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Government Encourages Online Contracting

The Internet is reducing the amount of time, energy and money manufacturers and contractors are spending in accessing and reviewing government specifications. As a result, government contractors are realizing that they can't afford not to be online. The Internet has proved itself an invaluable tool in saving time and effort for manufacturers of all types. These advantages run the gamut from...

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Compliance Labeling - Don't Get Stuck Without It

Compliance labeling allows suppliers to track, verify and receive goods with greater ease. Companies that choose to ignore this logical step risk losing money and business. Labeling can be a challenging process – which is why large consumer supply industries are pushing for a more comprehensive system. This new system, compliance labeling, is being used as a supplement to the Universal Bar...

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The IRS Gears Up to Help

The IRS´ small business unit aims to offer assistance to companies less likely to have in-house lawyers and accountants. Their new small business unit aims to offer assistance to companies less likely to have in-house lawyers and accountants. From Business Week Online: Frontier - The Resource for Entrepreneurshttp://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/oct2000/sb20001002_793.htm

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Association Point of View: I.D.A. on E-Commerce

Learn what the Industrial Distribution Association is doing to keep its members up to speed on all aspects of business, including e-commerce. In 1988, three North American regional associations merged to form the Industrial Distribution Association (I.D.A.). With locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Asia, the I.D.A. has faithfully remained focused on helping distributors...

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Thixomolding: Fabricating for the 21st Century

A new process for manufacturing plastic and magnesium parts, thixomolding, is rapidly being adopted by a diverse group of industries. Behind its popularity is the array of advantages it offers over more traditional thermoplastic methods. For designers in the automotive, computer and communications industries, thixomolding, a new process for creating material composites, is becoming the...

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NAPM Study Forecasts the Future of Purchasing and Supply

A study by the National Association of Purchasing Management forecasts five and ten-year scenarios regarding the future of purchasing and supply. The results paint an optimistic picture for parties seeking facts in the negotiation process and a dire one for negotiators unable to navigate the changes that technological advances have brought to 21st century commerce. In 1998, the National...

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Flexible Packaging Materials "Stretch" Their Growth Rates

According to a recent report by the Flexible Packaging Association, the sales of flexible packaging materials are continuing to rise steadily. Fueling this increase is the current industry trend of switching from rigid to flexible packaging. The State of the Industry Report 2000, published by the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), shows a significant increase in sales of flexible packaging...

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Procurement Cards: Both Buyers and Sellers Benefit

Procurement cards are rapidly becoming the leading payment tool for online purchasing. Significant cost savings, increased control and greater security are just some of the pluses that are making procurement cards the preferred option. With online business-to-business sales projected to top $327 billion by the year 2002*, it's no wonder that procurement cards are fast becoming the leading online...

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Association Point of View: FMA on E-Commerce

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) has been a pivotal educational force in metal forming and fabricating technologies. Along with the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA) and its publications constituent, The Croydon Group, the FMA has spent the last 30 years providing its 3,000 members with practical technical information. Concerning E-commerce endeavors,...

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Featured Industry Tradeshows/Events

See what fabricating and metal forming events are headed your way. Trade Shows FABTECH InternationalNovember 14 - 16I-X Center Cleveland, OH FABTECH is the largest annual metal forming and fabricating exposition and conference in North America. Join over 18,000 professionals seeking knowledge in employee retention, effective press maintenance programs, how e-commerce can be used in a...

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