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Value-CADed

May 21, 2014 3:45 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | News | Comments

The latest partnership for electronics component giant Digi-Key reinforces the trend of distributors working to enhance their value and distinguish themselves from the competition with unique, service-oriented offerings… including software.

Amazon Counterfeiting Concerns

May 15, 2014 12:09 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A Wall Street Journal report is raising concerns that some products sold by the company are...

Amazon Tests Its Own Delivery Service

April 28, 2014 1:02 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | News | Comments

According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is testing a delivery service that will, in effect...

Pounding The Pavement To Get Big Deals

March 12, 2014 9:59 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The truth is there's no magic that gets a small business a deal with big companies. It takes...

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Q&A: How Amazon Could Change B2B

February 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Amazon recently announced a new branch called AmazonSupply that aims to take on the role that industrial distributors have been doing for decades — supplying much-needed parts or MRO products to manufacturers in a timely, regular fashion. For manufacturers, it’s an intriguing new possibility.

Don’t Risk Total Product Recall

February 18, 2014 10:16 am | by Ira Dannenberg, Vice President of R&D – Food Division, VAI | Articles | Comments

In 2013, the FDA introduced new standards to ensure the public health of perishable food products that are being shipped, tracked and delivered. While the end result improves public safety and health, these standards present challenges for food distributors to ensure they have FDA-compliant processes, plans and technologies in place to avoid product recalls and fines.

Big Lots Steps In As Hostess Thrift Outlet

February 11, 2014 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Big Lots is now the official thrift outlet for Twinkies and other Hostess snack cakes.                                               

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Wholesale Evolution

February 4, 2014 10:14 am | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Industry Marketing, Manufacturing W/D | Articles | Comments

As markets evolve, distribution companies need to innovate around customers, analytics and supply networks. To survive and thrive in the brave new world, many wholesale distribution companies need a wholesale evolution.       

Creating The Future Of Packaging

January 3, 2014 10:29 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ecovative Design, a company in Green Island, NY, turns agricultural waste and mushroom fibers into a styrofoam packaging replacement.                                 

German Firm Testing Drones To Deliver Goods

December 9, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's express delivery and mail company Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone that could be used to deliver urgently needed goods to hard-to-reach places.                           

Amazon Sees Delivery Drones As Future

December 2, 2013 3:39 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amazon.com said it's working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project in its research and development labs. But the company says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations.

Survey Finds Third-Party Logistics CEOs Project Growth

October 21, 2013 2:27 pm | by Penske Logistics | News | Comments

The 20th Annual Survey of Third-Party Logistics Provider CEOs, sponsored by Penske Logistics, revealed that despite a slow economy, North American CEOs have their sights set on growth, expecting their companies to increase revenues by an average of 14.6 percent over the next three years. 

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Low Labor And Energy Costs To Fuel A U.S. Export Surge

August 21, 2013 9:39 am | by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) | News | Comments

Some of the biggest gains in U.S. exports due to a widening U.S. production-cost advantage over leading Western European nations and Japan are likely to be seen in chemicals, machinery, and transportation equipment, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Century Fasteners Corp. Now An Authorized Distributor For Cherry Aerospace

June 26, 2013 4:29 pm | by Century Fasteners Corp. | News | Comments

Century Fasteners Corp. has become an authorized distributor for Cherry Aerospace. In addition to making world-class Cherry products more broadly available to distributors and OEMs, the new partnership expands Century’s existing services to the manufacturing community by enabling the company to provide deeper bill of material coverage to complement its product offering.

Acumatica Cloud Distribution Software

November 19, 2012 10:09 am | by Acumatica | Videos | Comments

Use cloud distribution software to coordinate information among order entry, sales, shipping, and finance personnel. Information is passed seamlessly through real-time dashboards. The software is inexpensive to maintain because all functions are centralized and delivered in a web browser.

Improve Truck Freight Carrier Productivity and Cost-Effectiveness with Mobility Technology

February 9, 2012 9:03 am | by Zebra Technologies | White Papers

In today’s tough business conditions, over-the-road freight carriers are looking for ways to increase productivity, decrease operating expenses, and retain customers. As many businesses have already discovered, mobility technology delivers exceptional benefits to a wide range of operations. When deployed to truck freight carriers, handheld computers, networking, RFID technology and mobile thermal printers are proven productivity enhancers. Download this white paper to learn key considerations when selecting mobility solutions, and how mobility-enabled operations can improve freight trucking efficiency, reduce operating expenses, and boost customer satisfaction.

Plan In Perfect Sync

September 28, 2011 6:26 am | by SAS | White Papers

Some companies have gotten away from putting thesales and marketing perspective into executive sales and operations planning(ES&OP); however, this is risky business in today’s economy. This paperexplores the root causes of ES&OP challenges and provides a case study thatdetails how one market-driven company has been able to successfully sensedemand signals and shape future demand for over five years. It also outlines aclear path to optimized, market-driven ES&OP that enables companies tosense demand signals and changes almost instantly and align their supply chainfaster to respond swiftly to fluctuations in demand.

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