October 6, 2015

IDEA Announces IDW Compliance Manufacturer Achievements

100+ manufacturer accounts have achieved compliance; 1.4M eligible items in IDW are complete

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ARLINGTON, VA – The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) today announces that 100+ manufacturer accounts have achieved at least 95% compliance for their items in the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), meeting the October 1st compliance deadline within IDEA’s Data Certification Program. ­

“We presented IDW manufacturers with an ambitious goal of achieving compliance by October 1st, and they rose to the challenge,” said Paul Molitor, President & CEO, IDEA. “Thanks to industry support and dedicated participation from these manufacturers, 1.4 million SKUs are now fully-attributed and available to distributors and contractors.”

An item is identified as “compliant” if its critical data fields are completely populated with product information (e.g., images, spec sheets, safety data sheets, etc.). Since the launch of the Data Certification Program in February 2015, the IDW has seen dramatic growth of over 8,000% from 16,000 compliant items. The following manufacturers have all achieved at least 95% compliance for their IDW items, meeting the October 1st deadline and taking a position of data leadership within the industry:

For the past year, emphasis has primarily been placed on achieving compliance, one of two metrics within the Data Certification Program. Compliance will remain a priority moving forward, and efforts will also be expanded to include the second metric (“excellence”), which assesses the quality of the compliant data. IDEA will only officially certify and promote compliant items that pass these quality checks from manufacturers with IDW for Manufacturer annual support contracts in place.

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About IDEA: The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) is the official technology service provider and eBusiness standards body of the electrical industry. The company helps thousands of manufacturers and distributors find the most cost-effective methods for running day-to-day business. IDEA’s applications help connect the supply chain and make business processes efficient, easy and enjoyable for people every day. IDEA was founded in 1998 through a partnership rooted in the collective leadership of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) members. Their applications also bring value to vertical markets such as industrial, retail, and consumer-packaged goods. IDEA is headquartered in Arlington, VA (idea4industry.com).