3D CAD Downloads Drive Supplier Selection

79% of J.W. Winco Users Judged availability of 3D CAD Model Downloads Important in their Selection of a Supplier

SAN JOSE, California, November 7, 2006 - Catalog Data Solutions (CDS), a leading provider of online product selection tools for industrial suppliers and distributors, today announced the results of a user survey conducted for J.W. Winco, Inc. CAD download customers.

J.W. Winco provides a comprehensive selection of quality metal and plastic, metric and inch size standard machine components and assembly hardware. These modernly designed, ergonomically shaped standard components bring a 21st century look, function and feel to customer equipment.

“Since implementing the CDS CAD solution in February of 2006, we are already seeing an average of over 850 downloads/month from our 18,000 CAD model library and over 10,000 sales leads already from CAD models downloaded by over 3000 registered users,” said John M. Winkler, J.W. Winco CEO. ”We and CDS wanted to find out what those CAD download customers thought – our survey revealed many terrific insights and we’re delighted to share a few of these:”

•        94% rated the usability of the JW Winco E-Store and 3D-CAD acceptable or better;
•        On average users saved over an hours work by downloading the CAD model;
•        93% agreed that J.W. Winco 3D-CAD models helped them get their designs to market faster;
•        79% thought that 3D CAD model downloads are very or extremely important in their selection of a supplier.”

“This very positive customer feedback – within just months of adding 3D CAD downloads - is gratifying for J.W. Winco and CDS,” said John Major, CEO Catalog Data Solutions. “It provides more irrefutable evidence that online 3D models are an important sales and marketing tool for all industrial suppliers and distributors. With many customers moving from 2D to 3D CAD systems providing online 3D CAD model downloads often 'locks' products into a design so suppliers later benefit from the sales success of that design. Suppliers without 3D models on their website are at risk of losing customers to their competition who do offer 3D models.”

Studies show that over 90% of designers and engineers now use the Internet to locate components for their new designs. Catalog Data Solutions helps industrial suppliers and distributors grow sales and strengthen customer loyalty through interactive online catalogs, ecommerce, 3D CAD model delivery and product configurator solutions.


About J.W. Winco, Inc.
J.W. Winco, established in May of 1978, provides a comprehensive selection of quality metal and plastic, metric and inch size standard machine components and assembly hardware. With over 16,000 items in stock, the majority of orders are shipped within 24 hours. They are ISO 9001: 2000 certified. From their in-house manufacturing facility they also offer complete secondary machining of standard machine components and special custom manufactured component parts. For more information, visit www.jwwinco.com .


About Catalog Data Solutions (CDS)
Founded in 2005, with headquarters in San Jose, CA and a local sales office in Boston, MA, Catalog Data Solutions enables industrial suppliers to convert more of their website visitors into customers. CDS interactive online solutions streamline sales of standard components and complex industrial products. CDS online catalog and product configurator deliver the technical information needed for industrial products to be specified into new engineering designs including CAD drawings for standard and configured products. For more information, visit www.catalogdatasolutions.com .


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