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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.         

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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.

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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.

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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 CustomBoxesNow.com 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. 

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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?    

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Q&A: How Kawasaki Fuels Employee Performance

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

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.

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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.

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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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Q&A: Comprehensive Solutions For OEMs & Channel Partners

July 29, 2013 5:31 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor

Avnet's new business unit, Rorke Global Solutions, will deliver comprehensive solutions that meld hardware, software and services in support of the unique business requirements of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), independent software vendors (ISVs), and channel partners. Industrial Distribution recently had the chance to speak with Mr. Kostalnick about the new venture and what it would mean for Avnet customers.

Corporate Profile: Athea Laboratories

July 29, 2013 3:08 pm

For nearly 50 years, Athea® has manufactured and private labeled the highest-quality and -performance industrial chemicals and wet wipes. A family-owned company, Athea is now in its second generation of leadership. After 35 years of producing specialty chemicals, Athea began manufacturing wet wipes, and is now a vertically-integrated converter and manufacturer of canister, refill roll, flexible flow pack, and single pack wipes.

Nothin' But Blue Skies

July 22, 2013 9:41 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Nothin' but Blue Skies tells the story of how the country's industrial heartland grew, boomed, bottomed, and hopes to be reborn. Through a blend of storytelling and reportage, Edward McClelland delivers the rise, fall, and revival of the Rust Belt and its people.

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Q&A: How To Use Technology To Improve Your Bottom Line

July 18, 2013 9:47 am | by Industrial Distribution Staff

Industrial Distribution's Jack Keough recently hosted a webinar entitled "Distributors: How to Use Technology to Improve Your Bottom Line." The event examined the role of technology in today’s distribution marketplace and how it can be used to improve bottom-line performance. The audience had the opportunity to ask our panelists questions at the end of the webinar, and the answers are here in an exclusive Q&A.

5 Quick Questions On Social Media

July 15, 2013 9:38 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

It didn’t take long for the novelty of social media to fade, and the search for practical application and measurable impact of these vehicles to become a priority. Despite the commercial success of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and several other platforms, manufacturers and distributors are still seeking out answers as to whether the time spent on social outreach is worth the effort.

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