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News of downsizing at Ariens and GE led traffic on ID this past week, while last year's Big 50 List continued to get a lot of views as our 2018 Big 50 Survey is now live.

Here's this week's Top 5

Power Equipment Maker Ariens Closing Plants In Janesville, WI And Auburn, NE: Outdoor power equipment manufacturer Ariens Company — which acquired three direct marketing brands from Grainger in 2014 — announced last week it will close its plant in Janesville, WI by the end of 2018, one week after announcing it will close its Auburn, NE plant. The moves impact nearly 350 employees.

GE To Shed Distributed Power, Healthcare & Baker Hughes; Narrows Portfolio Focus: After announcing a $3.25 billion sale of its Distributed Power business to Advent International on Monday, GE announced Tuesday its narrowed company focus that includes the divestment of its Healthcare and Baker Hughes segments.

Industrial Distribution's 2017 Big 50 List: Like last week, last year's Big 50 List continued to get high traffic in the wake of our 2018 Big 50 Survey going live. If you want your industrial distribution company to be considered, take the survey before July 18. The 2018 Big 50 List will first be unveiled via a three-part video countdown beginning Aug. 23.

The Psychology Of Buyers' Irrational Decision-Making: Even if a seller seemingly has a perfect solution for a buyer that fits all their needs, buyers often make irrational decisions and choose alternatives. Here, Paul Reilly discusses this mental tug-of-war on salespeople and how they can manage it.

B2B E-Commerce - 2016 Vs. 2018: The see the comparative results from Handshake's 2018 and 2016 surveys of more than 500 wholesale distributors that sell to B2B, aimed to understand their sales challenges and technology investments, with a particular focus on B2B e-commerce.

 

Last week's Top 5

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