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How Can Heat Illness Be Prevented?

July 10, 2014 | by Julia Dozier, OSHA Training Center | Comments

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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General Electric Ramps Up Industrial Base, Looks To Sell Appliance Unit

August 19, 2014 11:17 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

General Electric looks to sell off its century-old home appliance division in a restructuring effort to focus on its industrial business.                                 

How Much Do Fantasy Football And Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 15, 2014 1:42 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

With fantasy football, social media and other timewasters more popular than ever, let's take a look at how much money employers are actually losing because of them.                         

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Five Major Changes Happening Right Now In Industrial Distribution

August 14, 2014 10:56 am | by Jim Tompkins, CEO, Tompkins International

Big things are happening in today’s industrial distribution landscape — five big things, to be exact. And they are causing an uproar in the industry as they all occur simultaneously.                  

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Investing In America’s Manufacturing Future

August 14, 2014 10:32 am | by Jon Minnick, Manufacturing Business Technology Associate Editor

While jobs have been created in the manufacturing sector over the last few years, hundreds of thousands of jobs remain unfilled due to the lack of trained workers.                         

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Profiling Is OK When It Comes To Target Accounts

August 12, 2014 5:13 pm | by Brian Gardner, Founder & Lead Evangelist, SalesProcess360

Brian Gardner, founder of SalesProcess360, discusses the importance of Target Account Management in gaining a competitive edge.                                   

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Corporate Offshoring May Take A Hit

August 7, 2014 4:07 pm | by Jon Minnick, Manufacturing Business Technology

Walgreen Co., which owns a 45 percent stake in Alliance Boots, the largest drugstore chain in the United Kingdom, has been considering whether to use an organization technique called an inversion to take advantage of the U.K's lower corporate tax rate.

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Distributor Legal Challenges: Why Am I Still Getting Sued?

August 4, 2014 11:10 am | by Howard Mavity, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Take a serious look at how you select and train frontline supervisors, and you may determine why many employment law claims occur: Often supervisors are ignorant of the more challenging aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and workers’ compensation retaliation protections.

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Jack Keough: MSC Renames BDNA

July 23, 2014 10:03 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

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.

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

July 16, 2014 10:07 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

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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Technology In Today's Wholesale Supply Industry

July 10, 2014 3:23 pm | by Darrell Sterling, Regional Manager, Wholesale Distribution

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.

Managing Idle Time To Improve Productivity

July 10, 2014 3:19 pm | by Michael Harris

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.

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Corporate Marriages: How To Avoid Divorce

July 10, 2014 3:07 pm | by Nissan

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.                

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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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