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Amercian Made MRO: American Products, Materials, & Labor

June 10, 2013 9:29 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

In 2012, Bob Purvis and Don Chargin launched the E-commerce site American Made MRO. Industrial Distribution had the chance to speak with Purvis and Chargin about the endeavor: how it got its start, why they feel it is important, and where the venture is headed.


Falling Commodity Prices Give Buyers Using Cost Analysis The Upper Hand

June 4, 2013 9:30 am | by IHS

The headlines often trumpet news about declining commodity prices. So why don’t these reductions ever seem to result in price reductions from suppliers? Suppliers will never volunteer to lower their prices, of course. Because of that, the only way for purchasers to parlay falling raw-materials expenses into real cost savings is to arm themselves with critical knowledge that can give them an edge in price negotiations.


Paul Glover: Management Consultant Formerly Known As Lawyer

June 3, 2013 10:10 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

Paul Glover is an author, speaker, and business management coach, as well as a regular contributor here at ID. Hoping to give our readers a little more background on where Paul is coming from as a contributor, we asked him a few questions about his skills, his business, and his theory on the shifting economy as management styles are changing.


Fast Forklift Charging For Fast-Paced Environments

May 30, 2013 9:39 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

The Minit Charger is a battery fast-charging technology that is designed for on-road electric vehicles, automated guided vehicles, and material handling applications. Minit Chargers can provide a safe charge for an electric lift truck in approximately 15 minutes. The benefit of the system is that electric industrial lift trucks recharge quickly and when it is convenient for workers and their various shifts.


Intermodal Transportation & Its Impact On Vehicle Restraints

May 24, 2013 9:52 am | by Troy Bergum, Product Manager at Rite-Hite

There is no dispute that intermodal transportation is on the rise and shows no signs of slowing down. Many experts feel the expansion of the Panama Canal, which is scheduled for completion in 2014, will only fuel the trend. In addition, rising fuel costs, highway congestion and increased trucking legislation have led many companies to look at moving freight via railcar or cargo ship.


Global Manufacturers Lack Supply Chain Visibility Beyond Tier 1 Suppliers

May 22, 2013 4:30 pm | by KPMG, LLP

Only nine percent of the 335 global respondents of the 2013 KPMG 2013 survey say they have complete visibility of their supply chains. That number is even lower among U.S. executives, with only seven percent claiming complete visibility.


Kahn Tools: An All-American Endeavor

May 21, 2013 9:50 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

Kahn Tools is a new industrial supply company that exclusively sells American made products, founded by industry veteran Mark Kahn. Mark was the former president of Production Tool Supply for over 30 years. He has returned from retirement to create Kahn Tools, launching their eCommerce site on May 6th of this year.


Grainger: Technical Education A Continued Priority

May 20, 2013 9:51 am

As the required skill set for advanced manufacturing continues to evolve, many resources emerge to address workforce development needs in the industry. James Ryan, CEO of industrial distribution leader, Grainger, discusses the ways in which technical education has been a continued priority for his business — and why the skilled trades have more to offer than many people realize.


Increased Comfort Increases Safety & Productivity

May 16, 2013 9:54 am | by Big Ass Fans

Machinery can break down in extreme conditions so it only seems natural that employees might have cause to break down as well. As temperatures escalate, comfort tends to take a nosedive, dragging productivity and safety along with it. The introduction of air movement by way of high volume, low speed (HVLS) fans helps combat these adverse conditions.

Is The United States Ready To Take Manufacturing Back?

May 10, 2013 3:49 pm | by Patrick Van den Bossche, Pramod Gupta, Hector Gutierrez, Chui Lee — A.T. Kearney

The return of a few companies’ manufacturing is encouraging. But the big question is: To what extent is the United States capable of taking back manufacturing on a significant scale? The challenges are great. From a broad supply chain ecosystem perspective, for example, companies obviously will need to rebuild a supplier network that may have evaporated, along with the disappearance of the manufacturing operations it supported.


Key To Mobile Success In Industrial Channels

May 9, 2013 10:02 am | by Jim Somers, Antenna Software

As industrial companies move closer to embracing mobility, there is potential temptation to get things done quickly and overlook crucial elements of a deployment until after the app is deployed. However, by addressing these areas early in the planning stage of a deployment, companies can achieve the ROI and long-term value they desire with mobile applications.

Legal Watch: A Case For Arbitration

May 7, 2013 12:36 pm | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago

Arbitration clauses and the process of arbitration are not always what distributors expect them to be — private, speedy, and less expensive than litigation. A recent case demonstrated how, in some circumstances, arbitration is the right tool for supplier-distributor disputes.


Industry Focus: Group Dynamic

May 7, 2013 12:15 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

Over the last decade the industrial distribution marketplace has changed dramatically, surviving in a challenging economic situation and a changing business environment. Industrial Distribution’s associate editor, Abbigail Kriebs, got a chance to speak with three industry executives representing diverse viewpoints to hear how business has changed in the last few years and what trends they see going forward into the rest of the year.


Strictly For Sales: Two Types Of Push-Back On Price

May 7, 2013 12:09 pm

Are price shoppers cynical, savvy, or both? Is there a difference between frugal and cheap? Are price shoppers solely responsible for the tug-of-war with salespeople? These are a few of the questions people like me ponder. Salespeople face daily push-back on their prices.


Get A Handle On Your Material

May 7, 2013 11:20 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

From continually updating software to the movement of product from one location to another, warehouses are busy places, and busy places require a strategy in order to be handled efficiently and effectively. There are a lot of different factors that affect the productivity of a material handling operation, from the purchasing of new equipment to electronic labeling to ensure accurate inventory and minimal errors.


A Closer Look: The Effect on Distributors As The Economy Sputters Along

May 7, 2013 11:16 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor, Industrial Distribution

The stock market was humming along earlier this year, setting records on many days. Housing starts are climbing and industrial production is increasing, but beneath all that good news there still is uncertainty in the industrial and construction sectors. 


Distribution At A Crossroads

May 7, 2013 11:04 am | by Tompkins International

Near the intersection of business as usual and success going forward sits industrial distribution strategy: increasing online sales, technology, omnichannel, multichannel, and social media. The buyer is now in the driver’s seat, and AmazonSupply represents more than just a toe in the water. Amazon’s dedicated industrial B2B site could lead to its dominance in the MRO market, whether industrial distributors realize it or not.


Market Pulse: Manufacturing Dips, Remains In Positive Territory

May 7, 2013 10:49 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Index registered 51.3 percent, a decrease of 2.9 percentage points from February’s reading of 54.2 percent, indicating expansion in manufacturing for the fourth consecutive month, but at a slower rate. Both the New Orders and Production Indexes reflected growth in March compared to February, albeit at slower rates, registering 51.4 and 52.2 percent, respectively.

One Forkful At A Time

May 7, 2013 10:41 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

I recently stumbled across a news article online that described the latest innovation to target those pesky extra pounds. Never one to be able to resist a gimmicky product in a bandwagon marketplace like the now multi-billion-dollar weight loss industry, I found myself reading about the "HapiFork" — a utensil designed to pressure users into eating less by counting their bites and vibrating to indicate whether they are eating too fast.

Association Spotlight: Ninth Annual ISA Product Show & Conference Grows in Size, Scope, Message

May 6, 2013 10:42 am | by John Buckley, Executive Vice President, Industrial Supply Assoication

San Diego seems to be the right place to be in 2013; everything will be bigger and better — including the 2013 ISA Product Show & Conference, scheduled for June 1-4 at the San Diego Convention Center and Hilton San Diego Bayfront. As of ten weeks out, we have signed up 60 new exhibitors and have 50 percent larger registration than last year.


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