Three reasons gas and welding distributors are going online


While this January kicks off its ninth year in business, it has only taken DDS (Distributor Data Solutions) the last two years to make a significant mark on the industrial gas and welding marketplace. 

A technology company started by former leaders of an electrical distributorship in the US Intermountain West, DDS set out specifically to improve how manufacturers and their distribution partners exchange and work with product data for e-commerce purposes. Eight years later, the company is a leading provider of “web-ready” product content and related solutions to the wholesale industry at large.  

After starting in the electrical industry, DDS only began working with the gas and welding community a little more than two years ago, in response to the breadth of lines carried by its distributor customers, as well as growing interest from manufacturers and buying groups in this and other related verticals. 

In that relatively short spell, the company has gained significant traction in the industry, offering a sizeable catalog of “next-gen” product content for more than 800,000 gas and welding product stock keeping units (SKUs) alone. That’s just a fraction of the nearly nine million SKUs – from more than 1,500 leading manufacturers and brands – that comprise its total data set, to which it is actively adding.

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