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"Monday morning, eigtheen years of dawning..."
Monday 25th June 2018 sees the launch of the Auction Information Management System (AIMS) at Manheim Shotts in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The product of over two and a half years development, AIMS is a next generation web application providing inventory, financial and process management services for the vehicle auction industry. Built using Microsoft .Net Core and React JS, and hosted in Microsoft Azure, the product benefits from the latest software technologies, implemented in line with industry best practice and design principles.
Ian Fisher, MD of Kingfisher Systems states ‘The first Kingfisher auction management system was developed by my father in the mid 1980’s using a database language called Foxbase and hosted on a local SCO Xenix server. The next incarnation, Auction Manager, was installed at Shotts Motor Auctions in June 2000, almost eigtheen years ago to the day. AIMS thus represents the culmination of a 30 year’ journey that has seen Kingfisher grow from offering a single ‘on premise’ product to become a global supplier of cloud based software solutions to the vehicle auction sector. The AIMS project team’s primary focus has been to ensure that AIMS is designed and developed in a structured and considered manner. The result is the most complex, functionally rich solution that the company has developed to date, and is quite simply the best auction management system in existence today providing unrivalled functionality and ease of use.’
The AIMS rollout to other branches of Manheim Auctions and Vehicle Solutions will continue through 2018 and into early 2019, and will eventually see 20 individual centres operating the solution, while collectively processing in excess of 400,000 vehicles per year. The product supercedes Manheim's legacy auction system MBOS.
The AIMS project team will now move on to the next phase of development which will result in new functionality and features that will continue to help drive efficiencies and operational improvements within the Manheim Group.
As a footnote, in the late 1990’s, Kingfisher developed the Aftermarket Information Management System for Land Rover UK, a product that was also known as AIMS. The more things change, the more they stay the same…
Kingfisher Systems has completed the Phase Two development of www.manheim.ca, the flagship website of Manheim Canada. The enhancements includes new modules such as Search and Run, as well as transport integration with Ready Logistics. Below is the press release supporting the launch.
Mississauga, Ont.—March 1st, 2018—As part of Manheim Canada's goal to become a leader in digital remarketing, the company is continuing to invest in Manheim.ca. In order to drive a richer client experience, Manheim Canada will provide its clients with a connected digital marketplace.
In October of 2017, Manheim.ca launched an online payment functionality called Pay Online. This year, Manheim Canada has added to its innovative and easy-to-use applications that will continue to change the way dealers buy, sell and track their automotive inventory investments.
"Our mission is to help our Manheim.ca clients operate their businesses in a way that best suits their needs – whether that's selling used vehicles in their office, on their lot, or when they’re mobile," said Stephanie Turner, Senior Manager, Business Development & Strategy, Cox Automotive Canada. "Using Manheim Canada's connected digital marketplace, our clients will experience delivery efficiency, cost savings, and convenience."
Clients will now be able to search for vehicles at upcoming auctions directly through Manheim.ca, which will feature vehicles that are exclusive to the Canadian market. Users can streamline their search results and/or bookmark their favourites for quick and easy reference. History Reports and Condition Reports are now also more easily accessible. These key enhancements are available in English and French.
In addition to finding cars, Manheim.ca has enhanced its integration with Ready Logistics, Cox Automotive Canada’s transportation brand, making it easier to get quotes and ship cars that were purchased at the auction. Canada is the first country outside of the U.S. to begin leveraging Ready Logistics' full-service transportation logistics solutions. Founded in 2007 and acquired by Manheim in 2012, Ready Logistics is a nationwide, full-service transportation solutions company for automotive dealers, auctions, commercial clients, and car owners. Last year, Ready Logistics moved two million cars across North America.
"In today’s highly competitive market, it’s more important than ever before for us to invest in our single integrated marketplace,” said Maria Soklis, President of Cox Automotive Canada. “Our goal is to make things better, smarter, and faster for our clients. With our Inventory Solutions stream – including Manheim, Ready Logistics, and RMS, our Canadian clients can now connect directly with physical auctions. This means 24/7 buying and selling, but it also includes everything our clients need for financing and logistics, while reducing their risk in one end-to-end solution."
For further information, about Manheim Canada’s latest innovations in support of better, smarter, and faster auctions, please visit manheim.ca/dealertools.
About Manheim CanadaManheim Canada is part of Manheim, the leading global provider of vehicle remarketing services for more than 70 years. With locations in Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver and 24/7 sales via www.ove.com, Manheim Canada hosts more than 30 in-lane and online auctions each month. Manheim connects buyers and sellers of used vehicles to the world’s largest wholesale used-vehicle marketplace, helping dealers and commercial customers achieve results through auction channels, data analysis, inspections, financing, transportation, purchase protection, mobile products and a wide range of solutions. For more information, visit manheim.ca.
About Cox Automotive CanadaCox Automotive is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. In Canada, the Cox Automotive family includes Dealer.com®, Dealertrack®, HomeNet®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, Ready Logistics®, RMS Automotive®, vAuto®, VinSolutions® & Xtime®, along with a host of other brands in other countries. The global company has 34,000 team members in more than 220 locations and is a partner to more than 50,000 auto dealers, as well as most major automobile manufacturers. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of 120-year-old Cox Enterprises, Inc., which has revenues exceeding $20 billion and approximately 55,000 employees. Cox Enterprises’ other major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Media Group. For more information about Cox Automotive Canada, visit coxautoinc.ca.
Contact:Sarah MillerManager, Public Relations and Corporate CommunicationsCox Automotive Canada(416) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingfisher Systems has completed the development of a new website for Pioneer Auctions, United Arab Emirate’s leading auction house. www.pioneerauctions.ae went live on Monday 12th September and is the latest in a series of websites developed by Kingfisher, including www.wilsonsauctions.com which was launched in July. Both websites feature Kingfisher’s latest timed auction engine which allows units to be offered online in an ‘eBay’ style auction format. In the coming months’ we will be working on a number of while label websites for our auction partners.
Kingfisher Systems has completed the development and deployment of the Ready Logistics Canada website www.readylogistics.ca. The site launched on 21st June and will be developed further over the coming months with the addition of new features and functionality. Utilising the Umbraco CMS, and featuring a fully responsive design, this is the latest website project Kingfisher has completed for our Cox Automotive colleagues in Canada.
Ready Logistics is the national leader in full-service transportation logistics solutions to support planning, execution, and overall improvement in logistics for automotive auctions, dealers, commercial, and consumer clients in North America.
Kingfisher Systems has completed the development and roll out of www.fleetauctiongroup.com and www.protruckauctions.co.uk. The new websites, hosted on Microsoft Azure, feature a fully responsive design and incorporate Kingfisher’s unique ‘Drive’ technology. Ian Fisher, MD of Kingfisher, states ‘The new platform provides Fleet and Protruck with a state of the art digital presence. We plan to roll out the Drive technology to other independent auctions throughout the second half of 2017. Additionally, Fleet plan to now focus on the implementation of our next generation inspection system, bringing their technology portfolio fully up to date’.
Introducing the Kingfisher Project: the plan to completely overhaul several of Manheim Canada’s systems.
"Using the experienced skill set of the development team in the U.K., we have teamed up with our colleagues from Kingfisher to take some of the platforms already implemented in our International markets, and to leverage some of the exciting things currently being developed. The Kingfisher Project will ensure that Cox Automotive International is aligned and ready to assist our clients as they strive for products and services to help their businesses succeed.
To make it easier to manage and for our clients to see real benefits as quickly as possible we’ve split the Project into three main areas:
1) Online Presence, led by our new website www.manheim. ca 2) Simulcast2 online bidding capabilities, which has been launched in our International markets for a few years now with huge success 3) a new Auction System that will completely revolutionise the operational processes in our business, and takes away the stresses and strains of our current AS400 system.
You’ll hear more about each aspect as we journey down the road further and we will make sure that everyone is as excited as we are at the thought of having 21st-century products that will help us, our clients and our businesses."
Stephanie Turner, Cox Automotive Canada, Sr. Manager, Strategy and Business Development
Today sees the launch of www.manheim.ca, the new digital presence of Manheim Canada. Built by Kingfisher Systems over a period of eight weeks, the responsive and multilingual website is the first stage on a journey that will see the complete redevelopment of Manheim Canada’s online and back office systems. The next version of the website will include a redesigned stock locator, as well as a ‘My Manheim’ section that will allow clients to view their purchases and make online payments.
Ian Fisher, MD of Kingfisher, states ‘In September, we were asked by our colleagues at Manheim Canada about the possibility of redeveloping their existing website. Work began in November and we are delighted to have completed the project so quickly. We have been greatly assisted by the team in Canada, along with the technical team in Atlanta. Next we will turn our attention to phase two, with enhanced stock locator functionality, as well as client ‘self-serve’ facilities. The fact that the new website is multilingual, allows Manheim Canada to better serve their French Canadian customers.’
The project is the first time Kingfisher Systems has worked with Amazon Web Services (AWS), the hosting platform of choice in the US and Canada. This has allowed us to compare and contrast AWS with Manheim Europe’s preferred hosting partner, Microsoft Azure.
2016 has been a busy year for the Inspection System development team. January saw the roll out of the next generation solution to Central Car Auctions, shortly followed by South Western Vehicle Auctions. Next came West Oxfordshire Motor Auctions and Letchworth Motor Auctions who both launched the Inspection System, in tandem with Live Bid, in July. Independent Motor Auctions and City Auction Group Rockingham moved on to the new platform in October, with West Coast Motor Auctions scheduled for December. The system is also being trialled by Shoreham Vehicle Auctions and the Motor Auction Group in Rotherham.
Managing Director Ian Fisher states ‘The team have done a tremendous job to roll out the solution so quickly to many different clients. Our customers were becoming frustrated with the old system due to aging hardware, low image quality and increasing reliability issues. The new system has addressed all these concerns providing our clients with a state of the art solution going forward. Being able to source their own devices has also greatly reduced costs, allowing users to choose the best hardware solution for their environment.’
Kingfisher Systems has completed the development of a portfolio of new websites for Manheim Europe. The culmination of eight months’ work, the launch involved the simultaneous deployment of ten websites for markets in Portugal, Spain and Italy. The umbrella website www.manheim.eu provides information on Manheim’s operations in Europe, with links to the individual market websites as well as salvage and white label websites.
The new digital presence provides Manheim Europe with an unrivalled technology platform which will be developed further over the coming months. Featuring a fully responsive design and multilingual interface the new portfolio allows customers to access Manheim Europe’s full range of services via mobile and other devices.
Managing Director, Continental Europe, Mike Mosier, said: “This brings us so many opportunities going forward. We’re entering a new era! The sites have already changed our position in the markets and will continue to do so in the future.
“Next we’ll turn our attention to phase 2 with a mobile app to drive push notifications of sales, outbids, promos, and more. We’ll strive for online payments and push marketing of specific vehicles and add more ‘consumer portal’ elements such as tile view and premium listings.”
Today sees the launch of www.independentmotorauctions.co.uk the new website of the long established Leeds based family owned auction company. The site features a mobile friendly responsive design and incorporates fully featured stocklists as well as Live Bid 2, Kingfisher’s industry leading online bidding platform. The website is the first of a number of Kingfisher projects due to go live in the coming months including new sites for Wilsons Auctions, West Oxford Motor Auctions and The Fleet Auction Group. In addition, Live Bid 2 will be rolled out to East Anglia Motor Auctions. This busy schedule highlights Kingfisher’s ongoing commitment to the independent auction sector, ensuring our customers continue to have access to the latest industry technology.