IDW for Manufacturers

  • 13 Sep 2013

"From a process standpoint, the IDW has helped us to focus on building better internal product databases, putting us in a position to give our distributors what they need to drive sales for both of us. In fact, the IDW has led to annual double-digit sales growth for FLIR, giving us a return on investment worth our spend." — Paul Alger, FLIR Systems, Inc.

"The IDW's standardized format makes it easier to get the product information we need to go-to-market effectively. We are able to develop a web presence with proper searching of products as well as have the right pricing and most up-to-date products on our system." — Marc Hurtubise, Ideal Supply 

"The IDW updates distributor systems with changes to our product and pricing information in near real-time, thanks to flexible integration features and standardized formats — much faster than other solution providers. Only IDW gives us the ability to synchronize product, pricing, packaging and marketing information in one location. By having both manufacturers and distributors on the same standardized platform, costs are cut out of the supply chain." — Stacie Braffet, IDEAL 

"Providing clean and complete marketing data through the IDW makes it easy for our distributors to access all the information they need to promote our products. This not only helps project our brand in a consistent manner across various media, it is also the most efficient way for us to help our distributors meet their customers' needs." — Charbel H. Tagher, Specified Technologies, Inc. 

"IDEA has provided a very efficient model for us to capture each of our manufacturer’s data in one place right at our desktop. They have helped us build relationships with our suppliers so that we can get the data we need to keep our customers happy." — Joe Wallace, Van Meter Industrial

"You cannot operate without data integrity and data synchronization in today’s business environment. IDEA has provided Bridgeport Fittings with an effective and economical vehicle for transacting data between trading partners since their inception in 1998." — Paul Suzio, Bridgeport Fittings, Inc.

"We place a high priority on providing enriched data to the IDW because we recognize the importance of data synchronization and the benefits of providing and controlling our own product data in a single secure source." — Charlie Jerabek, OSRAM SYLVANIA

"IDEA’s data synchronization platform updates distributor systems with changes to our product and pricing information in near real-time thanks to flexible integration features and standardized formats – much faster than other solution providers. Only IDW gives us the ability to synchronize product, pricing, packaging and marketing information in one location. By having both manufacturers and distributors on the same standardized platform, costs are cut out of the supply chain." — Stacie Braffet, IDEAL

"IDEA helped Hubbell and Crescent with the heavy lifting of data synchronization – building the IDW, enabling one standard format for the communication of the dataset between trading partners and automating processes related to synchronizing transactional data (product, pricing and packaging). Since then, Hubbell has increased ROI by realizing ongoing cost savings from its business units." — Phil Barrios, Hubbell Incorporated 

"When Hubbell decided to seek the assistance of a vendor-managed inventory service, we requested that the VMI provider set up a data flow that originated not from Hubbell for instead from IDEA’s IDW to ensure timely and synchronized data with our VMI distributor partners." — John Riley, Hubbell Wiring

"Think of your product information as a strategic asset that will help drive up sales. Use IDW as the means to deliver your strategic asset to your trading partners in the most cost effective way. Your distributors can read everything that is out there in the marketplace, but it makes more of an impression when it comes from you." — Tim Powers, Hubbell Incorporated

IDW Master Data Tool

"We see our efforts as a two-pronged approach, with IDEA helping and guiding us. First, we are automating the process of sending product updates to the IDW throughout each division. Second, we are focused on integrating key marketing information into our data sync processes to help our trading partners compete. As we move forward with automating, we’re looking at one single automated process across all Cooper divisions to enable daily product updates to automatically feed the DMP, hence populating the IDW." — Samer Shehadeh, Cooper Industries (now Eaton)

"Now everything has the same look and feel: products on CooperIndustries.com, IDW downloads, even EDI mapping. As a result, customers who were doing EDI transactions with only one division, such as Crouse-Hinds, can now be brought live much more efficiently with other Cooper divisions." — Lorraine Mott, Cooper Crouse-Hinds (now Eaton)

“Creating one source of your product information, automating it through a certified data management platform, validating it and synchronizing it to multiple channels at one time – now that’s a game changer.” — Samer Shehadeh, Cooper Industries (now Eaton)

IDW Analytics Tool

“To provide better service to our distributors, we need to know what information they are looking for and the way they need it structured. The IDW Analytics Tool helps us identify issues with our data and find out what we need to do to fix it.” – Chance Brown, Southwire.

“In the past, I sent my data and thought it was good to go, unless someone brought it to my attention that something was wrong with it. The IDW Analytics Tool actually shows you where the errors and issues are; I never had that before. It makes my job 1000% easier.” – Barbara Spadaro, Bridgeport Fittings

“With the IDW Analytics Tool, we can see everything: whether it is stock products, appraised fields, or all the product data we populate in the IDW. We know exactly what distributors are looking for, where we have the most errors, and what data clean-up efforts are going to give us the biggest bang for our buck. Before, there really wasn’t a way to find that out without a lot of analysis and time. Now the IDW Analytics Tool provides that analysis to us with just a click.” – Lorraine Mott, Eaton Crouse-Hinds. 

“I use the IDW Analytics Tool every day. We couldn’t have achieved the IDW Platinum Band without it. The tool shows us where the shortcomings are so we can concentrate our efforts, and it is making it easier for me to provide all the data that distributors are looking for. I would never be able to do this on my own.” – Barbara Spadaro, Bridgeport Fittings

“We can present the dashboard to our management team and show clearly what distributors need and where we stand with our data. We’ve been able to get resources allocated to help make data improvements because of the IDW Analytics Tool. Now they can see how missing or improper data impacts our business as well as customers and end users.” – Lorraine Mott, Eaton Crouse-Hinds

“Distributors are looking for information to populate their web storefronts for end users, so they can better sell products. I truly believe we’ll be able to efficiently provide that information to distributors now that we have access to the powerful IDW Analytics Tool. I hope that the distributors realize that many manufacturers are working really hard to provide the data that they are requesting.” – Lorraine Mott, Eaton Crouse-Hinds

IDW Data Management Service

“IDEA has proven to be a valuable partner for W. W. Henry through their Data Management Service. The response time from the IDEA support team exceeded my expectations and the quality of their work is second to none. They are always willing and able to answer all of my data synchronization questions – even when they’re out of scope. I’m completely confident in the service they provide which allows me to focus on other priorities.” – James Masterson, W.W. Henry Company

"For MAPEI, the Data Management Service has provided the data synchronization infrastructure that we needed. Their customer service is outstanding; the support team is very responsive which makes the data synchronization process so much easier." — Will Wooten, MAPEI

IDW Attribute Service

"I knew the importance of utilizing the Schema and tried to undertake the project internally at first. However, I quickly realized that this was going to take more resources than were available, so I turned to IDEA for support. The team I’m working with is very responsive and has kept me involved throughout the process. The IDW Attribute Service has proven to be valuable for our company; instead of waiting at least another year to reap the benefits of the Schema, we expect to see results by the end of the summer." — Randy Shelley, ILSCO