ETIM is a unified classification of technical products, designed to help all parties (producers, wholesalers and installers) a clear and effective communication on products. This classification includes a class of products and features (parameters), which are described in a standardized manner. In addition, each class has alternative names: synonyms. It makes searching the right product much easier for everyone. Classification of products and their unambiguous description prevent errors and linguistic confusions. They allow to identify the product and exchange the commercial data electronically between different business partners.
For more information, please visit the website of the ETIM International organisation www.etim-international.com.
ETIM – the advantages of the product classification
There are many reasons for the introduction of a product classification. Most of them involves a high degree of inefficiency in the current ways of exchanging product data. Much of the work is duplicated, searching for a specific product in the supplier’s files takes a long time, and any change in the structure because of the constant need to re-enter information that is already available in electronic form, but in a different format – the development and implementation of various interfaces is the source many mistakes and misunderstandings.
Benefits of the classification ETIM are the following:
- Reduced risk of errors (in the product identification and in the transmission of product data)
- Increase communication efficiency (single source of product information)
- Improved logistics and savings on order costs (reduction of erroneous orders and deliveries)
- Ability to reuse product information (no double work, no repetition of manually entering information because this is already electronically available)
- Optimization of catalogue management (media neutral, as well digital as printed)
- Language independent, international processing in many languages
- General or target product data files
- New dimension of management statistical analyses and reporting (on class level)
- No more searching of products, but finding!
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