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Is Work-Life Balance Dead?

May 26, 2015 2:31 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Many in today’s workforce so closely integrate work efforts into their overall life that the days of ‘clocking out,’ are buried in the distant memories of work before email. How can businesses with stringent scheduling requirements help address employee wants and needs?

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...

Why And How You Should Conduct A Waste Audit

April 6, 2015 9:31 am | by Michael Wilson, Vice President of Marketing, AFFLINK | Articles | Comments

Whether a waste audit is relatively simple or comprehensive, distributors can use it to achieve...

March Madness Could Cost Employers Nearly $2 Billion

March 16, 2015 3:34 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With March Madness now in full swing, workplaces will lose time and money due to employees...

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New Tool Helps Reps Gain Insights About Distributors

March 11, 2015 10:31 am | by Industrial Supply Association | News | Comments

The "Uncover… For Manufacturer Reps" program is a proprietary distributor satisfaction survey that enables independent manufacturer rep agencies to solicit feedback from their distributors.

Investigation Finds Hurt Workers Suffer More In Some States

March 5, 2015 3:15 pm | by NewsyBusiness | Videos | Comments

ProPublica and NPR's joint investigation found drastic cuts to workers compensation benefits and employees' access to those benefits.

This Software Will Mitigate Your Operational Disruptions

March 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In the wake of the West Coast ports fiasco, BoldIQ wants to bring its operations optimization engine to supply chain organizations after past and ongoing success with aviation providers.

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NLRB Ruling Gives Unions Advantage In Email Organizing

December 23, 2014 1:21 pm | by National Association of Wholesale Distributors | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that employers could not prohibit employees from using their company’s email to communicate and engage in union organizing on their own time.              

2015: A Busy Year For OSHA

December 19, 2014 1:47 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

According to OSHA's budget justification, its plans to increase the number of health inspections next year are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to its full 2015 agenda.                     

U.S. Issues Anti-Discrimination Rule For Employers

December 4, 2014 5:26 pm | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The final rule issued Wednesday will become effective 120 days after its publication in the Federal Register and will apply to workers of all federal contractors from that date forward.                   

Study: Ottawa's Anti-Corruption Rules On Suppliers Threaten Canadian Economy

November 24, 2014 9:39 am | by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The analysis explored possible scenarios, concluding that annual sales for a typical disqualified company would drop by $351 million and force it to fire more than 400 Canadian workers.                   

Customer Service: What It Means For Today's Independent Distributor

November 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Hear from several independent industrial distributors, as well as IBC, to learn about the evolving state of customer service for independents and how they are adapting.                       

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How To Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules

October 27, 2014 3:32 pm | by Chris Palmisano | News | Comments

Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.

Going High-Tech To Stop Counterfeit Industrial Parts

September 26, 2014 4:50 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Could DNA marking be the solution to prevent counterfeit industrial parts from hitting the supply chain?                                         

Home Depot Breach Affected 56 Million Debit, Credit Cards

September 19, 2014 9:40 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

The size of the theft at Home Depot trails only that of TJX Companies' heist of 90 million records disclosed in 2007.                                      

Home Depot Confirms Breach In U.S., Canada Stores

September 9, 2014 9:12 am | by Marley Jay, Associated Press | News | Comments

The news comes nearly a week after a website that focuses on cybersecurity reported a possible hack of Home Depot's data.                                     

Home Depot Probes Possible Credit Card Data Breach

September 3, 2014 9:39 am | by Anne D'Innocezio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Hackers have broken security walls for many retailers in recent months, including Target, grocery store chain Supervalu, P.F. Chang's, and the thrift store operations of Goodwill.                     

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How Much Do Fantasy Football And Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 15, 2014 1:42 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With fantasy football, social media and other timewasters more popular than ever, let's take a look at how much money employers are actually losing because of them.                         

NTN, NCIS Conduct Raid To Fight Counterfeit Bearings

August 11, 2014 10:24 am | by Jack Keough, ID Contributing Editor | News | Comments

NTN Bearing has announced the results of a joint raid that it participated in with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.                                    

5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

August 6, 2014 4:52 pm | by National Safety Council | News | Comments

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                  

Oil Eater Expands Line Of Floor Cleaners

July 11, 2014 9:46 am | by Oil Eater | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to keep waste to a minimum, this 38 lb. economy size tub of powder can be used in a mop bucket, auto scrubber, or even in spray bottles for pennies per use, says the company.

Industry ... in 3D

July 10, 2014 2:55 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @industrialanna | Articles | Comments

3D printing is being touted as the most disruptive technology to hit the industrial marketplace in years, but exactly how will manufacturers and distributors be affected?               

Locks Meet Installation Standards For Hurricane Regions

July 10, 2014 11:43 am | by Kaba Access Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Both the E-Plex 2000 and PowerPlex 2000 Series Mortise locks with deadbolt and auto-deadbolt are certified for use in the highest level High Velocity Hurricane Zone areas, including Miami-Dade and Broward counties of Florida.

Handheld IR Temperature Meters

July 7, 2014 10:11 am | by Meggitt | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt offers new handheld thermometers that read temps of hard to reach or moving machinery for a variety of industrial applications.

Industrial Strength Dry Dust Control

June 19, 2014 10:09 am | by Tennant Company | Product Releases | Comments

The S30 provides innovative indoor and outdoor sweeping performance with optimized dust control in both light and heavy dust applications using its patented SweepMax Plus cyclonic system, says the company.

Q&A: Environmental Health and Safety Programs

June 17, 2014 9:58 am | by Industrial Distribution Staff | Articles | Comments

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) programs cover a broad range of disciplines including industrial hygiene, environmental compliance, and general safety. The goal of a program is to protect the health and safety of employees, the local community, and the environment from potential hazards that are presented by the operations conducted at the facility.

Wide Format Print Station

June 13, 2014 10:31 am | by Graphic Products | Product Releases | Comments

This standalone unit enables users to create 9” inch wide signs and labels without a computer – eliminating worries about IT department and network security concerns.

The Price Tag for Corporate Negligence

June 13, 2014 10:07 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

GM is in the crosshairs for a delayed recall that caused at least 13 deaths. How much might it have to pay out as a result?                      

Drilling States Explore Man-Made Earthquakes

June 13, 2014 10:00 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts from energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes.       

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