Trade Service Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Top Quote Trade Service was founded in 1931 to offer an information platform to the electrical supplies industry, consisting of product and pricing information, organized into a common, easy-to-use format, on which the market's trading partners could conduct business. End Quote
  • San Diego, CA (1888PressRelease) October 06, 2011 - Trade Service, a household name to many industry professionals, companies, business software firms, and associations across the construction trades, celebrates its 80th year in business. What began in 1931 as a simple printed pricing directory to provide a common data platform on which trading partners could access product information and conduct business, has grown into a comprehensive, multi-faceted, information resource serving over 20,000 users across North America.

    Over the years, Trade Service has helped further a wide range of industry initiatives, including the establishment and adoption of the UPC coding system used in bar-coding and electronic commerce applications, the extensive attribution of manufacturer product content to facilitate Internet storefront navigation, and development and wide-spread adoption of industry-standard data formats required by business system providers to more effectively serve their client base. "We are proud to have collaborated with industry leaders to contribute to the growth and success of the industries we serve," says Tony Dubreville, President and CEO. "Given our focus on business content, we've developed a wealth of experience and a specific expertise over 80 years that has made us the provider of choice for distributors and contractors; and it's made us the 'go-to' conduit for manufacturers who want to expand brand awareness across the supply chain and deliver data to their customers in a business system-ready format."

    Trade Service's most recent content solutions include Supplier Xchange and Submittal Manager. Supplier Xchange is a no-charge, online system allowing distributors to respond, in real time, to quote requests they receive from their preferred contractors who need customer-specific pricing for their project bids. Within seconds of initiating the request, the special pricing is received back into the contractor's estimating program. Currently, over $400M in quote requests pass through the network to over 2,000 distributor branch locations each month. Submittal Manager makes use of Trade Service's extensive manufacturer PDF database, which allows electrical distributors and contractors to build customized, professional-looking job submittals, start-to-finish, ready to send to the project owner, general contractor, architect, or engineer for sign-off.

    Trade Service's original idea to develop a common information platform to facilitate trading partner communications is still at the core of the company's vision. "And with products like Supplier Xchange and Submittal Manager," states Tod Moore, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, "this vision will continue to expand into the creation of innovative and forward-thinking productivity tools that remove labor and cost from the distribution channel."

    About Trade Service

    Trade Service Company is the leading provider of product and price information to the electrical, plumbing/PVF, HVACR, industrial MRO, and office products industries. Since 1931, the company has been the leader in content acquisition, aggregation, management, publishing, and distribution, offering a variety of products, services, and systems to meet the content needs of contractors, distributors, and government agencies. The range of solutions provided includes printed directories, electronic catalogs, pricing data for business system updating, and robust attributed content to fuel full-functioning Internet storefronts.

    Contacts -
    Marion Roosa
    Marketing Manager
    marion_roosa ( @ ) tradeservice dot com

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