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Duracell Professional Releases B2B Battery Market Insights Report

June 29, 2015 4:22 pm | by Duracell Professional | News | Comments

Distributors can use the report to learn about additional market trends, ranging from the growth of online ordering to ideas for distributors to improve and grow their business, including customer recommendations.

ID's Top 5 Of The Week

June 26, 2015 8:00 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Big acquisition news from Bunzl and 3M, both announced Tuesday, dominated Industrial...

ISA Economic Indicator Shows Slower Growth For 2nd Straight Month

June 24, 2015 9:46 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

While expansion continued as it has every month since December 2012, ISA's Distributor Index had...

Report: Industries Face Shortage Of Rail Boxcars

June 23, 2015 9:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Boxcar manufacturers, hampered by low demand, remain largely prevented from scaling up their...

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3D Printing: How Concerning For Industrial Distributors?

June 23, 2015 8:03 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

3D printing has been has been synonymous with manufacturing in recent years. But what is its outlook specifically in industrial distribution?

What’s Ahead In 2015 For HVAC Systems And Maintenance

June 22, 2015 10:36 am | by Timothy Kane is President of Goodway Technologies | Articles | Comments

As we look to the rest of 2015, there are a few trends you’ll see in maintenance tools that will impact the overall operations of the facility.

Fed Is Moving Toward Rate Hike, But Just When Still Unclear

June 18, 2015 9:56 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Fed noted that the job market, the housing industry, and consumer spending are all improving. At the same time, it made clear it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before raising rates from record lows.

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UPS Study Reveals Shifts In Industrial Distributors' Buying Behavior

June 17, 2015 10:03 am | by UPS | News | Comments

The UPS Industrial Buying Dynamics study revealed buyers are increasingly willing to purchase outside of their existing supply base, identifying four significant forces impacting how relationships between industrial distributors and customers are being redefined.

Reshoring In-Depth: Transportation, Electronics Lead Reshoring Efforts

June 16, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Transportation and electrical equipment accounted for most of the reshored U.S. jobs over the last five years, according to a report from the Reshoring Initiative.

U.S. Factory Output Down In May, Hurt By Oil Refining Cuts

June 15, 2015 10:34 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A decline in refining oil caused U.S. factory output to slip in May, overshadowing solid gains by automakers.

Bearing Down On Counterfeit Motion Control Components

June 15, 2015 8:11 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor | News | Comments

SKF Bearings estimates that the global rolling bearing market size in 2014 reached almost $40 billion. However, as the bearing market increases, so do the number of counterfeit bearing operations.

U.S. Wholesale Prices Jump In May

June 12, 2015 11:41 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

On Friday the U.S. Labor Department reported the producer price index spiked 0.5 percent, the largest one-month increase since September 2012.

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Jack Keough: Weather Fails To Dampen HD Supply's Outlook

June 11, 2015 1:38 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

HD Supply's big Q1 came despite losing 180 branch days due to weather, while the company's Construction & Industrial segment looks to stay hot. Meanwhile, CEO Joe DeAngelo isn't worried about Amazon Business.

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down In April

June 11, 2015 12:29 pm | by U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

April's cutting tool consumption was down nearly 8 percent from March, and down from last year, though year-to-date consumption is still ahead of 2014's.

MAPI Foundation Projects Slower Manufacturing Growth In 2015

June 11, 2015 11:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

While falling energy prices, a strong dollar, high inventory levels and muted consumer confidence led to the reduced 2015 forecast, MAPI says the market will better absorb those factors in 2016.

U.S. Stockpiles Rise In April As Sales Surge

June 10, 2015 10:04 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers boosted their stockpiles in April by the largest amount since January, while their sales surged at the fastest pace in 13 months.

IDC Reveals Future Plans, Supplier Programs At Product Forum

June 10, 2015 9:15 am | by Independent Distributors Cooperative | News | Comments

Future plans were unveiled during IDC's recent Product Forum in Indianapolis, where new supplier programs and a new eCommerce software platform were viewed among 300 IDC distributors and suppliers. 

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Report: Manufacturing Tech Orders Down In April

June 9, 2015 12:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The president of The Association for Manufacturing Technology attributes the decline to a strong dollar hurting exports, and low energy prices curbing spending in that industry.

Grainger Leads Industrial Distributors On 2015 Fortune 500

June 8, 2015 7:55 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Five of Industrial Distribution's Big 50 companies crack Fortune's top 500 largest corporations, while a trio of others are in the top 1,000. See also where many other well-known industrial manufacturers, electrical distributors, and service providers rank.

ID Exclusive: Q&A With Amazon Business Execs

June 5, 2015 9:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Industrial Distribution sat down with Prentis Wilson, VP, Amazon Business, and Petra Schindler-Carter, Director and GM, Amazon Business Marketplace, for an exclusive interview on how AmazonSupply morphed into a brand new marketplace for B2B buyers and sellers.

U.S. Productivity Fell In The First Quarter While Labor Costs Rose

June 4, 2015 12:58 pm | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The economy hit a soft-patch in the winter with the overall economy, but economists believe growth and productivity is rebounding. Still, productivity has been weaker in recent years and economists are split on the reasons why.

ISM: Economy Well Positioned For Continued Growth

June 4, 2015 12:03 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Institute of Supply Management's chairman says that things are looking up with 14 of the 18 manufacturing industries reporting May growth, the West Coast port issue now behind us, and people overseas getting used to the higher dollar.

U.S. Factory Orders Slump In April; 8th Decline In 9 Months

June 4, 2015 10:50 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

On a positive front, demand for oil and natural gas field machinery increased slightly in April, while the dollar has also steadied itself against the Euro, rising slightly since March.

U.S. Trade Deficit Drops Sharply In April

June 4, 2015 10:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Economists had predicted with the West Coast ports backlog processed, the deficit would shrink in April to more normal levels.

Fastenal May Sales Flat As Sales Hiring Continues

June 4, 2015 9:42 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Fastenal's May sales were down 6 percent compared to April's, though the company has added more than 1,000 full-time sales personnel so far this year.

Jack Keough: Amazon Business Quickly Merges AmazonSupply

June 2, 2015 8:25 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

ID contributing editor Jack Keough discusses Amazon Business' swift integration of AmazonSupply and what changes it brings. Keough also answers the question of 'how successful was AmazonSupply?'

U.S. Manufacturing Growth Accelerates For First Time In Six Months

June 1, 2015 1:29 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The pickup in factory activity suggests the economy is improving modestly after a sluggish start to the year. Still, growth remains slow, held back by a range of factors.

U.S. Economy Shrank At 0.7 Percent Rate In First Quarter

May 29, 2015 11:59 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The revised figure, even weaker than the government's initial estimate of a 0.2 percent growth rate, reflects a bigger trade gap and slower consumer spending.

The 68th Survey of Distributor Operations: Employment

May 27, 2015 8:38 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

How many industrial distributors are adding or reducing staff, and in which areas? Find out here, as well as how well distributors rate themselves in terms of recruiting.

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