ETIM North America (NA) announced on December 9 that WESCO, a global supply chain and distribution solutions company, has joined the Product Classification Standards organization.
WESCO is a Fortune 500 supply chain solutions company specializing in electrical and electronic, communications and security, and utility and broadband distribution solutions to make our world work and move forward. WESCO helps customers in over 50 countries build, connect, power and protect the world.
WESCO was # 7 on Industrial distributionThe list of the 50 big 2021 of 2021.
“We are delighted that WESCO is joining ETIM NA,” said Mary Shaw, Executive Director of ETIM NA. “I have worked in the past on e-commerce and data standards development with the data teams at WESCO and know their product expertise helps to bring the voices of their customers and suppliers into conversations. . This will help us make great strides in our classification initiative and benefit the entire chain. “
WESCO joins with other industry leaders as the industry collectively develops the ETIM classification model to meet the product-specific terminology and description needs of the North American electrical industry.
“We are delighted to participate in defining product descriptor standards for our organization and industry in partnership with ETIM NA,” said Akash Khurana, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer and Digital Officer of WESCO. “The ETIM model supports us in our vision to become the best provider of technology supply chain solutions in the world. “
As a direct distributor member, WESCO will be able to participate in all ETIM NA Product Expert Groups (PEs). There are currently three PE groups, encompassing power distribution / automation and dimmers, wiring devices / lighting controls and wire / cable / conduit products, with extension in wire management, upcoming fuses, transformers and boxes.
Matt Christensen, President of ETIM NA and President of Distributor Data Solutions, said, “WESCO has joined ETIM NA is a testament to all the association has achieved in less than two years and the importance of a classification standard. improved products for the electrical industry. WESCO’s participation underlines the importance of ETIM in helping electrical distributors to be competitive in the future.
As Chairman of the Power Sector Council and Chairman of IDEA, David Oldfather noted, “WESCO is a strong supporter of industry and data. I encourage all IDEA members to help support the ETIM model and be active so that, collectively, we can improve product descriptions and product classifications for our industry.
According to Shaw of ETIM, it’s important that manufacturers and distributors of all sizes, who value channel efficiency and recognize that the electricity ecosystem is undergoing a digital transformation, be part of the process. The more companies involved, the faster the refinement of the model to North American products can be completed.
To learn more about ETIM North America, its Product Expert Groups, and how manufacturers, distributors and service companies can get involved, visit www.etim-na.org or contact Mary Shaw at [email protected]