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Times and Trends: The Next Frontier

  • 21 Dec 2006

Electrical distributors continue to refine the electronic business network linking them with electrical manufacturers and independent manufacturers' reps. The cost savings available through e-business tools such as the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) and the IDX2 value-added network (VAN) developed by…

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The paper trail continues (part 2)

  • 21 Dec 2006

Electrical distributors buy hard goods in bulk, break them into smaller quantities and add credit and customer service to generate value and profits. That's the way it's always been done. Many did not realize that they should invest in paper,…

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IDEA’s Electro E-Biz Forum focused on key eBusiness technologies

  • 21 Dec 2006

The Electro E-Biz Forum 2006 held last month in Long Beach, Calif., captured the imagination of the electrical wholesaling industry's biggest e-biz supporters with a program that explored the latest e-business technologies. Many seminar speakers throughout the conference picked up on…

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IDEA producing the DNA of the eCommerce supply chain

  • 03 Nov 2006

Business information and communication data standards maximize supply chain efficiency. Data standards are the DNA of the supply chain and enable companies to better serve their customers, deliver products more efficiently, improve trading partner collaboration, reduce operational costs, and enhance…

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Supplier Profile: Intermatic

  • 22 Sep 2006

Until now, the safety, security, and convenience of sophisticated home automation systems were luxuries reserved mainly for millionaires and techno-geeks-too costly and complicated for the masses. But Intermatic is working to change that. The Spring Grove, Ill.-based company has…

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E-Commerce Comes of Age

  • 22 Sep 2006

Many suppliers have a keen interest in promoting electronic commerce with their distributor partners. The reason is simple: It's the most efficient way to do business, and the potential cost savings are well documented. The time is fast approaching when…

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Distribution’s Defining Moment

  • 23 Aug 2006

The efficient flow of inventory and information is the lifeblood of electrical distribution. And while a good deal of attention is focused on inventory because it is tangible-it can be seen, felt, and touched-very little attention is currently directed to…

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E-Here and E-There

  • 21 Aug 2006

John Haluska's presentation at the Electro E-Biz Forum (to be held Sept. 26-28 in Long Beach, Calif.), "Extranets in the Electrical Industry -Observations & Trends," makes for interesting reading. Haluska is with Supplier-Info and offers this industry specific…

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For The Health of The Industry

  • 21 Aug 2006

As the old saying goes, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." And, to go one step further, if he doesn't drink, he will suffer a long, slow death. This may sound…

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