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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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How Non-Specific UPC’s Help Manufacturers Stand Out from the Batch

When a contractor is bidding on a contract and they make pricing requests to distributors, they simply need to price out a job, time and materials, in hopes that they win the contract. The reality is that this is our environment and we are not going to change a 100-year old habit. However, the manufacturer can change how the decisions get made.

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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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