IDEA and Activant Partner to Offer Innovative E-Business Solutions

  • 02 Aug 2006

YARDLEY, PA - IDEA and Activant announced a new partnership for electrical distributors to connect Activant solutions such as Activant Prophet 21 and Activant Array to the IDEA IDX2 network, and enable the full integration of supplier data via the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW).

The partnership will allow electrical distributors to transmit EDI documents including purchase orders (with SPAs), point of sales reporting, and vendor remittance advice, as well as receive order acknowledgements, advance shipping notices, and vendor invoices, with full integration to distributors' solutions over the industry's lowest cost network, IDX.

"E-business in distribution is growing by leaps and bounds," said Steve McLaughlin, senior vice president and general manager of Activant's wholesale distribution group. "By bringing together our collective solutions, resources, and vision, Activant and IDEA have forged a partnership that will enable electrical distributors and manufacturers to capitalize on this trend."

About IDEA 

Established in 1998 as a joint venture between the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), IDEA is an eCommerce service provider located in Arlington, VA. Industry Data Exchange 2, or IDX, enables manufacturers, distributors and service providers to conduct partner-to-partner electronic business on an Internet based network using EDI, XML, flat file or Web Form transaction sets. Activant provides the core network services and Sterling Commerce provides the Value Added Network (VAN) interconnect for off-network trading. The IDX2 also provides direct connections to other similar Internet based networks. The IDX2 enables manufacturers and distributors to upload and access product and pricing information from IDEA's Industry Data Warehouse (IDW).

About Activant's Wholesale Distribution Solutions

Activant provides technology solutions and services to more than 3,800 wholesale distributors throughout North America. A leading technology provider for the distribution industry, Activant develops comprehensive enterprise software solutions to help distributors improve customer service and maximize the return on their technology investment. In addition, the company offers an Internet trading network that expedites sourcing, expands geographic reach, and streamlines transactions between distributors and manufacturers. Activant solutions are backed by a host of professional services, including support, consulting, and educational programs.