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Day: December 25, 2014

Top 10 Trends to Watch in 2015

This article, based on the 2014 MDM Industry Outlook Survey, outlines and analyzes key trends and issues affecting how distributors will do business in 2015.

This article includes:

  • E-commerce and other technology challenges.
  • Finding and training "qualified workers."
  • Port slowdown causing inventory management disruptions.

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Commentary: Back to the Future Again

What will separate the good from the great in 2015?

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Forecast: Continued Growth in 2015

Economic growth in the U.S. will continue in 2015, say the nations purchasing and supply management executives in their December 2014 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations are for a continuation of the economic recovery that began in mid-2009, as indicated in the monthly Institute for Supply Managements Report on Business.

This article includes:

  • An overview of key indicators in the manufacturing sector
  • An overview of key indicators in the non-manufacturing sector
  • Outlook for 2015

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MDM Industrial Inflation Index: November 2014

Modern Distribution Management's monthly Industrial Inflation Index measures a cross-section of industrial supplies.

This index includes:

  • Abrasives Products
  • Cutting Tools
  • Power Transmission Equipment
  • Fasteners
  • Valves, etc.
  • Power Tools
  • Material Handling Equipment
  • Belting
  • Hand Tools
  • Misc. Metal

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