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10 Low-Tech Ideas To Protect High-Tech Secrets

September 10, 2014 2:27 pm | by Fred Mendelsohn, 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...

WinWholesale Launches Mobile App

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

The app gives customers the ability to perform...

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...

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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.                             

Ultra-Rugged Mobile Device for Industrial Settings

June 19, 2014 3:45 pm | by Two Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The N4 - an Android device housed in an ultra-rugged polycarbonate shell, is water proof and heat-resistant.


Amazon Smartphone Ups The E-commerce Game

June 19, 2014 10:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Amazon launched a smartphone yesterday that can recognize physical objects and automatically add them to your Amazon cart. This video briefly demonstrates the new feature, the next step in e-commerce.          

NetSuite Introduces Service To Accelerate E-commerce Implementation

June 18, 2014 11:14 am | by NetSuite | Product Releases | Comments

The NetSuite SuiteCommerce Implementation Service supports the realization that B2B buyers increasingly want the same easy and convenient online experience for business that they have as consumers on B2C ecommerce sites.

Eaton's New Web Tool Helps Its Distributors

June 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Eaton | News | Comments

Power management company Eaton launched the MyEaton website for U.S. and Canadian distributors, providing personalized access to its expanded electrical solutions.                

Insite Expands Functionality To Deliver More Personalized E-commerce Experience

June 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Insite Software | Product Releases | Comments

The Sitecore platform contains digital marketing and automation tools, including analytics, testing, email and personalization, all fully integrated into the Sitecore content management system.

EHS Data Collection App

June 16, 2014 9:53 am | by Kestrel Management | Product Releases | Comments

The dynaQ app enables real-time data collection at the point of discovery using tablets and smartphones. This allows users to standardize the data collection processes, reduce redundancy, shorten cycle times, and grow workforce capacity, says the company.


Industrial Parts Search Engine For Distributors

June 16, 2014 9:44 am | by WayPart | Product Releases | Comments

Distributors can now use WayPart’s “Instant Listing” tool to list their parts to connect with the 40,000+ monthly buyers who use the WayPart Marketplace.

Hone Your Social Skill: Part 2

June 15, 2014 4:52 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID | Articles | Comments

If you are already participating on a couple of social platforms, make sure that you are doing so with a distinct strategy. Leaving the task of managing the channel to whomever, whenever is a sure recipe for failure.          

Adopting or Upgrading an ERP System? Look Hard Before Leaping

June 11, 2014 9:24 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO, Apptricity Corp. | Blogs | Comments

Implementing a new ERP system or modernizing an existing one is among the most difficult things any company can do. The corporate landscape is littered with wrecked partnerships and costly litigation over failed ERP and other business application implementations.

Does Your Small Business Have A Website?

June 6, 2014 5:18 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID | Blogs | Comments

Some business owners argue that their website has been a source of invaluable growth for their business and have cut down on the number of calls they field as the owner. But not everyone feels that way.          

Bio-Circle Cleaner Selector App For iPhone & Android

June 2, 2014 5:19 pm | by Walter Surface Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Available now in multiple languages, the Bio-Circle Cleaner Selector App is designed to help distributor sales representatives as well as floor industry end-users in busy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) environments quickly and easily select the right product, says the company.


May 27, 2014 11:24 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM | Articles | Comments

The latest partnership for electronics component giant Digi-Key reinforces the trend of distributors working to enhance their value and distinguish themselves from the competition with unique, service-oriented offerings … including software.   

U.S. Government Cites China In Cyberspying Case

May 20, 2014 9:23 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States, accusing China of vast business spying, charged five military officials on Monday with hacking into U.S. companies to steal vital trade secrets in a case intensifying already-rising tensions between the international economic giants.

Alibaba Expands Beyond E-Commerce

May 9, 2014 10:21 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's Alibaba Group, which is readying for a big U.S. initial public offering, is known as an e-commerce titan, but it's been busily expanding into other rising industries. Here's a closer look at those businesses, which include cloud computing, mobile messaging, and investments in online video, social media, as well as bricks and mortar retail and delivery networks.

How IoT Continues To Transform The Industrial Sector

May 7, 2014 10:26 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things has already been a positive disruption for U.S. manufacturing, and a number of indicators show that we’re just getting started.                              

Apax Partners Puts Epicor Software Up For Sale

May 7, 2014 10:07 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Private-equity firm Apax Partners acquired the software company in 2011, and just last fall recruited Joe Cowan to lead Epicor.                     

Why Social Enterprise Networking Must Be Purposeful And Actionable

May 1, 2014 5:22 pm | by Alexander Renz, Director of Product Management, Infor | Blogs | Comments

Between email trails, instant messages, online meetings, and conference calls, there are hours of critical business conversations that are difficult or impossible to track, and ultimately lost. Forward thinking organizations need a centralized platform for employee collaboration, where information is shared and conversations are organized across the enterprise.

Epicor Launches Hiring Heroes Program To Help Make Jobs Available for Military Veterans

April 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Epicor Software Corporation | News | Comments

Epicor President and CEO Joe Cowan also issued a call to action to challenge U.S.-based Epicor customers to join in the initiative to make job opportunities available to the men and women who have proudly served our nation.          

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