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Kiva Systems Rebrands As Amazon Robotics

May 22, 2015 9:26 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The news correlates to a recent Amazon job posting for a Head of Robotics to lead a "new robotic platform."

Are You Prepared For Summer?

May 20, 2015 5:13 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

As summer draws closer and temperatures begin to rise inside and outside distribution centers,...

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...

Muller Announces Remote Service Plan

May 19, 2015 10:08 am | by Muller | Product Releases | Comments

With greater security and faster connection, the enhanced plan minimizes equipment downtime and...

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How Visual Aids Can Improve Workplace Safety

May 13, 2015 12:07 pm | by Magnatag Insight | News | Comments

Implementing and maintaining a safety program in your work environment can be a challenging task, but it is necessary for your company. Check out this infographic to find the shocking workplace injury statistics and how to prevent them by using visual aids.

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.

Lessons Learned From Lean Warehouse Projects

April 22, 2015 12:32 pm | by Charlie Jacobs, APL Logistics | Articles | Comments

When it comes to considering using lean warehouse practices, what have you got to lose – except a lot of waste and inefficiency?

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The Mystery Of Industrial Lubricants

April 22, 2015 12:01 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

To maximize the life of the bearing and uptime of your warehouse equipment, here are three crucial things to consider for an effective industrial lubricants management program.

A Unifying Vision For Distribution And The Robot Revolution

April 22, 2015 8:26 am | by Krishnan Sundaresan, Director at ARRYVE | Articles | Comments

Robots can’t be considered the future of distribution. They are the present, and distributors that don’t plan on integrating robots with a holistic perspective will be left in the past.

CPR For Lean Warehouses

April 21, 2015 8:01 am | by Steven (Jimmy) Benefield, Partner at enVista | Articles | Comments

Many Lean warehouse teams start out with great intentions, but slowly wane and lose their drive over time. How can leaders pump life back into a team that is losing momentum?

How Can Maintenance Supervisors Boost Their Team’s Productivity?

April 16, 2015 12:41 pm | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering | Articles | Comments

When managers don't fill up a maintenance supervisor's day with paperwork, they are at their most effective. Here's how maintenance supervisors can best serve a company by being active in several roles.

Wearables Gaining Popularity In Business

April 16, 2015 12:19 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Along with industrial warehouses already testing and implementing smart glasses, other wearable technology like smartwatches and fitness bands are making their way into plant floors as well.

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New Double, Triple Bay Bin Carts From Quantum Storage

April 13, 2015 9:33 am | by Quantum Storage Systems | Quantum Storage Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The cart's containers can have multiple long and short dividers to uniquely compartmentalize the container to meet various storage and handling applications.

E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth In Warehouse Automation Market

April 12, 2015 11:45 am | by ARC Advisory Group | Articles | Comments

Market research firm ARC Advisory Group discusses its recent study on the recent and forecasted growth of warehouse automation and control systems.

How Cloud Enables And Supports The Lean Warehouse

April 9, 2015 2:38 pm | by Sid Geddam, Vice President & General Manager, Warehouse Management Systems at NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Sid Geddam of NetSuite discusses three factors that should be top of mind so that the lean warehouse can change, grow, and help enable shifts in a company’s expanding business.

U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Edge Up In February

April 9, 2015 10:46 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

If consumers do return to stores after a winter break, the renewed demand is expected to boost inventory building in future months.

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.

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Manhattan Unveils New Mobile Warehouse Application

April 7, 2015 1:22 pm | by Manhattan Associates | Manhattan Associates | Product Releases | Comments

The Mobile Distribution Management application leads warehouse managers and supervisors out of their offices and into the action, where they can provide real-time coaching and feedback to employees.

Why And How You Should Conduct A Waste Audit

April 6, 2015 9:31 am | by Michael Wilson, Vice President of Marketing, AFFLINK | Articles | Comments

Whether a waste audit is relatively simple or comprehensive, distributors can use it to achieve goals of financial savings, enhanced efficiencies, and an improved standing in the community, among others.

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 have encroached on the Omaha, Nebraska region in recent years as a myriad of value-added services keep it going strong.

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 gas, food and water, a northeastern Japanese town hosts a factory always prepared for the worst of nature.

March/April - 2015

March 10, 2015 3:18 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Industrial Distribution's March/April 2015 issue features our distributor profile on Omaha, NE-based John Day Company, whose family-owned roots still have the 106-year-old independent supplier going strong. Also featured is our Guide to the Modern Sales Organization, a best-practices sales advice guide for distributors.

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.

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.

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