Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

May 10, 2019

IDEAIDEA plans to introduce an online learning management tool, the IDEA Learning Portal, to train customers on the new IDEA Connector, which will launch in late September. This portal will contain comprehensive training information and documentation on the IDEA Connector, a master data management (MDM) platform that enables distributors to securely access accurate and timely product and pricing data directly from manufacturers.

To complement the portal, there will be four training session devoted to manufacturers and distributors at eBiz. These training sessions will dive deeper into specific content to ensure a complete understanding of important functionality. The Client Solutions team will also host follow‐up appointments in the Innovation Hub at eBiz to provide individualized one‐on‐one IDEA ConnectorSM training.

The IDEA Connector team has completed the initial configuration and development of the platform, and the project is on target for its scheduled launch. Functional and performance testing will be conducted from the beginning of May and user acceptance testing will take place through the summer with members of the User Group. This master data management solution will create a new era of efficiency, enabling distributors to securely access accurate and timely product and pricing data directly from manufacturers.


To join the IDEA Connector User Group, participate in beta testing, and gain exclusive insights, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To stay updated and find out more visit: https://idea4industry.com/idea‐connector/

Wholesale SalesWholesale sales rose 0.6% to $64.1 billion in June, partly offsetting the 1.9% decline in May. Sales were up in four of seven subsectors, representing 54% of total wholesale sales.

In dollar terms, two subsectors — miscellaneous, and machinery, equipment and supplies — contributed the most to the increase in June, while the motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessories subsector posted the largest decline.

 

 

 

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Lori BagazzoliBy Blake Marchand

Lori Bagazzoli, Regional Sales Manager for Viscor, is a 20-year industry veteran that has built an interesting career from the bottom up. Beginning as a 19-year old just out of college in customer service with EXM, she gained an intimate knowledge of the electrical and lighting supply business by working her way through various organizational levels.

“I was definitely able to learn the different roles, and understand all the different aspects of the business,” she said, “starting so young, I really had to put in my time to be able to move up.”

 

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