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Reducing Ownership Costs For Material Handling Equipment

October 20, 2014 | by Jeffrey Cohen, IBISWorld business research analyst | Comments

Maintaining equipment and training employees to operate it could spell substantial extra costs for buyers.                                         

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3 Ways To Improve Accuracy In Your Supply Chain

October 31, 2014 2:35 pm | by Columbus

Innovative companies newly envision how they manage changes in their supply chain and business operations.                                         

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5 Solutions For Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 29, 2014 9:28 am | by Paul Leavoy, Research Analyst, LNS Research

Tips for manufacturers to improve and integrate supplier performance into the management of their EHS requirements.                       

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Digital Transformation & Tomorrow’s E-Business Strategy For Manufacturers

October 27, 2014 12:27 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Intelligence and automation not just for the product, but for the content and ordering, are becoming increasingly important. A wonderfully intelligent product that is difficult to order and learn about may lose buyer interest.       

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Survey: Millenials Have Positive Attitudes But Low Awareness Of Industrial Distribution

October 21, 2014 9:30 am | by Industrial Careers Pathway

An Industrial Careers Pathway survey of 18 to 24-year-olds showed most would consider a career in industrial distribution appealing, though only a small portion of them had even heard of such a job field.             

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Using Automation To Leverage Existing Assets & Accommodate Growth

October 16, 2014 12:09 pm | by Gary Frank, VP of Automated Systems at Westfalia Technologies, Inc.

Instead of opting for expensive new construction, you may be overlooking the most practical solution — your existing facility. All you need is the right type of automation.                       

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Wesco Aircraft Solves SKU-Picking Challenges With Portable Printer

October 13, 2014 5:01 pm | by ADC Technologies

The MP Compact4 Mark II met Wesco's challenge of identifying and incorporating the most reliable and efficient printing equipment for its picking, packing, and labeling applications.                

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Drop In Oil Prices Could Squeeze U.S. Economy

October 13, 2014 2:59 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer

Two factors behind the oil-price drop — a weaker global economy and a stronger dollar — could hurt the U.S. economy by reducing exports, employment, and spending.                         

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Extended LEAN Supply Chain Best Practices

October 10, 2014 2:26 pm | by Eric Lail

In a LEAN culture, every step in the process must add value for the customer. If it doesn’t add value, companies should strive to minimize or eliminate it.                           

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National Automation Services Expands Footprint In Oil And Gas Market

October 10, 2014 9:49 am | by Stock Market Media Group

With one acquisition already under its belt and two others in the process of joining the company, NAS is set to compete in an oil and gas industry that's booming in the U.S. and that shows no signs of slowing down.           

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What Is Your Strategy For Speed? Part 1: Overall Business

October 9, 2014 4:55 pm | by Helgi Thor Leja, Industrial Distribution Leader, and Kim Zminkowski, Marketing Manager at Fortna Inc.

How much faster do things have to be to remain competitive? You have to figure out if and where speed applies to your business.                                   

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Hacking A Big Danger For Small Businesses

October 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Joynce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer

It's not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase, Target and Home Depot that get hacked. Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too.                         

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Why Does My 401k Contribution Keep Getting Sent Back?

October 7, 2014 1:11 pm | by Bill H. Black, Pension Services Inc.

Monies being returned means the plan is not being maximized, not reaching its potential. Here are the questions you should be asking regarding your 401k plan.                           

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5 Things Every Distributor Should Consider By 2015

October 6, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brad Poulter, Executive VP of Operations, Best Transportation Services, Inc.

Distributors have their work cut out if they want to keep ahead of trends. With 2015 around the corner, here are five bits of wisdom that can pay off for distributors looking to the future.                 

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ISM: Manufacturing Set For A Strong Q4

October 3, 2014 12:53 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The September PMI indicates growth for the 64th consecutive month in the overall economy and indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 16th consecutive month.                       

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Warehouse Automation: Risk And Reward

September 29, 2014 3:22 pm | by Luke Atkinson Foley and Steve Phillabaum, The Graham Company

Before taking the plunge, make sure you’re aware of the risks and rewards of warehouse automation.                                           

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Crescent Parts Grows, Achieves Time And Cost Savings With Tech Upgrade

September 29, 2014 10:22 am | by Crescent Parts & Equipment

Upgrading CPE's enterprise resource planning solution has played an instrumental role in its success by eliminating manual processes and enabling connectivity between locations and users.                  

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How To Know If Your Price Is Right

September 26, 2014 12:20 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associated Editor

Often distributors overlook the thousands of chances a day they have to instantly increase profitability: every time a price is agreed upon in a sale.                             

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EPA's Proposed Power Plant Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

September 26, 2014 10:27 am | by Adam Reidel

Executives and managers of facilities with high electricity usage or GHG emissions should closely monitor the development of the regulatory plans in the states in which they operate.                   

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Improving Electrical Safety In The Workplace

September 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager of Harting USA

A sensible safety plan that addresses equipment, environment, and operator issues may reduce the hazards and lead to lower electrical accident rates.                             

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Getting More Entrenched In Your Supply Chain Is A Few Clicks Away

September 24, 2014 2:21 pm | by Steve Leavitt, General Manager of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact

If you feel stuck, even just a little bit, you’re probably behind the innovation curve. Good news, this article is for you.                                     

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