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United Stationers Announces Sale Of MBS Dev

December 17, 2014 1:26 pm | by United Stationers | News | Comments

United Stationers said MBS Dev, a software solutions subsidiary, will be advanced to meet the specialized needs of distribution industries.                               

Atheer Labs Bringing Augmented Reality To Industrial Workplaces

December 5, 2014 3:40 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Thanks to companies like Atheer Labs...

Infor New Release To Facilitate Growth For Small To Mid-Sized Distributors

December 3, 2014 5:02 pm | by Infor | Product Releases | Comments

While the solution is designed with small to...

Meet Amazon’s New Robot Army

December 3, 2014 12:40 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Amazon Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations...

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Research Finds 3D Printing Market Will Increase Ten-Fold To $8B By 2025

December 2, 2014 12:56 pm | by IDTechEx Research | News | Comments

Gone are the days of 3D printing being synonymous with rapid prototyping. The days of additive manufacturing are here.                                     

Findadistributor.com Connects Industrial Equipment Users And Providers

December 2, 2014 9:27 am | by Findadistributor.com | News | Comments

The new website offers an online directory of distributors and dealers selling material handling, supply chain and logistics equipment, products, and services.                          

Employers, Employees & Social Media – The NLRB Weighs In

November 19, 2014 4:58 pm | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago | Articles | Comments

When is an employer crossing the line into an actionable violation of employee rights? Similarly, what are the limits on protected employee behavior?                             

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Amazon Web Services Announces The EC2 Container Service

November 14, 2014 11:51 am | by Amazon.com | News | Comments

With the EC2 Container Service, customers can start, stop, and manage thousands of containers in seconds.                                         

Border States Electric Launches New B2B eCommerce Site

November 11, 2014 10:31 am | by Insite Software | News | Comments

The eighth-largest independent electrical distributor in the United States embraces the digital marketplace to provide its customers a more productive online shopping experience.            

Transforming ERP Key For Distributors, Manufacturers Hoping To Keep Pace With Change

October 31, 2014 9:54 am | by Ranga Bodla, Industry Lead for Wholesale Distribution, NetSuite | Blogs | Comments

NetSuite's Ranga Bodla explains the importance of ensuring an organization's business processes match those of the supporting IT system, of leveraging the best practices for each vertical industry, and knowing what to look for in your ERP partner.

Google Aims To Revamp Email

October 24, 2014 4:36 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Engineers at Google believe email is outdated and has not evolved to reflect our changing needs. Now Google is trying to make email more efficient with a new app called "Inbox."                     

Atlas Products Supplier Collaboration Chosen By Office Depot

October 15, 2014 10:44 am | by HighJump Software | News | Comments

The Atlas supplier enablement network provides Office Depot with an electronic platform for collaboration and commerce with over 4,000 suppliers of goods-for-resale products.                     

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Exact Online Mobile App Now Available

October 15, 2014 9:34 am | by Exact | News | Comments

Designed specifically for small business manufacturing and wholesale distribution, Exact Online software streamlines tasks such as production, inventory management, and CRM.                   

Gartner Identifies The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2015

October 9, 2014 12:38 pm | by Gartner | News | Comments

The top trends for 2015 cover three themes: the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift.                   

Hacking A Big Danger For Small Businesses

October 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Joynce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

It's not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase, Target and Home Depot that get hacked. Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too.                         

Circle Distributing Chooses Epicor Vision Automotive Aftermarket Parts Distribution Software

October 7, 2014 9:49 am | by Epicor | News | Comments

Circle Distributing has operated its warehouse and three stores using Epicor Prism™ software since 2000.                                         

Crescent Parts Grows, Achieves Time And Cost Savings With Tech Upgrade

September 29, 2014 10:22 am | by Crescent Parts & Equipment | Articles | Comments

Upgrading CPE's enterprise resource planning solution has played an instrumental role in its success by eliminating manual processes and enabling connectivity between locations and users.                  

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11 Ways To Keep Data Safe When Traveling Overseas

September 19, 2014 1:16 pm | by Jeff Multz | Articles | Comments

Thieves in many countries are known for stealing data at rest in hotel rooms and safes, and en route to a destination.                                     

10 Low-Tech Ideas To Protect High-Tech Secrets

September 10, 2014 2:27 pm | by Craig McCrohon, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C., in Chicago | Articles | Comments

A few practical low-tech steps can significantly improve the chances of distributors protecting their business secrets or other valuable confidential information.                         

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.                                     

WinWholesale Launches Mobile App

September 8, 2014 9:58 am | by WinWholesale | News | Comments

The app gives customers the ability to perform several functions to do business on the go, including finding the closest Win Group location.                               

What The Cloud Actually Looks Like

September 4, 2014 5:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

We use it everyday, but many hardly know how it works, where it is, or what it looks like. Here's a look at this complicated technology and how the tech heavyweights are using them to store your data.               

Affiliated Distributors Selects Noesis Energy To Help Members

July 16, 2014 10:18 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Noesis Energy, the fastest-growing savings and financing platform for energy efficiency projects, has been selected by Affiliated Distributors to help its members close more energy efficiency projects.        

Oracle Extends Big Data Portfolio With Oracle Big Data SQL

July 15, 2014 11:13 am | by Oracle | Product Releases | Comments

To address organizations' need for comprehensive big data solutions, Oracle has introduced Oracle Big Data SQL, an essential part of a big data management system.

Hone Your Social Skills

July 10, 2014 2:50 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Social media: should you be allocating valuable time and resources to this modern day tool? After speaking with a number of distributors, marketers, and industry partners in the distribution channel, the overwhelming conclusion is “yes.”   

Timken Investing $22 Million In New Selling Support Infrastructure

July 9, 2014 10:18 am | by The Timken Company | News | Comments

The Timken Company is investing $22 million in new customer and sales management tools, designed to improve the customer experience through increased sales force effectiveness.               

Improving In-the-field Maintenance With Mobile Devices

June 30, 2014 8:03 am | by Jeffrey Dalto, Instructional Designer, Convergence Training | Blogs | Comments

Mobile technology is great. You probably have a smart phone in your pocket or purse right now, and you use it to get a lot of things done. In the same way that mobile is convenient and handy at home, it can be equally helpful at work.   

Tap Into The Data Dividend To Compete In The Age Of IoT

June 20, 2014 11:42 am | by Sanjay Ravi, Microsoft | Blogs | Comments

There are a lot of tires on an 18-wheeler. Big ones, too. Monitoring their wear and tear, having them maintained and replaced is a big job for trucking companies. What if the trucker could offload all of that concern to the tire manufacturer?  

Rugged Computers Are More Than Just ‘Hard Shells’

June 20, 2014 11:33 am | by Jerker Hellström, CEO, Handheld Group | Blogs | Comments

A rugged computer is designed to operate reliably in very harsh environments and conditions. Truly rugged devices are not simply wrapped in a tough shell.                             

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