NEXT-GENERATION PRODUCT CONTENT FOR MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

DDS provides manufacturers and distributors with a comprehensive data package to power their business system (ERP) and e-commerce initiatives: DDX, or the Distributor Data Exchange.

 

DDX helps manufacturers distribute their product and pricing information to their distributors while also helping them populate their e-commerce systems.

DDX accepts manufacturer information in any form and syndicates it to their distributors with custom formatting for accurate, efficient integration into each of their distributor’s unique ERP and e-commerce systems.

 

In addition, DDX delivers this product content already ETIM classified and translated into the local language(s) needed by each distributor, making this the most intelligent data solution available in the wholesale distribution industry.

WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF PRODUCT DATA

ERP/TRANSACTIONAL PRODUCT DATA

Essential product data distributors rely on to sell manufacturer products, including complete pricing and packaging information

E-COMMERCE PRODUCT CONTENT

Everything manufacturers make available for marketing and selling their products to help distributors deliver an exceptional customer experience

  • DDX GIVES MANUFACTURERS:

    • Robust content syndication
    • Scheduled monthly product + pricing updates to distributors
    • Translated product content
    • Comprehensive e-commerce content on distributor sites
    • True competitive advantage
    • + More

  • DDX GIVES DISTRIBUTORS:

    • A single source for product content
    • Monthly product + pricing updates
    • Faster, easier data integration via customized files
    • Improved customer e-commerce experience
    • True competitive advantage
    • + More

DDX: THE ONLY SINGLE-SOURCE, WORLD-WIDE PRODUCT CONTENT SYNDICATION SOLUTION

  • Content to support ERP business system needs
  • Content to power distributor e-commerce websites
  • Includes translation, product classification and monthly scheduled distributor-specific custom files
  • Available in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Canada, Mexico and Asia-Pacific regions for Electrical
  • U.S. – Currently serving Automation, Solar, Industrial Supply and Tool Industries

DDX IS ROCKWELL-APPROVED

DDX has officially been designated as a Rockwell Automation-approved solution, and a preferred data content solution for Encompass Partners.

THE REALITIES OF CONTENT + COMMERCE

MISSION-CRITICAL DATA

All sales activity—from quoting customers to purchasing and managing inventory—relies on having complete, accurate and up-to-date product information and pricing from manufacturers. With a multitude of ERP systems and ever-evolving technologies, the exchange of this essential data presents many technology hurdles for manufacturers as well as distributors.

CHALLENGES INCLUDE:

Varying file formats needed by each individual distributor or channel partner

Multiple sources of information from different divisions or sub-brands require consolidation

Manufacturers need a flexible, efficient way of sharing select data with each channel partner

Ensuring delivery of essential data like UPCs, manufacturer-specific model numbers, short descriptions and pricing

Integration / synchronization with distributor systems (i.e. manipulation of files needed prior to uploading into system)

THE AGE OF E-COMMERCE 

E-commerce is redefining the way people research and purchase goods. Your customers are demanding better content and are selecting which sites to buy from based on the ease of search and quality of product content they find on distribution partner websites. Delivering on this expectation takes both manufacturers and distributors significant time, talent and technology.

CHALLENGES INCLUDE:

Incomplete or inconsistent product content and marketing messaging being passed down to end-users via distributor websites

Inability to differentiate manufacturers’ products on distributor sites due to standardization, or even misrepresentation, of product content by third parties

Inaccurate and outdated products and product information on distributor sites due to lack of continuous updating

Prolonged time to market for new and updated product content

Overwhelming number of product content requests on manufacturers from hundreds of channel partners, each with unique requirements

Increased investment (personnel, technology) required to manage and maintain content

FINALLY, A REAL SYNDICATION SOLUTION

To date, there has not been a robust content delivery system in the electrical industry that provides multiple manufacturers’ product content to multiple distributors in a way that is tailored to each company’s processes and platforms.

 

DDX is the first true and tested data syndication solution outside the United States offering a single source, world-wide content 

syndication service built specifically for manufacturers and distributors in the electrical wholesale industry.

 

Our solution is customized for both the manufacturer and the distributor, from the way we uniquely treat each manufacturer’s product data to the way we deliver files to each distributor specifically designed for their individual system requirements.

THE DDX SOLUTION IS:

A SINGLE SOURCE

DDX provides each distributor with a single, consistent source for all available product content from all their manufacturers

COMPLETE

DDX data includes everything manufacturers make available for marketing and selling their products

CUSTOM-FORMATTED

DDX data feeds are custom-formatted for each individual distributor's ERP and e-commerce systems

SCHEDULED

DDX data feeds are delivered monthly and designed to be seamless, requiring no additional manipulation of files before uploading into ERP and e-commerce systems

TRANSLATED

DDX data is delivered already translated into the local language(s) needed by each individual channel partner

FLEXIBLE

DDX is a robust data solution, allowing manufacturers to choose exactly—and only—what they want to share (e.g. pricing) with each channel partner

MAINTAINED FOR YOU

DDX is a subscription solution and regular data updates and maintenance are included, ensuring your customers can always count on you for the most complete and up-to-date product information

ETIM-CLASSIFIED

DDX data is delivered already classified into groups, classes and features

TECHNOLOGY-AGNOSTIC

DDX works with any ERP system and on any e-commerce platform

DDX EXPLAINED IN 3 MINUTES

DDX FOR MANUFACTURERS
DDX FOR DISTRIBUTORS

SAY HELLO TO NEXT-GENERATION PRODUCT CONTENT

PRODUCT CONTENT SYNDICATION

Manufacturer content is syndicated to distributors with intelligent, programmatic enhancements that make it ready for distributor ERP and e-commerce systems.

TRANSLATED CONTENT

Complete product content translated into any language, allowing manufacturers and distributors to service customers in their language of choice.

ETIM CLASSIFICATION

We are able to classify manufacturer products into the ETIM classification standard quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

SOLUTION HIGHLIGHTS

PRODUCT CONTENT SYNDICATION

  • Our proprietary systems and processes aggregate, organize, enrich, normalize and deliver the most robust and intelligent product data available to distributors via a syndicated subscription model
  • Everything manufacturers have produced and made available for their products including features, specifications, multiple hi-res images, videos, documents (spec sheets, brochures, installation manuals, CAD drawings, 2D & 3D drawings, IES and BIM files), 360-degree product images, marketing descriptions, and more
  • We create a custom import for each manufacturer/product line, so there are no rigid specs, and no additional resource needs from the manufacturer
  • Preserving the manufacturer’s original message increases sales and improves the end-user experience with their brand

ETIM CLASSIFICATION

  • Thousands of products can be classified and validated in a matter of days (vs. months)
  • Quick and accurate classification of products into ETIM version 7.0 groups, classes and features
  • Built upon DDS’ proprietary and proven categorization tools

What is ETIM?

ETIM (electro-technical information model) is an initiative to standardize the electronic exchange of product data for electrical and electronic products to enable the electronic trading of these products. The standard is designed to meet the requirements of the electrical industry and allows for the uniform, technical description of electrical goods and their assignment to a class of products. www.etim-international.com

TRANSLATED CONTENT

  • Translation process specifically built based on unique wholesale distribution requirements
  • Includes proper locale and unit of measure conversions
  • Content is translated by our proprietary translation engine, with third-party human validation, for use in distributors’ PIM, ERP, App or product content management systems
  • Currently offering English (en-GB, en-US), Spanish (es-ES, es-MX), French, German, Portuguese, Mandarin, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Polish, Czech and Dutch. Available in any major language.

HOW CAN DDX HELP YOU?

MANUFACTURER BENEFITS

DDS is a technologically-savvy partner who can help you deliver complete, accurate ERP- and web-ready product and marketing content to your channel partners, and ultimately, your joint customers.

Custom files imported from each manufacturer ensures your data is treated uniquely + delivered in full

Flexibility in what content is (and is not) provided to each channel partner

Consistent delivery of product and marketing information, including pricing, to multiple channel partners with varying file format requirements

Better product/marketing content improves SEO for your product line(s)

Quicker time to market for new and updated product information

Reduced resource burden saves you time and money

DISTRIBUTOR BENEFITS

Finally, you can have a single source for the best product content from your top manufacturers to help you offer a more robust and customer-friendly e-commerce experience—and have that content maintained for you, cost-effectively.

Single download providing both transactional and e-commerce data from your top manufacturers

Complete ERP content, plus pricing, to support sales and purchasing activities

Our technology-agnostic solutions work with any ERP system and on any e-commerce platform

Faster, more seamless integration via files custom formatted for your unique business platforms

Attract and keep end-users on your website

Reduced resource burden saves you time and money

PRICING

For more information on the DDX solution, including pricing, please contact us today via the form below. We’ll get back to you with a custom quote within 24 hours. We look forward to working with you!

WHO WE ARE

We are DDS (Distributor Data Solutions), the electrical industry’s premier product content provider. We already work with more than 350 industry-leading manufacturers to facilitate a robust, single source for content syndication from manufacturers to distributors.

 

With more than 50 combined years of intimate knowledge and experience running a successful distributorship, we bring unrivaled industry expertise—together with the most advanced data technologies and top-tier developers and data analysts—to offer the most unique and advanced solutions available in the industry.

LET’S TALK!

Whether you’re a manufacturer or a distributor, we are the global trusted partner to help you streamline your product data exchange capabilities.