January 10, 2006 - Modern Distribution Management

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January 10, 2006

Key Issues for Distributors in 2006

channels because of increased visibility. While this blockbuster deal shifts the competitive landscape dramatically for a few product channels immediately, and longer term potential threats elsewhere in other product sectors, it may offer some potential benefits in the near-term for those in search of an exit strategy.Rising CostsHealth insurance costs continue to be a headache

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Construction Market to Cool in 2006

Forecasts for 2006 show overall construction will slow with an increase of 3 percent compared with the 8 percent increase seen last year. Top growth markets for the coming year include institutional, commercial and manufacturing construction.McGraw-Hill Construction/Dodge, an economic engine that generates monthly construction starts data for the industry, predicts an overall increase of 3

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Moving Standards Forward

The development and adoption of business transaction standards are about best practice business processes. The implementation of standards, on the other hand, is boring and confusing. That’s been part of the problem in getting standards off the ground in industrial channels, where there is a high degree of fragmentation. A summit meeting on standards this

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Wholesale Inflation Jumps 5.4% in 2005

1.3%The capital equipment index advanced 1.3 percent in 2005, after climbing 2.4 percent in 2004. In December, the capital equipment index advanced 0.1 percent after a similar decline in November. The indexes for metal-cutting machine tools and for mining machinery and equipment turned down in December. Prices for agricultural machinery and equipment, as well as

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Databank: Selected Comparable Companies Fall 2005

This quarterly snapshot highlights the financial/operating performance of a selected group of publicly traded wholesale distribution companies in three hardgoods sectors (Industrial; Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, PVF (PHCP); Electrical). The chart shows the return on assets performance for certain of these companies and a comparison of sector averages.Click on the Related Document tag below to see

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MDM AUDIO CONFERENCES PRESENTS: Innovation Management for Distributors: Get Breakthrough Results in 2006

YOUR PRESENTER: Bruce Merrifield, Merrifield Consulting GroupHow can you turn the art of innovation into a systematic science to generate new streams of profit? To avoid repeating the past, what experiments will you try in 2006 to stimulate more effective innovation management? For those in independent wholesale distribution channels, the days of making lots of

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News Digest 3601

href=”/pub/1_1/breaking-news/2952-1.html”>More … >MSC Industrial Direct Co., Melville, NY, a distributor of MRO supplies to industrial customers in the U.S., reported its earnings were up 12.4% in the first quarter of its fiscal year 2006. Profit was up 22.9%. For the first quarter of fiscal 2006, net sales rose to $295.9 million from net sales of

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