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This Week in IDEA | March 26, 2008

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New IDEA and IDEA IRD Customers

New IDEA Customer: Mississippi Valley Electric Supplies

Mississippi Valley Electric Supplies, a distributor from Jackson, MS became an IDEA customer on March 25, 2008. They will be taking advantage of the cost savings and reliability of Industry Data Exchange (IDX) to electronically exchange business documents. Welcome aboard!

New IDEA Customer: Cardello Electric Supply Co.

Cardello Electric Supply, a distributor from Pittsburgh, PA became an IDEA customer on March 25, 2008. Cardello ES is one of the Tri-State area's largest independent electrical distributors. They will be taking advantage of the cost savings and reliability of Industry Data Exchange (IDX) and relying on Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) for their product and pricing information. Welcome Aboard!

New IDEA IRD Customers

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 three suppliers:

These companies 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 find out more about the CERICOMX® product, please contact , IRD Product & Customer Support Manager, at .

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OSRAM SYLVANIA, General Electric Consumer & Industrial and Eaton: Sponsors of the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2008!

IDEA would like to thank Osram Sylvania for their Silver level sponsorship and General Electric Consumer & Industrial and Eaton for their Bronze level sponsorship of the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2008.


OSRAM SYLVANIA is the North American business of OSRAM GmbH of Germany, one of the world's largest lighting manufacturers and part of the Siemens family of companies. The company manufactures and markets a wide range of lighting products and precision materials and components for business and industry, consumers, for the automotive industry, and for the computer, aerospace and other major industries worldwide. It employs about 11,200 people in North America and is headquartered in Danvers, Mass. Find out more at  

GE is Imagination at Work -- a diversified technology, media and financial services company focused on solving some of the world's toughest problems. With products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power generation, water processing and security technology to medical imaging, business and consumer financing and media content, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. Find out more at  

Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2007 sales of $13.0 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. Find out more at  

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No More Net Price Gossip - Know the Facts

Net pricing is certainly a hot industry topic. Many of the questions in rotation are: Is it possible? Is it secure? In which ways can I send/receive this confidential information? What are the new developments? Don’t listen to the gossip – find out the facts from IDEA.

IDEA is continuously working hard to make sure you have multiple ways to exchange net pricing and also choose the best method. While we currently offer two net pricing solutions, a third is being tested for release later this year. The two methods currently available have been in production for years and are currently being utilized by many in the industry.

The two methods you can use today include:

B2B Document Exchange

The Special Price Authorization document (EDI 845) allows you to send all your net pricing information to a trading partner through a traditional Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) process.

Steps in the Process:

  1. The supplier transmits an EDI 845 v. 4010 to Industry Data Exchange (IDX)
  2. IDX routes the document to the appropriate trading partner
  3. The trading partner receives the EDI document in their IDX mailbox

Requirements and Considerations:

  • The sender and receiver must be EDI capable
  • Kilocharacter charges are incurred

Recommended for:

All methods of net pricing including: unit pricing, mulitpliers, into-stock, rebates, job-specific special price authorizations

How to Get Started:

Contact your trading partner to initiate the transaction

Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) Storage

This method gives you the option to load a Simple Net Flat File into Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) for a specific trading partner.

Steps in the Process:

  1. The supplier loads pricing data into IDW for a specific trading partner using the Simple Net Flat File format
  2. The trading partner extracts the net price sheet from IDW during their normal download process.

Requirements and Considerations:

  • Unit pricing only, no job-specific
  • Data is stored in IDW along with other pricing data
  • The sender and receiver do not need to be EDI capable
  • No kilocharacter charges are incurred
  • May require manual processes by sender and receiver

Recommended for:

Item specific distributor net pricing

How to Get Started:

Contact IDW Support at

Currently in testing:

IDEA FTP Net Pricing Solution (Beta Testing)

This allows you the option to send Distributor Into-Stock net pricing to trading partners who are not EDI capable without storing it in IDW. This gives you more flexibility in the types of net pricing you exchange and provides a way for IDW customers to receive confidential pricing files directly in their IDW FTP folder. (Note - this file is not appended to IDW downloaded files).

Steps in the Process:

  1. The supplier transmits an EDI 845 v. 4010 document to IDX with a special IDEA assigned Net FTP ID
  2. IDX translates the data in the EDI 845 document into a customized Flat File format
  3. IDX delivers the Flat File to the trading partner’s IDW FTP folder

Requirements and Considerations:

  • The supplier must be EDI capable
  • The receiver must be an IDW customer
  • Only Nets Into-Stock – no job specific special price authorizations
  • Facilitates use of EDI 845 for sender
  • The receiver does not need to be EDI capable
  • Net price data is not stored in IDW
  • Unit price or multipliers can be sent
  • No kilocharacter charges are incurred

Recommended for:

Manufacturers who wish to use the EDI 845 document with distributors who are not EDI capable

*Beta testing and production for this method is completed on a first come, first serve basis

If you would like to participate in beta testing or if you have additional questions about these three methods contact the Standards Director, at .

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Industry Data Warehouse April Training Schedule

IDEA continues to offer Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) distributor and manufacturer trainings and focused sessions on Net Pricing and the Inbound Mapper. The April dates for these trainings are:

IDW Distributor Training Sessions:
Wednesday, April 2: 1:30-3:00PM
Wednesday, April 16: 1:30-3:00PM
Wednesday, April 30: 1:30-3:00PM

IDW Manufacturer Training Sessions:
Thursday, April 10: 1:30-3:30PM
Thursday, April 24: 1:30-3:30PM

Net Pricing Training Sessions:
Thursday, April 3: 1:30-2:00PM
Thursday, April 17: 1:30-2:00PM

Inbound Mapping Sessions:
Wednesday, April 9: 1:30-2:30PM
Wednesday, April 23: 1:30-2:30PM

Additional training sessions are announced each month in This Week in IDEA.

To sign up for a training session, please contact at .

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Did You Know? IDW Hot Facts

In the last issue, we discussed the functionality and benefits of IDW’s Test database. This week we will explain some important differences between the test database and the production database. Some differentiators of the Test database include:

Visual Differentiation:

  • The title “Test System Load Summary” is displayed in the subject line of the Load Summary Report email
  • The load summary screen in IDW has a separate field that displays a “T” for Test database loads

Functional Differentiation:

  • Pricing (B5 View) and packaging (B4 View) fields will not load to Test database unless their corresponding basic fields, UPC code and Catalog Number (B1 View), have successfully loaded
  • As part of the self-serve component, newly uploaded items for different field sets (called views in EDI) erases all previously loaded data for that item’s field set
  • Data that has successfully loaded to the Test database can be seen at the IDW website Product Details screen by clicking the radio button for test system data  (Note - it is also visible on the distributor side of the IDW website)
  • Loaded test data is NOT mixed in with production data; it is held separately and can be downloaded at the Data Request screen

Still have questions? Contact the Data Content Support Team at .

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