News & Events


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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Press Releases

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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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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Registration Opens for 2014 IDEA E-Biz Forum

Registration is now open for the 16th annual IDEA E-Biz Forum -- the only eBusiness event dedicated to B2B leaders in the electrical supply chain. This year's event, themed "Full Steam Ahead: Moving Forward Together," will be held September 24-26 at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, California. To make it even easier for attendees to register and connect, IDEA launched a redeveloped E-Biz Forum website ( The new site offers a user-friendly, contemporary design with streamlined registration, agenda and session details, and easy-to-access resources from past Forum events.

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IDEA in the News

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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NEMA press release - NEMA Endorses IDEA as Sole Preferred Source for Member Company Product Data

  • 10 Mar 2014

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recognized the Industry Data Exchange Association’s (IDEA) recent milestone accomplishments during NEMA’s annual meeting, Illuminations Weekend, held November 8-9. IDEA is the electrical industry’s preferred source for timely, synchronized manufacturer-supplied product data for the electrical products supply channel.

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IDEA E-Biz Forum 2014

September 24-26, 2014 - Long Beach, CA - More info

NEMA Illuminations 2014

November 6-8, 2014 - The Grand Del Mar Hotel and Resort, San Diego, CA - More info

NAED Eastern Conference

November 10-12, 2014 - Marriott Marco Island, Marco Island, FL - More info