News & Events


Update: Introducing New IDW Standard Flat File Specifications

  • 18 Dec 2014


In early October, IDEA's management and Board of Directors mandated the population of 43 critical data fields in the IDW and launched the Data Certification Program. Read on for an overview of the new IDW standard Flat File specifications to accommodate these 43 critical fields.

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eCommerce Best Practices: The Platform

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In Part One of “eCommerce Best Practices,” we took a look at key components of creating a seamless and intuitive customer experience through your web storefront. We now go behind the scenes and explore characteristics of a technology platform that gives you the control needed to optimize web store functionality.

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IDEA Dictionary: Net Pricing

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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: net pricing.

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Press Releases

IDEA Announces New Leadership Appointment

  • 25 Nov 2014

Today, the Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) announces a new leadership appointment for the organization. IDEA’s Board of Directors have named Paul Molitor, of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), as Chief Executive Officer and President of IDEA, effective December 15th.

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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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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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