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May 27, 2022

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Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) is acquiring the award-winning data management services provider, DATAgility. This strategic acquisition is expected to be finalized late June.

DATAgility has worked with hundreds of manufacturers and distributors to provide high quality data management services that have helped companies achieve significant sales growth, strengthen brand loyalty, and accelerate ROI for PIM, ERP, and e-commerce systems.

Co-owners of IDEA, NAED (National Association of Electrical Distributors) and NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) fully support the acquisition and have worked with DATAgility on several industry initiatives throughout the years including the NAED X-Check program and IDEA Connector’s Harmonized Data Model (HDM).  

DATAgility has contributed to the development of industry data standards (including electrical and automotive) for decades and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the IDEA organization.

“Distributors need to continue to grow their digital initiatives to keep up with increased customer demand for more product information. By IDEA and DATAgility joining forces, the industry will have a complete resource for product data,” said Tom Naber, President of NAED.

“Acquiring DATAgility—which is known for its first-rate service and talented team—helps position IDEA to accelerate the Harmonized Data Model Initiative and adds expertise to further support our mission and our customers.” said David Oldfather, President and CEO of IDEA

“As for the DATAgility team, we are excited to officially join IDEA. We have always been dedicated to the companies we serve in the electrical industry and are passionate about helping IDEA succeed in their mission to facilitate the exchange of high-quality data among manufacturers and distributors to drive desired business results,” said Denise Keating, CEO of DATAgility.

DATAgility’s team has received numerous product data and standards honors, including the Associate Service Award by NAED, the Outstanding Technology Vendor of the Year by Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, the Rising Star “30 under 35” award by tED Magazine, and the Visionary Award by the Auto Care Association.

With this acquisition, IDEA will continue to support the NAED X-Check program and provide advanced data management services, including on-boarding, data sourcing, normalization, enrichment, and PIM consultative services.

After the acquisition is finalized, IDEA will provide additional information on how the DATAgility leadership team—Denise Keating, Angela Baraks, Tammy Mortell, and Brett Anderson—will be structured within IDEA.

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Contribute Your Product Knowledge to Develop the Industry’s Harmonized Data Model (HDM)

IDEA Harmonized Data ModelHave you heard about the industry’s Harmonized Data Model (HDM) initiative? IDEA, in partnership with NAED, is calling all product experts to get involved and be recognized by the industry. People who join the Product Expert Task Force will impact the future of the electrical distribution channel.

In the next 6 months, subject matter experts (SMEs) will be harmonizing the categorization for dozens of product categories. It’s an opportunity for industry experts to participate as a SME in the HDM initiative.

 

 

 

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McKenna

By Rhonda Cox, Regional Sales Manager, Western Canada, EGLO Canada

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Covering various interveners within the specification market (engineers, architechts and designers), McKenna Agencies is a privately-owned-andoperated company whose history under its current ownership dates back to 1988. 

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In 2021, with its two branches serving all the area, the company recorded sales of around €10 million. It employs 17 associates and 2 sales representatives. Thanks to this acquisition, Sonepar, already present in Puglia with six branches, will strengthen its business in the region.

 

 

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Finally in 1991, Chris was promoted to the position of Sales Representative where he continued to excel and increase his relationships with customers and vendors for the remainder of his career. Chris had been a valuable member not only of Electrozad's business but of the Electrozad family too. 

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Franklin Electric Co., Inc. released its third annual Sustainability Report this month, once again providing transparency, insight and data related to the Company’s performance toward Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives and goals. The commitment to these initiatives and goals led the Company to be named to Newsweek’s 2022 list of America’s Most Responsible Companies.

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