The National Kitchen & Bath Asscoiation (NKBA) is a not-for-profit trade associatiom that represents the kitchen and bath industry. It has almost 14,000 member companies across North America. Established in 1963 as a network of kitchen dealers, it has grown into a broader association of distributors, retailers, remodelers, MANUFACTURES, fabricators, cabinet and appliance installers, designers, and other professionals.
The National Association of Home Builders is one of the largest trade associations in the United States, based upon 2011 annual budgets. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Membership: 140,000 members
Purpose: Representation of the housing industry
The first national interior designers association was called the American Institute of Decorators, founded in 1931. It was later named the American Institute of Interior Designers. It is the oldest professional association for interior designers.
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is a multi-industry trade association. The association provides information on national policy affecting manufacturers and tracks related legislation. In addition it offers information about training, government policies, news articles and manufacturing-related technical research. It also offers directory listings for companies based on Product and Service offered and also publishes E-Business Newsletters. Nam was founded in 1895 and is based in Washington, District of Columbia.
The ISO 9000 family addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best known standards. The standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved. ISO 9001:2015 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only real standard. In fact, there are over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries certified to ISO 9001.
The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a barcode symbology that is widely used in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, in Europe and other countries for tracking trade items in stores and business. UPC (technically refers to UPC-A) consists of 12 numeric digits, that are uniquely assigned to each trade item. Along with the related EAN barcode, the UPC is the barcode mainly used for scanning of trade items at the point of sale, per GS1 specifications. UPC data structures are a component of GTINs and follow the global GS1 specification, which is based on international standards.
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