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10 Low-Tech Ideas To Protect High-Tech Secrets

September 10, 2014 2:27 pm | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C., in Chicago | Articles | Comments

A few practical low-tech steps can significantly improve the chances of distributors protecting their business secrets or other valuable confidential information.                         

4 Areas Of Supply Chain Compliance To Fix Today

September 10, 2014 2:15 pm | by Donna Fritz, VP of Marketing and Product Management at Take Supply Chain | Articles | Comments

Leveraging automation in key areas mitigates risk for mid-market companies.    ...

How To Compete With AmazonSupply

September 9, 2014 12:01 pm | by Helgi Thor Leja, Industrial and Electrical Distribution Leader, Fortna Inc. | Articles | Comments

Like it or not, you’re competing with companies like Amazon, Walmart, Target, etc. Here are...

Barcoding, Inc. Announces Frank Ryan As Executive Forum Keynote

September 9, 2014 11:25 am | by Barcoding, Inc. | News | Comments

Marine Reserve Retired Colonel, CPA, author and expert in corporate restructurings and...

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Advice To Wholesalers And Distributors Eager To Grow: Miss Nothing

September 8, 2014 1:21 pm | by Steve Leavitt, General Manager of U.S. Cloud Solutions, ExactOnline | Articles | Comments

You may be thinking, “Sure that sounds great, but it’s not doable — I can’t possibly keep track of everything.” Yes, you can.                                   

Clarification Of ACA Employee Health Coverage Election Period

September 2, 2014 12:38 pm | by Joel Hundelt, CPA, from muellerprost.com | Articles | Comments

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act and its ever-evolving requirements. Here, its final regulations are explained, as well as how they help clarify the orientation period and 90-Day waiting period.       

7 Ways To Shore Up Supply Chain Security

September 2, 2014 9:47 am | by Phil Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes, you’ll need to rely on the strength and diligence of your partners to make sure your supply chain operations are safe.                                   

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Top Distractions in the Warehouse: 10 Proactive Ways to Eliminate Them

August 28, 2014 12:23 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist at Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve the safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.                     

Three Keys To Great Warehouse Management

August 27, 2014 3:53 pm | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity | Articles | Comments

Why the strong drive to automation? In part, it’s because the technology provides unprecedented command visibility that creates efficiencies that were impossible before.                       

Beveridge Aims To Innovate Wholesale Distribution With New Book

August 26, 2014 5:13 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Dirk Beveridge's new book, "Innovate! How Successful Distributors Lead Change In Disruptive Times," available Sept. 15, aims to inject a needed spirit of innovation and new thinking into wholesale distribution.           

Jack Keough: Storeroom Management Remains Big Problem For Manufacturers

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

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

Sage Survey: Majority Of Industries Do Not Budget For Mobile Technology

August 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Sage North America | News | Comments

The survey found that 74 percent of manufacturers and distributors are not setting a budget for mobile technology.                                       

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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 | Blogs | Comments

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

What Happens When The Boomers Retire?

August 20, 2014 10:40 am | by Adecco | News | Comments

With baby boomers occupying the majority of skilled trade positions and the younger generations steering clear of them, this infographic explores the question: who will replace these labor-intensive jobs?             

Increasing Manufacturing Employee Numbers In The U.S.

August 20, 2014 10:25 am | by The Aspen Institute | Videos | Comments

Snap-on Incorporated Chairman and CEO Nicholas T. Pinchuk talks about growing the number of manufacturing employees in the U.S.                                   

7 Cardinal Rules To Retirement Planning

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

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

Coming in 2017: The NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit

August 18, 2014 9:25 am | by Power Transmission Distributors Association | News | Comments

One joint meeting will reduce time out of the office and costs of both registration and travel for those companies that are members of NIBA and PTDA.                             

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Industrial Supply Resupplies Burglarized Habitat For Humanity Project Site

August 14, 2014 9:55 am | by Industrial Supply Company | News | Comments

Industrial Supply Company came to the rescue with their annual tool donations after nearly all of the tools were stolen from one of Habitat for Humanity’s major construction sites in June.               

Profiling Is OK When It Comes To Target Accounts

August 12, 2014 5:13 pm | by Brian Gardner, Founder & Lead Evangelist, SalesProcess360 | Blogs | Comments

Brian Gardner, founder of SalesProcess360, discusses the importance of Target Account Management in gaining a competitive edge.                                   

Independent Distributors Can Take Key Steps To Compete With Larger Rivals

August 11, 2014 11:43 am | by Ranga Bodla, NetSuite Senior Director of Industry Marketing, Manufacturing & Wholesale Distribution | News | Comments

By operating more efficiently and making strategic partnerships, independent distributors can compete against the large discount providers.                               

The Great Archer And The Profit Imperative

August 7, 2014 4:53 pm | by Abe WalkingBear Sanchez, B2B Credit Expert, A/R Management Group | News | Comments

Abe WalkingBear Sanchez uses an analogy to explain the Profit Imperative, emphasizing that the "why" drives the "what" and the "how."                                 

5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

August 6, 2014 4:52 pm | by National Safety Council | News | Comments

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                  

Omni-Channel Fulfillment and the Changing Dynamics of Wholesale Distribution

August 5, 2014 10:01 am | by Sedlak Management Consultants | News | Comments

Pressured by market changes and more stringent fulfillment requirements, wholesale distribution executives are assessing solutions to meet consumer expectations while holding onto their profit margins.                 

Distributor Legal Challenges: Why Am I Still Getting Sued?

August 4, 2014 11:10 am | by Howard Mavity, Fisher & Phillips LLP | Blogs | Comments

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.

Facebook Testing 'Buy' Button

July 21, 2014 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said in a statement last week that the button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook.                  

Corporate Marriages: How To Avoid Divorce

July 10, 2014 3:07 pm | by Nissan | Blogs | Comments

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.                

ID Salary Report 2014: The Skills To Pay The Bills

July 10, 2014 2:45 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @industrialanna | Articles | Comments

Check out the annual Salary Report from Industrial Distribution, where we strive to create a clear picture of industry pay rates, workload, responsibilities, and job satisfaction.                 

Your Company’s Culture

July 10, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tom Reilly, Author and Sales Trainer, TomReillyTraining.com | Articles | Comments

With mergers and acquisitions at a 13-year high, there is a pandemic identity crisis in business today. This merging and melding of cultures presents a special challenge for companies. The lack of identity confuses and confounds employees and customers.

Why You Should Private Label. Now.

July 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by Beau Walter, Sales & Marketing Manager, Athea Laboratories | Packaging | Articles | Comments

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.      

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