February 3, 2010

Don’t Forget to Add IDEA to Your ARRA Check-list

Manufacturers, distributors and industry associations are collaborating to make sure the funds available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) are spent appropriately. One of the most challenging steps in the process is to identify products that are qualified for ARRA funded projects. IDEA continues to help with this effort through the incorporation of ARRA-specific data in the IDW Data Synchronization Platform.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and various IDEA customers were recognized for their successful ARRA efforts in the article “Cashing in on the ARRA”, featured in the January edition of Electrical Wholesaling. Some companies that are implementing effective strategies include Hubbell Lighting and Eaton Corp. on the manufacturer side and distributors such as Graybar, W.W. Grainger, WESCO, Border States, Frost Electric Supply and Shealy Electrical Wholesalers. 

IDEA added ARRA-specific data to IDW last year to help manufacturers efficiently communicate ARRA-eligible products to distributors. The “ARRA Eligible” flag in IDW is a quick and easy way to identify these products and the “Country of Origin” field can be used to identify products that were made in the U.S. Both of these fields can be extracted during the normal download process.

Get a refresher on how to utilize these helpful tools in IDW and enhance your ARRA efforts.