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.
Essential product data distributors rely on to sell manufacturer products, including complete pricing and packaging information
Everything manufacturers make available for marketing and selling their products to help distributors deliver an exceptional customer experience
DDX has officially been designated as a Rockwell Automation-approved solution, and a preferred data content solution for Encompass Partners.
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.
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)
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.
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
DDX provides each distributor with a single, consistent source for all available product content from all their manufacturers
DDX data includes everything manufacturers make available for marketing and selling their products
DDX data feeds are custom-formatted for each individual distributor's ERP and e-commerce systems
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
DDX data is delivered already translated into the local language(s) needed by each individual channel partner
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
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
DDX data is delivered already classified into groups, classes and features
DDX works with any ERP system and on any e-commerce platform
Manufacturer content is syndicated to distributors with intelligent, programmatic enhancements that make it ready for distributor ERP and e-commerce systems.
Complete product content translated into any language, allowing manufacturers and distributors to service customers in their language of choice.
We are able to classify manufacturer products into the ETIM classification standard quickly, easily and cost-effectively.
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
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
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.
Whether you’re a manufacturer or a distributor, we are the global trusted partner to help you streamline your product data exchange capabilities.