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This Week in IDEA | May 30, 2007

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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:

- Reiker Room Conditioners, LLC

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 , IDEA IRD Product Manager, at ; or , IRD Sales Manager, at .

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OSRAM SYLVANIA Continues to Advance eCommerce Throughout the Electrical Wholesale Industry

OSRAM SYLVANIA, a leading manufacturer of lighting solutions, recently completed an enriched data load of over 3000 SKUs via the IDW2. SYLVANIA now provides the most fields of enriched data to the IDW2. The data load included product images, detailed product descriptions, spec sheets, brochures, warranty information, and material safety data sheets. SYLVANIA is the first manufacturer to provide warranty and material safety information for their trading partners.

“The enriched data fields, including extended product descriptions and photographs greatly aid our sales process by quickly matching the product attributes with the buyer’s application,” said John Wilson, Manager E-Commerce & Business Development, OSRAM SYLVANIA.

Providing this information to the IDW2 gives SYLVANIA’s distributor trading partners the ability to extract important up-to-date product information from one location 24/7, as opposed to searching for the information on websites or requesting it directly. Both SYLVANIA and their trading partners benefit from the amount of time and money saved through the reduction of transaction errors.

“We place a high priority on providing enriched data to the IDW2 because we recognize the importance of data synchronization and the benefits of providing and controlling our own product data in a single secure source,” said Charlie Jerabek, President and CEO, OSRAM SYLVANIA.

As a founding member of IDEA, SYLVANIA has always supported industry initiatives that improve the electrical wholesale industry. Their support of the Independent Electrical Distributor (IED) Program of self-improvement and the recent NAED sponsored SPA and Scorecard task team initiatives shows their commitment to eCommerce efficiencies in the channel.

OSRAM SYLVANIA is a long standing member of the IDEA Standards Committee. “SYLVANIA encourages others to join this very important industry organization that establishes the guidelines and standards that result in the reduced transaction cost to further the Electrical Wholesaler as the Channel of Choice,” said Wilson.

IDEA would like to thank SYLVANIA for their continued support to achieve the ultimate goal: complete data synchronization in the electrical industry.

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Mary Shaw Returns to the IDEA Team

Mary Shaw, formerly GS1 Canada, will resume her position as the IDEA Standards Manager. In her previous years with IDEA, Mary managed the industry standards program and committee that revises and develops standards for business documents.

Mary will be responsible for coordinating data standards and related activities to advance eCommerce initiatives in the electrical industry and other vertical markets. This will include assisting the IRD Manager with implementing GS1 standards that affect IDEA customers. You may contact at . Welcome back to the IDEA team!

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Electro E-Biz Forum 2007 Announcements and Reminders

Hubbell Incorporated: Sponsor of Electro E-Biz Forum 2007

The Electro E-Biz Forum 2007 Committee would like to thank Hubbell Incorporated for their Silver Level Sponsorship.

Hubbell Incorporated is a leading electrical equipment manufacturer focused on the technology of generating, transmitting and utilizing electrical energy. The Company operates through multiple manufacturing divisions and subsidiaries located in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Italy, Brazil, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Visit the Hubbell Website for more information about this company.

OSRAM SYLVANIA: Sponsor of Electro E-Biz Forum 2007

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

OSRAM SYLVANIA is the North American business of OSRAM GmbH of Germany. They are a leading manufacturer of lighting solutions for homes, businesses and institutions, automobiles and a broad range of specialty applications. SYLVANIA employs about 11,200 people in North America and has 22 manufacturer plants, one equipment assembly operation and 12 research and development laboratories. Visit theSYLVANIA Website for more information about this company.

Choose Your Formula at the Electro E-Biz Tech Center 2007:
Information + Technology = POWER

The Tech Center is a mini-tradeshow where technology companies can demonstrate
their products and meet 1-on-1 with prospective clients. The Tech Fair, in conjunction
with the Welcome Reception, will kick-off the Electro E-Biz Forum. Technical and
software companies have an expanded opportunity to meet with Forum participants
and demonstrate innovative products and services for the duration of the event.

Attendees with the most booth visits will be entered to win one of three Garmin GPS Navigation Systems.

Reserve your Tech Center booth by June 30 to save $1200!

Get Recognized for Excellence in eCommerce Practices

Each manufacturer and distributor company must submit their own company information by August 1st to be considered for the Richard Buzun Award for Leadership and Innovation in eCommerce. This award will honor one manufacturer company and one distributor company that continues to support and participate in industry initiatives that help advance eCommerce in the industry.

Fill out the Manufacturer Submittal Form or theDistributor Submittal Formand the Trading Partner Transaction Capabilities Form today! Fax completed forms to at (.

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June IDW2 Training Schedule

IDEA continues to offer distributor and manufacturer trainings and Net Pricing sessions. The June dates for these trainings are:

IDW2 Distributor Training Sessions:

Wednesday, June 13, 2007: 1:30 – 3:00PM
Wednesday, June 27, 2007: 1:30 – 3:00PM

IDW2 Manufacturer Training Sessions:

Thursday, June 7, 2007: 1:30 – 3:30PM
Thursday, June 21, 2007: 1:30 – 3:30PM

General Net-Pricing Sessions (open to all):

Thursday, June 14, 2007: 1:30 – 2:00PM
Thursday, June 28, 2007: 1:30 – 2:00PM

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

To sign up for a training session, please contact , IDW2 Training and Technical Representative, at .

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Did You Know? IDW2 Hot Fact

If you need contact support for the IDW2 you can send an email to and a ticket will be created for your inquiry immediately. One of our customer representatives will then contact you within the next 24 hours.

Tickets can also be created for all other IDEA solutions.

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