LITTLETON, Colo. and LINCOLN, Neb.— Sandhills Publishing and Charter Software Inc. have signed an agreement to integrate a number of Sandhills Publishing products into Charter's ASPEN Business Management System. The initial integration includes Sandhills’ equipment inspection app, which allows dealers to create inspection reports for individual assets that can then be attached to inventory records in the ASPEN business system.
The integration also includes FleetEvaluator—Sandhills Publishing’s asset valuation software powered by real-time asset and market data; once subscribed, users gain access to the latest market and auction values, which will also now be accessible within unit records, quote documents, work orders, or unit maintenance screens in the ASPEN business system.
"Partnering with Sandhills Publishing helps us continue to deliver on Charter's cause, which is to help people flourish," states Charter President/CEO Anne Salemo. "The new interfaces we will include in ASPEN, like FleetEvaluator, will ensure dealers are trading properly for used equipment and are able to more strategically set retail prices on inventory, which will assuredly create better margins and directly impact their bottom lines."
Access to data across individuals and departments enables dealers to maintain an accurate understanding of where they stand on every asset through multiple stages of the equipment lifecycle. In addition to making inspection and valuation information more readily accessible, this technology integration also saves dealers time and resources, helping them avoid data re-entry, which in turn reduces opportunities for errors and improves the accuracy of information.
“Equipment dealers benefit tremendously from mobile-friendly tools that communicate seamlessly and are built for their industry,” says Sandhills Publishing’s Director of New Products Evan Welch. “This integration streamlines two of the most crucial aspects of everyday operations—asset valuations and equipment inspections—by making them accessible through dealers’ existing business systems.”
Additional integrations, including the ability to automatically upload units and pictures to websites hosted by Sandhills, are also in the works as part of ASPEN’s immediate roadmap.