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Industry Alliances

We partner with associations, marketing groups, and service providers to ensure our applications and services deliver the highest level of value to their members and clients.

NEMA represents nearly 350 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers at the forefront of electrical safety, reliability, and resilience, as well as efficiency and energy security. IDEA was founded in 1998 through a partnership rooted in the collective leadership of NAED and NEMA members. NEMA publicly endorses the IDEA Connector as the sole preferred source for member companies’ product information.

NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry with more than 5100 member locations internationally. IDEA was founded in 1998 through a partnership of NAED and NEMA members, and NAED publicly endorses the IDEA Connector as the preferred source of manufacturer product and pricing information for NAED member companies. New NAED members receive discounts for the IDEA Connector as well.

NEMRA is an association of independent manufacturers’ representatives. IDEA provides EDI services to NEMRA through the IDEA Exchange and will be working with them to align our two Point of Sale transaction standards.

AD is North America’s largest marketing/buying group for construction and industrial supplies with more than 550 independently owned members representing 3800+ branches. The electrical channel product data for AD’s eContent Service program is powered by the IDEA Connector. IDEA also offers AD members discounted rates and incentives for the IDEA Connector and IDEA Exchange.

EFC is a not-for-profit association of electrical, electronics and telecommunications manufacturers and distributors in Canada. EFC and their members collaborate with IDEA to incorporate Canada’s unique requirements into the standards.

IMARK Group, Inc. is a member-owned marketing group made up of over 830 independently owned electrical distributors throughout the United States. IDEA partners with IMARK to educate their members on the business value of automation and offers their members discounted rates and incentives for the IDEA Connector and IDEA Exchange.

ETIM is the international classification standard for technical products. Adding structure to the flow of technical information within the value chain, ETIM facilitates effective interaction between B2B professionals worldwide.

The UNSPSC, managed by GS1 US™, is an open, global, multi-sector standard for classifying products and services. IDEA, on behalf of the wholesale industry, is responsible for maintaining the product categories that pertain to our industry’s products.

X12 is an organization, chartered by the American National Standards Institute, to develop and maintain EDI transaction standards. IDEA supports X12 and their committees.

GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organization that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. IDEA represents the wholesale industry’s needs as a member of GS1 US and a participant on GS1’s global standards committees.

1 EDI Source, an Epicor solution, has been a leader in the EDI software industry for nearly 30 years and designed an elite suite of EDI software solutions for businesses of all sizes in a variety of industries including retail, CPG, transportation, logistics, manufacturing and healthcare.

HARDI (Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International) is the single voice of wholesale distribution within the HVACR industry. HARDI proudly represents more than 480 distributor members representing more than 5,000 branch locations, and close to 500 manufacturers, manufacturer representatives and service vendors.

HRAI is the association for indoor environment systems and refrigeration processes. It provides education and training programs, industry meetings, industry information, technical support, government and industry advocacy, statistics and trends, and a national trade show.

The American Supply Association is the national industry trade association representing distributors, manufacturers, and manufacturer representative agencies serving the PHCP & PVF channel. ASA provides programs in code, legislative, and regulatory advocacy, ongoing business intelligence, employee training and education, and networking opportunities.

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is comprised of 107 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth.