementing tools that will allow for more relevant, reliable, and diversified information.

To effectively and quickly address the ever-increasing demands, the automotive industry must also be able to:

  • Bolster its international presence and visibility
  • Effectively integrate new energy efficiency technologies; for example, addressing the demand for smart vehicles and the growing popularity of continuously variable transmissions
  • Have the ability to quickly customize products
  • Offer fast delivery times
  • Effectively manage an international supply chain
  • Optimize its resources; this includes refining its marketing processes to achieve higher profitability at a lower cost
  • Monitor, in real time, each step of the manufacturing process

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems offer a particularly attractive solution. ERP systems are a suite of integrated applications that help support and optimize a company’s core business processes. They make it easier to manage the company’s overall processes, thereby improving both organizational and individual performance.  In other words, they help manage human and financial resources, decision-making, procurement, distribution, and sales. Automotive ERP systems are therefore considered the obvious solution for the this industry.


In today’s globalized world, the need for effective and clear communication is vital. Whether it involves interdepartmental communication between different facilities or between different partners, it is crucial to implement online platforms that facilitate the transmission of messages, whatever their origin. EC Solutions clearly understands this. Epicor for Automotive is an ERP solution designed for manufacturers and distributors of products and services for the automotive industry.

Epicor ERP Automotive  offers Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) combined with the Microsoft.NET platform, a user-friendly interface. The SOA architecture provides access to a range of available services. Epicor also offers an easy-to-use programming interface (referred to as an API, the acronym for Application Programming Interface), which provides a set of easily accessible Web services. In addition, “ERP Automotive from Epicor” offers a flexible software environment and recognizes the specific needs of the automotive industry.  By streamlining all management processes, Epicor helps you meet the demands quickly and easily. Moreover, a company that is able to respond effectively to market demands is a company that is fiercely competitive.


ERP Automotive from Epicor provides companies with procurement management support. This advantage allows companies to coordinate their manufacturing activities and make the information available from one company to another worldwide. Thus, since all information is easily accessible, growth management is significantly facilitated at all stages of production.


The automotive industry deals with some of the most complex manufacturing processes. Car manufacturers therefore have specific and unique needs. EC Solutions boasts many years of experience in this field and has worked with numerous manufacturers. In fact, Epicor’s AOS architecture model has been successfully implemented by 8,000 customers.

Take The Woodbridge Group (TWG) for example, an international manufacturer of urethane foam for the automotive industry. It was one of the first companies to manufacture seats upholstered with ultra-cold-resistant foam. The company wanted to implement an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system capable of supporting all its business needs. It was losing customers simply because its software was not adequate enough for the business. TWG consulted numerous EDI system providers, eventually selecting Epicor and EC Solutions because it felt we had a broader understanding of the industry’s issues.  They also noted our impressive history of successful system implementations for organizations in the automotive industry, supported by the fact that we offer lower prices than those of our competitors. Moreover, the investment was far less risky and the chances of success considerably higher. Our services are geared towards various types of companies in the automotive industry. For example, we can help you:

  • Improve price list management
  • Set up different price lists for your Canadian and U.S. customers
  • Automatically obtain the default currency for purchase orders from the customer profile
  • And much more!

The benefits of using Epicor are multiple. With Epicor, you can easily generate price lists for various products, enter sales forecasts, and make the spare parts price list available to your customers.

Are you experiencing communication problems within your company? Are you expanding? Is your current software not adequate enough for your business needs?

For more details on how Epicor can help you, please contact one of our experts!

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