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Summer Is Here: Preventing Heat Stress On The Job

June 5, 2014 10:22 am | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC

Many industries face challenges when it comes to providing a cool working environment, particularly in heat-susceptible areas such as industrial plants, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities. These extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line.

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The Competitive Advantage You Didn’t Know You Had

June 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Reid Jajko, General Manager, NSK Corporation

In today’s market, end users expect their distributors to deliver real, measurable value. Large national accounts typically require distributors to commit to specific cost savings as a condition of winning their business — something that is not always easy for distributors to achieve.

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Q&A: The Future Of The Independent

June 3, 2014 4:24 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID

For a recent webinar, Jack Keough was joined by Dan Ahuero, Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions at The United Distribution Group; Jennifer Judge Murphy, President of NetPlus Alliance; and Steve Short, President and Owner of Updike Supply Company, to discuss the changing marketplace and how independent distributors still fit in the mix.

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The Nuts & Bolts Of Online Commerce

June 2, 2014 5:07 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @industrialanna

Like many small and medium sized businesses in this space, opportunities for growth can be cumbersome or resource-prohibitive, yet Tacoma Screw has been able to create opportunities for reaching new customers and adding a layer of enhanced service to its existing base.

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Value-CADed

May 27, 2014 11:24 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM

The latest partnership for electronics component giant Digi-Key reinforces the trend of distributors working to enhance their value and distinguish themselves from the competition with unique, service-oriented offerings … including software.   

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Getting Smart With Energy Intelligence

May 16, 2014 10:15 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation

A variety of industry forces are driving the need among industrial companies for a comprehensive energy management system, but it’s profitability that’s ultimately motivating much of this activity.               

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The 67th Survey of Distributor Operations: Employment

May 16, 2014 10:02 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID

A universal indicator of overall economic health, the job numbers released each month by the Bureau of Labor Statics have told a varying story this past year. The industrial sector, however, tells a slightly more positive one.      

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The 67th Survey Of Distributor Operations: The Value Of The Distributor

May 13, 2014 5:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Defining to a customer the full impact of working with a value-added reseller has always been a challenge for distributors. In today’s environment, it’s all the more critical to be able to articulate the value of technical expertise and service offerings.

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America’s Top 4 Forklift Manufacturers And What Makes Them Special

May 8, 2014 4:31 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange

The forklifts made by various manufacturers have differing strengths, depending on the capabilities of each company’s production facilities and the strengths of each company’s designers.              

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The 67th Survey of Distributor Operations: Tech Usages & Investments

May 8, 2014 4:05 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

Regardless of how large or small your business is these days, technology is here to stay. Even more so, is e-commerce. In this year’s survey, 62 percent of distributors answered that yes, e-commerce is a priority for them.      

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The 67th Survey of Distributor Operations: Best Practices

May 8, 2014 3:53 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

Are you running the best business that you can? That is probably a question distribution executives ask themselves every day. It is also a question that has a multitude of answers, depending on the criteria used to do the measuring.    

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How IoT Continues To Transform The Industrial Sector

May 7, 2014 10:26 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM

The Internet of Things has already been a positive disruption for U.S. manufacturing, and a number of indicators show that we’re just getting started.                              

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The 67th Survey of Distributor Operations: The Balance Sheet

May 6, 2014 2:59 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Last year’s “Balance Sheet” section may have felt like a bad omen, as it showed some year-over-year sales declines for the distributors who responded to our survey. On a positive note, this year’s survey respondents seem to be leveling out a little when it comes to sales.

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The 67th Survey of Distributor Operations: Challenges, Trends, & the Economy

May 2, 2014 5:10 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

In an industry where economic factors, supply chain issues, and employment affect a business with equal force, many industrial distributors find there is no shortage of challenges. Interestingly, this year the economy was booted from the top spot by “Price Competition."

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Q&A: Keys To Customer Retention

May 1, 2014 10:08 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

It's essential that companies are not only reaching new customers, but are also retaining their current ones. John Sheridan — Senior Account Representative at 3M Company and a speaker at our upcoming Profitability Forum — addresses some of the biggest mistakes companies make in customer retention and what they can do keep clients and increase profitability.

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Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

April 24, 2014 4:58 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

A recent survey from Entrada Group titled “Where in the World?” posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China — once the mecca of cheaply-produced goods — falling behind.

Q&A: Building Companies Through Acquisition

April 23, 2014 3:13 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

Today we’re asking Bill Wade -  consolidation expert at Wade & Partners and one of the speakers at the Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum - about his session titled "Consolidation Realities: A Guide To The Minefields Of Building Companies Through Acquisition." See what he has to say about why consolidation can be a great thing for a distributor.

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Q&A: Unleashing Your Future With A B2B E-commerce Strategy

April 21, 2014 12:50 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

Creating and implementing an e-commerce strategy is a hot topic with distributors. Today we’re asking Linda Taddonio - the e-commerce Strategy Officer at Insite Software and one of the speakers at the Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum - some of the most burning questions we hear from you regarding e-commerce strategy.

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Supply Chain Network Design: Is There Really A Blueprint for Success?

April 14, 2014 10:51 am | by Dale Pickett, Director, Supply Chain Consulting at Tompkins International

Supply chain optimization, like lifestyle changes, do not happen overnight. They are ongoing processes marked by continuous improvement and a few ups and downs. But in both situations, it’s essential to have a blueprint for success.         

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Better On-The-Job Electrical Safety

April 10, 2014 9:46 am | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA

Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety awareness and precautionary practices in place.

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