Boucherville QC, February 10, 2014 − Uni-Select Inc. (TSX: UNS), a major automotive aftermarket product distributor with activities across North America, is proud to announce the introduction of a telematics solution, powered by Delphi Automotive PLC, for all the 5,000 repair shops within its network in Canada and the United States.
SmartLink™ is a wireless communication tool that delivers many of the same connected features offered by OEMs (Original Equipment manufacturers), plus all makes coverage giving vehicle owners an option to connect their vehicle regardless of the make or model. SmartLink, a “plug-and play” device, is easily installed into the diagnostic connector located under the vehicle dashboard. This two-way communication, coupled with a data-management tool designed for Uni-Select and accessible on any desktop, tablet or smart phone device, provides users and installers a variety of services.
SmartLink will provide reminders and customized alerts, as well as educational tips about preventative maintenance. At its core is the connectivity to their preferred professional service center. SmartLink will count the DIFM customer and fleet owners as participants and include OE maintenance schedule notifications, service history, check engine light notifications, stolen vehicle locator and battery life monitoring. The data collected can help SmartLink users improve fuel economy and their vehicles reliability. Many fleet owners will be able to reduce operating costs through fuel savings, green driving, productivity boosts and improved driver behavior. SmartLink™ also provides reminders for maintenance intervals and makes follow-up with customers and appointment scheduling easier, fostering customer loyalty.
“We are proud to offer our professional service centers, fleets and independent auto parts stores a premium quality telematics solution to connect the vehicles, the drivers and the repair shops,” said Richard G. Roy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Uni-Select. “We are dedicated to provide repair shops with the best business programs to help them manage and grow their business, and this innovative solution program illustrates this commitment,” added Mr. Roy.
“SmartLink creates a connection throughout the entire aftermarket value chain, encouraging better relationships with each link,” said Philippe Desnos, president, Delphi Product & Service Solutions. “We are excited to be working with Uni-Select, and that our telematics technology will be available nationally from such a well-respected leader in the automotive aftermarket,” added Mr. Desnos.
Founded in 1968, Uni-Select is a major distributor of replacement parts, equipment, tools, accessories, paint and related products for motor vehicles in North America. Leader in the Canadian industry, Uni-Select is the 5th largest distributor in the United States and the leading independent distributor of automotive paint and related products in the country. With its 5,500 employees, Uni-Select efficiently services a wide network of independent installers and wholesalers, including over 6,200 that operate under one of its banner programs in North America. Uni-Select is headquartered in Boucherville and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol UNS.
The information provided in this press release may include some forward-looking information, which could include certain risks and uncertainties, which may cause the final results to be significantly different from those listed or implied within this news release. For additional information with respect to risks and uncertainties, refer to the Annual Report filed by Uni-Select with the Canadian securities commissions. The forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of this press release, and Uni-Select does not undertake to publicly update such forward-looking information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws.
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