IDEA, ecmarket offer solution for trading with non-EDI partners

An agreement between IDEA and ecmarket will see the two integrate the Industry Data Exchange Network (IDX) with ecmarket’s CONEXIOM.

iConex, the name for the new integrated solution, is designed “to help IDEA customers automate order management processes with trading partners that are not EDI-capable,” according to a news release.

IDEA says iConex will allow users to create purchase orders in a format of their choice, and then transform and deliver that document in an EDI standard format. iConex will also generate a confirmation of for the sender.

“Through this technology integration, manufacturers and distributors within the electrical industry will be able to fully automate all order entry and processing with 100% data accuracy while leveraging the control, visibility and safeguards that IDEA’s IDX network provides,” said Brent Halverson, president and CEO of ecmarket.

Michigan-based electrical distributor McNaughton-McKay is already using iConex.  “iConex enables us to convert high volume non-EDI customers to an EDI process with no capital investment, no internal resources and no data errors. The iConex process helps our customer service reps to increase productivity by reducing the time spent on data entry,” said James Wilkinson, director of business process management at McNaughton-McKay.

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