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Three Keys To Great Warehouse Management

August 27, 2014 3:53 pm | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity | Articles | Comments

Why the strong drive to automation? In part, it’s because the technology provides unprecedented command visibility that creates efficiencies that were impossible before.                       

Much Ado About Trends In Distribution

August 26, 2014 2:53 pm | by David Frentzel | Articles | Comments

All of these logistics and sourcing trends ultimately could have a revolutionary impact on your...

4 Key Considerations For Distributors Hoping To Compete With AmazonSupply

August 26, 2014 1:37 pm | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Industry Lead at NetSuite | Articles | Comments

One thing is all but certain — AmazonSupply’s growing threat to the future of wholesale...

The Top 8 Supply Chain Concerns

August 26, 2014 12:40 pm | by J. Paul Dittmann, PhD Executive Director, Global Supply Chain Institute, University of Tennessee | News | Comments

The Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee was asked what issues weigh...

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Jack Keough: Storeroom Management Remains Big Problem For Manufacturers

August 26, 2014 11:52 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A new survey shows that manufacturers are being challenged in their ability to manage storerooms for their MRO/indirect supplies.                                   

SC-integrity Launches Disposable Tracking Program For Supply Chain Protection

August 21, 2014 11:43 am | by SC-Integrity, Inc. | News | Comments

The SC iOn Traxx is aimed at providing a low cost, high value, visibility and temperature sensing solution for the protection of cargo and assets in transit.                       

Why Global Turmoil Hasn't Sunk U.S Markets. Yet.

August 18, 2014 10:21 am | by Josh Boak and Bernard Condon, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

It's been a grim summer in much of the world. Yet investors in the United States have largely shrugged it off — so far at least.                                   


Walmart, USCM Award $4M To Spark Innovation In American Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 10:56 am | by Walmart | News | Comments

The fund will provide a total of $10 million in grants over the next five years.                                                 

Record Imports Expected As West Coast Port Talks Continue

August 11, 2014 2:47 pm | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to hit an all-time record in August with retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract.                       

Manufacturing Technology Orders Rise In June

August 11, 2014 2:32 pm | by U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders | News | Comments

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $405.73 million according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                    

Independent Distributors Can Take Key Steps To Compete With Larger Rivals

August 11, 2014 11:43 am | by Ranga Bodla, NetSuite Senior Director of Industry Marketing, Manufacturing & Wholesale Distribution | News | Comments

By operating more efficiently and making strategic partnerships, independent distributors can compete against the large discount providers.                               

Increasing Orders For Industry

August 8, 2014 3:35 pm | by Statistics Sweden | News | Comments

Orders for industry increased in June and showed a positive development of 2.2 percent compared to May in seasonally adjusted figures.                                 


U.S. Wholesale Inventories Rise 0.3 Percent In June

August 8, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month, a sign they anticipate slower growth ahead.                               

U.S. Factory Orders Rise 1.1 Percent In June

August 6, 2014 5:02 pm | by By Josh Boak, Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories increased in June, led by demand for aircraft, industrial machinery, and computers and electronics.                                    

Detroit Big Three, Tier 1 Suppliers Join Together For Summit

July 22, 2014 10:49 am | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation | News | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors and 43 of their Tier 1 partners joined forces with Pure Michigan Business Connect to host the first Detroit Three supplier summit.           

Amada Machine Tools America Joins IBC As A Preferred Supplier

July 17, 2014 11:14 am | News | Comments

IBC has announced the addition of Amada Machine Tools America, Inc., to its buying group as a Preferred Supplier of band saw machines, along with complementary band saw blades, milling machines, grinders, and turning centers.    

Praxair Signs Long-Term Supply Agreement

July 17, 2014 10:59 am | by Praxair | News | Comments

Praxair, Inc., through a subsidiary, has signed a long-term contract to supply industrial gases to Nanjing Jinling Huntsman New Materials Co., Ltd., a joint venture between SINOPEC Jinling and Huntsman.        


Gov't Sets Duties On Steel Pipe Imports

July 15, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has imposed duties on imports of steel pipe from South Korea, India and seven other countries, ruling in favor of U.S. steel producers and unions that had complained those countries were unfairly flooding the American market.

The Big Rig Truck That Drives Itself

July 10, 2014 3:02 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

German automotive manufacturer, Daimler, is taking self-driving vehicles to the next level. Check out this big rig truck that drives itself.                   

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?               

Just When You Thought International Electronic Payments Were Safe

July 10, 2014 12:09 pm | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago | Articles | Comments

Recently, the FBI released a bulletin titled “Man-in-the-Email” Fraud Could Victimize Area Businesses, outlining how three Seattle area businesses sent electronic payments to their China-based suppliers, only to learn that the payments were intercepted by thieves and diverted from the supplier, sometimes leaving the supplier, and other times the purchaser, “holding the bag.”

Safety Manufacturer Radians Invests In Warehouse Automation

July 9, 2014 10:16 am | by Radians, Inc. | News | Comments

Radians' new order fulfillment system, or pick module, from Integrated Solutions will be fully operational by July. Once completed, the automated system will become the central hub of their warehouse operations, expediting the pick and ship process for optimum product flow.

Steel Pipe Imports Put American Jobs at Risk

July 9, 2014 9:59 am | by John D. Oravecz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

The steel industry was expected to benefit greatly from the domestic boom in oil and gas drilling. But the anticipated windfall from supplying drilling companies with tubular steel for oil and gas pipelines is being undermined by a flood of cheap imports.

The Columbus, OH Region: A True Logistics Hub

July 1, 2014 5:03 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID | Articles | Comments

With its diverse economy comprised of retail, apparel, and manufacturing industries and its central location (10-hour drive from almost 50% of U.S. markets), the Columbus Region is an ideal location for supply chain and distribution operations and facilities.

The Alibaba Effect: What It Means for All U.S. Businesses & How They Need to Respond

July 1, 2014 9:38 am | by Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International | Blogs | Comments

In a new video The Alibaba Effect, Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International, shares in-depth insight into how Alibaba will affect every U.S. business, and what they can do about it. Just last year, Alibaba made astounding margins, earning 43 cents to every dollar earned.

Ruling Might Help U.S. Become Major Oil Exporter

June 30, 2014 10:20 am | by Jonathan Fahey and Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama Administration has opened the door to more exports — without changing policy — by allowing some light oils to be defined as petroleum products like gasoline or diesel, which are not subject to export restrictions.     

American Component Exchange Adds More U.S. Made Products With Rayovac

June 24, 2014 10:59 am | by American Component Exchange | News | Comments

Recently opened electronics and electrical distributor, American Component Exchange (ACE), is now distributing several lines of Rayovac’s battery products.                

Unisource Completes Top Flight Concepts Acquisition

June 23, 2014 11:22 am | by Unisource | News | Comments

The transaction brings a significant portfolio of unique intellectual property into Unisource as well as over 500 additional manufacturer, distributor and third party logistics provider clients to the combined company.     

Billions At Risk As West Coast Port Contract Ends

June 23, 2014 11:02 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A contract that covers nearly 20,000 dockworkers is set to expire, and businesses are worried about disruptions.                       

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