Trimble, Distributor Data Solutions Announce Product Data Partnership

The companies currently serve more than 60% of the U.S. mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC distributor market.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Trimble and Distributor Data Solutions, a leading provider of product content syndication services, are expanding the delivery of next-generation product data solutions to contractors, distributors and manufacturers for the construction industry.

DDS and Trimble manage and syndicate manufacturer-specific product content for one of the largest global ecosystems of contractor and distributor software users in construction. Together, they currently serve over 60% of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC commercial distributor market in the US. 

“The demand for accurate, enriched, and standardized product content is only increasing as the industry digitizes its workflows. Trimble believes that connected, unified data is the future of construction because it enables the industry to build more efficiently and sustainably," said Lawrence Smith, vice president of Trimble Construction Management Solutions. "Working with DDS will expedite our delivery of an expanded breadth of rich and accurate product data from our common data environment that is portable across Trimble and non-Trimble systems.”

DDS, founded in 2014 to ease the exchange of product information, currently works with more than 300 distributors and 600 manufacturers — representing 1,600+ brands — to syndicate product data to their distribution channel across seven primary industries: electrical, plumbing, HVAC/R, industrial supply, industrial automation, industrial gas and welding, and construction. 

A leading provider of construction technology and data solutions, Trimble serves 60% of ENR top 50 contractors and the majority of ENR 400 with $400+ billion of construction project value being managed using Trimble systems. Over a million active users, including electrical, plumbing and mechanical contractors and distributors, connect to Trimble’s digital data network worldwide. 

“Trimble has a strong foundation of managing product content for its customers. Combining this history with DDS’ unique capabilities and industry expertise in product data syndication will help forge a new industry solution focused on streamlining a growing volume of requests for connected manufacturer product data, including from Trimble," said James Reis, general manager of Trimble’s Content and Supply Chain group.

“Working with Trimble is an ideal fit for us,” said Matt Christensen, president of DDS. “They certainly lead the market in highly advanced solutions that showcase how widely and how innovatively digital product information can be utilized throughout these industries. We are excited that our own solutions can work alongside theirs to help simplify and improve how all this data gets communicated and managed for everyone involved.” 

Trimble and DDS will be launching an initial set of combined data service offerings to the market beginning early Q2 2023.   

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