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IMARK Now article - The Drive for Data: A Manufacturer’s Perspective

  • 30 Jul 2014

In this article from IMARK's IMARK Now, manufacturers share their insights and best suggestions for how distributors can work with them to cultivate data that is timely, accurate, and reliable. The discussion includes the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), the SAID elements, and IDEA's Innovation Advisory Council.

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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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Electrical Wholesaling article - The Standards Bearers

The people who volunteer their time to develop and refine the electrical industry’s product data standards are a special breed, like a family, and they’re always looking to expand the clan. The electrical industry’s rolling cache of structured product data, the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), is a monumental piece of work that’s been built and expanded over more than a decade. The underlying logic of the system, and of the tools for exchanging its data among supply chain partners and turning it into e-commerce transactions, is defined by standards developed and refined down to the most granular level by a diverse mob of volunteers who donate their time and energy on behalf of their companies and the industry as a whole.

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