1999 - e-Xact Online Service launched as an industry initiative following an extensive feasibility study by the Builder’s Merchants Federation, under a grant from the UK Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR).

2002 – e-Xact grows steadily in number of manufactures, merchant users and products listed under management and development of the service by S&J Management Services.

2004 – e-Xact introduces “What’s New” area to help suppliers get new product information out to their customers.

2007 – e-Xact Online launches Product Data Synchronisation (PDS) service.

2011 – Controlling interest of e-Xact acquired by Construction Industry Solutions Ltd (COINS).
High quality product data is required throughout the supply chain. Being part of the COINS group of companies offers wider opportunities for e-Xact’s merchant and supplier subscribers.

2012 – Expanded variety of rich content now supported (brochures, COSHH, merchant-specific codes, certifications); BIM pilot project launches.

2013 – COINS expands e-Xact team of account managers and data analysts.

The success of the service can be attributed to a number of things:-

  • The involvement of subscribers in on-going development, with Users meeting at regular intervals to discuss the technical and commercial development of the product
  • The company’s knowledge of the sector
  • The support of the BMF and Unimer and the relationship with the major suppliers of Builder's Merchants software

The result - a unique industry-based solution for the acquisition of product information and the dissemination of product news.

The development of a standard format for product information, which in turn enables automation of product file updates, means greater speed, big cost savings, greater accuracy and better use of staff time.  The future for e-Xact is focussed on extending the concept, growing the user base, building the data content and maintaining its position as the catalogue provider for all who want to benefit from electronic trading.