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IDEA Announces 2013 IDW Bands of Excellence Criteria and the New Banded Electrical Manufacturers

IDEA, the official technology service provider of the electrical industry, announces the new 2013 criteria for the IDW Bands of Excellence and the new banded manufacturers. The 2013 bands have been tightened from the original ranges defined in 2012 to more closely align with the NAED Supplier Scorecards. The manufacturers recognized this year are providing essential marketing content (SAID elements: spec sheets, attributes, images, descriptions) for 85-100% of their stock products.

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IDEA Establishes an Innovation Advisory Council Comprised of Electrical Industry Thought Leaders

The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) announces the establishment of an Innovation Advisory Council, comprised of innovative thought leaders in the electrical wholesale distribution space from leading distributor and manufacturer companies. The council will initially focus on an Innovating for the Future Plan to enhance manufacturer product content available to distributors through the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW).

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Registration Opens for the 15th Annual IDEA E-Biz Forum

  • 13 May 2013

Registration is now open for the 15th annual IDEA E-Biz Forum -- the only eBusiness event dedicated to B2B leaders in the electrical supply chain.The agenda, including general and breakout sessions, and online registration is now available on the Forum website ( The 2013 Forum is themed “Dream it. Do it. Let the Innovation Begin.” and runs September 25 – 27th in Orlando, FL at the Hilton Bonnet Creek.

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IDEA Announces 2013-2014 Board Directors and Officers

  • 01 May 2013

The IDEA Board of Directors elected John Burke, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Kirby Risk Electrical Supply, as the IDEA Chairman of the Board for 2013-2014. He previously served on the IDEA Board as the Vice Chairman from 2012-2013 and Treasurer from 2011-2012.

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IDEA Licenses the 98-Series UPC Numbers from GS1 US

IDEA has licensed the UPC prefix blocks, which is commonly known in the wholesale electrical industry as the 98-series generic UPC numbers, from GS1 US, the official provider of company prefixes and bar code numbers. This capability provides electrical manufacturers the opportunity to control the association of their products to what the industry end-users consider as commodity or generic products.

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