Today’s businesses have come to understand that there
is no longer a need to commit to heavy investment in new software
solutions, and then be tied to such systems indefinitely.
The clear alternative is the opportunity to share common platforms
with other companies looking to achieve similar business objectives
through ‘community-based’ solutions. Enter 1link,
a portfolio of software platforms deployed centrally and designed
to facilitate the procurement of services for the automotive
industry through easily accessible technology.
By offering complete e-commerce platforms, we provide clients
with the opportunity to remove the complicated process of
putting together services involving numerous suppliers in
a technically complex environment. By adhering to the same
logic that credit card technology utilises, you encourage
an infinite number of buyers and suppliers to transact through
a single, common system. The 1link product portfolio uses
this same principle to cover the critical stages in the typical
lifecycle of a fleet vehicle.
1link is a true online solution, accessible to anyone with
an internet connection and designed to provide access to the
very latest technology through a low-cost, pay on use charging
mechanism. Already well established, 1link is set to become
the de facto standard for the leading fleets to procure products
and services from their supplying networks through the creation
of internet links. 1link delivers substantial reductions in administration
and increases processing accuracy, thereby pushing down costs
and raising service standards.
1link Service Network enjoys great success in the UK, with over 2 million
fleet vehicles on the system, after 2 years of operation. 1link has now
established operations in Germany, France and Spain, with a view to providing
a pan-European service. 1link Service Network will be established in the
second half, 2005.
The move into Europe has been prompted largely by existing
UK large fleet users of 1link fleet e-commerce products, many
of which operate on a pan-European basis, along with vehicle
epyx has always had plans to operate 1link in all major European and international
fleet markets, the speed of this move has been customer-driven.
Fleets recognise the savings through 1link in the UK and want
to expand its availability right across Europe, and more recently into Australia.
With 1link established as the e-commerce standard for the
motor industry in the UK, the obvious next step is to look
at other major European markets. This will enable epyx to increase
the efficiencies of both existing 1link customers who have
pan-European and international operations and also to seek new customers on an
Ultimately, the aim is to make 1link the processing standard
for the motor industry internationally. Established as
a success in the UK, initial indications from our European and international
partners are looking extremely encouraging.
Motorconsult is a subsidiary of Motor Consulting and Management in the UK, who have established
themselves as the leading provider for maintenance data and software to fleet management organisations
and lessors, representing over 850,000 vehicles.
Through a range of sophisticated data applications, Motorconsult can assist fleet management
organisations and self-managed fleets to reduce their maintenance costs and the overhead of maintenance
data collection and management.