FIDX Resolves Industry Standards Issue

FIDX Non-Customizable Products Standard May 2012


July 31, 2012 -

The Furniture Industry Data Exchange committee (FIDX) has developed a solution to help resolve a nagging industry ecommerce issue. While processing transactions in ecommerce has been relatively simple, building the electronic catalogs has been more difficult. A number of years ago, in order to accommodate the complex configurations associated with custom ordered products (primarily upholstery), FIDX developed a robust standard using XML technology. Unfortunately, more robust means more complex, which resulted in limited use within the industry. FIDX has now provided a less complex solution for use with the simpler non-customizable catalog items.

FIDX has developed a standard Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (available for download at The goal is to increase the use of industry standards, thereby reducing time and cost associated with building and implementing a company’s e-catalog. By using a more common technology (Microsoft Excel), it should allow more flexibility within a company rather than being forced to get support from the company’s IT department.  

The MS Excel solution can be used only for simple, non-configurable products. The XML solution should still be used for the more complex, configured-to-order products.    

Representatives from AHFA, Ashley Furniture,, Grey Suit Retail, HFIA, MicroD, NHFA, and participated in the discussion about the Excel electronic catalog standard.

FIDX is a working group that is jointly sponsored by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), the Home Furnishings Independents Association (HFIA) and the National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA). For more information see