Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

February 5, 2019

Imark and DDS logosDDS (Distributor Data Solutions), an e-commerce product content provider serving the electrical, plumbing, HVAC and related industries, has become a member service provider to Imark Group, Inc., the largest network of independently owned electrical and plumbing distributors in Canada and the U.S., with more than 1,400 independently owned distributors as members.

“DDS is providing a much-needed service for a number of our members in supporting their customers who are asking for better product information and a better online experience,” says Steve Ruane, VP, Marketing and Member Services at Imark Group. “We like that DDS offers various solutions that can help each of our member distributors, whether small, medium or large, and across multiple industries, and whether they’re just entering the e-commerce space, or looking to improve their existing online offering.”

In addition to delivering e-commerce-ready product content, which is sourced directly from more than 375 manufacturers and consists of over four million products, DDS’ core offering also provides end-to-end content management for distributors and their websites. This includes DDS’ enhanced product content, plus product maintenance, product file matching, category management, normalized facets, product file cleanup and more. All content is delivered custom-formatted for compatibility with any e-commerce platform. 

According to DDS’ vice president Matt Christensen, “Creating an excellent online customer experience requires much more than an e-commerce platform. You need to deliver all the product content that contractors, MRO buyers and engineers need to make product selection decisions. We leverage the most advanced technology in the world, and some incredibly talented data analysts and software engineers, to manage distributors’ e-commerce product data at scale.”

“We’ve had such a good experience working with IMARK distributors, and we’re hearing great things from end-user customers,” says Christensen, referring to several member websites already using DDS’ data services. “We understand how each distributor is different and that they want solutions that allow them to create a unique experience for their customers. We want to help IMARK offer choices and solutions to their members based upon the members’ needs — not a one-size-fits-all model — and thus help these distributors develop their competitive advantage to retain, and take business, from national chains and online marketplaces.”

Find out more about DDS: www.distributordatasolutions.com. Find out more about Imark Group Inc: www.imarkgroup.com.

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