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IDEA’s applications help distributors automate daily tasks, confidently display product catalog from anywhere, and compete with the national chains.

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Here are the applications we've developed to make your life easier and your partners happier.

Synchronization Applications

Industry Data Warehouse (IDW)

IDEA works with nearly 300 manufacturers to populate the IDW, the official data synchronization platform of the electrical industry, with product information such as pricing, packaging, and marketing data for over 1500 brands. This application enables you to download manufacturer-approved data on-demand so that you’ll have the information you need for your product catalogs, web storefronts and sales teams.

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Data Management Platform (DMP)

An application that enables you to manipulate and validate the product information you receive from various sources (e.g. the IDW or directly from manufacturers) in one location before importing it into your ERP system and web storefront. With the DMP, you can communicate your specific product data needs to manufacturers down to the item level. Integrated with the IDW.

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B2B eCommerce Applications

Industry Data Exchange (IDX)

An online document exchange solution that enables you to automate order management processes using electronic data interchange (EDI). You can use the IDX Tracker to follow the status of their orders, search/sort, and develop reports to analyze trends in your business processes.

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EDI Managed Services

An outsourced service that enables you to conduct EDI without the need to hire additional staff or purchase new software. The service provides varying levels of support, from writing and testing new maps to managing trading partner relationships continuously.

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A text-to-EDI conversion service that enables you to automate business communications and transactions with trading partners and customers that aren’t EDI-capable. Integrated with the IDX.

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iCIMM2 (Content Information Materials Management)

An advanced web-based search engine and web storefront application that enables you to manage catalog content and publish multiple versions of this content to various media. IDEA pre-loads the iCIMM2 with IDW product data and integrates it with your ERP system so that your web storefront is up and running quickly and everything is in sync. Integrated with the IDW.

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