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Emerging Regions Prove Profitable For Industrial Valves And Actuators Markets

September 2, 2014 | by Frost & Sullivan | Comments

Demand will soar as political and economic conditions stabilize.                                                     

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Much Ado About Trends In Distribution

August 26, 2014 2:53 pm | by David Frentzel

All of these logistics and sourcing trends ultimately could have a revolutionary impact on your supply chain and business success.                                   

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4 Key Considerations For Distributors Hoping To Compete With AmazonSupply

August 26, 2014 1:37 pm | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Industry Lead at NetSuite

One thing is all but certain — AmazonSupply’s growing threat to the future of wholesale distribution.                                           

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Is An ESOP The Right Way For You To Transition Ownership?

July 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Corey Rosen

An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is a kind of employee benefit plan, similar in many ways to qualified retirement plans and governed by the same law. But does it make sense for your company?         

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Industry ... in 3D

July 10, 2014 2:55 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @industrialanna

3D printing is being touted as the most disruptive technology to hit the industrial marketplace in years, but exactly how will manufacturers and distributors be affected?               

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Hone Your Social Skills

July 10, 2014 2:50 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

Social media: should you be allocating valuable time and resources to this modern day tool? After speaking with a number of distributors, marketers, and industry partners in the distribution channel, the overwhelming conclusion is “yes.”   

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ID Salary Report 2014: The Skills To Pay The Bills

July 10, 2014 2:45 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @industrialanna

Check out the annual Salary Report from Industrial Distribution, where we strive to create a clear picture of industry pay rates, workload, responsibilities, and job satisfaction.                 

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Your Company’s Culture

July 10, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tom Reilly, Author and Sales Trainer, TomReillyTraining.com

With mergers and acquisitions at a 13-year high, there is a pandemic identity crisis in business today. This merging and melding of cultures presents a special challenge for companies. The lack of identity confuses and confounds employees and customers.

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Why You Should Private Label. Now.

July 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by Beau Walter, Sales & Marketing Manager, Athea Laboratories | Packaging

A quick look around at many of the national “big box” stores, or at the large e-commerce distributors in our industry, will tell you how prevalent private labeled products are today, both in industrial and retail markets.      

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Jack Keough: Industry Consolidation Said To Be Increasing

July 10, 2014 12:13 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

Distribution could be in the midst of a consolidation phase. Industrial Distribution’s latest Annual Survey of Distributor Operations, for example, shows that 25 percent of industrial distributors would be agreeable to accepting a buy-out offer, up from 19 percent last year.

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Just When You Thought International Electronic Payments Were Safe

July 10, 2014 12:09 pm | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago

Recently, the FBI released a bulletin titled “Man-in-the-Email” Fraud Could Victimize Area Businesses, outlining how three Seattle area businesses sent electronic payments to their China-based suppliers, only to learn that the payments were intercepted by thieves and diverted from the supplier, sometimes leaving the supplier, and other times the purchaser, “holding the bag.”

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Entrepreneurial Spirit, Operational Clockwork

July 10, 2014 11:32 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

DXP Enterprises, Inc. has a history of providing solutions right where they are needed. The company started as Southern Engine and Pump Company in 1908, providing water pumps – and even cotton gin engines – to the rice and cotton industries in the surrounding Texas countryside.

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The Columbus, OH Region: A True Logistics Hub

July 1, 2014 5:03 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID

With its diverse economy comprised of retail, apparel, and manufacturing industries and its central location (10-hour drive from almost 50% of U.S. markets), the Columbus Region is an ideal location for supply chain and distribution operations and facilities.

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Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

June 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @industrialanna

According to OSHA, slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.               

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Q&A: Environmental Health and Safety Programs

June 17, 2014 9:58 am | by Industrial Distribution Staff

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) programs cover a broad range of disciplines including industrial hygiene, environmental compliance, and general safety. The goal of a program is to protect the health and safety of employees, the local community, and the environment from potential hazards that are presented by the operations conducted at the facility.

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Are Quebecers Irrationally Opposed To Shale?

June 16, 2014 9:40 am | by University of Montreal

Quebecers are particularly hostile toward the development of shale gas, but this aversion is driven less by 'not in my backyard' attitudes than 'not in anyone's backyard,' according to a comparative study of 2,500 Quebecers and Americans.   

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Hone Your Social Skill: Part 2

June 15, 2014 4:52 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID

If you are already participating on a couple of social platforms, make sure that you are doing so with a distinct strategy. Leaving the task of managing the channel to whomever, whenever is a sure recipe for failure.          

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Why Making Lights In America ‘Is Not Just An Option’

June 13, 2014 9:44 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Lighting in America is big business. Not just in the scope of money invested toward new illumination, but also in the sheer volume of electricity required to keep the lights on.              

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What Goes Into Good Warehouse Design?

June 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Jeff Maree, Product Specialist, Eaton Filtration Online

No matter what your industry, the design of your warehouse has far-reaching ramifications for efficiency and savings. The layout should make sense, and items should be accessible at short notice.         

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Why Does This Tax Credit Need A Revival?

June 6, 2014 3:03 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, established back in 2000 to spur economic development in blighted communities around the U.S., actually doesn’t exist anymore. The credit expired at the end of 2013, despite a bill in Congress that would have permanently added it to the U.S. tax code.

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Legal Watch: E-commerce Best Practices

June 6, 2014 12:55 pm | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago

Doing business on the internet has inherent risks, many of which can be substantially minimized by establishing clear contract rights with prospective and actual purchasers.             

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