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This Week in IDEA | August 08, 2007

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New IDEA Customer: Mission Electric Supply, Inc.

Mission Electric Supply, Inc., a distributor from Temecula, CA, became an IDEA customer on August 8, 2007. Mission ES specializes in lighting equipment and supplies. They will be taking advantage of the cost saving features and reliability of Industry Data Exchange (IDX). Mission ES is a proud member of NAED. Contact Mission ES for more information. Welcome Aboard!

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New IRD CERICOMX® Customer

IDEA, a 1SYNC Data Pool On-Board Solution (OBS) partner, implements suppliers that subscribe to the 1SYNC data pool using IDEA's IRD CERICOMX® application. IDEA was recently assigned the following supplier:

- Tek Nek Toys International, L.P.

This company will be trained to use IRD CERICOMX®, an IDEA branded product for supporting and uploading supplier product information into the GS1 Registry® and GDSN via the 1SYNC Data Pool.

If you would like to learn more about the CERICOMX® product, please contact , IRD Product & Customer Support Manager, at .

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Silver Creek Systems, Inc.: Platinum Sponsor of Electro E-Biz Forum 2007

The Electro E-Biz Forum 2007 Committee would like to thank Silver Creek Systems, Inc. for their Platinum Level Sponsorship.

Silver Creek Systems, Inc. is a provider of data service applications that generate complete, consistent and reliable product data from many sources – providing a solid data foundation for any initiative involving complex data integration. Their service applications not only assemble and standardize information from many sources, they can also actively manage data quality and implement governance processes to identify and resolve data problems before they impact your business. Find out more at

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Datalliance: Bronze Sponsor of Electro E-Biz Forum 2007

The Electro E-Biz Forum 2007 Committee would like to thank Datalliance for their Bronze Level Sponsorship.

Datalliance is a Software as a Service (SaaS) company with extensive experience in designing, developing and executing mission critical supply chain systems for Fortune 500 companies. As a result of extensive industry and technology experience, Datalliance has developed a comprehensive Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) -based eCommerce service. Datalliance enables suppliers and their customers to establish effective VMI relationships quickly and easily as well as collaborate across the Internet. For more information visit Datalliance’s Homepage.

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Legrand: Board Sponsor of Electro E-Biz Forum 2007

The Electro E-Biz Forum 2007 Committee would like to thank Legrand for their Board Level Sponsorship.

Legrand is the world specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks, offering solutions for use in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. With a presence in more than 60 countries, Legrand employs over 33,000 people. Its catalogues list more than 130,000 products with sales totaling over $3.7 billion. Find out more at

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ILSCO: Board Sponsor of Electro E-Biz Forum 2007

The Electro E-Biz Forum 2007 Committee would like to thank ILSCO for their Board Level Sponsorship.

Established in 1894, ILSCO is the largest direct supplier of mechanical connectors to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) in the United States and Canada. Through Electrical Distributors, ILSCO supplies connectors, tools and accessories to the commercial and industrial construction market as well as for maintenance and repair. Furthermore, the UTILCO Division of ILSCO is a major supplier of underground and overhead secondary distribution products to electrical utilities. For more information visit

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Van Meter Industrial: Sponsor of Electro E-Biz Forum 2007

The Electro E-Biz Forum 2007 Committee would like to thank Van Meter Industrial for their sponsorship contribution.

Van Meter Industrial is a family owned electrical wholesaler with locations throughout Iowa. Today they have more than 300 employee owners who all have the same goal to make things easier for their customers. Find out more at

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Keynote Spotlight: Discover the Power of Accurate and Immediate Information with Industry Insiders and Former CNN Journalist, Gene Randall

As business becomes increasingly competitive, the need for accurate, secure and immediate product information becomes critical to making the decisions necessary to keep an information edge. Gene Randall, former CNN Journalist, will lead a provocative and frank panel discussion with industry insiders on The Power of Information.

The market place is driving the use of information. Learn how technology's rapid developments are shaping the way companies must conduct business to survive in the information age.

When: September 18-20, 2007
Where: Vancouver
Venue: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
Who should attend?: Executives, Sales & Marketing staff, eCommerce Managers

Register for the Electro E-Biz Forum 2007 to hear how industry leaders are utilizing innovative technologies to ensure consistent, accurate and timely information is distributed properly and maximized to gain a competitiv advantage.

Gene Randall's professional broadcast journalism career can be measured by the major stories he covered; among them: the Solidarity strikes in Poland in 1980, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, and daily coverage of four U.S. Presidential Campaigns from 1988 through 2000.

In the 2000 campaign, Gene hosted CNN's celebrated "This Week In Politics, "a favorite with campaign insiders. With a broadcasting career that spanned four decades and much of the world, Gene Randall's speeches combine historic moments he has witnessed, the offbeat incidents that never made the evening news, the current political scene, and the effects of September 11, 2001 on our political fabric. Through his company, Gene Randall Enterprises, he is also offering a wide variety of services to trade associations and corporations. They include convention hosting, moderating panel discussion, live audience interviews of keynote speakers, webcast and closed-circuit television anchoring and videoconference hosting.

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Nick Manzo Joins the IDEA Team

Nick Manzo, formally of Buyingshow Solutions, Inc., has joined the IDEA team as the Senior Account Executive. Nick will primarily be responsible for educating the manufacturer community on IDEA’s products and services. He will work with the Sales Director to generate new business and support IDEA’s existing customer base. Nick can be reached at or Welcome to the IDEA team!

This position was newly created to expand IDEA’s manufacturer customer base to better the entire supply network.

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Fahad Shamshad Joins the IDEA Team

Fahad Shamshad, formally of Office Depot, has joined the IDEA team as an Account Manager. Fahad will be the primary customer service and support contact for all manufacturer customers. He will work directly with the Customer Service Director to enhance the complete customer experience. Fahad can be reached at or Welcome to the IDEA team!

This position was newly created to accommodate IDEA’s growing customer base.

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Did You Know? IDW Hot Facts

There is a load summary feature in the IDW that allows distributors to search for specific manufacturers that have recently loaded new data into IDW. Furthermore, the load summary menu will display the type of data that has been loaded and the time and date of the load.

Manufacturers can use this feature to verify when their data was loaded, the type of data that was loaded, and the errors that may have occurred during the process.

If you are interested in more details regarding the load summary feature, contact , Data Content Manager, at .

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