May 7, 2014

Registration Opens for 2014 IDEA E-Biz Forum

The 2014 IDEA E-Biz Forum registration is now available for the only eBusiness event in the electrical supply chain

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ARLINGTON, VA – The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA), the official technology service provider and eBusiness standards body of the electrical industry, today announced that registration is open for the 16th annual IDEA E-Biz Forum – the only eBusiness event dedicated to B2B leaders in the electrical supply chain.  

The IDEA E-Biz Forum brings together key electrical supply chain leaders, including senior executives, eBusiness staff, information technology, sales and marketing. This year’s event, themed “Full Steam Ahead: Moving Forward Together,” will be held September 24-26 at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, California. 

To make it even easier for attendees to register and connect, IDEA launched a redeveloped E-Biz Forum website ( The new site offers a user-friendly, contemporary design with streamlined registration, agenda and session details, and easy-to-access resources from past Forum events.  

“The Forum has great networking opportunities and trading partner interactions. The insightful keynote sessions helped our team to ‘sharpen the saw’ and think outside the box with a renewed perspective,” said Jason Brazeal, PFM Manager, The Reynolds Company.

Greg Verdino, a highly regarded authority on the digital future, will be the opening keynote speaker. Author of microMARKETING: Get Big Results by Thinking and Acting Small, Verdino has served as a go-to expert for media outlets such as BusinessWeek, CNN, the New York Times and Investor’s Business Daily. His presentation at the E-Biz Forum will provide insight into how marketing, IT and industry leaders can collaborate together in a rapidly changing eBusiness economy to build strong companies in the 21st century. 

New Topical Tracks Help Teams Integrate and Achieve Goals
This year’s E-Biz Forum brings a new format with tracks centered on topics like: building, promoting and maintaining a web store, and managing product lifecycles. These topical tracks will help attendees in various job functions integrate efforts and successfully achieve project milestones. 

Additional Educational Highlights:  

  • IDEA Application User Groups: Both beginners and advanced users will work with IDEA experts to learn ways to enhance their use of IDEA’s applications.
  • Trading Partner Roundtable Discussions and Speed Networking: Manufacturers, distributors and service providers will have multiple chances to network with partners and identify new opportunities.  
  • Annual Tech Center: A trade show for attendees to receive personal consultations and demos from technology companies.

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

View more details about the 2014 Forum agenda > 

View the new Forum website to find out more about the event > 

2014 Sponsors to date: Appleton Group, Thomas & Betts, TPI Corporation, Border States, Eaton, and Kirby Risk Electrical Supply.   

Early-bird discounts end on Friday, June 27.  Please visit for more event information and to register online.  All media representatives receive complimentary registration. 


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 (    

About the Forum: The IDEA E-Biz 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), Electro-Federation Canada (EFC), and the National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA).  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 ( 

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