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This Week in IDEA | May 14, 2012

New B2B eCommerce and Synchronization Customers

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New iCIMM2 Customer

North Coast Electric, an electrical distributor operating over 33 locations nationwide, recently became an iCIMM2 customer. Family owned and operated since 1913, North Coast Electric supplies a broad range of electrical equipment to the electrical contractor, factory, automation, industrial MRO and commercial & institutional markets. They will leverage the iCIMM2 web storefront software, which comes pre-populated with IDW product data, to publish multiple versions of their product catalog data to various media, and provide robust search engine capabilities to their customers. Find out more at and read the iCIMM2 press release for more information.

New DMP Customers

Border States is a 100 percent employee-owned company with headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota, and an extensive network of branch locations. In June 2010, Electrical Wholesaling magazine ranked Border States as the ninth largest independent electrical distributor in the United States. Border States Electric will be using the Data Management Platform (DMP) to access the resources they need to build product catalogs, send specific data requests for information that gives them a competitive advantage, and capitalize on returns from utilizing DMP product data immediately. Find out more at

Cooper Industries is a diversified global manufacturer of electrical components and tools, with seven operating divisions including: Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses, Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment, Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures, and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products. Cooper has manufacturing facilities in 23 countries as of 2011, and employs more than 25,000 people throughout the world. Cooper will be integrating their business system with the DMP in a custom machine-to-machine connection to communicate product information more efficiently internally and to their trading partners by consolidating the process and publishing the data one time. Find out more at

New IDW Customer

Electrical Supply Center, an independently owned and operated distributor, became an Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) customer on May 4, 2012. With a Burlington and Wakefield branch in Massachusetts, Electrical Supply Center is dedicated to continuous improvement by utilizing the latest technology to optimize their facilities, delivery and inventory management. They will utilize the IDW to obtain product and pricing information from their suppliers. Find out more at

New IDX Customer

Eastern Propane Gas Co., the country’s 14th largest propane gas retailer, became an Industry Data Exchange (IDX) customer on April 30, 2012. Dedicated to providing residential and commercial business owners with reliable and affordable energy solutions and services, Eastern was founded in Danvers, Massachusetts in 1932 and remains family-owned today. They will take advantage of the cost savings and reliability of IDX to exchange B2B documents electronically. Find out more at

New IRD CERICOMX® Customers

As a 1SYNC Data Pool On-Board Solution (OBS) partner, IDEA implements suppliers that subscribe to the 1SYNC data pool using the IRD CERICOMX® Data Synchronization Platform. IDEA was recently assigned 21 suppliers:

These companies will be trained to use IRD CERICOMX®, an online catalog that suppliers use to register product data with the GS1 Registry® and GDSN via the 1SYNC Data Pool. Suppliers also use this solution to publish product data to demand partners including retailers such as Lowe’s and Walmart.

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