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Catalogue & Electronic Database


We take the complexity out of catalogues.

The global marketplace is in the midst of an unprecedented generational shift from “paper to electronic” – your seasoned buyers that insisted on paper catalogues for reference are leaving the workforce, and are being replaced by a new age of buyers born with a “mouse in their hands”.

The driver to any catalogue – paper or electronic – is data. And if you have ever tried to collect data to produce your own corporate catalogue, you undoubtedly have found that time and cost are your biggest enemies. Vendors need to be continually hounded for their data. Once it is finally received, it then needs to be “scrubbed” in order to fit your data storage template. And once you have collected the final data from the last vendor, the data collected from the initial vendors has become stale.

IDI recognized the “paper to electronic” – movement and data collection challenges to our shareholders – in 2007 when we created our IDI Centralized Electronic Database. The concept is simple: one data team collecting/scrubbing/maintaining electronic, imaged, content-rich product data from hundreds of vendors, comprising hundreds of thousands of SKU’s – all on behalf of the entire co-operative.

The IDI Electronic Database is exclusive only to IDI shareholders, allowing them to efficiently achieve the following major initiatives without concerns for time or cost:

  • Paper catalogue production – close to 40 of IDI’s shareholders band together every four years to produce the IDI paper catalogue – 2,000 pages, 200 vendors, and over 180,000 part numbers

  • Customer-specific electronic punch-out catalogues

  • Corporate electronic catalogues – for public browsing, or with log-on credentials so customers can place orders electronically

  • Internal creation of shareholder-branded promotional flyers

Finally, for shareholders not ready to invest in electronic catalogues, but desiring a web catalogue presence, IDI maintains an e-shop version of the IDI paper catalogue that shareholders can display on their websites – and it takes no more than a few hours to link it to their site!

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