A lot has been written about this bitter winter’s impact on the U.S. economy and job growth. Factory output dropped, ending five straight months of increased production. And many of the largest companies in America, including Ford, GM, and Walmart, saw large drops in sales.
Motion Industries, one of the largest industrial distributors in the country, faced a...
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One indisputable fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced.
The top performing industrial distributors in the U.S. are getting closer to their customers to better understand their product and value-added service needs. They are leveraging advanced analytics to identify and prioritize cost reduction and revenue growth opportunities and are using the latest technologies.
We are virtually bombarded by the phenomenon of data-driven headlines. On any given day we might read that cigarette smoking is on the rise, or that book sales are down, but without seeing the data plot over a long time we don’t really know what those headlines mean.
Gene Tyndall, the EVP of Global Supply Chain at Tompkins International, presents five supply chain predictions for 2014.
If someone is not ordering the goods or services you provide, then the rest of your problems will quickly go away, and so will your company.
Jack Keough: My friendship with John went back more than 20 years ago when we met at the annual convention of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors. We ended up working together on several projects.
It’s now more important than ever that manufacturing leaders focus on employee recruitment and retention if they aim for future growth.
Wholesale distribution companies are under increasing pressure to reassert their role in the broader supply network. Direct-to-consumer sales by manufacturers threaten to erode margins. The launch of AmazonSupply.com sets the stage for B2B buyers to take advantage of economies of scale that are virtually impossible for mid-market distributors to match.
There is much debate over the effectiveness of outsourcing, the effect it has had on “American” brand quality, and the effect it is having on the U.S. economy and its ability to pull out of the current recession. In some cases, it has proven to be a good move. In some cases it has proven disastrous.
In December, 3D printing took another leap forward when Michigan Technological University scientists invented a 3D metal printer available at a relatively affordable price — around $1,500. Oh, and they made the instructions for building the machine, as well as the operating software and firmware, available online for anyone to download.
If you have any experience in shipping LTL, you know how volatile, process driven, and challenging it can be to make sure you get the best carrier, best time, best rate, and are making the best long term decisions. One of the most important factors is freight classification.
In a media roundtable at this week's Grainger Show, CEO Jim Ryan addressed multiple topics including Grainger's position in the eCommerce space, it's evolving agenda surrounding safety, and the skills gap. Here are the key highlights from this discussion.
American manufacturing is in the news these days. A sudden wave of optimism about growth possibilities seems to pervade the media, but a real assessment of American manufacturing also requires a longer term examination of manufacturing vital signs.
At last week’s 2014 NAW Executive Summit, Guy Blissett – wholesale distribution lead for IBM and author of NAW’s Facing the Forces of Change – warned an audience of wholesale distribution company executives to be on the lookout for a very disruptive technology: 3D printing. So what do businesses need to know about 3D printing?
The health of the U.S. economy. That’s a big topic – and a very important one. It is also one that tends to be overwhelming and incomprehensible, but by understanding more fully the effect that small businesses have on the overall economy, we can gain a better grasp of what is happening locally, nationally, and globally. Small businesses make a big impact.
As quarterly earnings reports roll in for publicly-traded companies, it is apparent that the last quarter was not a great one for many industrial distributors despite the rise in sales. Yet many distributors say they’re optimistic about 2014 and expect a number of sectors to rebound, including non-residential construction, petrochemical, and oil and gas.
This year, customers will expect ERP solutions to provide them with improved integration between technology and better collaboration between different departments, and ERP software will be able to respond.
Are you conducting internal audits to catch issues before they become issues, prevent customers from receiving nonconforming material, or ensure that the business practices and processes are being followed? If not, here's how to get started.
Optimism regarding the prospects of the U.S. economy during the next 12 months rose among U.S. industrial manufacturers to 68 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, from 60 percent in the previous quarter.
The Data Behind Breakthrough Webinar ‘Competing with the Big Dogs: Standing Up to Google and Amazon’January 29, 2014 10:04 am | by Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International
The Industrial Distribution webinar, “Competing With the Big Dogs: Standing Up to Google and Amazon” received a record number of questions. So we asked Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International and the webinar presenter, to compile and address them. Here is his first installment of Q&A on this important topic.