We have two large projects that are already underway. The first project is making the logical connections between parts. For example, manufacturer A says that their part AAA is the same as manufacturer B with part number BBB. No manufacturer B says their part is the same as Manufacturer C with part number CCC. So, the question we all have: Is part number AAA the same as CCC? No manufacturers have made this link or published this information, but it probably is. For this reason, we are developing an algorithm to find all these matches, and then allow our truck parts experts to review the matches and either approve or deny them. It will be a long process, but it will lead to a better experience for our users.
The second project is putting all 1.1 million part numbers into a category system. Our goal here is to allow customers to filter results by categories to improve search reliability. This will be very handy for short part numbers. As example, if you search for Anco wiper blade 91-22, there are over 60 matches of part numbers that start with “9122”. By selecting what type of part you are looking for, it should make it easier to find your parts.