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Cisco Unveils New IoT System

June 30, 2015 9:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Cisco IoT System involves six programs to help manage massive amounts of data and achieve sufficient scale in order to realize the benefits of Internet-connected devices.

How Companies Are Capitalizing On Document Management Services

June 24, 2015 8:18 am | by Jeff Frankel, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at docSTAR | Articles | Comments

From Fortune 100 to small businesses, companies can gain the efficiencies with affordable...

3 Ways To Make Your Business Agile

June 23, 2015 8:02 am | by Stewart Florsheim, VP of Marketing at Kenandy, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Agility is especially important for product companies that operate in an increasingly...

Why The Time Is Right For Distributors To Move To The Cloud

June 18, 2015 8:40 am | by Ranga Bodla, Industry Lead for Wholesale Distribution, NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Cloud ERP isn’t just about addressing a company’s existing challenges and needs, but those they’...

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Q&A: Communications On The Warehouse Floor

June 16, 2015 10:42 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, VP of product management at Spectralink, discusses mobile device trends for the manufacturing industry and the challenges they face in the warehouse environment.

The Evolving Role Of CRM: Why Distributors Are Shifting Focus To Marketing

June 11, 2015 11:11 am | by Lisa Russell, Industry & Solution Strategy Director, Distribution, Infor | Articles | Comments

Recent statistics demonstrate that CRM is growing as a priority for technology investment for the rest of 2015 as B2B players expect deeper and more varied information on orders and accounts. Here's why a CRM application makes sense for everyone.

Why Using LinkedIn Makes Sense For B2B Distributors

May 29, 2015 7:54 am | by Robert Kravitz | Articles | Comments

While B2B successes with Facebook and Twitter have been few and far between, LinkedIn has promising market value. Here's why it's smart to make use of it.


The Rise Of Prescriptive Analytics In The B2B Environment

May 27, 2015 8:53 am | by Javier Aldrete, Senior Director of Product Management, Zilliant | Articles | Comments

Prescriptive guidance can provide answers to everyday sales decisions, such as which customers to call, what products to pitch, and what prices to quote.

Infor Delivers Major Enhancement To Configure Price Quote

May 26, 2015 12:31 pm | by Infor | News | Comments

The enhancements include a customizable user experience to increase revenues, improve quote to order close rates, and accelerate brand loyalty.

Kiva Systems Rebrands As Amazon Robotics

May 22, 2015 9:26 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The news correlates to a recent Amazon job posting for a Head of Robotics to lead a "new robotic platform."

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 obvious impacts of the digital age become more evident to industrial distributors. Some pioneers are already on the cutting edge, while others are relatively varied in their progress.

This is How A Driverless Truck Works

May 18, 2015 10:07 am | by Bloomburg Business | Videos | Comments

Regulatory and technological obstacles may hold back the driverless car for decades. But one of the first driverless semi-trucks is already driving, legally, on the highway's of Nevada.


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.

Epicor Announces Spinoff Of Epicor Retail Solutions Business

May 11, 2015 12:34 pm | by Epicor | News | Comments

Epicor Software and Epicor Retail Solutions will soon be separated into two private-owned companies under Apax Partners.

Case Study: Shop Tools Revamps Industrial Vending Sales Ordering With Conexiom

May 6, 2015 9:33 am | by Conexiom | Articles | Comments

Wanting a solution to process industrial vending orders more efficiently, Shop Tools turned to Conexiom for sales order automation. The result was time and cost savings, error elimination, as well as ROI in the first 30 days.

Exact Introduces Online App Center

April 30, 2015 1:54 pm | by Exact Online | Product Releases | Comments

The Exact Online App Center features third-party apps for a variety of complementary business functions, processes, and time-saving tasks.

NetSuite To Acquire Bronto Software

April 23, 2015 1:22 pm | by NetSuite | News | Comments

The combination brings together a leader in cloud omnichannel commerce with a leader in commerce marketing automation.


U.S. Postal Service Considering Drone Fleet

April 22, 2015 2:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Blogs | Comments

The Postal Service has named The Workhorse Group, which pairs a delivery truck with a "Horsefly" drone, a finalist for an upcoming vehicle contract amid reports that the service's current fleet is nearing the end of its shelf life.

A Unifying Vision For Distribution And The Robot Revolution

April 22, 2015 8:26 am | by Krishnan Sundaresan, Director at ARRYVE | Articles | Comments

Robots can’t be considered the future of distribution. They are the present, and distributors that don’t plan on integrating robots with a holistic perspective will be left in the past.

Verizon Releases 2015 Data Breach Investigation Report

April 16, 2015 1:07 pm | by Verizon | News | Comments

According to this year’s report, the bulk of the cyberattacks (70 percent) use a combination of both sophisticated and old techniques and involve a secondary victim, adding complexity to a breach.

Wearables Gaining Popularity In Business

April 16, 2015 12:19 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Along with industrial warehouses already testing and implementing smart glasses, other wearable technology like smartwatches and fitness bands are making their way into plant floors as well.

Amazon Announces Analytics Service

April 13, 2015 4:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Amazon announced Amazon Machine Learning during an address to a company meeting in San Francisco on Thursday. The service will be available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Geofencing Enables Wolseley UK's One-Hour Delivery To Branches

April 8, 2015 12:39 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Wolseley UK will implement the technology across its entire network by the end of the month, which allows delivery trucks to alert branch recipients when they are 20 minutes away.

Study Finds IoT Vital To Future Of Transportation And Logistics Industry

April 6, 2015 12:49 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

A recent study done on behalf of Zebra Technologies found that found 96 percent of transportation and logistics companies agree that the Internet of Things is the most strategic technological initiative their organization will undertake this decade.

Amazon Bypasses U.S. Drone Regulations By Testing In Canada

March 30, 2015 5:21 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

After the FAA approved an already obsolete delivery drone last week, Amazon has already gone abroad to further develop its Prime Air technology.

New Alternatives To Computer Passwords

March 26, 2015 10:18 am | Videos | Comments

Forget about forgetting passwords.

Should All Industrial Distributors Be Using Social Media?

March 26, 2015 8:15 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Social networks have been around nearly a decade, but industrial distributors are only recently joining in. Is it appropriate for you? ID spoke with Dr. Kathryne Newton, Dean of University of Innovative Distribution and professor at Purdue University, to get her thoughts on the matter.

Amazon Says Its FAA Approved Delivery Drone Is Already Obsolete

March 25, 2015 9:16 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Amazon's top policy executive told a Senate subcommittee that the drone testing approval it got from the FAA last week was irrelevant when it arrived because it was for an aircraft the company is no longer testing.

Barcoding Partners With B2M Solutions To Offer Mobile Process Optimization

March 17, 2015 12:24 pm | News | Comments

The strategic partnership allows systems integrator to provide enterprise clients with advanced analytics tools to improve mobile process performance, drive user adoption, and maximize ROI.

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