Autologue Computer Systems
The History of Autologue Computer Systems

About the Owner/CEO:

Jim Franco has never allowed anyone to dictate what he could accomplish.

In 1961, at the age of 18, after being told he was too young, Jim acquired a Union Oil Service Station. It was two months after graduating from high school. He was the youngest Union Oil Dealer in the history of the company. In 1965, he entered the parts business. Jim opened a Big A Auto Parts store, once again he was the youngest Big A Jobber in the history of American Parts System. During the next 22 years, Jim added a large machine shop, Production Engine Rebuilders, an 8-bay service center, a Warehouse and three additional retail locations. The company grew into a multimillion-dollar organization.

In the mid 1970's, Jim was introduced to his first computer systems. He purchased a Triad Management System, to control and improve the auto parts business. At that time the computer did not have point of sale capability, nor could it manage accounts receivable, or receive purchase orders. It was simply an electronic inventory posting machine. In the late 1970's Jim encountered Safeguard Business Systems, they asked him to be on an advisory council. They wanted input to design a point-of-sale system for the automotive aftermarket. That was the beginning of what would become Autologue Computer Systems.

In the early 80s, Safeguard asked Jim to install the Autologue System in his auto parts stores and become an Autologue Distributor. By 1984, Jim was named the #1 Autologue Sales Distributor.

In early 1985, Safeguard wanted to sell Autologue Computer Systems. They had been unprofitable for six consecutive years. Jim, always looking for a new challenge, acquired Autologue from Safeguard, and moved the company from New Jersey to Fullerton, CA. In 1986, he sold his auto parts stores and dedicated all of his time to Autologue. He also moved the company to its present facility in Buena Park, CA.

About the Company:

In 1985, Autologue Computers Systems began to market and sell turnkey business management systems as the Western Distributor for Safeguard Business Systems. Autologue focused in the Automotive Aftermarket. Since then Autologue has grown to be one of the leading providers of systems and software to the Aftermarket. There are over 5,000 locations depending on Autologue' s excellent customer support and software products.

In 1998, Autologue acquired the Parts Logic Division of Computer Logic. They were the Eastern Distributor for Safeguard. By purchasing this division, Autologue Computer Systems gained complete control of the development and distribution of Autologue Computer Systems.

In May 1998, Autologue acquired Southeastern Express Systems, they were providing software and hardware support for Activant's (now Epicor) non supported Series 12 management systems. SES was also relocated to Autologue Corporate Headquarters in Buena Park, CA.

As we entered the 21st century Autologue continued and perfected its growth through acquisition model.

In October of 2001, Autologue acquired The Parts Genie, located in Lawrenceville, GA. Parts Genie provides a price updating service. Currrent data, including prices and UPC codes are provided to subscribers. Parts Genie can be used to update all systems in the Autologue family, as well as many others.

In December of 2001, Autologue acquired Auto Inventory Systems (AIS), this inventory management software was designed for small, single store jobbers/distributors. Since then, AIS has has been enhanced to handle in larger multi-store customers. Autologue has also integrated with all of their eProducts to AIS. There are over 400 AIS systems installed today.

In January of 2002 Autologue acquired Datatron Ltd., in Waukee, IA. The Datatron was specifically designed for Warehouse Distributors with multiple locations. Datatron includes an integrated accounting package. Datatron's developers and support staff are still located in Waukee.

In April of 2011 Autologue acquired AutoComLink, was one of the first B2B sites in the Aftermarker. ACL is primarily used to connect Mitchell® Shop Management Systems to the Autologue family of systems for allowing customers to check stock and availability and order via the internet.

In July of 2011 Autologue acquired AutoCube, a business intelligence software, from GoToSolutions, located in Ohio. This was an important acquisition for Autologue as it provides a companion product for all management systems designed to use a relational database for report generation. Reports are completely customizable by the customer. AutoCube has proven to be an invaluable tool for our customers that want more out of the data their systems are creating.

In September of 2011 Autologue acquired SBC Solutions in Chicago, Illinois. SBC opened Autologue's world to Windows based platforms. This added the newest technology to Autologue' s portfolio of Inventory Management Systems. SBC is also brought Autologue into several new vertical markets. Specifically, Shop Management, Architectural Paint and Wall Covering, and Automotive Paint and Body Equipment. SBC's offices remain in Chicago.

In July of 2016, Autologue acquired three business management systems from eBay. eBay had acquired Wrenchhead, including NexPart and their systems. They included PartsWatch, AutoEase and Maccel. PartsWatch and AutoEase are cloud-based systems. Autologue invested in and completely upgraded the data centers, adding redundancy and security. Maccel is currently used by large Jobber/Distributor customers in a warehouse environment. These three systems bring the total number of Management Systems, offered by Autologue, to eight.

Autologue continues to grow and develop new software for all of our more than 5000 locations throughout North America.

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