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Wrapping Up NSC San Diego

September 19, 2014 | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

Here are the product trends I felt were most prevalent by the end of the expo, as well as the booths I was particularly impressed by.                                 

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Jack Keough: Family Feud

September 17, 2014 11:49 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

The case of a Northeast grocery chain will be studied for years as to how a family-owned company valued at some $3 billion can almost go out of business because of poor communication, a new management team considered greedy by employees, and an ousted CEO who was loved by his workers.

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DNV GL's Short Sea Ship: The Rise Of Sea Drones?

September 12, 2014 4:59 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

DNV GL's unveiling of its concept for an unmanned, battery-powered short sea vessel opens the door for shipping in the form of sea drones.                               

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Keeping An Eye On AmazonSupply

September 3, 2014 11:25 am | by Scott Costa, Publisher, tED magazine

AmazonSupply is ahead right now when it comes to data, but electrical distributors may be mounting a second half comeback.                                     

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Jack Keough: Storeroom Management Remains Big Problem For Manufacturers

August 26, 2014 11:52 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

A new survey shows that manufacturers are being challenged in their ability to manage storerooms for their MRO/indirect supplies.                                   

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What If Companies Had A Medicine Shield?

August 21, 2014 5:20 pm | by Abe WalkingBear Sanchez, B2B Credit Expert, A/R Management Group

Abe WalkingBear Sanchez tells a story relating how a company's vision should go beyond finances, rather it should reflect everyone in it.                                 

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4 Factors Driving The Emergence Of Digital Manufacturing

August 21, 2014 9:52 am | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

With the continual rise of the Internet and mobile economies, manufacturers need to be able to make production decisions on the spot by leveraging the latest supply chain information at their fingertips.             

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7 Cardinal Rules To Retirement Planning

August 19, 2014 12:51 pm | by Carl Edwards, Owner, C.E. Wealth Group

Financial planner Carl Edwards says independent and credentialed advisors may tailor individual portfolios better.                                       

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GE 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.                                 

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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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Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious

July 10, 2014 3:15 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @industrialanna

The manufacturing skills gap. It seems you can’t go a week without a politician, media outlet or industry leader wringing their hands over this issue, perhaps because it’s just so confounding. In an industry that has yet to recover the jobs lost in the recession, we’re dealing with vacancies in the skilled trades that threaten to derail production growth and sector expansion.

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How Can Heat Illness Be Prevented?

July 10, 2014 3:09 pm | by Julia Dozier, OSHA Training Center

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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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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