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Even as e-commerce reshapes the market, best practices tend to stay the same. Even so, relations with suppliers show changing trends.
Our demographics show that over the last 10 years of the survey, there has been a 20 percent drop in respondents who are family-owned, likely resulting from the recession and ensuing merger & acquisition activity since.
As the landscape for industrial distributors shifts, so do their primary concerns. Our survey shows distributors are thinking about e-commerce more and more.
Though the economy has been relatively stable in manufacturing and steadily improving in construction, does it necessarily translate to higher sales for industrial distributors? For most of our survey respondents, the answer is yes.
Analysts estimate the economy may expand at an annual rate of just 2 percent in the April-June quarter after barely discernable growth of 0.2 percent in the January-March quarter.
The figures suggest that weakness in manufacturing and mining is weighing heavily on the economy.
Over the past year, wholesale prices have dropped 1.3 percent, the most since Labor revamped the index in late 2010.
The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation reduced its economic projections for 2015 in light of low oil prices and a strong dollar.
A recent study shows a record level of manufacturing jobs were brought into the U.S. by a combination of reshoring and foreign direct investment in 2014.
March's figures show a strong 2015 outlook for the industry, matching positive trends for machine tool orders and durable goods manufacturing.
The Energy Department said Tuesday that it expects the price of gasoline to average $2.55 between April and September, which would be the lowest since 2009.
In an age of Amazon Business and Google Shopping, businesses must rethink their channel and sales strategies. With the B2B e-commerce market projected to reach $1.1 trillion by 2020, what do marketers need to know about today’s buyers of business products and services?
ID editor Mike Hockett discusses the cutting tools market's latest trends, and what distributors need to know.
Industrial Distribution's 2015 May/June issue features our 68th Annual Survey of Distributor Operations – an in-depth report highlighting critical issues for distributors with data to help drive business decisions. Other features include a distributor profile on United Distribution Group, Jack Keough's Closer Look at non-residential construction, and a Manufacturer's View on service value.
A deeper analysis by the PTDA shows distributors reported more positive business activity and new orders in Q1 2015 than manufacturers, a notable change from the same period in 2014.
April's port volume was up only 8.1 percent year-over-year, compared to March's 33 percent spike following the tentative West Coast port labor deal.
Research from PwC US shows that Q1 2015 had the most M&A transactions in the last decade, though the overall number of deals declined 15 percent from Q4 2014.
Economists had expected the March deficit to expand, reflecting the resolution of labor disputes which had slowed shipments at West Coast ports. But the bigger than expected deficit will likely shrink an already anemic first quarter of economic growth.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 28th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 71st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
On April 25, the ISA Convention kicked off with a Small MROP forum, where a 2015 market study revealed some interesting data about how small distributors and manufacturers of all sizes view the current and future role of small industrial distributors.
Economists are hoping that U.S. manufacturing is beginning to emerge from a long soft patch, bolstered by stronger domestic demand that will offset ongoing weakness in exports.
Promoting themes of leadership, youth, and identity, the annual ISA Convention April 25-27 in Cleveland brought together representatives from more than 150 industrial distributors. Here were some of its top takeaways.
2015 first quarter sales were just shy of $8 billion as AD added 12 new members with 51 branches in the period, along with expanding into the bearings and power transmission market.
A market research report by firm Mergermarket shows that its latest industrial trends report recorded a sizeable decrease in overall Q1 industrial mergers and acquisitions, which includes manufacturers.
Analysis shows that the country's top 30 export categories combined for a trade deficit of more than $67 billion in 2013.
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