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Tech Trends: Virtual Reality Becoming More Available to Public

Virtual reality is now being considered one of the next major technological developments by large consumer brands, such as Facebook and Samsung. Such companies have already made major investments and acquisitions to further develop virtual reality (VR) technologies and make access to VR feasible and affordable for a larger consumer base. This week’s articles focus on who is making moves in the virtual reality industry and what that means for consumers.

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EDI Expert Video Series Episode 3: What Are the Most Commonly-Requested EDI Transaction Sets?

In this week's EDI Expert Series, featuring IDEA's Manager, B2B Solutions, Tom Guzik talks about the most commonly-requested EDI transactions. In each installment, we will bring you answers to frequently asked questions about electronic data interchange (EDI) for users and non-users alike. If you have any questions you would like answered in a future segment, submit your topic to

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IDEA Announces Leadership Transition

  • 05 Aug 2014

The IDEA Board of Directors, chaired by Jack Carlson, president of Southwire’s North American Business, announced today that president and CEO Bob Gaylord has stepped down to pursue other areas of interest.

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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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