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U.S. Labor Secretary Says New Port Labor Laws Are Unnecessary

July 1, 2015 12:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Obama administration's top labor official, Thomas Perez, cited the success of the collective bargaining process to solve the massive West Coast port labor standoff that ended in February as to why no changes in labor relations are needed.

GOP Measure Would Permit Longer Tandem Trucks

June 26, 2015 10:32 am | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents say the longer trucks create more wear and tear on highways, are less safe on local...

Research Shows Legacy Systems Fail To Deliver On VMI

June 25, 2015 2:39 pm | by E2Open | News | Comments

Though there’s an increased interest in inventory management programs, such as VMI, that aim to...

A Look At How UPS's Worldport Is Transforming The Supply Chain

June 25, 2015 9:52 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | News | Comments

Learn about the largest fully automated package handling facility in the world, which sorts and...

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Report: Industries Face Shortage Of Rail Boxcars

June 23, 2015 9:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Boxcar manufacturers, hampered by low demand, remain largely prevented from scaling up their production, while railroads focus their spending on other priorities.

3D Printing: How Concerning For Industrial Distributors?

June 23, 2015 8:03 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

3D printing has been has been synonymous with manufacturing in recent years. But what is its outlook specifically in industrial distribution?

AFFLINK Names New VP Of Business Development

June 19, 2015 4:04 pm | by AFFLINK | News | Comments

Mark Bozich will lead all of AFFLINK's field sales teams, calling on both Members and End-Users, as well as overseeing the operational functions that directly link to the success of the organization.

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EPA Proposes Tougher Fuel-Efficiency Standards For Trucks

June 19, 2015 2:40 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Trucking Association said industry generally supports the new rules, but remains concerned that it may result in use of technologies on vehicles before they can be fully tested.

UPS Study Reveals Shifts In Industrial Distributors' Buying Behavior

June 17, 2015 10:03 am | by UPS | News | Comments

The UPS Industrial Buying Dynamics study revealed buyers are increasingly willing to purchase outside of their existing supply base, identifying four significant forces impacting how relationships between industrial distributors and customers are being redefined.

FedEx To Pay $228 Million To Settle Driver Classification Case

June 15, 2015 8:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

FedEx has agreed to pay $228 million to settle litigation claiming the company short-changed its drivers on pay and benefits by improperly labeling them as independent contractors.

Bearing Down On Counterfeit Motion Control Components

June 15, 2015 8:11 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor | News | Comments

SKF Bearings estimates that the global rolling bearing market size in 2014 reached almost $40 billion. However, as the bearing market increases, so do the number of counterfeit bearing operations.

Using Technology To Boost Supplier Relationships

June 10, 2015 8:20 am | by Paul Noël, SVP of Procurement Solutions at Ivalua | Articles | Comments

Technology can kick internal operations up a notch and strengthen buyer-supplier relationships. Businesses looking to enhance their supplier relations should consider implementing different technologies to advance these four parts of the process.

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Report: Import Levels Return To Normal After West Coast Port Dispute

June 9, 2015 10:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

April import traffic was down 12.4 percent from March, when numbers were driven up by a surge of backlogged cargo after the ports' labor dispute ended.

Legislation Would Allow Governors To Intervene In Port Labor Disputes

June 5, 2015 12:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The PORTS Act would, during port disputes that threaten to harm the economy, allow governors to convene inquiry boards and, potentially, petition courts to prohibit work slowdowns or stoppages.

ID Exclusive: Q&A With Amazon Business Execs

June 5, 2015 9:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Industrial Distribution sat down with Prentis Wilson, VP, Amazon Business, and Petra Schindler-Carter, Director and GM, Amazon Business Marketplace, for an exclusive interview on how AmazonSupply morphed into a brand new marketplace for B2B buyers and sellers.

ISM: Economy Well Positioned For Continued Growth

June 4, 2015 12:03 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Institute of Supply Management's chairman says that things are looking up with 14 of the 18 manufacturing industries reporting May growth, the West Coast port issue now behind us, and people overseas getting used to the higher dollar.

U.S. Factory Orders Slump In April; 8th Decline In 9 Months

June 4, 2015 10:50 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

On a positive front, demand for oil and natural gas field machinery increased slightly in April, while the dollar has also steadied itself against the Euro, rising slightly since March.

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Four Steps To Increase Supplier Adoption In Your Supply Chain

June 3, 2015 8:00 am | by Brad Huff, Executive Vice President & General Manager, TAKE Supply Chain | Articles | Comments

Want better supplier adoption of your procurement portal? Start by asking your own sales staff. Here are four steps you can take to increase supplier adoption, utilization, and satisfaction with your procurement portal.

Jack Keough: Amazon Business Quickly Merges AmazonSupply

June 2, 2015 8:25 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

ID contributing editor Jack Keough discusses Amazon Business' swift integration of AmazonSupply and what changes it brings. Keough also answers the question of 'how successful was AmazonSupply?'

Report: EPA To Require More Fuel Efficient Trucks

June 1, 2015 12:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Industry officials say they're concerned about the potential impact of the forthcoming regulations, which included a fuel efficiency improvement of about 40 percent by 2027.

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 category that reflects business investment climbed for a second month, a hopeful sign that this key sector is starting to revive.

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 July 1, 2019.

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 new outsourcing is underway, according to new Wharton research.

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.

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