News & Events


EDI Expert Video Series Episode 2: What is an EDI ID? What is an EDI Qualifier?

We have a new EDI Expert Video Series, featuring IDEA's Manager, B2B Solutions, Tom Guzik. Each issue, we will bring to you answers to frequently asked questions about electronic data interchange (EDI) for users and non-users alike. This issue's video answers the questions of what an EDI ID and an EDI qualifier are. If you have any questions you would like answered in a future segment, submit your topic to

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Kevin J. Cosgriff, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) to Lead NEMA

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announces that, as of August 4, Kevin J. Cosgriff will take office as president and chief executive officer. Cosgriff, a former vice admiral in the U.S. Navy, comes to NEMA after serving as Senior Vice President of International Business and Government for Textron Systems Corporation, a position he held from 2010 to 2013.

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Press Releases

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

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 AdVenture

August 4-6, 2014 - Renaissance Chicago Downtown, Chicago, IL - More info