MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AutoZone® has been awarded a multi-year contract as the exclusive provider for automotive parts and supplies by Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX. The agreement is available through the cooperative purchasing organization, National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (National IPA™). The agreement also enables ALLDATA® LLC, an AutoZone company, to offer its suite of industry-leading automotive diagnostic and repair solutions for purchase by the 48,000 public agencies and educational institutions that are National IPA participants. These agencies are eligible to purchase AutoZone parts and supplies and ALLDATA products at an agreed-upon contract price without a Request for Proposal (RFP), eliminating the laborious and time-consuming solicitation process.
“AutoZone is honored to be selected as the exclusive supplier of automotive parts and accessories – and ALLDATA automotive repair technology solutions – to National IPA participating agencies,” said Mitch Major, Vice President, Commercial Support, AutoZone and President, ALLDATA. “We take great pride in the confidence Region 4 and National IPA have placed in our automotive products, technology solutions, and our teams.”
National IPA participants include state and local government entities, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations in all 50 states, including:
- States and State Agencies
- Municipalities, Townships and Counties
- Public and Private Pre-K, Primary and Higher Educational Institutions and Systems
- Special Districts (e.g. Fire, Water, Sewer, etc.)
- Charitable Organizations
“National IPA is thrilled the AutoZone award includes the ALLDATA solutions as a value-add to AutoZone’s publicly-solicited cooperative agreement,” said Ken Heckman, Senior Vice President, Account Management, National IPA. “Together, their best-in-class offering of automotive parts, service, and repair information will provide tremendous value to our participating agencies and their fleet departments.”
About AutoZone (NYSE:AZO):
As of May 6, 2017, AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals and accessories through 5,381 AutoZone stores in 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in the U.S., 499 stores in Mexico, 26 IMC branches, and nine stores in Brazil for a total count of 5,915. AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States. Each AutoZone store carries an extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations, and public sector accounts. IMC branches carry an extensive line of original equipment quality import replacement parts. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software through www.alldata.com. Additionally, we sell automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products through www.autozone.com, and accessories, performance and replacement parts through www.autoanything.com, and our commercial customers can make purchases through www.autozonepro.com and www.imcparts.net. AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or installation.
ALLDATA® is the leading provider of unedited OEM (original equipment manufacturer) information for the automotive repair and collision industries. Founded in 1986, the Elk Grove, Calif.-based company has more than 115,000 subscribers in North America who rely on ALLDATA for OEM-accurate automotive service and collision repair information, shop management software, training, and customer relations tools.
ALLDATA’S flagship products, ALLDATA Repair® and ALLDATA Collision®, feature a factory-direct database of more than 38,000 engine-specific vehicles – 95% of all vehicles on the road today. ALLDATA Repair is the go-to source for comprehensive, factory-correct repair information for the automotive industry, and it includes expert repair technician support in ALLDATA® CommunitySM. ALLDATA Collision is the single source of OEM collision repair information, delivering unedited and regularly updated information for structural repairs, mechanical and diagnostic information. The ALLDATA Mobile® app, combined with a tablet, makes vehicle information and ALLDATA Repair available right at the vehicle to speed repairs. ALLDATA Manage® Online is a comprehensive shop management system that offers anytime, anywhere access to create quotes and invoices, electronically order parts, manage bays and technicians, and track shop profitability. ALLDATA Tech-Assist® provides one-on-one assistance by phone from ASE Certified Master Technicians to help diagnose and solve tough repairs. ALLDATA® Training GarageSM is an online training resource with technical and business courses for shop staff and automotive students at all levels. Visit www.alldata.com for more information.
About National IPA
National IPA is redefining the future of cooperative purchasing. The cooperative purchasing organization is dedicated to serving public agencies and educational institutions nationwide. All cooperative agreements have been competitively solicited and publicly awarded by a public agency/governmental entity (e.g. state, city, county, public university or school district), utilizing the best public procurement practices, processes and procedures. The lead agencies are independent of the cooperative allowing the agency to be focused on the best value for the agency.
The National IPA team of tenured certified public procurement professionals, supply chain and cooperative purchasing experts is committed to bringing value to agencies nationwide. Participants may leverage one of the largest pools of purchasing potential, allowing them to receive a combined buying power regardless of their entity’s size. For more information please visit www.nationalipa.org.
CONTACT: ALLDATA Media Contact: Sheryl Bussard 916.478.3105 firstname.lastname@example.org AutoZone Contact Information: Media: Ray Pohlman at 866.966.3017 email@example.com Financial: Brian Campbell at 901.495.7005 firstname.lastname@example.org