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3 Ways IoT Can Help Distributors

Optimize operations, prevent theft and prioritize employee health with the assistance of IoT at work, says Sigfox USA's Eddie Meyersick.

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Behind One Distributor’s Record 3Q, Future Growth Plans

In the latest MDM interview, Barry Litwin, CEO of Systemax — the publicly traded parent of Global Industrial and other businesses — discussed the company’s 3Q performance, what’s driving growth in 2020 and the “permanency” of pandemic-related products.

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Download this Issue as a PDF: November 25 2020

Introducing the latest class of MDM Future Leader Award winners — 10 talented and digitally focused leaders under age 40 who are enhancing the market at every turn.

Bossard Group
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The Bossard Group Invests in Welding Business

Swiss fastener distributor The Bossard Group has invested a 40% stake in the startup company MultiMaterial-Welding AG, Stansstad, Switzerland.

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Emerson Completes Acquisition of 7AC Technologies

Emerson says acquisition will help the company’s customers “further their sustainability goals through better air management.”

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Technology

3 Ways IoT Can Help Distributors

Optimize operations, prevent theft and prioritize employee health with the assistance of IoT at work, says Sigfox USA's Eddie Meyersick.

Protective Industrial Products Inc.
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Protective Industrial Products Adds Bolt-On PPE Supplier

PE-backed PPE manufacturer Protective Industrial Products Inc. has bought Primax Manufacturing & Trading Inc., a maker of safety gloves and other protective clothing.

Beacon 4Q 2020
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Beacon Roofing Supply Sales Down 2.3% in Fiscal 2020

Building materials distributor Beacon Roofing Supply also reported that fourth-quarter revenue of $2 billion marked a 0.6% decline from the same period in 2019.

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Lowe’s 3Q Sales Spike 28.3%

Lowe’s also posts a profit of $692 million as the company continues to ride the wave of home improvement growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

USMTO September 2020
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Will Fear of Wall Street Impact Manufacturer Sales Organizations?

If public companies are saving on T&E, how much of a T&E increase will they be able to justify to Wall Street if it reduces earnings and doesn’t increase sales?

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Ferguson Acquires Two Companies

Plumbing and HVAC distribution giant Ferguson adds Old Dominion Supply Inc. and Atlantic Construction Fabrics Inc. to its portfolio.