News & Events


IDEA Dictionary: What is a View?

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: view.

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eCommerce Best Practices: The Three Things You Need to Succeed in Online Business

As commerce moves online, brick-and-mortar stores are beginning to realize that establishing an eCommerce presence will make the difference between sinking and swimming. The electrical industry has long been aware of the looming shadow of large online retail giants like Amazon and Grainger. However, despite the fact that people are changing the way they shop, they have not changed the way they want to feel when they shop; customers still desire the personal and knowledgeable experience they are accustomed to receiving when walking into a physical shop. In this three-part series, we will walk through three essential components of a successful eCommerce site: the customer experience, your website’s engine, and the data. Each piece is equally important in the creation of a thriving site that will bring results and help your company succeed in the 21st century.

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Technology Trends: The Internet of Things Market to Rapidly Expand

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the network of objects that use embedded technology to function, or to interact with other devices or their environment. Everything from the management of manufacturing equipment, to remote health care monitoring, to operating a variety of fitness devices is possible through the fast-growing IoT. Recently, more tech companies and manufacturers have been hopping on board in preparation for what they believe consumers will look for in the products they purchase in the future: products that can be customized and connected. This week’s articles shed light on how quickly the market for smart home and connected products is growing, as well as how companies can begin to tap into this rapidly advancing trend.

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Press Releases

IDEA Announces Expansion to Industry Data Warehouse Standard

The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) announces an expansion to the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) standard. IDEA’s management and Board of Directors have mandated the population of a set of 43 critical data fields that distributors have identified as necessary to conduct business today. Manufacturer compliance to this updated standard will be measured as part of IDEA’s new Data Certification Program, the first comprehensive IDW metric for data quantity and quality.

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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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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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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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NAED Eastern Conference

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

Bearings Specialists Association National Conference

January 25-27, 2015 - Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL - More info

NEMRA Annual Conference

January 28-31, 2015 - Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, CA - More info