June Newsletter

Here’s what you’ll learn about in this month’s newsletter:

  • EDI Migration Best Practices Guide
  • Webinar: Working Together for Success with Special Pricing Agreements (SPAs)
  • Get to know HDM Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) Arun Venkatesh and Shilpi Bhadoria from Rockwell Automation
  • What’s New in the IDEA Learning Portal
  • Follow us on LinkedIn and Subscribe on YouTube

EDI Migration Best Practice Guide is Now Available!

Transitioning your EDI to a new service provider is a strategic decision that offers your company competitive agility, ensuring your systems grow with your business needs. With the right planning and an expert team familiar with the intricacies of EDI systems, the migration can be as straightforward as upgrading your business software. You can use this guide to help you:

  • Choose Your Migration Strategy
  • Prepare and Plan
  • Follow an EDI Migration Checklist

Join us for a Webinar on Special Pricing Agreements

Special pricing agreements (SPAs) work best when manufacturers and distributors are aligned and working toward a common goal. If you’re struggling to reach the right SPA agreement with your trading partners, then this webinar is for you. 

On June 26th at 3:00 pm ET join Scott Costa, Publisher of tED magazine; Mark McGready, Data Insights Advisor; and Mark Gilham, VP of Rebate Strategy, as they discuss: 

  • How to overcome common frustrations and pain points when it comes to SPA management
  • Pricing variation and flexibility for different opportunities through single inventory
  • The common myths that give SPAs a bad name

Harmonized Data Model Experts

We rely on the HDM Expert Task Force for invaluable guidance and support to achieve our objectives. Get to know HDM Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) Arun Venkatesh and Shilpi Bhadoria from Rockwell Automation.

Manufacturers & Distributors

We’re excited to share several updated guidelines and resources! 

  • The updated version of the IDEA Connector Data Dictionary contains new attributes & updates to the Code Sets tab. Refer to the Change Log tab for all updated reference notes. Manufacturers can download here and Distributors can download here.
  • The updated IDEA Connector B-View Flat File Guidelines provide the new FB1R.07 – Product Relationship Flat File Import template. Manufacturers use this template format to identify product relationships and distributors click here to download the layout format to extract the manufacturer data for imports into your ERP’s, PIM, MDM, or eCommerce webstores. Review the B-View Training Course to learn more about the B1R import template and how providing your product relationships to your trading partners increases new sales growth opportunities in the marketplace.
  • Login to the IDEA Learning Portal and check out the Q&A Topics 2024 Learning Path which provides the recorded training sessions. Manufacturers click here to learn more about Harmonized Data Model, Manufacturer Authorizations, Manufacturer Data Standardization/Product Attribute Repository data validations & updates. Distributors click here to learn more about Harmonized Data Model and Setting the Enhanced option for Category Attribute Extraction Files & Distributor Authorizations. Login again after June 24th to learn more about Distributor Extractions files.