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  • IDW Data Helps Contractors Make Fast Work of Estimates

    For electrical contractors, unless an emergency is involved, getting a job generally means providing a cost estimate, first. And, especially if multiple contractors are competing for the same project, the accuracy of that estimate can mean the difference between turning a profit or taking a loss. Obtaining accurate materials pricing – a time-consuming process – is a critical piece in a successful estimate.

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  • IDEA Partners with ElectricSmarts on eCatalog

    The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) has developed an electronic catalog partnership with ElectricSmarts to help electrical contractors and equipment manufacturers streamline parts ordering.

    The campaign is designed to better equip the electrical supply chain to use pricing data available in the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) through Smart eCat, powered by ElectricSmarts, a web-based national list price catalog populated with complete, high-quality product and pricing data directly from the IDW.

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