April 22, 2019


IDEA’s eBiz Conference will be held September 16-18 in Philadelphia, PA. This year’s event is themed “More Information. More Knowledge. More Innovations.” and education sessions based on that theme are being announced.

Arlington, VA— IDEA has announced educational sessions for eBiz 2019, from September 16-18 2019. eBiz will be held in Philadelphia, PA at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The current 2019 sponsors are:

  • EnterWorks
  • Siemens
  • AD
  • dataZen Engineering
  • Epicor
  • Faxinating Solutions
  • DDS
  • Hubbell
  • Insite Software
  • WESCO Distribution

There will be five breakout session tracks including Industry Trends, Best Practices, Training Workshops, and Solution Sessions. These educational breakout sessions will include:

Industry Trends

  • Real Talk About Product Content
  • Let’s Get Real: A Trading Partner Panel
  • Found in Translation: Creating Consistency Across Continents with ETIM
  • Goodbye Manual Procurement, Hello Savings and Speed
  • Sharpen Your Edge Online
  • Enabling Sales, Empowering Growth

Best Practices

  • IDEA Exchange (EDI): The Better Way of Doing Business

(Between Distributors, Manufacturers and Manufacturer Representatives)

  • Mining Your EDI Data

Training Workshops

  • IDEA Connector℠ Authorizations for Distributors
  • IDEA Connector℠ Authorizations for Manufacturers
  • IDEA Connector℠ Custom Mapper for Distributors
  • IDEA Connector℠ Loading Process for Manufacturers

Solution Sessions

  • In-House or Outsource: What’s Your Best EDI Option?
  • The Journey to Improve Data Quality
  • IDEA Connector SM Partner PIM


In addition to the many informative educational sessions, eBiz will also feature the Innovation Hub and Night Out.

It’s been an exciting year for IDEA and the industry as a whole. eBiz attendees are diverse and provide a balanced perspective on key topics in the industry. IDEA will introduce the new IDEA Connector℠ at eBiz and usher in a new era of efficiency, enabling distributors to securely access accurate and timely product and pricing data directly from manufacturers. Four training workshops will be devoted to ensuring a complete understanding of the new platform and important functionality. “IDEA is going to be the front and center of new trends and best practices in the industry this year and eBiz will provide valuable insight of that for our attendees,” said Paul Molitor, President and CEO of IDEA.


Visit the eBiz 2019 website (www.idea4industry.com/ebizforum.com) to register and find out additional information.


About IDEA

The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) is the official technology service provider and eBusiness standards body of the electrical industry. Since its founding by the partnership between National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) partnership in 1998, IDEA’s applications provide value to vertical markets such as industrial, retail, and consumer packaged goods. Every year, thousands of manufacturers and distributors find the most cost-effective methods through IDEA’s innovative products and processes. IDEA’s applications help connect the supply chain and make business processes efficient, easy and profitable while maintaining the highest standards of data quality. IDEA is headquartered in Arlington, VA (idea4industry.com)