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Building a Path to Certification: Q&A with IAC Member Pat Quinn

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Pat Quinn, Senior Vice President and CIO at Acuity Brands, is an active member of the Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) at IDEA. He brings over 25 years of electrical industry experience to the Council and was involved in the development of the new Data Certification Program announced in October. We recently took some time to ask Quinn about his experience on the Council thus far, and for insight into how current IAC initiatives impact both manufacturers and distributors.

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Top 10 Topics of 2013

Did you miss some of our top articles from 2013? We've recapped our most popular articles that interested our newsletter subscribers. The top two include the controversial topic of how manufacturers can benefit from linking their products to non-specific UPC numbers, and a message from our president about recent IDW product content enhancements.

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Publicly-Available Fields in the IDW

In order to meet distributors' needs for “publicly-available” product data in the IDW for all manufacturers, IDEA collaborated with the Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) consisting of manufacturers and distributors to research and determine the fields that are needed. As a result, publicly-available data for five common fields the IAC agreed upon are now accessible to Catalog Level distributors in the IDW.

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Pricing Data Enhancements to the IDW

IDEA recently formed an Innovation Advisory Council comprised of electrical distributor and manufacturer thought leaders to develop an exciting technology road map for the future known as the Innovating for the Future Plan (view this press release for more information). As part of this initiative, distributors have told us they need a list price to conduct business and negotiate with large industrial accounts and government contracts.

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