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Akros Silicon Announces Global Distribution Agreement With Digi-Key

May 27, 2014 10:29 am | by Akros Silicon | News | Comments

Akros Silicon Inc. has announced a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation. Akros’ products help manufacturers of electronic equipment create more efficient and advanced products, which in turn enables end users to reduce their energy usage.

Value-CADed

May 21, 2014 4:51 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

With over $1.5 billion in annual sales, greater than 860,000 products in stock and more than 650 suppliers on their line card, it would be easy for Thief River Falls, MN-based Digi-Key to feel like they’re already providing everything their customers could want from an electronics component distributor.

Automating Purchasing, Production & Customer Service on Three Continent

April 21, 2014 9:57 am | Videos | Comments

IDT uses Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP software, implemented by Edgewater Fullscope, to support new products and market expansion, as well as address traceability requirements. IDT processes over 25,000 products per day and has over 86,000 customers around the world.

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Q&A: How To Leverage The Web And Grow Your Business

April 8, 2014 10:31 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

Improving the profitability of your digital presence is a hot topic with distributors. Today we’re asking Curtis Alexander — a digital marketing consultant and one of the speakers at the Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum — some of the most burning questions we hear from you regarding online growth.

Q&A: How Amazon Could Change 'B2B'

February 3, 2014 11:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Amazon Supply’s stated goal is “to provide earth’s largest, easiest-to-research, discover, and access selection of professional products required to support the maintenance, repair, operations, and project needs of business and professional customers.” And it's already creating disruption in the larger business-to-business buying ecosystem.

Most Innovative Companies #9: DGI Supply

January 8, 2014 12:45 pm | Articles | Comments

Our #9 pick is DGI Supply, which uses consolidation as a long-term business strategy that integrates the needs of the organization with a technique to troubleshoot the challenges of an aging workforce in a still-thriving industry. 

ISS: Icy Conditions Affecting NA Shipping Operations

January 7, 2014 2:33 pm | by Inchcape Shipping Services | News | Comments

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising that due to the extreme cold weather which has settled over the eastern North American continent, there have been heavy delays in shipping operations since 4th January 2014.  

Q&A: element14 And Big Distributor Trends For 2014

January 2, 2014 10:06 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

There are three trends I am seeing with suppliers in 2014. First, there is an ongoing and increasing pace of new products being introduced, particularly in the hostile environment, energy efficiency, wireless and miniaturization spaces. Second, suppliers are becoming increasingly engaged with distribution partners.

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Survey: Manufacturers Struggle To Respond To Real-Time Peak Demands

November 20, 2013 10:32 am | by Capgemini | News | Comments

Despite growing consumer expectations for perfect order delivery and always-available inventory, the majority (83 percent) of U.S. supply chain managers say it is challenging to adequately plan for supply chain capacity to address peak requirements or timely fluctuations in demand, including during the holiday season.

Engineering A Safer Bounce

November 15, 2013 8:15 am | by Matrix Applied Computing | Airbus | Articles | Comments

Despite tightened manufacturing standards, covered springs and frames, and safety net enclosures, some 90,000 children are still injured on traditional trampolines every year in the United States alone.        

5 Quick Questions: Pushing The Distribution Envelope

November 4, 2013 11:13 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Thief River Falls, MN-based Digi-Key Corporation is a global distributor of electronic components, with over $1.5 billion in annual sales. We recently sat down Mark Larson, the company’s president, to get his thoughts on globalization, inventory management and steps that established distributors can take in helping to set themselves apart from the crowd.

KI Logistics To Add 149 Jobs With S.C. Expansion

November 1, 2013 10:07 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

KI Logistics today announced its plans to invest $11.5 million to establish its new North American headquarters and logistics facility at The Matrix Business and Technology Park in Greenville County. With the new investment , the company plans to create as many as 149 new jobs over the next several years. The 206,000-square-foot facility will be fully operational by July 2014.

Transformation Technologies For The Warehouses Of Tomorrow

October 21, 2013 11:03 am | by Mike Wills, Vice President, Motorola Solutions | Articles | Comments

The movement from linear to complex, multi-node supply chains is behind this dramatic shift, driven by changes that include greater volatility, constrained capacity, evolving regulations, major shifts in customer demographics and buying patterns, and increasingly demanding customer and supplier requirements.  

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hybris Survey: E-Commerce Potential High For Motors And Power Transmission

October 1, 2013 1:21 pm | News | Comments

Basic or non-existent e-commerce functionality does not match B2B purchaser preferences according to the hybris 2012 State of B2B E-Commerce study, which indicates that 88 percent of B2B buyers would primarily make business purchases online if given the option.

How Much Do Your Groceries Cost?

September 12, 2013 11:02 am | by Doug Wallace, CPIM, Life Cycle Engineering | Blogs | Comments

About once a year (usually during the Christmas holiday) we also delve into the depths of the dry goods cabinets, tossing some of the stuff that hasn’t moved, and restocking everything else neatly according to item, shape, size etc. If we’re lucky, the fruits of those labors might last until New Year’s Day. So why do I tell you all this, and what does it have to do with inventory?

Jason Grahek: Let Innovation Set You Apart

August 28, 2013 3:19 pm | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts | Comments

Today's guest is Jason Grahek, Strategic Account Manager for the Lakeland Companies — the most complete provider of high-quality electrical component and systems solutions for growing industrial companies throughout the Midwest.

Study: 66 Pct. Of Warehouses To Invest In Technology By 2018

August 20, 2013 11:40 am | by Motorola Solutions, Inc. | News | Comments

Motorola Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers, today announced the results of a research study that details shifts in the plans of warehouse professionals across several industries as they respond to new opportunities in the market and mounting pressures inside their organizations.

Better B2B E-Commerce: Misconceptions, Missed Opportunities

August 12, 2013 2:50 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Even in the B2B world, that landscape is changing. Because more procurement people — and manufacturing professionals on the whole — are increasingly familiar with simple and elegant B2C e-commerce online, they’re starting to bring some of those demands into their acquisition process.

CertainTeed Expands With New $150M Mo. Facility

July 26, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

Gov. Jay Nixon was joined Wednesday by leadership from CertainTeed Corporation at a groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new $100 million manufacturing and distribution center in Jonesburg. The project is expected to create 100 new jobs.

Foxx Confirmed As Next Transportation Secretary

June 27, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

As mayor of Charlotte, N.C., Foxx has pushed for expanded use of streetcars and a light rail extension, helped build a new runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and helped create a new regional freight distribution center that will link planes, trains and trucks to East Coast ports. He has also unveiled a pilot program for electric vehicle charging stations.

Century Fasteners Corp. Now An Authorized Distributor For Cherry Aerospace

June 26, 2013 4:16 pm | Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

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.

‘Rightsourcing’ — A Better Procurement Model For Manufacturers

June 25, 2013 3:57 pm | by Jack Daniels, President and CEO, EastBridge Engineering | Articles | Comments

There's vigorous — and at times emotional — argument surrounding strategies for insourcing, outsourcing, near sourcing or keeping it in-house. The argument really shouldn’t focus on the fervent and at times politically-tinged abstractions of what flag flies over the factory, but rather what’s best for your business.

Manufacturing Revival Radio: Ray Blashill Of J.H. Bennett & Company

June 24, 2013 12:07 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Here at Manufacturing Revival Radio, we never shy away from the fact that we love industrial distributors. The problem solving and solution finding that these companies perform everyday never ceases to amaze us. Today we spoke with Ray Blashill, President of J.H. Bennett & Company, to gain insight into a fantastic industrial distributor.

HELUKABEL Opens $50 Million German Expansion

June 11, 2013 12:45 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Eglin, Ill.-based HELUKABEL USA has announced that is German parent company has brought its expanded global logistics center, a $50 million project, online for the first time. The facility in Hemmingen will double the company’s warehousing capacity and better enable it to provide rapid order delivery to customers worldwide.

Apriso Launches Packaging Solution For Global Manufacturers

May 2, 2013 4:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Apriso today introduced its Packaging Solution for Global Manufacturers, with the aim of helping them manage complex packaging operations and conversion processes. The company says that manufacturers that implement this solution will have up-to-the-minute visibility into plant floor systems, process and performance. 

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