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This Week in IDEA | September 24, 2008

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New IDEA and IDEA IRD Customers

IDEA announces one new IDEA customer and five new IDEA IRD customers. Read more about these companies and how you can begin trading with them electronically to expand your business.

New IDEA Customer

Johnstone Supply, a distributor from Tampa, FL, became and IDEA customer on September 19, 2008. Johnstone Supply is a leading cooperative wholesale distributor providing brand name products, expert technical knowledge and superior customer service to the HVACR industry. They will take advantage of the cost savings and reliability of Industry Data Exchange (IDX). Find out more at 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 five 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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Van Meter Industrial and Leviton Manufacturing Company named recipients of the second annual Richard Buzun Award for Leadership and Innovation in eCommerce

Winners recognized at the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2008 in Washington, D.C.

Van Meter Industrial and Leviton Manufacturing Company were named the distributor and manufacturer recipients of the second annual Richard Buzun Award for Leadership and Innovation in eCommerce. Bob Gaylord, President, IDEA, announced the winners during the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2008 in Washington, D.C.

The award was introduced to the industry in 2007 to recognize a manufacturer and distributor company that take initiative to implement new eCommerce programs and promote eCommerce throughout the electrical industry. The award is named after the late Richard Buzun, the second IDEA Chairman, and former President and CEO of Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.

“Richard Buzun was one of the early visionaries of eCommerce in the electrical industry and this award honors his legacy. Industry leaders who follow in his footsteps deserve to be recognized for their efforts to move the industry forward. Van Meter and Leviton make me extremely proud to call them our customers,” said Bob Gaylord, president, IDEA.

Joe Wallace, Data/Pricing Administration Manager, Van Meter Industrial, and Mark Richards, Director of eCommerce, Leviton Manufacturing Company, accepted the award on behalf of the their companies.

Gaylord recognized both companies for their on-going initiatives as well as recent accomplishments. Van Meter was praised for their active participation in eCommerce standards creation and their ability to successfully integrate those standards into daily business processes.

"We are incredibly honored to receive the Richard Buzun Award. This recognition is confirmation that our pursuit of innovation and excellence is alive and well. A special thanks to Joe Wallace and his team for their extraordinary efforts in this success,” said Barry Boyer, president, Van Meter Industrial.

Leviton Manufacturing Company was recognized for their flexible data exchange offerings that help make eCommerce an easy and efficient experience for their customers. They lead through standards creation and push to make eCommerce work effectively throughout the supply chain.

“In an increasing competitive environment, eCommerce provides a means for manufacturers and distributors to reduce supply chain costs while increasing the speed and accuracy of communication,” said Donald J. Hendler, president and CEO, Leviton Manufacturing.

Mark Richards, Director of eCommerce, added, “In this day and age, not incorporating eCommerce into your business model is like buying a car without considering fuel efficiency: a missed opportunity to keep money in your pocket. The fact that there is now recognition for eCommerce in the form of the Richard Buzun Award further emphasizes how seriously this industry views efficient business practices.”

The 2007 winners were Viking Electric Supply and OSRAM Sylvania.

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The IDEA Standards Committee Appoints New Leadership

The IDEA Standards Committee (ISC) appointed a new Chair, Vice Chair and Subcommitee leaders during a meeting on September 17. The previous Chair, Ann Adams of Square D/Schneider Electric was recognized for her dedication and accomplishments with a commemorative plaque.

“I appreciate all the hard work and dedication from our former Chair, Ann Adams and Vice Chair, Deb Weis of Graybar Electric. They both made significant contributions to the committee and I admire their passion in helping the industry prosper through eCommerce initiatives. I wish them both well in their future endeavors,” said Mary Shaw, Standards Director, IDEA.

The new leadership line-up includes:

Standards Committee:

  • Standards Committee Chair: Phil Barrios, Corp. Director e-Business, Hubbell Inc
  • Standards Committee Vice Chair: Tammy Paters, Pricing Manager, Werner Electric


  • EDIFACT Vice Chair: Mindy Michalski, Project Manager, IT, Rockwell Automation
  • Product Code Vice Chair: Richard Brooks, eBusiness Development Manager, FCI Burndy

You can view the rest of the leadership team on the IDEA Standards Committee Page. 

“As incoming Chair and with support from Tammy Paters (Vice Chair), Brenda Maxwell (Secretary) and Mary Shaw, we have a great team to move forward with and continue the momentum created at the last meeting. Our emphasis will be to align, streamline and produce standards to improve efficiencies throughout the supply chain,” said Barrios.

Please complete a standards registration form if you are interested in working for the IDEA Standards Committee or a Subcommittee.

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A Forum to Remember

Thanks to all the Forum attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors who made this year’s event the best one yet. Be sure to mark your calendars for the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2009 in Tucson, AZ, September 22-24.

IDEA premiered its 10 Year Anniversary video at the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2008. Included are interviews of key industry players discussing IDEA’s rich history, past triumphs and future plans. The video is now available online for you to watch anytime. You can also access Forum presentations on the Forum Resource Page – stay tuned for General Session videos and photo slideshows!

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October IDW Training Calendar and New IDX Training Available

This month IDEA introduces a new Industry Data Exchange (IDX) training session. The new session will primarily focus on the IDX Tracker interface and usage. In this session you will learn how to:

  • Navigate through the transaction database
  • Search documents and verify trading partner set-up
  • And much more including Q & A

The October dates for these trainings are:

IDX Tracker Training Sessions:
Tuesday, October 07: 1:30-2:30PM
Tuesday, October 14: 1:30-2:30PM
Tuesday, October 21: 1:30-2:30PM
Tuesday, October 28: 1:30-2:30PM

Please contact at to sign up for an IDX training session.

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

IDW Distributor Training Sessions:
Wednesday, October 1: 1:30-3:00PM
Wednesday, October 15: 1:30-3:00PM
Wednesday, October 29:1:30-3:00PM

IDW Manufacturer Training Sessions:
Thursday, October 9: 1:30-3:30PM
Thursday, October 23: 1:30-3:30PM

Net Pricing Training Sessions:
Thursday, October 2: 1:30-2:00PM
Thursday, October 16: 1:30-2:00PM
Thursday, October 30:1:30-2:00PM

Inbound Mapping Sessions:
Wednesday, October 8: 1:30-2:30PM
Wednesday, October 22: 1:30-2:30PM

To sign up for an IDW training session, please contact at .

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

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Did You Know? IDX Hot Fact

IDEA partners with Faxinating Solutions to offer customers a Fax-to-EDI solution. The IDEA fax translation services, powered by EXACT®, meet the needs of companies who perform low-volume transactions and do not have the technology at hand to send EDI data to trading partners. The service also allows EDI-compliant companies to send transactions to paper-based companies by fax, enabling all trading partners to become virtually 100% EDI-compliant.

This service has been tested and is in use. Please contact at to get started.

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