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ARI Network Services Acquires Inventory Software Supplier

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ARI Network Services recently acquired Direct Communications, a company that provides network and inventory services to auto and RV dealerships.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The acquisition of (Direct Communications) will accelerate ARI’s growth in the automotive aftermarket and is consistent with our strategy to grow the business both organically and through strategic acquisitions,” ARI President and CEO Roy Olivier said. “The acquisition allows ARI to further expand the reach of our data-driven eCommerce websites and automotive point-of-sale software and will propel the development of new technologies to serve the 500,000 businesses in the automotive aftermarket.”

DCi will maintain its headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, under the continued leadership of Mark Toebben, who will assume the role of VP and GM of DCi, an ARI Company.

Direct Communications has provided services for the auto and RV aftermarket since Nile Cornelison founded it in 1981.

According to the release, the SEMA hall-of-famer played an important role in the establishment of many industry data standards, including ACES and PIES, as well as proprietary data formats used by major resellers.

“At DCi, our mission is to link buyers and sellers and provide solutions for every type of business in the automotive aftermarket,” Toebben said. “For almost 35 years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to that mission, and I’m excited to come together with ARI to provide a much wider range of complete solutions for businesses across the aftermarket – from a single-location speed shop to a multi-location warehouse distributor to large and small manufacturers.”

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