February 17, 2010

Second UNSPSC Audit Completed – Manufacturers to Receive Reports

IDEA commissioned a third party audit to examine manufacturer product marketing attributes and assess and validate the assignment of the UNSPSC international coding structure for product categorization – the foundation of product marketing data. The second audit is completed and will be sent to manufacturers over the next couple weeks.

The first audit report was completed to help manufacturers prioritize tasks to meet the UNSPSC mandate determined by the IDEA Industry Standards Committee (ISC) stating that all IDW SKU’s require a UNSPSC code at the class level as of January 1, 2010. The second audit was performed to help continue the momentum of this important industry cost saving project, keep manufacturers updated on their progress, and equip them to meet the next deadline of July 1, 2010. UNSPSC codes will be required at the commodity level at that time.

All manufacturer customers of the IDW Data Synchronization Platform will receive an email from their account manager in the next couple weeks with directions to access their second audit. The IDEA staff, ISC, and our strategic partner, DATAgility, are here to assist with on-going UNSPSC code assignment efforts. We also wish to identify the products where a suitable code is not available so that we can include the appropriate one.

Please download the UNSPSC Training and Assistance Program datasheet to find out how we can help you develop a custom assistance program and contact your IDEA account manager or email accountmanager@idea-esolutions.com to sign up this month.