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VMI: A Custom Approach To Your Customer

March 20, 2015 8:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

A look at vendor managed inventory today, and how distributors are creating more business benefits through an individual, creative approach.

Distributor Profile: John Day Company

March 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Family-owned, 106-year-old John Day Company hasn’t flinched as wholesale industrial suppliers...

This Japanese Company Built A 'Disaster-Proof' Factory

March 18, 2015 3:09 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Equipped with a massive battery storage, a smart power supply system, stores of its own natural...

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How Can The Internet Improve How Your Industrial Plant Operates?

March 10, 2015 10:40 am | by Amber Carpenter, Product Specialist at Eaton Filtration Online | Articles | Comments

Industrial plants have an enormous opportunity to leverage the Internet to streamline processes, reduce cost, improve safety, and enhance customer service and much more.

The Latest On Amazon's New & Planned U.S. Distribution Centers

March 9, 2015 2:39 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With Amazon.com ever-growing its distribution network, here's a roundup of the news from the past couple months regarding the company's newest fulfillment centers and where you can expect ones in the near future.

This Software Will Mitigate Your Operational Disruptions

March 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In the wake of the West Coast ports fiasco, BoldIQ wants to bring its operations optimization engine to supply chain organizations after past and ongoing success with aviation providers.

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E-Commerce Shaping Material Handling In 2015

March 4, 2015 8:25 am | by Bob Liebe and Chris Capshaw, Division Presidents at Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

Orders are no longer standardized, retailers demand more value-added services, and customers expect to receive products faster than ever. Now is the time to examine how B2B will continue to shape material handling trends this year.

Amazon Wants To Put 3D Printers In Delivery Trucks

February 27, 2015 4:50 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Like drones, the endeavor is another push from the company to get products to the customer faster and save on warehousing costs. The concept could have an impact on industrial distribution in the near future.

Making Safety Training More Effective For Industrial Distributors

February 26, 2015 8:16 am | by Stephen Rieve, American Red Cross | Articles | Comments

There may always be, by necessity, a level of risk in industrial distribution. What can change is how companies prepare their employees for these risks.

Port Issues Sway Manufacturer To Go East For New Distribution Center

February 9, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

OA Logistics' decided on the Savannah, GA area to build a new distribution center instead of the West Coast, wanting to avoid possible disruptions caused from the port labor battle.                   

Distributor Profile: HUB Industrial Supply

February 9, 2015 12:40 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

HUB Industrial Supply may have had humble beginnings, but that hasn’t stopped this $25 million distributor from being fearless when it comes to its growth objectives.                        

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Amazon Warehouse Robots In Action

February 3, 2015 1:00 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Inside this Amazon warehouse in Coppell, Texas, an army of robots work to keep up with customer demands, having to cover an area longer than 60 football fields.                         

Forklift Conversion: The Key To Eco-Efficiency

January 28, 2015 2:29 pm | by Brian Faust, General Manager, Douglas Battery | Articles | Comments

Forklift fleets offer significant opportunities for warehouses and distribution centers to improve their eco-efficiency. One way is to convert from forklifts powered by internal combustion to electric lift trucks.           

The State Of Women In The Supply Chain

January 26, 2015 4:56 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force, yet only one-fourth of supply chain jobs. With a supply chain labor shortage continuing to grow, women remain an untapped resource.                   

5 Reasons To Convert To Automated Storage & Retrieval

January 15, 2015 2:47 pm | by Kardex Remstar, LLC | Articles | Comments

To justify your investment in low risk picking automation, consider these five key areas of potential profit in your current warehousing and order fulfillment operations.                       

How To Protect Your Facility Floor During Winter

January 12, 2015 12:59 pm | by Robert Kravitz | Articles | Comments

Rain, snow, ice, and ice melt can play havoc on a floor’s finish, and when this happens, they can also damage the floor itself. But there are ways to keep hard-surface floors clean, safe, and healthy during the winter.       

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Local Connecticut Manufacturers, Wholesalers Optimistic About 2015

December 9, 2014 2:37 pm | by Exact | News | Comments

Software solutions provider Exact surveyed small and medium-sized businesses in Connecticut, finding the majority anticipate more growth in 2015 than 2014.                           

Supreme Court Sides With Amazon In Worker Security Screening Case

December 9, 2014 11:35 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a victory for retailers, justices said federal law does not require companies to pay employees for the extra time because it is unrelated to their primary job duties.                       

Is It Time To Go Green In Your Warehouse?

December 8, 2014 10:39 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange | Articles | Comments

Sometimes the simple phrase of “going green” can seem overwhelming. After all, where do you start?                                           

Atheer Labs Bringing Augmented Reality To Industrial Workplaces

December 5, 2014 3:40 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Thanks to companies like Atheer Labs, augmented reality is no longer a thing of science fiction and cinema. It’s being used right now, and Atheer wants to bring the technology to the industrial workplace sooner than you’d think.     

6 Ways To Encourage Warehouse Safety

December 4, 2014 5:20 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Maintaining a safe working environment in your warehouse is just as important as your productivity. Here are some tips to encourage your crew to work safely.                           

The ABC’s Of Vendor Managed Inventory

December 4, 2014 10:22 am | by Tariq Choudry, E2open Vice President, Americas, Field Operations. | Articles | Comments

A look at how the customer/supplier relationship should work in order for both parties to get the most out of their VMI relationship.                               

Meet Amazon’s New Robot Army

December 3, 2014 12:40 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Amazon Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations Dave Clark discusses the company’s army of Kiva robots that help box and ship products.                                 

Distributors Brace For Another Harsh Winter

December 2, 2014 9:17 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Hear from several industrial suppliers, including two of ID's Big 50 companies, on how last year's polar vortex affected operations and what they've done to prepare for a possible repeat of last winter.             

Amazon's New Warehouse Robot Army Ready To Ship

December 1, 2014 10:02 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The e-commerce giant boasts that it has boosted efficiency — and given workers' legs a break — by deploying more than 15,000 wheeled robots to crisscross the floors of its biggest warehouses and deliver stacks of products to employees.     

National Oilwell Varco’s Inventory Center Revamps Efficiency

November 26, 2014 10:07 am | by National Oilwell Varco | Articles | Comments

Learn how NOV reduced the size of the inventory center by 82 percent in its new building, is filling orders 64 percent faster, and can easily provide lot tracking when necessary.                     

5 Ways Well-Maintained Industrial Flooring Could Save You Money

November 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by Paul Anderson, Technical Director, Flowcrete Americas | Articles | Comments

The only way to secure your facility flooring investment is by being proactive and following best practice cleaning methods. Here are five tips to help you prepare and protect your company’s floor while keeping costs down.        

Shipping Giants Learn From 2013 Holiday Blunders

November 21, 2014 12:01 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

This year, nearly 3.5 million more Americans are expected to join those already shopping online. That's putting more pressure on the nation's delivery services, and they're trying to avoid last year's debacle.

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