1link adds tyre e-procurement

Automotive sector technology solutions provider epyx has added tyres to its 1link Vehicle Network trading platform. It says “leading tyre distributors and manufacturers” have signed up and will provide products at “competitive prices”. According to epyx, the inclusion of tyres in 1link will enable dealers to provide fleets with a nationwide, fixed price tyre offering.

“The tyre market is a huge opportunity,” commented Mike Wise, director of tyre programmes at 1link. “The average company car has two tyres fitted every year, adding up to sales of around six million units. Yet it is an area where franchise dealer sales penetration is low.

“E-procurement technology could allow a fleet national tyre programme to be constructed in a matter of days, creating a one-stop-shop offering for franchise networks,” he added. “There are also many associated opportunities such as winter tyres, where sales into fleets are rising year-on-year.”

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