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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.

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...

ThomasNet Adds 'Buy It Now On Amazon' To Website

May 28, 2015 9:33 am | News | Comments

Purchasing professionals and engineers can find the right OEM and MRO products through ThomasNet...

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...

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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.

No Joke: Amazon's Dash Button Enables One-Push Ordering

March 31, 2015 4:44 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It's not an April Fools' joke. The dream of pressing a button to restock items is now a reality with Amazon's latest product ordering development. What future implications could it have?

Amazon Expands One-Hour Delivery To Miami, Baltimore

March 19, 2015 9:27 am | by | News | Comments

The service, initially launched as a benefit for Prime members in Manhattan, offers one-hour delivery on tens of thousands of daily essentials through a mobile app.


What B2B Distributors Can Learn From The B2C Market

February 24, 2015 8:00 am | by Lisa Russell, Industry and Solution Strategy Director, Infor Distribution | Articles | Comments

By approaching a B2B engagement through the lens of a more consumer-centric perspective, distributors are better able to implement more effective strategies to help drive revenue.

Anixter Puts Fasteners Unit Up For Sale

January 6, 2015 10:47 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Anixter is likely to gain more than $500 million in the sale, which comes after a failed attempt to sell the company last August.                                   

U-Vend Becomes Exclusive FastCorp Vending Distributor In Canada

September 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by U-Vend, Inc. | News | Comments

U-Vend will utilize FastCorp’s self-serve kiosks for all of their corporate location requirements and will represent and market FastCorp machines.                             

Border States Electric Acquires Western Extralite

September 9, 2014 3:19 pm | by Border States | News | Comments

Border States Electric announced they have agreed to purchase the electrical wholesale supply leader, which will join the company on Oct. 1.                               

GE Appliances Sold To Electrolux For $3.3 Billion

September 8, 2014 9:24 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The acquisition is the largest ever for Stockholm-based Electrolux, ranked as the world's second biggest home appliance maker after U.S. rival Whirlpool.                           


Infor Completes Acquisition Of Saleslogix Assets

September 3, 2014 3:40 pm | by Infor | News | Comments

Saleslogix's CRM will be renamed Infor CRMTM, adding strong sales and service functionality to Infor CloudSuite.                                       

Sale Of DuPont Sontara Business To Jacob Holm Complete

September 2, 2014 9:26 am | by DuPont | News | Comments

As part of the acquisition, Jacob Holm will now operate Sontara assets in Asturias, Spain, and Old Hickory, Tenn., employing 240 employees worldwide.                             

Apax Partners Hold Off On Epicor Sale

August 18, 2014 4:10 pm | by Industrial Distribution Staff | News | Comments

After putting Epicor on the selling block in May, Apax Partners is hanging on to the software company — for now — despite bidding interest.                               

VEC Supply to Acquire Assets of American Electronic Supply Company

August 5, 2014 9:32 am | by VEC Supply | News | Comments

VEC Supply announced Monday they have signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of American Electronic Supply Company.                                      

EIS Completes Acquisition of Insulation And Wires, Inc.

August 4, 2014 5:14 pm | by EIS | News | Comments

EIS, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, announced Monday that it has acquired the assets of Insulation and Wires, Inc. based in Oklahoma City, OK.                                 


Ethical Practices Take Back Seat to Price, Say Purchasers

July 31, 2014 11:09 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

While 80 percent of consumers believe it's important for companies to behave ethically, their three most important attributes when shopping are price, value, and quality.             

House Votes To Make R&D Tax Credit Permanent

May 9, 2014 3:58 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House voted Friday to make permanent a tax credit that rewards businesses for investing in research and development, adding $156 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.               

America’s Top 4 Forklift Manufacturers And What Makes Them Special

May 8, 2014 4:31 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange | Articles | Comments

The forklifts made by various manufacturers have differing strengths, depending on the capabilities of each company’s production facilities and the strengths of each company’s designers.              

GTKonnect Software To Assist Companies Comply With SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

April 10, 2014 10:36 am | by GTKonnect | News | Comments

GTKonnect’s new Conflict Minerals Module will help companies simplify the process for analyzing the origin of minerals – such as tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold (or “3TG”) – used in their products and report if they have originated in “conflict” countries, says the company.

Rise of the Machines: Industrial Machinery Market Growth To Double In 2014

April 7, 2014 10:34 am | by IHS | News | Comments

As economic conditions continue to improve worldwide, the demand for machines in sectors such as agriculture, packaging, materials handling and machine tools will push revenues to $1.6 trillion this year, up from $1.5 trillion in 2013. This represents annual growth of 6.3%.

Pedal To The Metal: Rising Steel Costs Affect Product Prices

March 28, 2014 10:23 am | by Procurement Research | News | Comments

Bolstered by demand growth from the recovering construction and industrial sectors, the rising price of steel is weighing on product prices.                                               

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 14.5% In January

March 13, 2014 9:58 am | by AMT & USCTI | News | Comments

This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 14.5% from December’s total and down 10.6% from January 2013.              

ISM: Extreme Weather Impacts Supply Chain

March 5, 2014 8:21 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

“The impact of extreme weather shows up this month mostly in production, which is down 6.6 and that looks very unusual in view of solid new orders, and a backlog of orders which is growing,” says ISM chair Bradley Holcomb.        

Machine Tool Consumption & Production Falls In 2013

March 4, 2014 10:00 am | by Steve Kline, Director of Market Intelligence, Gardner Business Media | News | Comments

After growing in 2010 and 2011, world machine tool consumption has contracted for two consecutive years. However, based on several leading indicators, world consumption in 2014 should reach approximately $58,300 million, an increase of 6.2%.  

HVAC Distributor Outsources Billing To Stay Competitive

February 28, 2014 5:26 pm | by Billtrust | Articles | Comments

“For years we’ve been using mailing machines to invoice our accounts,” noted Mike Anderson, President of S.W. Anderson. “Every time our equipment broke down, the problems just got bigger."           

Net Crude, Petroleum Products Imports Fell Relative To Other Major Import Flows

February 28, 2014 2:52 pm | by EIA - U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Monthly trade data show the value of crude and petroleum products net imports was roughly equal to the value of electronics net imports in November 2013, and close to the value of net imports of both machinery and vehicles and parts.   

BNSF Plans To Upgrade Tanker Fleet After Accidents

February 25, 2014 5:15 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BNSF Railway Co. said it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a higher benchmark for safety within an industry that's seen multiple major accidents.           

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