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Clarification Of ACA Employee Health Coverage Election Period

September 2, 2014 12:38 pm | by Joel Hundelt, CPA, from muellerprost.com

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act and its ever-evolving requirements. Here, its final regulations are explained, as well as how they help clarify the orientation period and 90-Day waiting period.       

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Emerging Regions Prove Profitable For Industrial Valves And Actuators Markets

September 2, 2014 9:37 am | by Frost & Sullivan

Demand will soar as political and economic conditions stabilize.                                                     

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Top Distractions in the Warehouse: 10 Proactive Ways to Eliminate Them

August 28, 2014 12:23 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist at Cherry's Industrial Equipment

While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve the safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.                     

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Three Keys To Great Warehouse Management

August 27, 2014 3:53 pm | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity

Why the strong drive to automation? In part, it’s because the technology provides unprecedented command visibility that creates efficiencies that were impossible before.                       

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Cutting Emissions Pays For Itself

August 27, 2014 3:41 pm | by MIT

Just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions?                                        

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Beveridge Aims To Innovate Wholesale Distribution With New Book

August 26, 2014 5:13 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Dirk Beveridge's new book, "Innovate! How Successful Distributors Lead Change In Disruptive Times," available Sept. 15, aims to inject a needed spirit of innovation and new thinking into wholesale distribution.           

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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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