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IDEA Dictionary: What is a Flat File?

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When dealing with data, and all related terminology, you may feel like you’re trying to speak a foreign language. In the interest of keeping things clear and simple, we will introduce commonly-used terms in each newsletter that will help you navigate the data shorthand and learn the lingo. This week, we bring you: flat file.

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From Factory to Floor: The Basics of Product Packaging Information

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Complete and accurate packaging information is essential for an efficient sales cycle. Many larger retailers (e.g. WalMart, Lowes, Home Depot) have recognized this and will not do business with companies that do not provide detailed packaging information. In this article, we review the basics of a packaging hierarchy, why this information is so vital, and how the information should be formatted before being loaded into the IDW.

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Technology Trends: Cybersecurity

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In 2014, we saw large retailers and private companies around the nation fall victim to cyber attacks. In response, the beginning of 2015 has seen several politicians, including President Obama, propose data security legislation meant to protect private citizens and businesses alike. This week’s articles outline some of those proposals and potential weak points in the suggested measures against digital hacking.

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EDI Expert Video Series Episode 9: EDI v. Web Order Entry

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In the latest installment of IDEA's EDI Expert Series, IDEA's Manager, B2B Solutions, Tom Guzik discusses the difference between electronic data interchange (EDI) and web order entry. With each installment, we will bring you answers to frequently-asked questions about EDI for users and non-users alike. If you have any questions you would like answered in a future segment, submit your topic to communications@idea4industry.com.

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IDEA Dictionary: PDD & Electrical Attribute Schema

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When dealing with data, and all related terminology, you may feel like you’re trying to speak a foreign language. In the interest of keeping things clear and simple, we will introduce commonly-used terms in each newsletter that will help you navigate the data shorthand and learn the lingo. This week, we bring you two related terms: the Product Descriptor Database (PDD) and the Electrical Attribute Schema.

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Green Series: Wind Power

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The last decade has seen corporate attention begin to shift toward more environmentally conscious business practices. Whether motivated by profit through tax incentives and “green” marketing opportunities, or by corporate social responsibility efforts, we can expect to see more advancement in this area over the course of the next decade. In this new series, we will explore different “green” initiatives and energy sources, giving a basic overview of how each functions, who is using them, and why.

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EDI Expert Video Series Episode 8: EDI Failures

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In the latest installment of IDEA's EDI Expert Series, IDEA's Manager, B2B Solutions, Tom Guzik discusses why EDI transactions sometimes fail. With 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 communications@idea4industry.com.

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2014 Highlights & IDEA by the Numbers

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2014 was a year of progress at IDEA, from an increased focus on the quality and completeness of data in the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) and an expanding Industry Data Exchange (IDX), to connecting with our customers at the IDEA E-Biz Forum and addressing industry data needs. We’ve compiled a summary of some of this year’s highlights, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2015!

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Technology Trends: 2014 Recap and Predictions for the New Year

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In 2014, the line blurred more than ever between our lives and technology. As we heavily incorporate technology into our lives, both citizens and businesses have made adjustments for the benefits that come with being more technologically advanced. However, 2014 has also shown us that there are downsides to being constantly tethered to an online experience. We’ve condensed this year’s technology trend reports into three larger insights and conclude with our prediction of what to expect in the new year.

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