January 13, 2016

Registration Now Open for IDEA eBiz Forum 2016

Will be held May 25-27 in Orlando, FL; Visit Forum website, idea4industry.com/ebizforum/, to register & access exhibitor, sponsor, speaker information

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ARLINGTON, VA – The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) today announces that registration is open for the 17th IDEA eBiz Forum, the only eBusiness event dedicated to B2B leaders in the electrical supply chain.

The IDEA eBiz Forum is an educational event that brings together key electrical supply chain leaders through a mix of general sessions, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. This year’s event, titled “One Connection. Brighter Possibilities.”, will be held May 25-27 in Orlando, FL. Visit the Forum website, (idea4industry.com/ebizforum/) to register and find additional information for prospective exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers.

Porter Gale, an entrepreneur and marketing expert, will be the opening keynote speaker. A former Vice President of Marketing at Virgin America, Gale has over 20 years of experience working in branding, social media, and advertising. Author of Your Network Is Your Net Worth, she is also a blogger for AdAge and The Huffington Post. Gary Schwartz, founder of mobile marketing solution provider Impact Mobile, will be the closing keynote speaker. In 2013, Schwartz was recognized as the “Mobile Commerce Evangelist of the Year” and in 2014, was awarded the “Retail Innovator of the Year.”

Additional agenda and speaker information will be available soon.

“Whether you’re a newcomer or have attended eBiz Forum before, Forum 2016 will be a completely new experience for everyone. A can’t-miss industry event, this year’s eBiz Forum will bring together the many moving parts of the electrical supply chain and provide invaluable learning and networking opportunities to all attendees,” said Paul Molitor, President & CEO, IDEA.

Who Attends the eBiz Forum
eBiz Forum attendees are diverse and provide a balanced perspective on key topics. Nearly a third of eBiz Forum attendees are senior executives. Key job functions also represented include EDI, sales/marketing, information technology, pricing and product managers, data sync, and operations.

Early-bird discounts end on Friday, March 11. To reserve your spot, please fill out the online registration form at idea4industry.com/ebizforum/.

Interested in speaking at Forum? Please contact Brenda Maxwell at bmaxwell@idea4industry.com for more information. Speaker submissions are due by February 24.

New Exhibit Hall for Enhanced Interaction and Networking
The 2016 Forum will also offer exhibitors and attendees a new exhibit hall – the Innovation Hub – specifically designed to generate high traffic and serve as a convenient setting for interaction among 2016 Forum participants. The Innovation Hub will include the following features:

  • Mini Theater: Sponsors can take the stage to share their message with our attendees and shine a spotlight on their company as a resource for customer success in the electrical industry.
  • Demo Station: Exhibitors will be able to demo their products and services for attendees.
  • Customer Success Stations: Attendees will have a chance to schedule one-on-one meetings with IDEA experts to begin planning for their digital strategy over the next year and beyond.

Thank you to the contributing organizations to date:
Gold Level: Epicor Software Corporation
Supporter Level: Rockwell Automation, Kirby Risk Electrical Supply

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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).   

About the Forum: The IDEA eBiz Forum is the only eBusiness event dedicated to business-to-business leaders in the electrical supply chain. The Forum is hosted by IDEA, along with co-hosts: The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), and Electro-Federation Canada (EFC). The event originated as an IDEA User Group in 2000, and has evolved into a comprehensive educational event with a mix of general sessions, breakout sessions, and a technology exhibition. This diversity in the types of companies represented and the attendees’ various fields of expertise facilitates a balanced perspective on key topics (idea4industry.com/ebizforum/).