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Jack Keough: Fastenal To Close 45 Stores In Second Half Of 2014

July 16, 2014 | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Comments

The decision was reached after company executives discussed whether to consolidate some businesses into fewer locations in some markets and identify where more stores should be opened as local market conditions dictate.     

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The Myth of the Manufacturing “Revival” & Why We Need to Stop Using That Word

July 9, 2014 2:49 pm | by Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

After 12 months straight of expansion in the ISM’s Manufacturing PMI, we are surely seeing growth in the Manufacturing industry. But, is it really a “renaissance” or “revival”? I have always felt that the answer is “no.”    

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To Catch A Thief

July 8, 2014 5:13 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

Jack Keough takes a closer look at employee theft - and asks if you have any checks and balances in place to avoid it.                       

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Google Shuts Down Google Shopping For Suppliers

July 7, 2014 3:00 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID

According to the search engine giant, Google shut down its Google Shopping for Suppliers last month, without much fanfare.                      

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The Global Picture: Where Are The Manufacturing Jobs?

July 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

The global manufacturing scene has been getting a lot of press lately, as China’s production slows and the reshoring trend gives American workers hope. But with so many moving parts, what’s really happening?                

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A Legal Perspective: Safety & The Distributor

July 1, 2014 3:11 pm | by Howard Mavity, Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

OSHA does not expressly focus on distribution employers as much as more hazardous industries such as construction and primary metals. However, the sheer number of such employers, the new logistics approaches, and the increased focus by unions and the DOL means that such employers are far more likely to experience OSHA inspections than in the past.

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Distribution & Supply Chains In the Crosshairs: The DOL’s Focus On Contractors & Temps

July 1, 2014 3:09 pm | by Howard Mavity, Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

The U.S. Department of Labor and other federal and state government agencies’ focus on supply chain management and distribution is growing all the time.                 

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The Alibaba Effect: What It Means for All U.S. Businesses & How They Need to Respond

July 1, 2014 9:38 am | by Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International

In a new video The Alibaba Effect, Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International, shares in-depth insight into how Alibaba will affect every U.S. business, and what they can do about it. Just last year, Alibaba made astounding margins, earning 43 cents to every dollar earned.

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Improving In-the-field Maintenance With Mobile Devices

June 30, 2014 8:03 am | by Jeffrey Dalto, Instructional Designer, Convergence Training

Mobile technology is great. You probably have a smart phone in your pocket or purse right now, and you use it to get a lot of things done. In the same way that mobile is convenient and handy at home, it can be equally helpful at work.   

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Reindustrialization: Reshoring Jobs To The U.S.

June 20, 2014 12:11 pm | by Dan North, Chief Economist, Euler Hermes

For many years and even decades, the U.S. manufacturing sector has cued thoughts of economic decline, heavy job cuts, dark “Dickensian” facilities and a hopeless outlook in collective minds. But in recent years, the foundation has been developed for the industrial landscape to improve.

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Your Motto: Be Prepared

June 20, 2014 11:51 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @industrialanna

The scary thing about emergency preparedness is that you need to be prepared for anything. For many industrial companies, this applies not only to protecting your equipment and your productivity, but also your people.             

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Tap Into The Data Dividend To Compete In The Age Of IoT

June 20, 2014 11:42 am | by Sanjay Ravi, Microsoft

There are a lot of tires on an 18-wheeler. Big ones, too. Monitoring their wear and tear, having them maintained and replaced is a big job for trucking companies. What if the trucker could offload all of that concern to the tire manufacturer?  

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Rugged Computers Are More Than Just ‘Hard Shells’

June 20, 2014 11:33 am | by Jerker Hellström, CEO, Handheld Group

A rugged computer is designed to operate reliably in very harsh environments and conditions. Truly rugged devices are not simply wrapped in a tough shell.                             

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Size Matters: What is your Load Input Goal Number?

June 20, 2014 11:21 am | by Brian Gardner, Founder & Lead Evangelist, SalesProcess360

Load input goal management is a different way to think about and to run your business. It is forward thinking and proactive rather than just looking at the historic results.                

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The Executive’s Guide To Mergers & Acquisitions

June 19, 2014 4:02 pm | by Michael Glessner, Senior Manager, Kalypso & Alexander Tang, Senior Consultant, Kalypso

When growth from incremental innovations and line extensions fails to help meet growth goals and strategic objectives, many executives turn to mergers and acquisitions to buy the required capabilities.       

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Jack Keough: Study Shows Importance Of E-commerce For Distributors

June 18, 2014 10:30 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

Distributors that establish a proper e-commerce site could see big benefits, according to a study by TNS, a global marketing research company, in conjunction with UPS.                

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Seattle’s Minimum Wage — The Next Chapter

June 16, 2014 9:35 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Last week, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that gave the city the highest minimum wage in the nation — $15 per hour. Now the first lawsuit against the new minimum wage in Seattle has been filed.      

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EPA's New Plan - Feasible & Economically Beneficial?

June 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Michael Obeiter and Kevin Kennedy, World Resources Institute

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to cut carbon pollution from power plants is a critical step in avoiding the worst consequences of global warming. Without significant reductions from the power sector, the country cannot meet its goal of reducing its emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

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A Closer Look: HD Supply To Rebrand Its Business Unit Groups

June 12, 2014 9:48 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

HD Supply is in the midst of rebranding to unify its business units under the HD Supply brand with new logos and business unit names, CEO Joe DeAngelo said in a conference call with financial analysts.         

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Adopting or Upgrading an ERP System? Look Hard Before Leaping

June 11, 2014 9:24 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO, Apptricity Corp.

Implementing a new ERP system or modernizing an existing one is among the most difficult things any company can do. The corporate landscape is littered with wrecked partnerships and costly litigation over failed ERP and other business application implementations.

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Does Your Small Business Have A Website?

June 6, 2014 5:18 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID

Some business owners argue that their website has been a source of invaluable growth for their business and have cut down on the number of calls they field as the owner. But not everyone feels that way.          

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