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Jack Keough: Are Distributors Partners Or Customers?

January 21, 2015 | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Comments

The word "customer," when describing the relationship between manufacturers-distributors, is often not used. In fact, the word is abhorrent to some manufacturers.                         

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Port Officials Accuse Workers Of Slowdown Amid Labor Dispute

January 13, 2015 3:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution

Pacific Maritime Association officials say dock employees have withheld worker shifts since October, slowing productivity that could lead to a shutdown.                            

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AED Again Urges Congress To Help Construction Equipment Distributors

January 9, 2015 12:57 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Stressing stagnant recovery in the construction equipment sector since the 2008 recession, AED has reiterated and expanded on what it asked Congress for 3 years ago.                         

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Predicting AmazonSupply In 2015

January 8, 2015 3:25 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Nearing 3 years since its debut, 2015 could be the year AmazonSupply becomes a juggernaut in the B2B marketplace.                                       

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Anixter Puts Fasteners Unit Up For Sale

January 6, 2015 10:47 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Anixter is likely to gain more than $500 million in the sale, which comes after a failed attempt to sell the company last August.                                   

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OnHandSupply Offers A New Route To Market

January 5, 2015 12:44 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

New Industrial supplier OnHandSupply.com is sure to raise some eyebrows with its unique business model, in that it sells value-added products directly to end users.                         

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8 Reasons You Have Unmotivated Employees

December 28, 2014 4:29 pm | by HR Resource Force

Analyzing how and why your employees are motivated will increase your productivity & profits.                                           

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MSC Industrial Shares Its High-Tech Evolution

December 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

MSC Industrial Supply CIO Charles Bonomo takes part in a Q&A about how the MRO supplier — No. 14 on ID's 2014 Big 50 List — has gone from classic brick-and-mortar to a distributor that's a high-tech partner for its customer base.

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Airgas Sets Lofty Future Goals

December 8, 2014 4:56 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

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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New EPA Regulations Could Be Trouble For Manufacturers

December 3, 2014 4:22 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations

Though the new regulation clearly has its benefits, it is not without costs, and unfortunately most of the expenses will be shouldered by the manufacturing industry.                         

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Jack Keough: Beaulieu Busts Economic Myths In STAFDA Address

December 2, 2014 12:40 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

During a keynote presentation at the recent STAFTDA convention in Charlotte, NC, economist Alan Beaulieu showed why he's optimistic about the U.S. economy, and specifically the manufacturing sector.               

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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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