7-Jun-2011 Source: fipart
fipart, the Next Generation eBusiness Platform for the Aviation Aftermarket, has announced that it successfully completed the roll-out of its upgraded web service to its 13,500 users. fipartâ€™s aim is to provide an upgraded, modern alternative to the existing internet parts locator databases. New features implemented in this system include a state-of-the-art search and display engine, new social networking capabilities including LinkedIn connectivity, as well as integrated user and company quality scores.
The new quality-rating system was developed to tackle four specific problems that fipart chief executive Andreas Lampprecht says are consistently mentioned by industry professionals: RFQs that go unanswered, misleading inventory information, â€œprice fishingâ€ by fake buyers seeking competitive information and dishonest suppliers.
â€œItâ€™s unacceptable if a buyer sends an RFQ and doesnâ€™t get a response, or if someone sends out a fake RFQ just to find out what the market price is. This leads to a lot of frustration. We want to get to the core of dishonesty, make transparent who is behind each transaction, and reward reliable and trustworthy companies,â€ he says.
fipartâ€™s quality-rating system aims to address the four challenges through a combination of state-of-theart technology and user feedback.
Located in Germany, fipart is also the first service of its kind based outside of the Unite States as well as ISO9001 certified. â€œWe take our quality, global focus and independence from parts distributors very seriouslyâ€, Lampprecht said.
Ludo Van Vooren, an industry veteran who recently took on the role of VP Customer Solutions for fipart, feels that, as in many other industries, the Aviation Aftermarket is ready for a Next Generation implementation: â€œUsers wanted an alternative to the old systems. At less than $1 per day per user, our all-inclusive PREMIUM offer gives them the modern functionality they want at a fixed and manageable annual rate.â€
About fipart (www.fipart.com)
fipart is a web platform for the aviation procurement community that combines trading and networking in one. The companyâ€™s mission is to facilitate e-commerce for aftermarket aeronautical parts, products and services. Founded in 2007, fipart currently lists around 25 million parts from vendors in more than 150 countries. The company is located in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany.