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Labor Disputes Roil Canadian Rail Industry

February 19, 2015 9:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution

The contract between the Unifor union and CN Rail, the country's largest rail company, expired at the end of last year, and talks have not resulted in progress toward a new agreement.


United Stationers To Rebrand As Essendant

February 18, 2015 1:03 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

United Stationers and its partner brands will reposition under the new single brand, aimed to better capture the company's transformation.


U.S. Factory Production Has Modest Rise In January

February 18, 2015 10:46 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Factory output ticked up last month after a flat reading in December, suggesting manufacturing is still supporting economic growth, though weaker than last year.


U.S. Wholesale Prices Have Record Drop In January

February 18, 2015 10:38 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said that the decline in its producer price index last month was the biggest drop in the data series that goes back to November 2009.


Lincoln Electric's Q4, 2014 Profits Drop

February 18, 2015 10:33 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Unfavorable foreign currency translation, primarily in Venezuala, heavily hampered Lincoln's quarterly and yearly profits, which showed a double-digit decreases.


Arrow Electronics Acquires United Technical Publishing

February 18, 2015 10:09 am | by Arrow Electronics

The acquisition gives Arrow more capabilities in publishing strategic information to the global electronics components community.


Obama Administration May Double Salary Threshold For Overtime Exemption

February 17, 2015 4:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution

Proponents of raising the overtime pay threshold to that level say it would make millions immediately eligible for such pay, while business groups are highly critical of the resulting higher payroll costs.


U.S. Labor Official Sent To Untangle West Coast Port Dispute

February 17, 2015 10:55 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez plans to meet Tuesday in San Francisco with negotiators for both the dockworkers' union and the maritime association.


Ace Hardware Announces Same Day Delivery

February 17, 2015 10:13 am

Ace's Express Delivery program allows customers to find the products they need on and have them delivered by an associate from their neighborhood Ace the same day.


U.S. Import & Export Prices Have Bigger Drop in January

February 17, 2015 10:04 am | by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The drop in import prices was 47 percent bigger in January than December, while the price index for U.S. exports has not recorded a monthly advance since July.


Motion Industries' Q4 Profits Soar

February 17, 2015 9:49 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Motion's Q4 and full year sales reported healthy growth, while operating profits showed a big jump over both periods.


United Stationers Reports Q4 Financials, Announces Restructuring

February 17, 2015 9:22 am | by United Stationers

Acquisitions of MEDCO and CPO drove organic growth in Q4 and throughout 2014, while the company announced new investments to maximize future operating results.


Northern Safety & Industrial Acquires Southland Industrial Supply

February 13, 2015 4:11 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

The addition gives Northern Safety a Southeastern hub for its industrial safety supply business.


Retailers Fret As Products Languish On Ships, Docks At Ports

February 13, 2015 11:23 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

The critical gateways for international trade have become more like parking lots for massive cargo ships that haul a you-name-it selection of consumer goods made in Asia and return there with U.S. exports.


IDC Adds 2 New Suppliers

February 13, 2015 11:07 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Scheerer Bearing Corporation and Telco Sensors join IDC's group of preferred suppliers.


Supply Chain Associations Express Support Of Small Business Tax Relief Act

February 13, 2015 10:52 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

ISA is one of 174 organizations that signed a letter sent to Congressional sponsors of the bill by the National Federation of Independent Business, expressing support of the effort to restore the small business expensing level to $500,000.


West Coast Ports Shut Down During Holiday Weekend

February 12, 2015 12:41 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution

The Pacific Maritime Association said loading and unloading at its 29 West Coast ports would be suspended Thursday, along with both days during the weekend and Presidents Day on Monday.


Are You A Hack Waiting To Happen? Your Boss Wants To Know

February 12, 2015 12:34 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

A growing number of companies, including Twitter Inc., are giving their workers' a pop quiz, testing security savvy by sending spoof phishing emails to see who bites.


WARE Launches New Online Boiler Parts Store

February 12, 2015 12:30 pm | by WARE is a one-stop shopping tool for customers to supply their boiler rooms and other industrial equipment with maintenance hardware.


Grainger Reports January Sales

February 12, 2015 10:19 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Grainger's daily organic sales showed solid growth in the month on the strength of increased volume.



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