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IDEA announces 25% of items in industry data warehouse are compliant

The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) announces that 25% of the items in the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) are compliant within IDEA’s Data Certification Program.

The IDW has seen growth from a baseline of 0.66%, or 16,000, compliant eligible items in early February to 600,000 compliant items today. Ten additional manufacturers have also reached 95 percent compliance or higher in the past month.

600,000 items in the IDW are fully attributed and ready for distributor web store catalogs. In addition, each of these items has 42 other fields of complete transactional data,” said Paul Molitor, President & CEO, IDEA. “This growing amount of rich manufacturer-supplied information will help distributors’ web commerce to become more competitive and profitable."

IDEA’s Data Certification Program is designed to measure the item-level completeness and quality of data available within the IDW and focuses on product information distributors need to conduct business and sell manufacturers’ products (e.g. brand, packaging, product attributes, etc.). An item is compliant if its attributes and transactional data fields are fully populated.

The following manufacturers have all reached 95 percent compliance or higher for their items in the IDW since mid-April 2015:

  • 3M Electrical Products
  • Brady Channellock 
  • CRC Industries
  • Fluke
  • Lithonia Lighting
  • Milbank
  • Pentair
  • Hoffman
  • Satco 

Other manufacturers continue to make progress with their IDW data, and more than 140 have committed to achieving at least 95 percent compliance for their IDW items by October 1.