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No Joke: Amazon's Dash Button Enables One-Push Ordering

March 31, 2015 | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

It's not an April Fools' joke. The dream of pressing a button to restock items is now a reality with Amazon's latest product ordering development. What future implications could it have?

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

March 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

An analysis on Fastenal, OSHA's 2014 most cited workplace safety violations, and financial updates from two of ID's largest Big 50 companies led the top items of the past week.

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How One Manufacturer Is Helping Hold March Madness Together

March 25, 2015 4:12 pm | by LORD Corporation

In honor of the NCAA Tournament, LORD Corporation outlines five ways its adhesives, coatings, motion management devices and sensing technologies are part of the mix in this infographic.

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Amazon Says Its FAA Approved Delivery Drone Is Already Obsolete

March 25, 2015 9:16 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Amazon's top policy executive told a Senate subcommittee that the drone testing approval it got from the FAA last week was irrelevant when it arrived because it was for an aircraft the company is no longer testing.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

March 20, 2015 10:20 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

This week's top items included articles on the sales front and a discussion on why distributors should look to grow through the oil & gas market, announcements from Fastenal and Interline Brands, and Affiliated Distributors news.

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Why The Gender Pay Gap Matters For Manufacturing

March 18, 2015 11:05 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

Projections show that Utah, North Dakota, Louisiana, and Wyoming also have another century to go before reaching wage equality, and manufacturing factors in prominently.

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March Madness Could Cost Employers Nearly $2 Billion

March 16, 2015 3:34 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

With March Madness now in full swing, workplaces will lose time and money due to employees filling out brackets, checking scores, and watching games during work hours over the next few weeks, especially this Thursday and Friday.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

March 13, 2015 8:50 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

A relatively quiet week across the market didn't include major news on acquisitions or executive leadership changes, but market analysis on Amazon.com, Kaman Industrial Technologies, and the global fasteners market highlighted the past seven days on Industrial Distribution.

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The Latest On Amazon's New & Planned U.S. Distribution Centers

March 9, 2015 2:39 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

With Amazon.com ever-growing its distribution network, here's a roundup of the news from the past couple months regarding the company's newest fulfillment centers and where you can expect ones in the near future.

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Kaman Industrial Eyes Continued Growth After Solid 2014

March 9, 2015 9:00 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

Coming off its biggest acquisition in company history last year, Kaman Industrial Technologies has followed up with hiring expansion and intends to stay active on acquisition front.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

March 6, 2015 10:43 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

This week's Top 5 was a mixed bag, highlighted by company strategy news out of February's Grainger Show, Fastenal's monthly sales report, and expansion for Affiliated Distributors.

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Industrial Careers Pathway Fund Drive Nearing $200K In Distributor Contributions

March 3, 2015 12:30 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

A total of 63 industrial distributors, manufacturers, and individuals have made pledges as of March 1, including several ID Big 50 List companies.

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Amazon Wants To Put 3D Printers In Delivery Trucks

February 27, 2015 4:50 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Like drones, the endeavor is another push from the company to get products to the customer faster and save on warehousing costs. The concept could have an impact on industrial distribution in the near future.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

February 27, 2015 10:23 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Some major recognition from Fortune Magazine for several Big 50 companies, a new player in the industrial B2B market, and the long-awaited end to the West Coast Ports labor standoff are included in this week's top items.

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India Joins B2B Market As IndustryBuying.com Raises $2 Million

February 27, 2015 9:57 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Offering more than 150,000 SKUs, the year-old company is said to be India's first large-scale e-commerce industrial products provider.

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What's Going On With The Labor Unions Of Today?

February 27, 2015 9:35 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO

In an effort to evaluate the evolving state of labor unions and scrutiny they face, let's look at some of the key pros and cons associated with union membership in today’s society.

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Newest UPS & FedEx Competitor: Waffle House?

February 25, 2015 12:15 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution

The iconic Southern breakfast chain aims to create "The Uber of package delivery" by  partnering with rideshare service Roadie.

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Will Wal-Mart Pay Raises Move The Needle On Wages?

February 24, 2015 9:33 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution

Even longtime Wal-Mart critics lauded the move, while economists largely said the announcement reflects a tightening labor market rather than any widespread recognition that wages in the retail sector should be raised.

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Big 50 Companies Airgas, Grainger, And Wolseley Named 'Most Admired' By Fortune

February 23, 2015 3:26 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

The reputation-based list is categorized by industry, including diversified wholesaler, industrial machinery, and electronics and office equipment wholesaler.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

February 20, 2015 9:34 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Three Big 50 List companies reporting their 2014 fourth quarter and full year financials lead this week's list, while news from the 2015 Grainger Show and another West Coast Port shutdown were big items as well.

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Grainger Making Push In Protective Footwear

February 18, 2015 9:59 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

At the 2015 Grainger Show, held Feb. 15-17 in Orlando, the company discussed its plan for expansion of its shoemobile network through Safety Services, Inc.

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