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E-Commerce Shaping Material Handling In 2015

March 4, 2015 8:25 am | by Bob Liebe and Chris Capshaw, Division Presidents at Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

Orders are no longer standardized, retailers demand more value-added services, and customers expect to receive products faster than ever. Now is the time to examine how e-commerce will continue to shape material handling trends in 2015.

Survey: Retail Industry Ripe For M&A In 2015

March 3, 2015 9:58 am | by BDO USA | News | Comments

Survey publisher BDO USA says many traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have fewer...

DXP's Q4 And 2014 Sales Up, Profit Down

March 2, 2015 4:59 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

DXP reported healthy sales increases across the board, but a large impairment charge in Q4 gave...

U.S. Manufacturing Slows In February As Output, Hiring Weaken

March 2, 2015 12:54 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Though February's manufacturing index still indicated expansion, it was the fourth straight drop...

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Gas Prices Soar In California As Supply Shrinks

March 2, 2015 10:52 am | by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil gas production has been reduced after an explosion at one refinery and labor unrest at another, resulting in a 25 cent-per-gallon increase in less than a week.

Reliance Steel Announces Executive Leadership Succession Plan

March 2, 2015 10:31 am | by Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. | News | Comments

Reliance's succession plan includes a new CEO, CFO, and executive vice president.

Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Up 2.8 Percent In January

February 26, 2015 1:41 pm | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The rebound is a key indicator that business investment plans showed an increase.

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Interline Brands Posts Q4 & Full Year Sales Gains, Profit Losses

February 26, 2015 9:28 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Interline's sales increased across all segments both quarterly and yearly, but increased SG&A costs related to expansion initiatives and litigation charges hurt its bottom line.

Ace Hardware 2014 Sales, Profit Soar

February 25, 2015 3:21 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The company's fourth quarter profit fell year-over-year, but a net increase of 80 stores helped boost sales and profit throughout the year.

TriMas Has Record Q4 Sales

February 25, 2015 2:55 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The company nearly hit double-digit percent sales growth year-over-year, which included a 35 percent increase in engineered components.

Why The U.S. Is Not Winning The Global Currency War

February 25, 2015 12:40 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO | Videos | Comments

As countries around the world take efforts to weaken their currencies the strength of the U.S. dollar is rising. While, this may seem positive at face value a strong U.S. dollar can have some unfortunate consequences.

Myers Industries Reports Higher Sales, Profit Losses

February 25, 2015 10:06 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The acquisition of Scepter boosted Q4 and full year 2014 sales, while weaker demand in the company's material handling segment hurt profits.

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Demand For Power Transmission & Distribution Equipment To Pass $33B Through 2019

February 25, 2015 9:44 am | by ReportBuyer | News | Comments

Increasing electricity generation by independent power producers and nonutility generators will require heavy investment by firms to protect sensitive industrial machinery, and connect new facilities to the grid.

Home Depot Boosts Q4 Sales, Warns On Dollar

February 24, 2015 9:56 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A gain on the sale of a portion of the company’s ownership in HD Supply helped boost Home Depot's sales and profit for Q4 and fiscal 2014, while 2015 currency exchange rates could hamper gains in 2015.

Kaman's Distribution Q4 Sales, Profit Jump

February 23, 2015 5:31 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Kaman's distribution segment had year-over-year double-digit growth both quarterly and for the full year.

DistributionNOW Posts Q4, Full Year Sales And Profit Losses

February 23, 2015 10:39 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A large increase in administrative expenses hampered Q4 profit, while Q4 and full year sales and profit also had considerable drops.

U.S. Gas Prices Jump 13 Cents A Gallon, 26 Cents In Last Month

February 22, 2015 10:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The rise follows months of crashing prices and is still $1.08 per gallon less than a year ago. 

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Gibraltar Industries Reports Q4, 2014 Sales Gains

February 20, 2015 3:34 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Gibraltar's fourth quarter and 2014 increased sales, though the company took a sizeable profit loss in both segments.

Builders FirstSource Q4 Sales Up, Profit Down

February 20, 2015 12:19 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Costs for two acquisitions and a new distribution center in Q4 hampered profits, while sales had a healthy increase.

U.S. Economy Gauge Posts Slight Gain In January

February 20, 2015 10:00 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The New York-based Conference Board said Thursday its index of leading indicators had its weakest gain since a 0.1 percent rise in August.

MRC Global Q4 Sales And Profit Jump, Gives Cautious Outlook

February 19, 2015 5:08 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Despite MRC's Q4 sales and income both having significant gains, and a company-record revenue in 2014, CEO Andrew Lane expects 2014 to be a challenging year for the company.

Acquisition Spikes Reliance Steel's Q4 Sales, Profit

February 19, 2015 3:42 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Reliance's Q4 sales were up nearly 12 percent year-over-year, and profits jumped nearly 50 percent, thanks to the December acquisition of Fox Metals and Alloys.

Lawson Products Posts Q4, 2014 Sales Increase, Net Loss

February 19, 2015 9:48 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Growth in Lawson's strategic accounts and Kent Automotive division boosted sales, while increased operating expenses hampered profits.

U.S. Factory Production Has Modest Rise In January

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

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 | News | Comments

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 | News | Comments

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

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

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

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 | News | Comments

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 | News | Comments

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

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