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BoldIQ Looks To Mitigate Supply Chain Disruptions

March 5, 2015 | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

In the wake of the West Coast ports fiasco, BoldIQ wants to bring its operations optimization engine to supply chain organizations after past and ongoing success with aviation providers.

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Shipping Rate Changes And The Bottom Line

March 3, 2015 8:40 am | by Mike Kuebler, Technical Director of Distribution and Package Testing, Smithers Pira

Major parcel carriers, including UPS and FedEx, have changed the way they charge for U.S. ground shipments weighing less than 150 pounds in 2015. What does it mean for your business?

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Sales Call Preparation Leads To Right Place, Right Time

March 2, 2015 9:25 am | by Paul Reilly, Reilly Sales Training

Sales call preparation remains largely an overlooked process. Here are a few tips to prepare for that next sales call like a top achiever.

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Making Safety Training More Effective For Industrial Distributors

February 26, 2015 8:16 am | by Stephen Rieve, American Red Cross

There may always be, by necessity, a level of risk in industrial distribution. What can change is how companies prepare their employees for these risks.

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4 Ways To Integrate Supply Chain Projects With Corporate Initiatives

February 24, 2015 9:00 am | by Godfrey Huguley, Solutions Consultant, TAKE Supply Chain

When you can demonstrate that your supply chain improvement project supports or drives forward a corporate initiative, it becomes much easier to secure the broader based support and resources needed for implementation. Let’s look at some common initiatives your supply chain can support.

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What B2B Distributors Can Learn From The B2C Market

February 24, 2015 8:00 am | by Lisa Russell, Industry and Solution Strategy Director, Infor Distribution

By approaching a B2B engagement through the lens of a more consumer-centric perspective, distributors are better able to implement more effective strategies to help drive revenue.

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Litigation Abounds When Competitors Hire One Another's Employees

February 20, 2015 8:00 am | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago

Claims are often brought when one competitor hires one or more employees of another competitor. It also serves as a reminder of the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” when hiring experienced employees.

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The 2015 Watch List, Part 2

February 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

This series of short profiles takes a look at the “ones-to-watch” outside of the 50 biggest MRO distributors — notably those who are taking steps to improve operations and grow their businesses through acquisitions, training and development, product line expansion, or other best practices.

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Set SMART Sales Goals In 2015

February 17, 2015 10:29 am | by Tom Reilly, TomReillyTraining.com

SMART goals keep companies focused on meaningful activities that help them achieve their greatest priorities.

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The 2015 Watch List, Part 1

February 13, 2015 1:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution

This series of short profiles takes a look at the “ones-to-watch” outside of the 50 biggest MRO distributors — notably those who are taking steps to improve operations and grow their businesses through acquisitions, training and development, product line expansion, or other best practices.

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What Makes 'Omni-Channel' Work?

February 11, 2015 1:13 pm | by Kodak Alaris

A study shows customers are using up to nine different communication channels to contact companies today, tet most contact centers are optimized to handle only one channel — the phone. That's not a formula for success.

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Distributor Profile: HUB Industrial Supply

February 9, 2015 12:40 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

HUB Industrial Supply may have had humble beginnings, but that hasn’t stopped this $25 million distributor from being fearless when it comes to its growth objectives.                        

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Forklift Conversion: The Key To Eco-Efficiency

January 28, 2015 2:29 pm | by Brian Faust, General Manager, Douglas Battery

Forklift fleets offer significant opportunities for warehouses and distribution centers to improve their eco-efficiency. One way is to convert from forklifts powered by internal combustion to electric lift trucks.           

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The Biggest Mistake Salespeople Make

January 27, 2015 12:28 pm | by Paul Reilly, Reilly Sales Training

To focus on everyone is really to focus on no one. Salespeople who fail to understand their ideal prospect are beginning their sales journey on the wrong path.                          

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The State Of Women In The Supply Chain

January 26, 2015 4:56 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force, yet only one-fourth of supply chain jobs. With a supply chain labor shortage continuing to grow, women remain an untapped resource.                   

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Preventive Maintenance: Simplifying Service Contract Management

January 26, 2015 9:41 am | by MSI Data

Set your service operation up for success by focusing on the most profitable revenue source for service departments: preventive maintenance service contracts.                           

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5 Emerging E-Commerce Trends In Distribution, Pt. 1

January 22, 2015 9:00 am | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Lead, NetSuite

Distributors are having to quickly develop an e-commerce presence or risk losing potential business and customers. They can use these five trends to compete faster and smarter.                     

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5 Emerging E-Commerce Trends In Distribution, Pt. 2

January 21, 2015 1:31 pm | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Lead, NetSuite

Distributors are having to quickly develop an e-commerce presence or risk losing potential business and customers. They can use these five trends to compete faster and smarter.                     

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Learning From Mistakes, Part 3: CRM

January 16, 2015 4:23 pm | by Dan McDade, President and CEO, PointClear

PointClear President and CEO Dan McDade concludes his series on how distributors can learn from mistakes made by early adopters of customer relationship management.                         

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5 Reasons To Convert To Automated Storage & Retrieval

January 15, 2015 2:47 pm | by Kardex Remstar, LLC

To justify your investment in low risk picking automation, consider these five key areas of potential profit in your current warehousing and order fulfillment operations.                       

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Tangible Property Regulations: What You Need To Know, Pt. 2

January 15, 2015 8:14 am | by Teri Samples, Tax Partner at Mueller Prost LC

The conclusion to this two-part guide can help ensure that your company's property assets are written off for the biggest tax return possible.                               

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