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Airgas Sets Lofty Future Goals

December 8, 2014 | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

The company shared impressive sales growth targets for 2018 at its recent analysts meeting, and how it plans to achieve them.                                   

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Jack Keough: Emerson On Track To Sell Power Transmission Business

November 24, 2014 3:34 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

Currently part of the company's industrial automation business, the power transmission business is based in Florence, Kentucky, and has over 3,000 employees around the world.                     

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Game Plan Forum Provides Wealth Of B2B Insight

November 7, 2014 4:46 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Game Plan 2014, hosted Nov. 4-5 by Hybris in Schaumburg, IL, provided distributors and manufacturers of all sizes with a clear vision of what an effective e-commerce platform should look like.                 

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Jack Keough: Investments Paying Off For MSC

November 6, 2014 9:19 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

MSC's recent investments temporarily hindered operating margins, but in the end will produce long-term returns in the form of top-line growth, and increased sales and profitability.                   

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UnleashWD Opens Distributors' Eyes To Innovation

October 31, 2014 4:58 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

The third annual UnleashWD in Chicago was a great opportunity for distributors to learn how to inject innovation and new thinking into their existing business.                          

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Transforming ERP Key For Distributors, Manufacturers Hoping To Keep Pace With Change

October 31, 2014 9:54 am | by Ranga Bodla, Industry Lead for Wholesale Distribution, NetSuite

NetSuite's Ranga Bodla explains the importance of ensuring an organization's business processes match those of the supporting IT system, of leveraging the best practices for each vertical industry, and knowing what to look for in your ERP partner.

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Fixing Walmart's 'Made In America' Infographic

October 30, 2014 5:29 pm | by Alliance for American Manufacturing

The Alliance for American Manufacturing responds to Walmart's infographic — which touted selling made-in-America products — with an infographic of its own.                           

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Will Amazon Curtail Investments After Latest Loss?

October 30, 2014 9:40 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

With Amazon under a microscope, where will the company focus its efforts and, just as important, its investments?                                       

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Does America Deserve A Raise?

October 22, 2014 12:57 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations

The potential effects of enacting President Obama's proposed minimum wage hike to $10.10 are discussed for the economy, employers, and workers.                               

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Jack Keough: Fastenal Positioning Itself For 2015

October 14, 2014 11:28 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

Though the company's gross margins may be slow in the short term, Fastenal has many positive signs of growth for the rest of the year and 2015.                               

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When Do Work Shifts Really End?

October 9, 2014 3:50 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

As the Supreme Court weighs arguments on when the working day ends for Amazon.com warehouse workers, it stirs the question of what exactly employees should be paid for.                       

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Jim Tompkins: A B2B Question From The Floor (That Nearly Floored Me)

October 1, 2014 11:21 am | by Jim Tompkins CEO, Tompkins International

Every aspect of B2B is changing and B2B players who are doing the same things today as they did 5 years ago will become obsolete.                                 

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Residential Housing Market A Nagging Problem For Suppliers

September 30, 2014 1:12 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

Some distributors, like HD Supply, are seeing the slowdown in the residential market affecting their sales expectations for the year. Jack Keough expands on the issue.                         

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The Real Cost Of Workplace Injuries

September 29, 2014 3:50 pm | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

In an economy where every penny counts, cutting corners on safety is costing American business owners hundreds of millions of dollars every day.                               

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Amazon’s Involvement With Manufacturing: When Is It Too Much?

September 29, 2014 11:01 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

By partnering with manufacturers, Amazon is able to spread its footprint into more areas and get closer and more connected to consumers.                                 

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The Inversion Crackdown Is In Full Swing

September 29, 2014 10:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations

The new rules may not drastically effect companies that have already inverted, but will most definitely impact companies in the process of doing so or contemplating it.                      

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Going High-Tech To Stop Counterfeit Industrial Parts

September 26, 2014 4:50 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Could DNA marking be the solution to prevent counterfeit industrial parts from hitting the supply chain?                                         

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UPS May Be Changing The Supply Chain World

September 25, 2014 2:14 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net

UPS' Worldport facility in Louisville, KY is not just a massive (and efficient) mailroom, it is a wonder of contemporary automation.                                 

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Manufacturer's View: How Do You Compete?

September 23, 2014 3:58 pm | by Derek Furgus, Director of Sales and Marketing for Western Abrasives

In this unbelievably competitive industry, how do you stack up? What are you doing to keep a competitive edge? Are there products that you are missing?                           

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Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 23, 2014 11:55 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net

There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show, so we’ve collected some of the best of IMTS 2014.                                 

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Wrapping Up NSC San Diego

September 19, 2014 5:26 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

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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