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Electrical industry to learn about technology at Niagara Falls conference this week

Niagara Falls, ON -- The Electro-Industry E-Biz Technology Forum begins Tues. Sept 9, 2003 with a Kickoff Reception...


Industry

September 9, 2003
By MRO Magazine

Niagara Falls, ON — The Electro-Industry E-Biz Technology Forum begins Tues. Sept 9, 2003 with a Kickoff Reception & Technology Fair from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. The event continues Wednesday and Thursday with a conference and trade show. Full details can be found on the Internet at www.idea-inc.org.

On Weds. Sept. 10, 2003, the opening general session runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and features keynote presentations by Bob Moore and Joe Salimando.

Bob Moore is a columnist and consultant in the automotive aftermarket specializing in supply chain technology. His work with many leading aftermarket companies has provided him with keen insights into the pitfalls, both real and imagined, for parties in implementing this new technology. Moore will speak to the very pragmatic steps trading partners must take to first, overcome their trepidation and doubts about the necessity of the technology, and then offer practical and proven steps for its implementation.”

Joe Salimando, a TED Magazine columnist presents virtual "visits" of 10 contractors and 10 distributors and looks at construction wide-advances, including PDAs, CAD, on-line ordering, reverse auctions, project collaboration, catalogue sharing, bar coding, e-mail and more.

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Wednesday lunch at 12:30 p.m. includes an award presentation recognizing industry leaders that have helped make E-commerce successful in the Electro Industry.

The evening features the Forum’s Night Out, a chance to unwind, socialize and meet industry colleagues at a local venue

On Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, set the stage for the second day events with insights and updates from Paul Osland, ECCC and Bob Crowley, Research Triangle Software.

Paul Osland is vice-president, business development, Electronic Commerce Council Canada. Get the latest information on supply chain innovations, best practices, global standards, trends forecasting and research and development from GCI, VICS, EAN and UCC that will affect the way your company will do business and save it money.

Bob Crowley, senior vice-president, Research Triangle Software, will provide insights from an industry insider on electronic commerce business strategies, including considerations for EDI and XML, as well as what is happening in the retail industry.

These sessions are followed by a Distributor/Buyer Forum. What could your suppliers do to make your e-business life easier? What would you ask them to change if you could get them all in one room together? Well, here’s your chance. Wholesalers, co-ops, distributors, etc., will get together in a room, for distributors/buyers only, to create a “re-behaviour” list of the Top 10 things they wish their sell-side e-business partners would do differently. (In the next room, the manufacturers will be making their own Top 10 list!)

At the same time is the Manufacturer/Seller Forum. What is it that your trading partners could do to make your e-business life easier? What would you ask them to change if you could get them all in one room together? Suppliers operating primarily on the “sell” side will gather to privately compose their Top 10 “re-behaviour” list of those things they wish their buy-side e-business trading partners would do differently.

Thursday afternoon wraps up with a Buyer/Seller Forum, where the combined industry gathers to discuss the its most pressing challenges and works together to propose solutions. The discussions will be lively and the revelations could be startling. When it’s all said and done, the session provides a unique opportunity for identifying areas for industry improvement and agreeing on constructive recommendations for achieving progress.

For a complete program and other registration details, visit www.idea-inc.org, or call Gloria Franklin-Austin at 703-841-3247.