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Top U.S. Manufacturers View Labor Issues As Increasing Risk

May 28, 2015 10:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

U.S. and foreign supplier/vendor concerns and distribution disruptions topped the risk factors list for a second straight year.

Orders For Durable Goods Drop In April

May 26, 2015 1:08 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell slightly in April. But a...

West Coast Port Contract Ratified As Retailers Urge Change

May 26, 2015 10:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A five-year labor deal was ratified Friday, covering dockworkers at 29 West Coast Ports through...

Is The Reshoring Of U.S. Manufacturing A Myth?

May 21, 2015 1:43 pm | by KnowledgeAtWharton | Videos | Comments

While it’s true that some companies are bringing manufacturing back to the U.S., just as much...

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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.

The 68th Survey of Distributor Operations: Best Practices

May 20, 2015 1:38 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Even as e-commerce reshapes the market, best practices tend to stay the same. Even so, relations with suppliers show changing trends.

The Trucking Crisis

May 20, 2015 9:52 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There is a crisis on the trucking and shipping side of things, and it is beginning to take a toll on manufacturers and change the way warehouses and manufacturers need to operate.


Where To Expect New FedEx Ground Hubs

May 19, 2015 5:02 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Take a look at the current state of FedEx Ground, and a rundown of where and when to expect new distribution hubs over the next couple years. Is one coming near you?

The 68th Survey of Distributor Operations: Demographics

May 16, 2015 1:41 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Our demographics show that over the last 10 years of the survey, there has been a 20 percent drop in respondents who are family-owned, likely resulting from the recession and ensuing merger & acquisition activity since.

Walmart Challenges Amazon Prime With Free Shipping

May 15, 2015 10:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Walmart is testing a three-day free shipping service to customers for roughly half the cost of Amazon Prime.

Jack Keough: U.S. Manufacturing Making A Comeback

May 14, 2015 8:50 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A recent study shows a record level of manufacturing jobs were brought into the U.S. by a combination of reshoring and foreign direct investment in 2014.

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.


Women In Manufacturing Summit 2015

May 11, 2015 2:43 pm | Events

The fifth annual Women in Manufacturing summit will be held in Minneapolis September 23 – September 25. This annual event is geared toward women who have chosen careers in manufacturing and want to share perspectives and network with others in the industry.

Imports Settling Down After Surge To Clear Backlog

May 8, 2015 2:28 pm | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

April's port volume was up only 8.1 percent year-over-year, compared to March's 33 percent spike following the tentative West Coast port labor deal.

ThomasNet, ISM Re-launch “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” Program

May 5, 2015 4:44 pm | by ThomasNet | News | Comments

The success of the inaugural program, which generated hundreds of nominations and created a groundswell of industry support, inspired the organizations to continue it this year.

U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps To Six-Year High Of $51.4B

May 5, 2015 1:43 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Economists had expected the March deficit to expand, reflecting the resolution of labor disputes which had slowed shipments at West Coast ports. But the bigger than expected deficit will likely shrink an already anemic first quarter of economic growth.

Drivers Strike At Los Angeles, Long Beach Ports

April 29, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Several hundred drivers that haul cargo from the docks at Los Angeles and Long Beach began a strike Monday against four trucking companies


Barcoding, Inc. Adds Supply Chain Analytics Practice Area

April 29, 2015 12:56 pm | by Barcoding, Inc. | News | Comments

Supply Chain Analytics by Barcoding enables companies in a wide range of industries to identify immediate cost savings and cost-shifting opportunities due to insight into a number factors.

Amazon Announces ‘Amazon Business,’ Will Close AmazonSupply

April 28, 2015 9:57 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | News | Comments

Amazon Business has been designed to provide easy access to everything from IT and lab equipment to education and food service supplies – as well as business-only selection and pricing.

Dutch ERIKS nv Acquires 2 U.S. Distributors

April 27, 2015 10:23 am | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Subsidiaries of Dutch firm Eriks nv have acquired American distributors Seals & Packings and Action Industrial Group.

Top U.S. Exports Still Generate $67B Trade Deficit

April 21, 2015 12:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Analysis shows that the country's top 30 export categories combined for a trade deficit of more than $67 billion in 2013.

Horizon Solutions Announces Leadership Change

April 16, 2015 10:07 am | by Horizon Solutions | News | Comments

The CEO/president transition represents next step in the execution of Horizon’s long-term strategic plan, with internal promotions setting the stage for streamlined growth. 

Jack Keough: MSC Industrial, Distributors Streamlining The Supply Chain

April 15, 2015 8:04 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

As consolidation continues to increase, what MSC CEO Erik Gershwind said in the company's post-financial earnings conference call should give pause to other industrial distributors as to the importance of streamlining their supply chain efforts.

Shale Boom Hits First Bust Since Oil Price Collapse

April 14, 2015 11:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The top U.S. oil reserves are forecast to decrease next month for the first time since the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Drilling Productivity Report debuted in October of 2013.

Managing Supply Risk For Distributors

April 9, 2015 8:33 am | by Lisa Russell, Industry and Solution Strategy Director, Infor Distribution | Articles | Comments

As distributors continue to enhance services to customers to remain competitive in today’s market, constant diligence is necessary to maintain a streamlined and efficient supply chain that is resistant to disruption.

East, West Coast Ports Import Volume Now Nearly Equal

April 8, 2015 1:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In July, West Coast port imports exceeded the East Coast's by 33 percent. At the end of February, that margin was just 3 percent.

Reps For West Coast Dockworkers Urge Union To OK Contract

April 7, 2015 11:49 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping lines and port terminal operators, called Friday's caucus vote "an important endorsement ... and a critical step forward," in a written statement.

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.

ISM: Manufacturing Slows In March

April 2, 2015 4:04 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The latest monthly report from the Institute of Supply Management shows continued manufacturing and economic expansion, though at a weak rate.

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