e commerce platform company 1link Service Network to pass 15000 franchise dealers this week

The number of franchise dealers, independent garages and fast fits signed up to the 1link Service Network e-commerce platform is set to pass 15,000 this week.

1link Service Network is the market leading service and maintenance e-commerce platform, used by car and van fleets totalling two million vehicles to work with SMR suppliers.

Ken Trinder, head of business development at epyx, the company behind 1link, said: "We have continued to take on new dealers, independent garages and fast fits at a remarkable rate. During the last year alone, we have added almost 2,000.

"For suppliers to fleets, the platform creates the ability to process fleet SMR work much faster, more efficiently and at a lower cost than would otherwise be possible while creating access to potential new customers. These factors are very attractive during tough economic times."

Launched in 2003 and regularly updated since, 1link Service Network replaces slow and inefficient phone and fax based processes with an online mechanism that massively improves accuracy and service levels while reducing costs for all parties.

epyx specialises in IT solutions for the automotive sector. Its best-known products are the 1link e-commerce platforms.

1link products improve the efficiency of major fleets and their suppliers, covering functions including vehicle procurement, maintenance, hire, disposals and relicensing. 1link has been adopted by leasing fleets totalling a parc of two million vehicles, more than 15,000 service providers, and the majority of UK's top 50 vehicle leasing companies and motor manufacturers on behalf of their franchise dealer networks.

epyx also produces bespoke e-commerce solutions for a number of market-leading motor industry brands.