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Charitable Distributor ‘We Share Supply’ To Launch Jan. 1

December 17, 2014 | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

Canadian-based industrial distribution start-up We Share Supply sets itself apart from the crowd in that 2 percent of every sale goes to a charity of the customer’s choosing.                      

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Case Study: Conexiom Powers DGI Supply's ERP System

December 10, 2014 4:57 pm | by Conexiom

DGI's move to its current ERP solution resulted in reduced costs for order processing, improved order accuracy, and faster order processing times. Now DGI has plans to grow their enrolled customers by 150 percent.           

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Is It Time To Go Green In Your Warehouse?

December 8, 2014 10:39 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange

Sometimes the simple phrase of “going green” can seem overwhelming. After all, where do you start?                                           

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Atheer Labs Bringing Augmented Reality To Industrial Workplaces

December 5, 2014 3:40 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Thanks to companies like Atheer Labs, augmented reality is no longer a thing of science fiction and cinema. It’s being used right now, and Atheer wants to bring the technology to the industrial workplace sooner than you’d think.     

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6 Ways To Encourage Warehouse Safety

December 4, 2014 5:20 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment

Maintaining a safe working environment in your warehouse is just as important as your productivity. Here are some tips to encourage your crew to work safely.                           

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Expansion Insight: Q&A With Andrew Berlin

December 4, 2014 10:53 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Andrew Berlin, CEO of Chicago-based Berlin Packaging, discusses the reasons for the company's success and how the business may change in the wake of upcoming growth.                         

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The ABC’s Of Vendor Managed Inventory

December 4, 2014 10:22 am | by Tariq Choudry, E2open Vice President, Americas, Field Operations.

A look at how the customer/supplier relationship should work in order for both parties to get the most out of their VMI relationship.                               

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Distributors Brace For Another Harsh Winter

December 2, 2014 9:17 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Hear from several industrial suppliers, including two of ID's Big 50 companies, on how last year's polar vortex affected operations and what they've done to prepare for a possible repeat of last winter.             

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National Oilwell Varco’s Inventory Center Revamps Efficiency

November 26, 2014 10:07 am | by National Oilwell Varco

Learn how NOV reduced the size of the inventory center by 82 percent in its new building, is filling orders 64 percent faster, and can easily provide lot tracking when necessary.                     

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Steel Distributor Leeco Goes Paperless With AP and AR Automation

November 24, 2014 4:15 pm | by Nick Sprau, VP of Sales and Marketing, Metafile Information Systems

Going paperless with a document management system has helped businesses manage time more effectively, better utilize their Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution, and improve business processes.                  

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5 Ways Well-Maintained Industrial Flooring Could Save You Money

November 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by Paul Anderson, Technical Director, Flowcrete Americas

The only way to secure your facility flooring investment is by being proactive and following best practice cleaning methods. Here are five tips to help you prepare and protect your company’s floor while keeping costs down.        

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Is Your Product Pitch Breaking The Law?

November 21, 2014 10:51 am | by Paul Reilly, Director of Sales, Tom Reilly Training

Be careful when marketing your product as new. It doesn’t have the pizazz that it once had.                                             

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Top Misconceptions About Fall Protection

November 20, 2014 10:17 am | by Mike Cameron, Technical Specialist with 3M

When it comes to preventing falls, breaking bad habits and dispelling misconceptions can help reduce accidents and save lives.                                   

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Employers, Employees & Social Media – The NLRB Weighs In

November 19, 2014 4:58 pm | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago

When is an employer crossing the line into an actionable violation of employee rights? Similarly, what are the limits on protected employee behavior?                             

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Preparing Distribution Sales Pros For The Future

November 19, 2014 4:48 pm | by Howard Stevens, Founder and Chairman of Chally Group Worldwide

The gulf between sales and academia is shrinking. Pressures on academia to make their business programs more practical are driving them to include sales training and sales management in the curricula.               

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Customer Service: What It Means For Today's Independent Distributor

November 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Hear from several independent industrial distributors, as well as IBC, to learn about the evolving state of customer service for independents and how they are adapting.                       

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How A Tablet Can Be Your Salesperson’s Best Tool

November 18, 2014 9:12 am | by Steve Yoder, VP of National Accounts, Minerallac

Why is a personal tablet such a valuable tool for a salesperson in the office or on the road? To help answer this question, here’s a look at how exactly tablets are transforming the sales industry today.             

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Bearings Distributor BDI Taking B2C Conversion In Stride

November 13, 2014 4:30 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

BDI E-Business Manager Steve Grzymkowski shares his thoughts on how distributors are handling a transition from business-to-business to one of business-to-customer, including how BDI is trying to stay ahead of the curve.       

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Ladders Are Safety Equipment: Why Suppliers Should Carry Them

November 13, 2014 10:30 am | by Dave Francis, National Safety Director, Little Giant Ladders

Basically every industry uses ladders to some extent. If everyone is using ladders, why do so many industrial supply houses dislike carrying them?                             

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Jack Keough: Another Look At The Big 50

November 7, 2014 5:12 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

Jack Keough discusses the trends of what made companies rise or fall on our annual list of the top 50 industrial distributors by revenue.                                 

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Sales - Do You Want Fries With That Burger?

November 7, 2014 5:01 pm | by Darrell Sterling, Regional Sales Manager, Johnstone Supply

The key to accomplishing the task of “adding fries with that burger” is training and, once again, the restaurant industry leads the way.                                 

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