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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

May 22, 2015 | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

While major industrial distribution news over the past seven days was on the slow side compared to recent weeks', this installment is stocked full of thought leadership pieces, and the first installment of our 68th Survey of Distributor Operations.

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Jack Keough: Non-Residential Construction Stays Hot

May 21, 2015 8:34 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

E-commerce sales, along with a rise in institutional and commercial building, have experts predicting continued gains in the non-residential construction market.

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The Trucking Crisis

May 20, 2015 9:52 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

There is a crisis on the trucking and shipping side of things, and it is beginning to take a toll on manufacturers and change the way warehouses and manufacturers need to operate.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

May 15, 2015 8:40 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Three Big 50 companies populate the top items from the past 7 days on ID, while a pricing best-practices article leads the way.

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May/June Editorial: An Experience Brings The Industry To Life

May 15, 2015 8:10 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

ID executive editor Anna wells discusses our May/June digital edition, highlighting the 68th Annual Survey of Distributor Operations, as well as Jack Keough's Distributor Profile on United Distribution Group.

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3 Small Steps To Better Integrate Millennials Into Your Workplace

May 14, 2015 8:53 am | by Lindsey Pollak

With 20-somethings occupying a larger portion of the industrial workforce every day, New York Times best-selling author Lindsey Pollak gives tips on how to incorporate millennials at the right pace.

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Jack Keough: U.S. Manufacturing Making A Comeback

May 14, 2015 8:50 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

A recent study shows a record level of manufacturing jobs were brought into the U.S. by a combination of reshoring and foreign direct investment in 2014.

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India B2B Startup IndustryBuying.com To Raise $15M For Rapid Expansion

May 11, 2015 2:16 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

With sales reportedly doubling each month so far in 2015, the company's expansion investment is something to keep an eye on.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

May 8, 2015 8:30 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Despite four ID Big 50 companies, several major electrical distributors, and industrial manufacturers reporting their Q1 financials, it was a trio of 'non-news' items that populated the top items this week, including two blogs from my time at the recent ISA 2015 convention.

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Stellar, Impact Industrial Leaders Say Merger Was 'Right Time, Right People'

May 6, 2015 5:19 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

During the recent ISA Convention in Cleveland, ID editor Mike Hockett sat down with Stellar Industrial Supply CEO John Wiborg and Impact Industrial Supplies President John Diaz to discuss the two company's merger last month and how both benefited.

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ISA Small Distributors Study Reveals Market Discrepancies

May 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

On April 25, the ISA Convention kicked off with a Small MROP forum, where a 2015 market study revealed some interesting data about how small distributors and manufacturers of all sizes view the current and future role of small industrial distributors.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

May 1, 2015 8:25 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

The industry was rocked by the big news that Amazon will absorb AmazonSupply into Amazon Business. News of multiple acquisitions were big items, while seven ID Big 50 companies also released their quarterly financials this past week.

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Seen And Heard At ISA 2015

April 30, 2015 3:46 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Promoting themes of leadership, youth, and identity, the annual ISA Convention April 25-27 in Cleveland brought together representatives from more than 150 industrial distributors. Here were some of its top takeaways.

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From The ISA Floor: BlackHawk Industrial CEO Talks Expansion, Validation

April 27, 2015 3:06 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

BlackHawk Industrial CEO Bill Scheller chatted with ID editor Mike Hockett during 'Distributor Booth Day' Sunday during the ISA Convention in Cleveland, where Scheller discussed the company's overall expansion strategy.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

April 24, 2015 8:15 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

The industrial distribution market provided a bounty of news this week as a handful of distributors on ID's Big 50 List, along with several top manufacturers, released their quarterly earnings.

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U.S. Postal Service Considering Drone Fleet

April 22, 2015 2:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Postal Service has named The Workhorse Group, which pairs a delivery truck with a "Horsefly" drone, a finalist for an upcoming vehicle contract amid reports that the service's current fleet is nearing the end of its shelf life.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

April 17, 2015 9:12 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Grainger dominates this week's Top 5 with a sluggish quarterly financial report and news of potential expansion, while fellow Big 50 list companies Fastenal, MSC Industrial, and ERIKS-owned Lewis-Goetz were each big items as well.

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Jack Keough: MSC Industrial, Distributors Streamlining The Supply Chain

April 15, 2015 8:04 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

As consolidation continues to increase, what MSC CEO Erik Gershwind said in the company's post-financial earnings conference call should give pause to other industrial distributors as to the importance of streamlining their supply chain efforts.

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Grainger Eyeing Minooka, IL And South Carolina For Expansion

April 10, 2015 1:43 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Grainger has plans for a new 1-to-1.3 million square foot facility, scheduled for construction to start in 2016 and be operational in 2018.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

April 10, 2015 8:24 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

After nearly three weeks of relative calmness on the merger & acquisition front, the past seven days have been M&A mania as several of ID's Big 50 companies and others have added to their reach.

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Geofencing Enables Wolseley UK's One-Hour Delivery To Branches

April 8, 2015 12:39 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Wolseley UK will implement the technology across its entire network by the end of the month, which allows delivery trucks to alert branch recipients when they are 20 minutes away.

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