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U.S. Manufactures Deficit Rises Sharply In Q1

May 22, 2015 11:02 am | by MAPI: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation | News | Comments

Following a 14 percent trade deficit increase in Q4 2014, MAPI analysis shows that 2015's Q1 deficit surge more than doubled year-over-year.

April Growth Slows For ISA Members

May 21, 2015 9:19 am | by Industrial Supply Association | News | Comments

The ISA Distributor and Manufacturer indexes showed declines from March, though expansion...

Jack Keough: Non-Residential Construction Stays Hot

May 21, 2015 8:34 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

E-commerce sales, along with a rise in institutional and commercial building, have experts...

The 68th Survey of Distributor Operations: Tech Usage & Investments

May 21, 2015 8:33 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The results of our tech section survey questions seem to grow more salient over time, as the...

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The 68th Survey of Distributor Operations: Best Practices

May 20, 2015 1:38 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Even as e-commerce reshapes the market, best practices tend to stay the same. Even so, relations with suppliers show changing trends.

The 68th Survey of Distributor Operations: Demographics

May 16, 2015 1:41 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

The 68th Survey of Distributor Operations: Challenges, Trends & The Economy

May 16, 2015 1:40 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

As the landscape for industrial distributors shifts, so do their primary concerns. Our survey shows distributors are thinking about e-commerce more and more.

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The 68th Survey of Distributor Operations: The Balance Sheet

May 16, 2015 1:39 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Why U.S. Economic Growth Has Disappointed This Year

May 15, 2015 4:07 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

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.

U.S. Industrial Output Falls For 5th Month On Lower Drilling

May 15, 2015 10:14 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The figures suggest that weakness in manufacturing and mining is weighing heavily on the economy.

U.S. Producer Prices Fall In April; Food, Energy Costs Drop

May 14, 2015 12:08 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Over the past year, wholesale prices have dropped 1.3 percent, the most since Labor revamped the index in late 2010.

MAPI Lowers Economic Forecast For 2015

May 14, 2015 11:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation reduced its economic projections for 2015 in light of low oil prices and a strong dollar.

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Jack Keough: U.S. Manufacturing Making A Comeback

May 14, 2015 8:50 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

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 Cutting Tool Consumption Up Nearly 10 Percent Over February

May 13, 2015 4:53 pm | by U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

March's figures show a strong 2015 outlook for the industry, matching positive trends for machine tool orders and durable goods manufacturing.

Gas Prices Still Look Low For Summer Even After Spring Surge

May 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Infographic: The What, Where & How Of B2B Sales

May 13, 2015 10:21 am | by Sullivan | News | Comments

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?

Product Focus: Cutting Tools

May 12, 2015 4:02 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

ID editor Mike Hockett discusses the cutting tools market's latest trends, and what distributors need to know.

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May/June Digital Edition

May 12, 2015 9:16 am | Digital Editions | Comments

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.

PT/MC Industry Shows Continued Growth In Q1

May 8, 2015 4:27 pm | by PTDA | News | Comments

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.

Imports Settling Down After Surge To Clear Backlog

May 8, 2015 2:28 pm | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

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.

Manufacturing Mergers Off To Strong Start In 2015

May 6, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

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.

U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps To Six-Year High Of $51.4B

May 5, 2015 1:43 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

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.

ISM: Manufacturing Remains Steady, Hiring Slows

May 5, 2015 1:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

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.

ISA Small Distributors Study Reveals Market Discrepancies

May 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

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.

U.S. Factory Orders Rise In March For First Time In Eight Months

May 4, 2015 1:14 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

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.

Seen And Heard At ISA 2015

April 30, 2015 3:46 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

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.

Affliated Distributor Member Sales Up 7 Percent In Q1

April 30, 2015 11:25 am | by Affiliated Distributors | News | Comments

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.

Industrial Mergers Decline At The Outset Of 2015

April 29, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

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.

Top U.S. Exports Still Generate $67B Trade Deficit

April 21, 2015 12:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

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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