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Did You Know? IDW Excel Translator Update

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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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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Eaton Leverages Synergy to Automate Industry Data Warehouse Updates

  • 08 Jul 2014

In 2012, Eaton expanded its electrical business by acquiring Cooper Industries and leveraging the efficiencies and channel expertise of the former Cooper businesses. Eaton recently built upon the former Cooper Industries’ streamlined process of providing product data updates to IDEA’s Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) by synchronizing with the IDW Master Data Tool.

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Did You Know? Using Radio Frequency ID Tech for Warehouse Automation

Did you know? More distributors are starting to use RFID (Radio Frequency ID) technology to automate their warehouse functions, and the need for your full packaging information in the IDW is growing. This use of RFID technology saves time, reduces errors, and makes products available for sale more quickly. Learn more about how it works and why supplying detailed packaging information is so vital to this process.

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