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eCommerce Best Practices: The Customer Experience

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A website has a mere 15 seconds to catch the attention of a web page viewer before they move on. The content in your eCommerce storefront must instantly attract your potential customer and allow them to quickly find what they are looking for. In Part One of IDEA's "eCommerce Best Practices" series, we explore four key components of creating a seamless and intuitve customer experience through your eCommerce site.

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Technology Trends: Digital Payments

  • 27 Oct 2014

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Mobile payment transactions and point-of-sale applications have been on the horizon for the past few years and are gaining even more traction lately, as several major companies hop onboard. For example, Apple Pay just entered the mobile payment market this fall, joining the ranks of others such as PayPal and Square. But are the benefits of mobile payment worth the challenges? This week, we take a look at a rising trend in the personal and corporate purchasing experience.

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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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Events

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