Call on our SDC teams to help you

The SEMA Data team is here to help with your questions and data concerns.

We have several teams all lined up to help you when you run into questions or concerns with either creating or getting product data. Outlined below is contact information to each of our team leads. Also, you can always send general questions to helpdesk@semadata.org. 

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Troubleshoot Failed Exports

If you are seeing that troublesome ‘Delivery Error’ message in the Status column of your Recent Activity page, review these key areas and take steps to resolve the connection issue so you can receive your data files. The issues are commonly Host, Authentication, or Configuration. 

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SEMA Data Live Chat on PartsHub

Don't get stuck, get help! 

PartsHub is a user-friendly, and collaborative product cataloging solution that became part of SEMA Data's suite of services. Since its introduction late last year, almost 100 brands are managing their product experience and standardized product content with PartsHub.

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New features for SEMA Data eCom Plugins

It's been over a year since the SEMA Data WooCommerce and Shopify Plugins hit the industry. Now at version 3.40, there's been a lot of updates. 

Back in June of last year, we added the ability to use your own Line Card prefix versus the industry standard BrandID. We enabled adding custom fitments into the vehicle search, and also the ability to adjust your selling price across an entire brand.

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SEMA Data Refresher for Great Data

While the SEMA Data Offices are mostly closed this holiday season, here are a few backlinks to help you refresh your memory — and your data.

For manufacturers and resellers alike, this is a good opportunity to take a look through the list of tips below, some with links to past articles we've wri...

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SEMA Data Scorcard update

Check your data score to serve up better data! 

The new Scorecard v2 incorporates feedback from the SEMA Data Reseller network, and industry experts. Shoppers and resellers need more descriptive descriptions, more and better images and other digital assets, more attribute data, more features and benefits, more more more.

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Data Best Practices - Guide a consumer's journey to the shopping cart with product attributes. 

Attributes, the distinct characteristics of a product, guide shoppers through a online store to the selection of the product that meets his/her wants and needs. Material type, colo...

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COVID Relief SBA Loans for Small Businesses

The stimulus package includes roughly $350 billion in federally-backed loans for small business owners, some of which borrowers will not have to pay back.

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SDC Data Scorecard Updated

Use of data evolves. Data standards evolve. SDC is helping you keep up with the evolution.

As the business landscape shifts to online, the needs and use of data has changed. The Auto Care Association has released their updates to the PIES and ACES to meet those needs.

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Staging added to SDC PIM

Data Staging is Now Live in the SDC PIM and Effective for All Manufacturers Monday, January 20!

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Digital Assets Practices Changing to Standards

Photos and images take center stage as Digital Asset Best Practices evolve some aspects to DA Standards -- Make sure your voice is heard! 

Auto Care Association (ACA) and representatives from the industry are meeting to update digital assets standards. A committee meets monthly via phone conference to revise and develop standards and discuss potential requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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SDC Users Meeting

High performing brands in the SEMA segment understand what great product data can do for them. Get to these SDC education sessions at the SEMA Show to learn how you can also be a high performing brand.

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Time to get barcodes from SEMA Data

Barcodes are vital for doing business today.

If you want to ensure that "fat-finger" errors don't screw up your inventory counts or proliferate through your supply chain, costing you lost sales, money wasted, or higher operating costs, then you're going. To need. A barcode. So, what is a barcode (aka, UPC or GTIN) and how do you get one?

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Develop a plan for data updates

It's an exciting time after all the work you've done with your internal and SEMA Data teams to get your product information gathered, organized, reviewed and, finally, published! CONGRATULATIONS! 

Now what?

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SDC Booth 20679 in Central Hall

We will be at the SEMA Show again this year in Central Hall on the second floor, same as before in booth 20679. Go through the SDC "arch" to the stairs or elevator to get to our booth.

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SDC Users Meeting

The SEMA Show is just weeks away, so as you're making plans for the Show and your travel arrangements, be sure to include this year's SDC Users Group Meeting in your "must attend" events.

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Use of data evolves. Data standards evolve. SDC is helping you keep up with the evolution. 

As the business landscape shifts more and more to online, the needs and use of data has changed. With feedback from industry companies and consumers, the Auto Care Association releases their updates to the PIES and ACES to meet those needs. Amid this changing market, the SDC is revising its Scorecard to help you measure and maintain the quality of your data desired by your customers.

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Crowds at SEMA New Product Showcase

Crowds will be gathered at the New Products Showcase this year to see your latest products. Are you ready for them? 

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We're excited to announce the SDC PIM system will be getting some very exciting updates in the next few weeks. 

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Gigi Ho joins the SEMA Data as Director of Operations.

She will be based in the SEMA headquarters building in Diamond Bar, California, and will report directly to Mike Spagnola, SEMA Vice President of OEM and Product Development programs.

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Our promotion was so popular last year that we are pleased to announce we are running our Platinum Promotion for this year's SEMA Show exhibitors again! We are offering $10,000 in marketing outreach to participating SDC manufacturers exhibiting at the 2019 SEMA Show that achieve or maintain Platinum status prior to July 12, 2019.

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The SDC is pleased to welcome two new team members, Patrick Arche and Richard Nemcek! READ MORE

New System Updates from the SDC Development Team

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As mentioned in a previous newsletter, SDC is ramping up data content support of government regulations, specifically California Proposition 65.  Through detailed review of content needed between manufacturers and resellers, SDC is using a combination of the Autocare Best Practices and member-driven and legal counsel-driven content to include a full range of detail to express these regulations.

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SDC is fully compliant with PIES 7.0!  One of the major changes in this version release is all PIES Coded Values have been decoupled from the PIES XSD and moved to the Product Classification Database (PCdb), allowing Autocare to release code updates in shorter timeframes. Previously, code changes had to be held for version releases that are infrequent.  Now, we’ll see code requests move through the approval process in a fraction of the time.

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ACPN is a membership segment of the Auto Care Association. More specifically, ACPN is a professional society comprised of automotive content professionals, or catalog managers as they have long been known. ACPN serves the professional development requirements of their members for education, training, technology solutions, industry insights, networking with peers and recognition.

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The SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) introduced a new feature to simplify PIES and ACES imports for Suppliers through Basic and Advanced Load Sheets in Excel or Pipe Delimited formats. With more than 1,200 members included in the co-op, the SDC is the largest openly accessible industry product data repository.

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Are you aware that Google requires full compliance on its Global Trade Identification Numbers (GTIN) requirement for most products to qualify for inclusion on Google Shopping feeds? The GTIN-12 is used in the United States and Canada and is encoded into 12-digit UPC Barcodes. Google will show “item level disapprovals” for products that don’t meet the requirement. That is, you will need to meet the GTIN requirements to continue serving ads for your products through Google. And this doesn’t just mean the items with out GTINs will be excluded, but rather if a certain modest percentage of items don’t comply, the entire data feed will be rejected.

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