October 10, 2007

IDEA and A-D Form Partnership

Affiliated Distributors (A-D), the largest wholesale buying and marketing group in North America, has signed an agreement with IDEA to move all of its electronic transactions through IDEA’s Industry Data Exchange (IDX).


In addition, A-D will encourage its electrical distribution member affiliates to switch their electronic (EDI) transactions to IDX. This move will provide greater efficiencies for the A-D affiliates and support an electrical industry wide initiative.


Industry Data Exchange (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 Solutions provides the core network services. IDX also provides direct connections to other similar Internet based networks.


"A-D makes every effort to provide leadership to its distribution members," said David Oldfather, Vice President of the Electrical Supply Division, A-D. "This move will help improve efficiencies and continue to encourage standardization of electronic communication for distributors. We encourage manufacturers and affiliates to follow suit and support this industry wide initiative."


”Our core mission has always been to provide tools that allow companies to be more efficient. The agreement with A-D is a great stride towards overall industry improvement and we are proud to be a part of this,” said Mike Rioux, President, IDEA.


About A-D

Comprised of over 370 independent distributor companies with over 3,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada, A-D’s membership commands over $24 Billion in sales across five industries: electrical supplies, industrial supplies, plumbing supplies, HVAC equipment and supplies, and pipe, valves and fittings. A-D is committed to the success of the independent distributor. A-D differentiates itself from traditional buying groups by building positive, marketing-oriented relationships between members and suppliers. Year after year, A-D members in every A-D division have grown faster than the industry as a whole. Affiliated Distributors works to level the playing field for the best independents in the five industries served and works to ensure that the suppliers treat members fairly are treated fairly in return. For 26 years, A-D has been proud to say, "We stand with independents" and we always will.