FAQ
3.1 Why join the PI Standard and/or the “PI-certified” organization?

The PI Standard offers a great number of advantages for manufacturers, retailers, and consumers.


For manufacturers:
  • You will be part of a European standard, which integrates top retailers and ensures a common approach to product information within the appliance industry;
  • “PI-compliant” information will have a common structure, which can be provided to all trade partners in the most commonly-used formats (txt, csv, and html);
  • You will save handling and transaction costs; You will be able to control and steer the communication flow towards trade partners, making sure they know exactly what they need to know about your products; This also gives you a better opportunity to differentiate; Because “PI-compliant” information is up-to-date with current legislation (for example concerning Eco-design and energy labeling), you can be certain that your products are always compliant; You will keep bi-lateral contact with your trade partners without interference from third parties; You will cater to better educated consumers; By joining the “PI-certified” organization, manufacturers are offered the unique opportunity to actively influence the content and processes of the PI Standard, according to your business needs; Also, through CECED, the “PI-organization” is a member of eCl@ss. This allows the “PI-organization” to be a part of eCl@ss developments and to retrieve information from their standardization database.


For retailers:
  • “PI-compliant” information will have a common structure, and the majority of manufacturers will provide this information in the most commonly-used formats (txt, csv, and html);
  • You will have a quick and clear overview of a product’s key features, but you will also have access to detailed information necessary to communicate and sell the product;
  • Your data will be more up-to-date because you can quickly and easily access the latest product information, electronically;
  • Product information in electronic format will facilitate a number of applications such as catalogues, Internet pages, kiosk solutions, and info terminals;
  • Lower costs as less manual data manipulation will be required;
  • The product information is free-of-charge;
  • The established communication structure with the retailer's supply partner will be retained. Product information will be provided by the brand/manufacturer directly, to enable specific access to program segments for individual trade-partners.

For consumers:
  • You will have a quick and clear overview of a product’s key features, but you will also have access to detailed and up-to-date information that may be necessary to make an accurate product comparison and a well-considered choice to eventually buy a particular product – even if this information is delivered by multiple retailers or manufacturers.
  • 3.1 Why join the PI Standard and/or the “PI-certified” organization?