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IDEA Licenses the 98-Series UPC Numbers from GS1 US

Manufacturers can now link their proprietary UPC’s with these non-specific UPC’s through the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW)

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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, announces that it has licensed the UPC prefix blocks, which is commonly known in the wholesale electrical industry as the 98-series generic UPC numbers, from GS1 US, the official provider of company prefixes and bar code numbers.

    This capability provides electrical manufacturers the opportunity to control the association of their products to what the industry end-users consider as commodity or generic products. The newly-redefined IDW field, “Non-Specific Manufacturer UPC” (previously named Common Item Number), enables the manufacturer to link their own unique product UPC number with the 98-series UPC number commonly used throughout the channel, and pass them on together, to their downstream customers.

    This additional information will benefit electrical distributors by linking customer-order UPC numbers to the proprietary UPC numbers used by the manufacturers they purchase from. To further support the distributors who utilize IDEA’s Benchmark Pricing Service, the 98-series numbers have now been moved from the Common Item Number field to the actual UPC field.

    GS1 US’ 98-series UPC numbers have been used without authorization in the electrical channel. IDEA now provides a legitimate pathway for the industry to utilize these codes. "IDEA licensed these prefix numbers to provide valid, registered and traceable UPC’s,” said Bob Gaylord, President and CEO, IDEA. “IDEA can authorize industry organizations to use these UPC numbers based on specific requests.”

    For further information on these UPC’s and to obtain authorization for use, please contact IDEA or your IDEA Data Quality Analyst (DQA).

    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 GS1 US: GS1 US, a member of GS1, is an information standards organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply-chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards. More than 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security and sustainability of their business processes. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, barcodes, Electronic Product Code-based RFID, data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®).    

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