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A quick look around at many of the national “big box” stores, or at the large e-commerce distributors in our industry, will tell you how prevalent private labeled products are today, both in industrial and retail markets.
OSHA does not expressly focus on distribution employers as much as more hazardous industries such as construction and primary metals. However, the sheer number of such employers, the new logistics approaches, and the increased focus by unions and the DOL means that such employers are far more likely to experience OSHA inspections than in the past.
The U.S. Department of Labor and other federal and state government agencies’ focus on supply chain management and distribution is growing all the time.
HD Supply Facilities Maintenance was presented the International Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence by the Council of Better Business Bureaus.
The scary thing about emergency preparedness is that you need to be prepared for anything. For many industrial companies, this applies not only to protecting your equipment and your productivity, but also your people.
Load input goal management is a different way to think about and to run your business. It is forward thinking and proactive rather than just looking at the historic results.
According to OSHA, slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.
Lighting in America is big business. Not just in the scope of money invested toward new illumination, but also in the sheer volume of electricity required to keep the lights on.
Wholesale distribution firms face a growing, largely demographic challenge in recruiting talent for their sales organizations. Recent research shows that world-class organizations overcome these issues by implementing a more rational hiring process.
Small businesses that don't have one say they don't have the time, think it will cost too much or don't want the rush of orders that comes with being online. But entrepreneurs that have jumped to the digital side say their websites have boosted sales, cut down on time-consuming phone calls and brought more people into their stores.
When are you likely to retire? To aid in your estimate, here are a few of the influences leading to longer lasting employment for America’s current and future workforce.
Some business owners argue that their website has been a source of invaluable growth for their business and have cut down on the number of calls they field as the owner. But not everyone feels that way.
Doing business on the internet has inherent risks, many of which can be substantially minimized by establishing clear contract rights with prospective and actual purchasers.
The Smart e-Cat format allows Appleton Group customers to flip through brand catalogs page-by-page, or to search by part-number or key word to instantly view product details.
In today’s market, end users expect their distributors to deliver real, measurable value. Large national accounts typically require distributors to commit to specific cost savings as a condition of winning their business — something that is not always easy for distributors to achieve.
For a recent webinar, Jack Keough was joined by Dan Ahuero, Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions at The United Distribution Group; Jennifer Judge Murphy, President of NetPlus Alliance; and Steve Short, President and Owner of Updike Supply Company, to discuss the changing marketplace and how independent distributors still fit in the mix.
The areas of labor, employment, and safety exposure present very real threats to the distribution industry. Lawyer Howard Mavity discusses the reasons for this increased focus on unions in these types of businesses.
Research by MIT Sloan School of Management Visiting Prof. Suzanne de Treville finds that it’s often more costly than companies think to offshore. Using a new finance tool, she shows how the mismatch costs that result from extending the supply chain may well be higher than the lower cost offered by the offshore supplier, leading to reduced profits.
This system using radio frequency identification (RFID) and barcode technology enables users to more efficiently, securely, and reliably manage keys, says the company.
If you were to ask someone to describe their perception of a robot, they might think of Robbie the Robot, the fictional figure that appeared in the 1956 B-movie, The Forbidden Planet. Robbie was a fictional 7-foot tall robot that walked on mechanical legs.
When it comes to the value of our business's brands, I think it's safe to say the majority of us do our best to create a distinct impression of quality, and cross our fingers that the gods of intangibility are smiling down on us. Those of us without an MBA in marketing, anyway.
A universal indicator of overall economic health, the job numbers released each month by the Bureau of Labor Statics have told a varying story this past year. The industrial sector, however, tells a slightly more positive one.
UPS recently conducted the UPS Purchasing Insights Study in collaboration with research firm TNS, in which the results indicated that customer experience is the key component in keeping long-term customers from a purchasing standpoint.
Defining to a customer the full impact of working with a value-added reseller has always been a challenge for distributors. In today’s environment, it’s all the more critical to be able to articulate the value of technical expertise and service offerings.
Jim Tompkins of Tompkins International takes a look at five lessons to be learned from NCAA basketball underdogs - and how that knowledge can be applied to your business.
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