EDGE Pipeline December Release - New features, New User Accounts, A Whole New World

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The Auction Edge team is very excited to announce a massive update coming to the EDGE Pipeline product. In fact, this is not really an update as much as it is a complete migration to an all new system. Read on to see what’s coming with the new platform, why you need to create a new user account (or merge if you already had an EDGE Lookout user), and what you can expect in the future.

Sign up for the new site NOW during our open beta at beta.edgepipeline.com

What’s New

EDGE Pipeline is the national wholesale marketplace of the Independent auctions. It is a platform for buyers and sellers to manage their auction life on the go, find new inventory, or reach new buyers. In the December update we are bringing new ways to do all of these things with less friction and more accessibility on all types of devices.

  • New Interface - a new design that brings focus to the information and actions that matter most
  • Mobile Friendly - the entire site is now responsive to any screen size
  • Search - an all new search engine allows for powerful precision
  • Reporting - customize reports to your liking, and print vehicle lists with scannable data matrix barcodes
  • Simulcast - joining a live sale is now easier than ever
  • Single Sign On with all Auction Edge properties - read on for more on this
  • User Accounts & EDGE Single Sign On

The December release is really a migration to an entirely new system. Under the hood, EDGE Pipeline will now be sharing many of its services and components with our EDGE Lookout product. If you are a dealer or consignor who logs into an auction website to search vehicles or get reports, it’s likely an EDGE Lookout website.

Moving forward with the December release, you will have a single unified account across all Auction Edge websites and online products. In order to achieve this, you’ll need to create an account on the new system. If you already sign into an auctions EDGE Lookout site, then you already have an EDGE Single Sign On account! However you’ll still want to sign into the BETA and make sure all of your Handshakes are in order. If you have any account registration issues, contact the Online Sales Coordinator at your local auction house for assistance.

Going Forward

This is the beginning of a new era for EDGE Pipeline and Auction Edge as a whole. Moving to this new platform means our team will be able to deliver new features and innovations at a much faster pace, so we are really excited about some of things slated for 2018. We’re not quite ready to share what’s coming around the corner, so stay tuned to the blog here let us know what you think in the comments below!
 

Auction Edge Eclipses 115 Customer Installations with EDGE Simulcast

SEATTLE, WA — October 20, 2017 —

Over 115 Auction Edge customers are now running EDGE Simulcast powered by Velocicast and the count continues to rise. In an effort to help its customers expand their reach, Auction Edge began installing its multi-lane, multi-auction bidding platform earlier this year. Since that time, the Edge team has been lighting up audio and video in hundreds of auction lanes with a modern and intuitive interface design that buyers, sellers, auctioneers and block clerks are thrilled to see.

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"In partnership with the developers behind Velocicast we committed to crafting an unparalleled user experience for auction user, buyer, and seller. The volume of vehicles running through the system coupled with tens of thousands of buyers channeled through Edge Pipeline create a truly immersive experience for all parties. Their continued success at all levels across all channels remains our primary objective." - Dan Diedrich, Auction Edge CEO.

Buyers can now bid simultaneously from multi-streams of lanes across multiple auctions to secure the inventory they need, stay abreast of their wish list purchases, and in tune with the day’s market conditions. Sellers and auctioneers use the innovative auctioneer screen to interact with online and lane bidders in bold new ways. The auctioneer screen provides the auctioneers with specific data to help them understand the pulse of activity both in-lane and online. A cloud hosted digital video recorder (DVR) module allows look-up based on run number, with a synchronized bid log audit trail giving both buyers and sellers confidence in the auction process.

“Since changing simulcast providers to EDGE Simulcast powered by Velocicast nearly 3 months ago, we have experienced nothing but good things. We are hearing great feedback from our online buyers as well as commercial consignors who utilize the online rep capabilities. The ease in which they both can conduct their business is what it is all about! We couldn’t be any happier with the product and the service we are receiving!” - Shawn Glatz, General Manager, Morton Auto Auction.

EDGE Simulcast is just one of the many ways that Auction Edge is unifying advanced technology to provide a best in business suite of products to meet the requirements of independent auctions who must compete and win in today’s ever changing, disruptive environments.

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Auction Edge is the premier remarketing technology provider to independent auto auctions across the United States. Over 240 independently owned auctions managing over 4 million vehicles each year, utilize the Auction Edge platforms and marketplaces to operate efficiently, dominate locally, expand their reach globally and compete nationally. Founded in partnership and built for independent auctions, the fully integrated and innovative Auction Edge platforms include EDGE ASI, EDGE AuctionOS, EDGE Pipeline, EDGE Lookout, EDGE Simulcast, EDGE Multi-List and EDGE Analytics. Together, the Auction Edge products deliver an unparalleled competitive advantage to independent auctions across the remarketing industry. Auction EDGE is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

For more information visit www.auctionedge.com For more information on this release, contact Seth Corrigan 206-858-4800

Auction Edge’s Aaron McConkey Nominated For Automotive Remarketing 40 Under 40

SEATTLE, WA — October 20, 2017 —

Each year, progressive and innovative individuals emerge from our industry and Automotive Remarketing selects 40 of those people as the best of the best. Auction Edge is proud to have one of its very own employees, Aaron McConkey in those ranks.

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Aaron began his career in the industry as a third generation auction guy. He worked in Arbitration at DAA Northwest before going on to school to obtain his degree from Seattle Pacific University. He pursued an interest in social media strategy, web design and innovative products with a non-profit organization before coming on board full-time with Edge. What sets Aaron apart, is his passion for the products and technology that will fuel our industry for decades to come.

“Aaron is an incredible asset to Auction Edge. He is very skilled at designing and directing collaborative solutions to customer challenges, and is liked and respected by internal and external members of the Edge family. Aaron deserves this honor, and we congratulate him accordingly. Our company and our customers are blessed to have Aaron working on our behalf.” – Dan Diedrich, CEO, Auction Edge.

In Aaron’s role as Product Director, he is responsible for ongoing and iterative development across Auction Edge’s suite of products. Aaron leads all product strategy and user experience activities including monitoring emerging and competitive trends, developing concepts for new products and business opportunities and advancing new product innovations for Auction Edge.

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Auction Edge is the premier remarketing technology provider to independent auto auctions across the United States. Over 240 independently owned auctions managing over 4 million vehicles each year, utilize the Auction Edge platforms and marketplaces to operate efficiently, dominate locally, expand their reach globally and compete nationally. Founded in partnership and built for independent auctions, the fully integrated and innovative Auction Edge platforms include EDGE ASI, EDGE AuctionOS, EDGE Pipeline, EDGE Lookout, EDGE Simulcast, EDGE Multi-List and EDGE Analytics. Together, the Auction Edge products deliver an unparalleled competitive advantage to independent auctions across the remarketing industry. Auction EDGE is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

For more information visit www.auctionedge.com For more information on this release, contact Dan Diedrich (206) 858-4800.

Auction Edge Expands Leadership with Industry Proven Innovator, Julie Warpool

SEATTLE, WA — October 20, 2017 —

Auction Edge is pleased to announce the addition of a new role and key member of the leadership team, Julie Warpool. Julie joins the Edge leadership team as Senior Vice-President of Auction Systems. In this role, Julie will help develop and drive the strategy of continued enhancement and evolution of Edge auction systems. She will be an integral member of the Auction Edge leadership team as we expand the product and service offering to our auctions and the industry.

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“Julie has a proven history of innovation, but as importantly, execution in our industry. Julie’s skillset, mindset, and experience align perfectly with our mission to modernize and deliver the solutions our customers need,” added Dan Diedrich. “Moreover, Julie will assist us in the evolution of all Edge products to help keep auctions relevant, resilient and on the leading edge for years to come.”

Over the course of her 25 year automotive remarketing career, including the last 17 with Manheim/Cox Automotive, Julie’s roles have included senior director of vehicle solutions, operational excellence, product strategy, and technology. Warpool is an inventor, with several patents for live-bid event online auction platforms, vehicle inspection/damage estimation and digital imaging systems. Julie began her auction career in 1992 with ADT Automotive, a 28 auction chain. acquired by Manheim in 2000. She is recognized as an architect of enterprise-wide technological and operational solutions focused on modernizing legacy systems, standardizing operational processes and innovating digital products and services.

“It’s so exciting to become part of Auction Edge and help carry out the vision of evolving the universe for independent auctions,” Warpool commented. When asked, Why Auction Edge?, Julie added, “There are a few things that attracted me to Edge. The first, is the opportunity to give back to an industry that I’ve grown up in and unleash a common vision that the Edge team’s share. Second, is the culture and the people. The folks I’ve met are excited to come to work every day and there is a buzz about what can be accomplished. It’s wonderful to see inspirational teams who give their all and think beyond the possible.”

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Auction Edge is the premier remarketing technology provider to independent auto auctions across the United States. Over 240 independently owned auctions managing over 4 million vehicles each year, utilize the Auction Edge platforms and marketplaces to operate efficiently, dominate locally, expand their reach globally and compete nationally. Founded in partnership and built for independent auctions, the fully integrated and innovative Auction Edge platforms include EDGE ASI, EDGE AuctionOS, EDGE Pipeline, EDGE Lookout, EDGE Simulcast, EDGE Multi-List and EDGE Analytics. Together, the Auction Edge products deliver an unparalleled competitive advantage to independent auctions across the remarketing industry. Auction EDGE is headquartered in Seattle, WA. For more information visit www.auctionedge.com

For more information on this release, contact Dan Diedrich 206-858-4800.

EDGE Simulcast (Velocicast) Major Release on Android

Now with Audio and Video streaming!

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A New Generation

The EDGE Simulcast powered by Velocicast team is excited to announce an all new android app! Buying online (and on the go) at independent auctions has never been easier. Bringing Audio and Video streaming into the app is just one example of the many enhancements this new version brings.

NOTE:
This is an entirely new app in the app store. That means that users who have the old version will not be prompted to update. It is recommended that they uninstall the old version, and find the new one on Google Play Store (or follow this link).

EDGE Pipeline Release, Lights on Vehicle Page!

The EDGE Pipeline team has released a few exciting features that are LIVE now!

Show Lights on the Vehicle Page

There is now a configuration option available to all auctions to "Show Lights" on their vehicle pages.

This setting is OFF by default. To enable it, the setting is configured at the event level, in Pipeline Admin.

Once you set the "Show Lights" to Yes for your event, go to that event and view some vehicles.

NOTE: you may need to refresh the browser window a few times to clear your cache before the new lights section will show.

Pipeline Admin, vehicle counts

To aid in troubleshooting and give easier access to relevant information, the team has vehicle counts for lanes and the overall event.

As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below!

EDGE Simulcast Release, new Announcement Picker in the Clerk

Hello Friends! The EDGE Simulcast powered by Velocicast team has an exciting new release, available now.

Announcement Picker

The team has enabled a new way for your Clerks to add / edit announcements on a vehicle. As you can see in the screenshot above, this approach offers an "auto complete" suggestion once the user types at least two characters. The suggestions are pulled from the list of "canned" announcements in your AMS. The aim here is to allow for a faster workflow and more consistent formatting of your announcement messages.

How to get this for your auction

This approach is optional, and is turned OFF by default. If you'd like for it to be enabled for your auction, please create a ticket at https://support.auctionedge.com/ or send an email to simulcast.support@auctionedge.com.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

EDGE Lookout Update, new Member Home buttons and notifications look

Hello friends! The EDGE Lookout team has released a update that impacts websites using Lookout Templates. These changes are live now.

EDGE Lookout is a website hosting service specifically designed for Independent Auto Auctions. Learn more about the product or moving your site to a template here.

"Member Home" buttons

For those auctions using a template to drive their Lookout website, these buttons have received a visual update. The new buttons take into account your websites color scheme, and automatically style themselves to the context of your brand. Here are a few randomly selected examples to show before/after with this change:

If you would prefer to revert back to the old buttons, please contact us at support.auctionedge.com and we will assist you.

"Heads Up" Push Notifications new look

When a user adds a vehicle to their Watch List, a notification slides up from the bottom of their screen letting them know the action worked successfully. This is an example of a "Heads Up" style push notification. These notifications are now inheriting the colors of your unique brand, where before they were a generic grey. The same goes for the tabs on your Vehicle Details page. Here is a randomly selected example:

EDGE Simulcast Release, more Floor Screens, Book Values, and Bidder Help

The team is happy announce another round of features & changes, which are deployed live now.

New Features

New "lights only" screen - A new floor screen that mimics the functionality of the old toggle switch light boards you still see at many auctions.  This screen is 100 percent configurable.  You can choose the lights to show (up to 4) and the text description for each light.  The appropriate lights will light up or turn off depending on the lights assigned to a vehicle.

New floor screen "image, seller, miles, trans, announcement below"

BlackBook valuation on clerk screen (requires admin setting ClerkShowValuation = 1)

Bidder screen help - the bidder screen now has a help icon that will download and open the bidder how-to PDF in a new tab

Other Changes

  • New setting LightsNoRedBidOverride so clerks can't override RedLightBid setting
     
  • Fixed issue where given a certain sequence of events a Pre Bid could start playing out before the event starts
     
  • You can no longer open multiple clerks on the same lane