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IMARK Now article - The Drive for Data: A Manufacturer’s Perspective

  • 30 Jul 2014

In this article from IMARK's IMARK Now, manufacturers share their insights and best suggestions for how distributors can work with them to cultivate data that is timely, accurate, and reliable. The discussion includes the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), the SAID elements, and IDEA's Innovation Advisory Council.

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Technology Trends: Where is My Wi-Fi?

As we depend more and more on Internet access to accomplish simple tasks and connect with peers, family and business contacts in our daily lives, the demand for 24/7 access to wireless Internet is inevitable. However, Wi-Fi isn’t everywhere yet. This week we bring you articles on some struggles and triumphs in wireless access.

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NetPricer Service Integrates Certified Contractor Price Updates with ConEst IntelliBid

NetPricer, an online material price update service that provides access to your distributors' material pricing, along with ElectricSmarts Network and IDEA announced that ConEst has successfully integrated their IntelliBid estimating software with IDEA's Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), for updating the List/3rd column price. ConEst has also added the capability to import items directly from ElectricSmarts' online catalog, Smart eCat, into the IntelliBid database.

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Did You Know? IDW Supports Excel Files

The Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) now supports native Excel file formats for any data that was previously only able to be loaded via EZView/PIPE, making it even easier to load data into the IDW. Previously, manufacturers needed to know…

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Changes to Format of Material Safety Data Sheets

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will now be published as Safety Data Sheets (SDS) as part of an effort to align the US’ Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The…

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EDI Expert Video Series Episode 2: What is an EDI ID? What is an EDI Qualifier?

We have a new EDI Expert Video Series, featuring IDEA's Manager, B2B Solutions, Tom Guzik. Each issue, we will bring to you answers to frequently asked questions about electronic data interchange (EDI) for users and non-users alike. This issue's video answers the questions of what an EDI ID and an EDI qualifier are. If you have any questions you would like answered in a future segment, submit your topic to communications@idea4industry.com.

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Kevin J. Cosgriff, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) to Lead NEMA

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announces that, as of August 4, Kevin J. Cosgriff will take office as president and chief executive officer. Cosgriff, a former vice admiral in the U.S. Navy, comes to NEMA after serving as Senior Vice President of International Business and Government for Textron Systems Corporation, a position he held from 2010 to 2013.

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EDI Expert Video Series Episode 1: What is a VAN?

We have a new EDI Expert Video Series, featuring IDEA's Manager, B2B Solutions, Tom Guzik. Each issue, we will bring to you answers to frequently asked questions about electronic data interchange (EDI) for users and non-users alike. This issue's video answers the question of what a value-added network (VAN) is and how it works. If you have any questions you would like answered in a future segment, submit your topic to communications@idea4industry.com.

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Technology Trends: Corporate Transparency and Digital Rights

  • 08 Jul 2014

When dealing with exceedingly long Terms of Service agreements filled with complicated jargon, what are you really signing away? As a consumer, it can be a challenge to remain informed of your rights. This week’s articles explore how major corporations have used questionable transparency practices with their customers, as well as several measures that have been taken to try to protect consumers from such practices.

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