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U.S. Import, Export Prices Fall In August

September 12, 2014 1:10 pm | by U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Both the August and July drops in overall import prices were driven by lower fuel prices.                                              

4 Areas Of Supply Chain Compliance To Fix Today

September 10, 2014 2:15 pm | by Donna Fritz, VP of Marketing and Product Management at Take Supply Chain | Articles | Comments

Leveraging automation in key areas mitigates risk for mid-market companies.    ...

U.S. Wholesale Sales Rise 0.7 Percent, Stockpiles Up 0.1

September 10, 2014 1:21 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Wholesaler's revenue increase of 0.4 percent from June matched the gain from this past May,...

Short-Term Energy Outlook

September 10, 2014 9:26 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

U.S. regular gasoline prices in August were 12 cents below the July average and are projected to...

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Advice To Wholesalers And Distributors Eager To Grow: Miss Nothing

September 8, 2014 1:21 pm | by Steve Leavitt, General Manager of U.S. Cloud Solutions, ExactOnline | Articles | Comments

You may be thinking, “Sure that sounds great, but it’s not doable — I can’t possibly keep track of everything.” Yes, you can.                                   

7 Ways To Shore Up Supply Chain Security

September 2, 2014 9:47 am | by Phil Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes, you’ll need to rely on the strength and diligence of your partners to make sure your supply chain operations are safe.                                   

Emerging Regions Prove Profitable For Industrial Valves And Actuators Markets

September 2, 2014 9:37 am | by Frost & Sullivan | Articles | Comments

Demand will soar as political and economic conditions stabilize.                                                     

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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 supply chain and business success.                                   

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 distribution.                                           

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 most on their mind.                                        

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.                                   

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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.                                    

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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.

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