Thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat every year, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable, and employers must take responsibility for protecting their employees while they are working under conditions of excessive heat.
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It was less than 18 months ago that MSC Industrial Direct made one of the biggest acquisitions in its history, acquiring Barnes Distribution North America (BDNA). Now MSC is re-branding BDNA to integrate the company, while still retaining its own identity.
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.
The entire distribution chain is now linked together by technology in every phase imaginable. The larger distribution networks reports entire complex shipments arriving at their dock doors with close to 99% accuracy rates making the process of counting in inventory no longer cost-effective.
Today’s warehouse managers constantly are challenged to “do more with less.” Most attempt to meet this challenge by finding ways to reduce labor costs. Few, however, have spent time to understand and manage a key component of labor cost: indirect, or idle, time.
Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn takes a look at why so many joint ventures, partnerships, alliances and mergers fail — especially in the auto industry.
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.”
Jack Keough takes a closer look at employee theft - and asks if you have any checks and balances in place to avoid it.
According to the search engine giant, Google shut down its Google Shopping for Suppliers last month, without much fanfare.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.