Association News: NAED looks at catalog options

Sterling Commerce, Inc., the producer of AnswerPro, is getting out of the business of managing content for CD-ROM catalogs, leaving the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), St. Louis, Mo., and the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA), Elm Grove, Wis., without a vendor to produce their electronic catalogs.

STAFDA ceased publication of its electronic catalog with the September issue, but NAED plans to find another vendor. "It's an excellent product and we're trying to enhance it to migrate it for what we see as the future," said Joel Hoiland, president of NAED.

That future catalog will probably be Web-based, Hoiland said, and will likely include new features.

Sterling also produced the KRIS catalog for AHTD, which ceased publication earlier this year.

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