[UPDATED] Coming Soon: Big Inventory Management Updates

I know it’s been some time since I’ve blogged and that’s because we’ve been working hard on several new initiatives. One of these we’ll talk about a whole lot more after the Used Truck Association Convention in Scottsdale, AZ next month.

For now, though, I’ll mention some of the upgrades we’re implementing into our Inventory Management Tool. We’re focusing mainly on these User Experience upgrades:

  • Easy application of Premium or Featured Photo features
  • Easy Ad Copy
  • Easy upload of multiple photos
  • Easy feedback mechanisms
  • Pricing assistance
  • IMT Mobile

Easy Application of Premium or Featured Photo Features
We’ve been working with our friends with CycleTrader and RVTrader to upgrade the Inventory tab in the IMT. This will soon include thumbnails as well as quick-click application of features and the adjustment of prices, among other things.

Easy Ad Copy
We’re integrating a mechanism that will allow our IMT users to easily copy the basics of a listing into a new listing. This way if you have seven Ford F-350’s you need to sell and hate the process of entering year, make, model, class, and photos, you’ll be able to copy them from ad to new ad easily.

Easy Upload of Multiple Photos
Using some technology from our friends with PowerSportsNetwork, we’re integrating a similar JavaScript-based photo upload tool. This will allow users to upload many photos simultaneously.

Easy Feedback Mechanism
We’ll be adding a new button to the IMT’s navigation which will allow you to send us feedback about any section, part, or operation that the IMT provides. We’re serious about hearing what our user’s think and providing the mechanisms to make it easier for you to do that are key.

Pricing Assistance
We’re sure our dealer’s know what good prices are in their markets, but we’re thinking it could be helpful to see what the maximum, minimum, average, and mean are in your region while creating a new listing. The pricing data is supplied by our own database of tens of thousands of listings. This feature will be in beta for awhile as we tweak our algorithms and listen to user feedback regarding its usefulness.

IMT Mobile
The product is designed to utilize the strengths of the smartphone in helping you maintain inventory on our site. Take photos and upload them from the lot. You can also edit price, mileage, and even create an ad directly from your iPhone or Android device. We are expecting to see this in iTunes and the Android Market by mid-November, pending the approval process and our final bits of feedback.

After the UTA show, we’ll be talking a great deal more about another new product of ours, so stay tuned! As always, please send me feedback!

UPDATE:  Many of these changes were added late last week.  However, our normal IMT users will not see the updates to the Inventory page which allow “Easy application of Premium or Featured Photo features” just yet.  These will be visible on the 28th as we work to train our customer service teams with the new layouts!  Please, use the new feedback mechanism to share your thoughts!

– Ryan

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