The Distributor Portal allows distributors to retrieve up-to-date metrics and information regarding their participation in the ECIAauthorized system. It also allows for distributors to make needed configuration adjustments to their integration. The Distributor Portal provides the following features and more:
- Review participation status in each ECIAauthorized region
- Review manufacturer authorizations
- Review file import history and API performance (if applicable)
- Download search/click analytics reports Map their manufacturer names to the manufacturers in the ECIAauthorized system (unmapped manufacturer names may not display in search results)
Distributor Portal Access
If you do not have a user account:
Register for a new account, and verify your email address. Then follow the instructions below for users who already have an account.
If you have a user account:
Send a request to: email@example.com Specify that you would like access to the ECIA Distributor Portal. Please include your username in the request and send it from your business email address. An administrator will review your request and contact you regarding approval.
The Distributor Status section of the Distributor Portal lists a distributor's participation level and import file size limit in each of the ECIA regions.
For distributors who provide an API for real-time searching, the API Performance section of the Distributor Portal allows a distributor to evaluate the performance of their API. The following metrics are provided:
- Avg Duration: Over the past 24 hours, this indicates the average number of milliseconds that elapsed before a search response from the distributor's API could be rendered. Please note that this number includes network latency between the ECIA data center and the distributor's data center. It also includes a few milliseconds needed, typically less than 10, to process the response. So, this number will be larger than what the distributor may observe for average response time on their end. However, given that latency and the amount of time it takes to process a response are typically small and remain mostly static, the bulk of this number and any variability is likely attributable to the distributor's API.
- Search Count: The total number of searches executed against the distributor's API in the past 24 hours
- Abort Count: The total number of searches where the call to the distributor's API had to be aborted due to not receiving a response within three seconds.
- Error Count: The total number of searches where the call to the distributor's API resulted in an error, such as a 500 server error. If the ECIAauthorized system detects a high number of aborts and/or errors for a distributor's API, it will automatically suspend use of that API for a period of time. Whenever this occurs, the distributor's technical contacts are notified so that they can investigate and address the problem.
For API distributors who also supply a file feed, when an abort or error occurs, the ECIAauthorized system will automatically display search results from the distributor's file feed.
File Import History
The File Import History section of the Distributor Portal allows a distributor to review the import history of inventory files they submit for any of the ECIA regions along with the number products that were imported. This section also indicates the status of a distributor's feed. If no files have been supplied in the past few days, a warning status will be displayed. If no files have been supplied for 10 days or more, it will indicate that the distributor's feed has expired and is no longer being included in search results.
Others Links and Reports
The Other Links and Reports section of the Distributor Portal provides a distributor the ability to download search/click analytics reports, view current manufacturer authorizations, and manage mappings of manufacturer names.
Search/Click Analytics Report
Downloading this report allows distributors to view ECIA search and click activity for their authorized parts manufacturers. These reports include details such as Website Searches, View/Buy Links Clicked, Popular Searches and more. The default settings for this report display the previous month’s search and click activity for all applicable regions. However, these settings can be adjusted to filter a variety of time frames and regions.
Distributor Authorizations Report
This report indicates which manufacturers a distributor is authorized for in each region. Only authorized results are provided by the ECIAauthorized system, so it is important to review this report and inform ECIA using the email link on the page if authorizations are incorrect. Along with indicating authorized or unauthorized, the report also indicates manufacturers where the authorization status is not set. Results for manufacturers where the authorization status is not set will not be included in searches until documentation is provided to indicate the distributor is authorized.
This feature allows a distributor to map their manufacturer names to ECIA manufacturer names. Please follow the instructions indicated on the page to map distributor manufacturer names to ECIA manufacturer names. It is important to regularly check this page for un-mapped manufacturer names since results for un-mapped manufacturers will not be displayed by the ECIAauthorized system. By default, the feature displays only un-mapped manufacturer names, but a distributor may review all of their mappings by changing the filter selection to All and clicking Search.
If you find that a manufacturer is missing from the ECIA system or is incorrectly named, please inform ECIA using the email link on the page.
A distributor should be careful to make accurate mappings. For instance, where a manufacturer has multiple brands, it is important to map each manufacturer name to the appropriate brand. This allows manufacturer filters and authorizations to be correctly applied. Please note that all mappings performed here will be reviewed by ECIA administrative personnel. Incorrect mappings will be identified and discarded. Where a distributor knowingly makes incorrect mappings in an attempt to avoid lines for which they are unauthorized, their participation in the ECIAauthorized system may be reviewed.
Manufacturer Landing Pages
This utility allows a distributor to add a unique URL that will serve as the landing page on their web site for a specific manufacturer. That link will be used on the ECIAauthorized page for the corresponding manufacturer. For example, if a distributor is authorized for Amphenol and has a page on their site for that manufacturer, they may enter that landing page URL. On the ECIAauthorized page for Amphenol, the distributor's name will then be a link to their Amphenol landing page.
If the Manufacturer Landing Page field is left blank, the home page URL for the distributor will be used on the corresponding ECIAauthorized manufacturer page.
Changes made to this field are automatically saved upon modification.
The Support Status section of the Distributor Portal allows a distributor to view how many free hours of ECIA technical support their participation level includes as well as how many support hours have been used during the calendar year. Any support hours in excess of the free hours will be billed at the rate indicated.
FTP File Upload Details
This section provides the information needed to use the ECIAauthorized FTP site. If you experience problems using our FTP site, first verify that you are entering the correct credentials. To display your username and password, click on the text click here to unmask username/password. Re-click this link to hide your credentials.
This section also has a link to our documentation on How to Upload File Feeds Using Windows File Explorer.
Issues with our FTP site not resolved by inputting the correct credentials and reviewing our documentation may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.