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Amazon Wants To Put 3D Printers In Delivery Trucks

February 27, 2015 | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

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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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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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

February 13, 2015 10:12 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

ID Big 50 List companies Anixter, Fastenal and Grainger dominated this week's Top 5, while news of shutdowns of the West Coast Ports continue to be hot items.

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Portland To Lose Largest Shipper Due To West Coast Port Problems

February 11, 2015 4:32 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution

Shipping giant Hanjin said the company can't afford the expense of operating in Portland, one of 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast locked in an ugly labor dispute.

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Report: Grainger Moving 130 U.S. Jobs To Panama Branch

February 10, 2015 1:24 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

A report says the move is part of Grainger's initiative to become more efficient by restructuring its supplier performance management and sourcing operations.                           

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Jack Keough: Airgas Remains Optimistic About U.S. Economy

February 10, 2015 11:46 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

After a solid third quarter of growth, Airgas executive chairman Peter McCausland and CEO Michael Molini discuss the impact of uncertainty in the U.S. dollar and shifting oil prices on the company's Q4 outlook.

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Port Issues Sway Manufacturer To Go East For New Distribution Center

February 9, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution

OA Logistics' decided on the Savannah, GA area to build a new distribution center instead of the West Coast, wanting to avoid possible disruptions caused from the port labor battle.                   

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

February 6, 2015 10:04 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Only one acquisition made this week's top 5, which was dominated by news that the West Coast Ports could have a complete shutdown just days from now if a labor deal isn't reached.                     

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Amazon Opens First Physical Store In Indiana, Eyes RadioShack Stores

February 4, 2015 11:52 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

After reports of Amazon opening its first brick-and-mortar store in New York fizzled out, the company plans to install locations at several universities, as well as move into RadioShack locations.               

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Fairmont Supply Buyer Named

February 3, 2015 3:36 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Following Monday's sale announcement, several sources link New York-based equity firm Tenex Capital Management as the formerly-undisclosed buyer of the industrial supplier.                       

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Loctite's Super Bowl Ad: Hit Or Miss?

February 2, 2015 11:07 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Loctite's $4.5 million Super Bowl ad aired early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's big game. Did it have its desired effect?                                    

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Why Cheap Oil Hasn't Really Helped Distributors

January 28, 2015 3:09 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution

Gas near or below $2 a gallon has been a major boost for consumers' wallets, but it hasn't had quite the same effect on distributors' fleet costs.                             

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Labor Dispute At Ports Could Hamper Railroads

January 27, 2015 9:34 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Report, Industrial Distribution

Two major railway companies, Union Pacific and BNSF Railway, say volume is down and port delays could disrupt West Coast terminals.                                  

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Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages And More Training

January 21, 2015 2:49 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Despite unfavorable projections, the manufacturing industry talent shortage might be about to look up as education becomes more affordable and wages start rising.                         

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Jack Keough: Are Distributors Partners Or Customers?

January 21, 2015 8:56 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

The word "customer," when describing the relationship between manufacturers-distributors, is often not used. In fact, the word is abhorrent to some manufacturers.                         

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Obama Pushes For Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The President said he will call on Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year.                                    

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