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What's Your Game Plan?

November 1, 2013 5:25 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Being that it's football season, the phrase "game plan" usually evokes thoughts of my beloved Green Bay Packers — so you can bet I needed a good reason to spend last week in Chicago Bears country.          

Winning with CRM: New Results Require New Behaviors

November 1, 2013 2:32 pm | by Mark Dancer, Founder & President of Channelvation

CRM can strengthen distributor competitiveness and profitability, often by allowing wholesalers to manage their sales organization as they run the rest of their business — with disciplined processes and metrics.       


Transformation Technologies For The Warehouses Of Tomorrow

October 31, 2013 10:39 am | by Mike Wills, Vice President, Motorola Solutions

As the rise of online commerce and omnichannel fulfillment place a premium on increased customer and supplier service and satisfaction within the retail industry, the ramifications of that change are felt across warehouse and distribution operations in virtually every industry. A once relatively straightforward world of storage and fulfillment has become a world of increasing complexity, change and challenge.


Corporate Profile: InCom Distributor Supply

October 17, 2013 5:12 pm

INCOM Distributor SupplySM represents a growing nationwide network of more than 500 Commercial Industrial Distributors supplying the MRO needs of the marketplace through an integrated system of ordering, sourcing, shipping, and invoicing.  

Supply Chain Strategies And The Future Of American Manufacturing

October 14, 2013 10:41 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

China’s overwhelming manufacturing cost advantage over the U.S. is shrinking fast. Within three years, a Boston Consulting Group analysis concludes that rising Chinese wages, higher U.S. productivity, a weaker dollar, and other factors will virtually close the cost gap between the U.S. and China for many goods consumed in North America.


Tompkins Forecasts Aggressive Growth In 3PL Market

October 9, 2013 10:18 am | by Tompkins International

Tompkins International experts recently reviewed the 3PL industry for 2013 and agree that it is growing at a faster rate than gross domestic product (GDP). However, Tompkins anticipates more aggressive growth than the 6 percent cited by other sources.


Motors & Power Transmission Webite Audit Reveals Significant Opportunity For Ecommerce Profit

September 27, 2013 4:09 pm | by hybris

Findings show that less than 10 percent of the websites analyzed have high ecommerce functionality – defined as comprehensive search and navigation, the ability for customers to easily track orders and generate invoices, check out safely and efficiently, and rich product descriptions and specifications.


Q&A: A Look At Logistics

September 27, 2013 10:30 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Logisitcs is the life blood of the industrial channel, drawing raw materials in and pumping finished products out to the end user. Mark Humphlet, a director of marketing at Infor, took some time to talk to Industrial Distribution about the current state of logistics and where it’s heading.


Save Your Back

September 26, 2013 11:17 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

From repetitive motion to lifting risks, the warehouse presents many challenges to personnel safety. Repetitive motion of any type, when sustained over too long a time period, can result in injury.         


October 1st Deadline Looms For Affordable Care Act Compliance

September 19, 2013 10:20 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

The clock is ticking for U.S. businesses with more than $500,000 in annual revenues to comply with a new requirement created by Section 1512 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).Scott Beaver, the president of an employee software management company, shares tips on how to make the deadline.


Distributor Profile: Home Grown

September 18, 2013 11:21 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Transply is not the only independent industrial distributor with humble roots, but it just may be the only one to start its business in a rural Pennsylvania chicken coop. Growth has been a steady constant for Transply over the years, and the small company of the mid-70s has advanced into a distributorship of eight locations and 70 employees, with sales over $26 million in 2012.


Sometimes Good Isn't Great

September 10, 2013 3:34 pm

Great Northern had an existing ecommerce site, which by all rights was phenomenally successful - but the company wasn’t content to rest on its laurels. Leveraging the "Voice of the Customer" and analytics, they recently launched a new site that offers enhanced usability and engagement to address the needs of its market, which has been rewarded with an increase in online orders by 30%.

PwC: The Industrial Game Has Changed

September 9, 2013 3:44 pm | by Industrial Distribution Staff

PwC’s Industrial Products Industry Leader Robert McCutcheon discusses how the industrial segment is faring this side of the economic crisis and the effect that the global market dynamic is having on the supply chain, manufacturing, and energy sectors. 


Building A Financial Model For Your Ecommerce Strategy

September 6, 2013 10:00 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

There's a lot of buzz in the industry about the need for distributors to create ecommerce strategies for their business. But how does an individual distributor know if ecommerce is a financially viable option for their business?    


Success Comes In Many Shapes

August 28, 2013 2:44 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

Infor recently announced that its distribution business unit has experienced more than 120 percent license growth since the close of Infor's 2010 fiscal year. Industrial Distribution had the opportunity to speak with Infor GM Andy Berry about the company’s growth and what the future holds.


Motorola Solutions’ Study Finds 66% Of Warehouses Plan Technology Investments By 2018

August 23, 2013 4:29 pm | by Motorola Solutions

The Motorola Solutions Future of Warehousing Survey polled warehouse IT and operations professionals in the manufacturing, retail, wholesale and third-party logistics (3PL) markets on the state of warehousing today and their vision for warehousing and distribution in the future.


Can Reliability Excellence Help Explain The Jobless Recovery?

August 15, 2013 1:37 pm | by Mark Ruby, MBA, Life Cycle Engineering

Companies have simply found a way to produce their goods and services with significantly fewer employees. One secret to this success is the continued focus on reliability as the key ingredient to improving output while decreasing per unit costs. 


Q&A: How Kawasaki Fuels Employee Performance

August 8, 2013 10:01 am | by Joel Hans, Editor,

Managing employees is a tough job. Managing employees that make what are traditionally thought of as "toys" might be even harder. Tom Porter, director of human resources and administration at Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., recognized this problem and sought out new ways to push his employees to make Kawasaki products even better.


Nearly 80% Of Manufacturers To Develop Mobile App This Year

August 5, 2013 10:02 am | by IDC Manufacturing

IDC Manufacturing Insights released a new report that discusses the rising trend of using a corporate app store to manage the proliferation of mobile apps across manufacturing organizations. While mobile is becoming a popular form factor for new applications being developed by manufacturers, the rise of mobile applications poses a number of challenges for managing them in the context of the IT environment.


UnleashWD: Innovation, Leadership, Business Model Design & Company Culture

August 1, 2013 2:59 pm | by UnleashWD

The wholesale distribution industry creates 1 in 20 private sector jobs in the United States. These jobs create financial well being for businesses and employees. With this in mind, Dirk Beveridge created the industry's only innovation summit: UnleashWD.



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