ACES (Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard) is the North American industry standard for the management and exchange of automotive catalog applications (fitment) data. With ACES, suppliers can publish automotive data with standardized vehicle attributes, parts classifications and qualifiers. ACES also prescribes a machine-readable format (XML) for trading partners to use in exchanging vast amounts of catalog information electronically. (Cited from autocare.org)
Why is ACES important?
In simplest terms, the ACES arranges information that tells people the exact make(s), model(s) and year(s) that a part will fit. If one of your goals is to list product on ecommerce retail sites and/or brick & mortar retailers, you may want to learn more as most will require some form of ACES or standardized fitment information to sell to their customers. This fitment information, when properly compiled in the industry standard format, not only ensures that your products are fully exposed to the consumer, but also helps eliminate returns and mis-orders.
Where can I go to learn more?
The Auto Care Association owns & maintains the ACES standard. You can learn more about ACES through the SEMA Data Coop or directly from the Auto Car Association directly.
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