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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

April 24, 2015 | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

The industrial distribution market provided a bounty of news this week as a handful of distributors on ID's Big 50 List, along with several top manufacturers, released their quarterly earnings.

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Jack Keough: MSC Industrial, Distributors Streamlining The Supply Chain

April 15, 2015 8:04 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

As consolidation continues to increase, what MSC CEO Erik Gershwind said in the company's post-financial earnings conference call should give pause to other industrial distributors as to the importance of streamlining their supply chain efforts.

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Grainger Eyeing Minooka, IL And South Carolina For Expansion

April 10, 2015 1:43 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Grainger has plans for a new 1-to-1.3 million square foot facility, scheduled for construction to start in 2016 and be operational in 2018.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

April 10, 2015 8:24 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

After nearly three weeks of relative calmness on the merger & acquisition front, the past seven days have been M&A mania as several of ID's Big 50 companies and others have added to their reach.

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Geofencing Enables Wolseley UK's One-Hour Delivery To Branches

April 8, 2015 12:39 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Wolseley UK will implement the technology across its entire network by the end of the month, which allows delivery trucks to alert branch recipients when they are 20 minutes away.

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Study Finds IoT Vital To Future Of Transportation And Logistics Industry

April 6, 2015 12:49 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

A recent study done on behalf of Zebra Technologies found that found 96 percent of transportation and logistics companies agree that the Internet of Things is the most strategic technological initiative their organization will undertake this decade.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

April 2, 2015 1:40 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

​New roll outs from Grainger and Amazon had the industry's Internet abuzz over the past few days, while distributor thought leadership pieces on keeping a sales edge and partnering with manufacturers for growth were other big items for ID.

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No Joke: Amazon's Dash Button Enables One-Push Ordering

March 31, 2015 4:44 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

It's not an April Fools' joke. The dream of pressing a button to restock items is now a reality with Amazon's latest product ordering development. What future implications could it have?

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Amazon Bypasses U.S. Drone Regulations By Testing In Canada

March 30, 2015 5:21 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

After the FAA approved an already obsolete delivery drone last week, Amazon has already gone abroad to further develop its Prime Air technology.

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Magid Infographic Explains New AR/FR Changes

March 30, 2015 12:49 pm | by Magid

With the upcoming AR/FR changes going into effect April 1, Magid has produced this infographic to help simplify the standards and ratings.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

March 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

An analysis on Fastenal, OSHA's 2014 most cited workplace safety violations, and financial updates from two of ID's largest Big 50 companies led the top items of the past week.

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How One Manufacturer Is Helping Hold March Madness Together

March 25, 2015 4:12 pm | by LORD Corporation

In honor of the NCAA Tournament, LORD Corporation outlines five ways its adhesives, coatings, motion management devices and sensing technologies are part of the mix in this infographic.

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Amazon Says Its FAA Approved Delivery Drone Is Already Obsolete

March 25, 2015 9:16 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Amazon's top policy executive told a Senate subcommittee that the drone testing approval it got from the FAA last week was irrelevant when it arrived because it was for an aircraft the company is no longer testing.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

March 20, 2015 10:20 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

This week's top items included articles on the sales front and a discussion on why distributors should look to grow through the oil & gas market, announcements from Fastenal and Interline Brands, and Affiliated Distributors news.

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Why The Gender Pay Gap Matters For Manufacturing

March 18, 2015 11:05 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

Projections show that Utah, North Dakota, Louisiana, and Wyoming also have another century to go before reaching wage equality, and manufacturing factors in prominently.

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March Madness Could Cost Employers Nearly $2 Billion

March 16, 2015 3:34 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

With March Madness now in full swing, workplaces will lose time and money due to employees filling out brackets, checking scores, and watching games during work hours over the next few weeks, especially this Thursday and Friday.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

March 13, 2015 8:50 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

A relatively quiet week across the market didn't include major news on acquisitions or executive leadership changes, but market analysis on Amazon.com, Kaman Industrial Technologies, and the global fasteners market highlighted the past seven days on Industrial Distribution.

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The Latest On Amazon's New & Planned U.S. Distribution Centers

March 9, 2015 2:39 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

With Amazon.com ever-growing its distribution network, here's a roundup of the news from the past couple months regarding the company's newest fulfillment centers and where you can expect ones in the near future.

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Kaman Industrial Eyes Continued Growth After Solid 2014

March 9, 2015 9:00 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

Coming off its biggest acquisition in company history last year, Kaman Industrial Technologies has followed up with hiring expansion and intends to stay active on acquisition front.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

March 6, 2015 10:43 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

This week's Top 5 was a mixed bag, highlighted by company strategy news out of February's Grainger Show, Fastenal's monthly sales report, and expansion for Affiliated Distributors.

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Industrial Careers Pathway Fund Drive Nearing $200K In Distributor Contributions

March 3, 2015 12:30 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

A total of 63 industrial distributors, manufacturers, and individuals have made pledges as of March 1, including several ID Big 50 List companies.

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