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Improving In-the-field Maintenance With Mobile Devices

June 30, 2014 8:03 am | by Jeffrey Dalto, Instructional Designer, Convergence Training | Blogs | Comments

Mobile technology is great. You probably have a smart phone in your pocket or purse right now, and you use it to get a lot of things done. In the same way that mobile is convenient and handy at home, it can be equally helpful at work.

   

T1red of p@sswords? Y0u @re N*t @lone!

June 27, 2014 10:09 am | by Martha Irvine, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Trying to remember the growing list of letter-number-and-symbol passwords created to access...

Tap Into The Data Dividend To Compete In The Age Of IoT

June 20, 2014 11:42 am | by Sanjay Ravi, Microsoft | Blogs | Comments

There are a lot of tires on an 18-wheeler. Big ones, too. Monitoring their wear and tear, having...

Rugged Computers Are More Than Just ‘Hard Shells’

June 20, 2014 11:33 am | by Jerker Hellström, CEO, Handheld Group | Blogs | Comments

A rugged computer is designed to operate reliably in very harsh environments and conditions....

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Ultra-Rugged Mobile Device for Industrial Settings

June 19, 2014 3:45 pm | by Two Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The N4 - an Android device housed in an ultra-rugged polycarbonate shell, is water proof and heat-resistant.

Amazon Smartphone Ups The E-commerce Game

June 19, 2014 10:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Amazon launched a smartphone yesterday that can recognize physical objects and automatically add them to your Amazon cart. This video briefly demonstrates the new feature, the next step in e-commerce.          

Insite Expands Functionality To Deliver More Personalized E-commerce Experience

June 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Insite Software | Product Releases | Comments

The Sitecore platform contains digital marketing and automation tools, including analytics, testing, email and personalization, all fully integrated into the Sitecore content management system.

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Hone Your Social Skill: Part 2

June 15, 2014 4:52 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID | Articles | Comments

If you are already participating on a couple of social platforms, make sure that you are doing so with a distinct strategy. Leaving the task of managing the channel to whomever, whenever is a sure recipe for failure.          

Majority Of Small Businesses Skip Websites

June 10, 2014 9:25 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

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.

Does Your Small Business Have A Website?

June 6, 2014 5:18 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID | Blogs | Comments

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.          

Appleton Group Launches Interactive, Online Catalogs for Key Brands

June 6, 2014 10:09 am | by Appleton Group | News | Comments

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.             

Bio-Circle Cleaner Selector App For iPhone & Android

June 2, 2014 5:19 pm | by Walter Surface Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Available now in multiple languages, the Bio-Circle Cleaner Selector App is designed to help distributor sales representatives as well as floor industry end-users in busy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) environments quickly and easily select the right product, says the company.

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Value-CADed

May 27, 2014 11:24 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM | Articles | Comments

The latest partnership for electronics component giant Digi-Key reinforces the trend of distributors working to enhance their value and distinguish themselves from the competition with unique, service-oriented offerings … including software.   

On-Demand E-Purchasing Solution

May 16, 2014 12:32 pm | by Esker | Product Releases | Comments

Automating accounts payable is a key focus for many of today’s businesses to improve vendor invoice processing, but very few have addressed the early stages of the buying process.

Printable Bearing Filament For 3D Printers

May 15, 2014 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The material, 50 times more resistant to wear and abrasion than conventional 3D printer materials, is ideally suited for creating custom bearings, says the company.         

How Trustworthy Is The Data You’re Using?

May 14, 2014 4:57 pm | by Rich Garvin, Training & Development Manager, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

How are your engineering and sales teams gathering they data they use to make decisions? Are they getting it from reputable sources? Rich Garvin, the Training & Development Manager at Knovel, offers some guidance as to how to do web-based research - safely.

Manufacturing Technology Orders Rise In March

May 12, 2014 10:13 am | by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

March U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $492.78 million according to AMT. This total was up 38.5% from February and up 2.9% when compared with the total of $479.04 million reported for March 2013.       

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Alibaba Expands Beyond E-Commerce

May 9, 2014 10:21 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's Alibaba Group, which is readying for a big U.S. initial public offering, is known as an e-commerce titan, but it's been busily expanding into other rising industries. Here's a closer look at those businesses, which include cloud computing, mobile messaging, and investments in online video, social media, as well as bricks and mortar retail and delivery networks.

3D Printer Hot Ends For Polycarbonate & Nylon Applications

May 8, 2014 4:17 pm | by Airwolf | Product Releases | Comments

This 3D printer prints engineering-grade materials like polycarbonate, Bridge nylon, and Nylon 645, while still retaining the ability to print in lower temp materials like PLA and ABS.

The 67th Survey of Distributor Operations: Tech Usages & Investments

May 8, 2014 4:05 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Regardless of how large or small your business is these days, technology is here to stay. Even more so, is e-commerce. In this year’s survey, 62 percent of distributors answered that yes, e-commerce is a priority for them.      

Personal Robots & New Business Models Emerge As New Mega Trends

May 8, 2014 10:36 am | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

In this latest analysis, Frost & Sullivan details 12 new mega trends that will drive growth and innovation in the world. “We at the Visionary Innovation team scout and track new Mega Trends that will transform the world as we know it,” said Archana Amarnath, Programme Manager, Visionary Innovation Research Group.

How IoT Continues To Transform The Industrial Sector

May 7, 2014 10:26 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things has already been a positive disruption for U.S. manufacturing, and a number of indicators show that we’re just getting started.                              

DDI System Appoints Aung Latt As VP Of Corporate Strategy

April 24, 2014 9:35 am | by DDI System | News | Comments

Aung Latt has been in the distribution industry for over 20 years, most recently as a Strategic Account Executive for Infor. Prior to that, Aung held multiple roles within the Prophet 21/Activant/now Epicor organizations.             

Avnet 3Q Sales Up 6.1%

April 24, 2014 9:29 am | by Avnet | News | Comments

Avnet's reported sales increased 2.0% year over year to $2.6 billion and organic sales decreased 2.5% in reported dollars and 1.9% in constant currency.                  

Accellos Announces Integration Between Prophecy Dispatch & MacroPoint

April 22, 2014 3:54 pm | by Accellos | Product Releases | Comments

The integrated solution provides Transportation Brokers with a way to automatically track loads including arrival, departure from stops, and GPS position updates.

Q&A: Unleashing Your Future With A B2B E-commerce Strategy

April 21, 2014 12:50 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Creating and implementing an e-commerce strategy is a hot topic with distributors. Today we’re asking Linda Taddonio - the e-commerce Strategy Officer at Insite Software and one of the speakers at the Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum - some of the most burning questions we hear from you regarding e-commerce strategy.

3D Printing, Digital Execution, & The Manufacturing Renaissance

April 21, 2014 10:20 am | by Kimberly Knickle, Practice Director, IT Priorities & Strategies, IDC Manufacturing Insights | Blogs | Comments

Given the fact that the companies we call manufacturers today do less and less of their own manufacturing, and are in many cases more like general contractors, will 3D printing change the way they work with their suppliers?         

Handheld Strengthens Its U.S. Sales Department, Renews Focus On Developing Partner Networks

April 18, 2014 9:59 am | by The Handheld Group | News | Comments

As Handheld US’s vertical sales manager, Jeff Watkin will be responsible for building and supporting Handheld’s partner network in numerous industries, including utilities, construction, and manufacturing.         

Connecting Constant Contact To Dynamics CRM

April 16, 2014 5:07 pm | by InfoGrow | Product Releases | Comments

CRM2Emails offers organizations that use Microsoft Dynamics CRM the opportunity to have seamless Email Marketing capabilities, says the company.

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