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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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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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70 Year-Old Industrial Distributor Meets E-Commerce Head On

C.H. Bull Co. experienced the typical misgivings companies have in the face of change, but overcame its fears and confidently embraced what e-commerce has to offer. C.H. Bull Co. is a 70 year-old, family-owned general line industrial distributor based in South San Francisco. Charles H. Bull moved to Northern California from Chicago in 1924 to sell engine parts for the Buda Engine Co. After six...

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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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Working the Lines

Do-it-yourself phone systems are getting more sophisticated--and the prices are dropping all the time. Do-it-yourself phone systems are getting more sophisticated--and the prices are dropping all the time. From Business Week Online: Frontier - The Resource for Entrepreneurshttp://www.businessweek.com/2000/00_37/b3698035.htm

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Visa Combating Online Fraud

With e-business growing rapidly, concerns about security are increasing right along with it. With that in mind, Visa U.S.A. is implementing 10 new security rules for internet transactions involving their cards. According to Visa U.S.A., the highest source of Internet-related telephone and mail-order sale frauds in 1999 were due to stolen account numbers. Visa, the world's largest payment card...

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CNC Machining: Is it Time to Automate?

Machine shops seeking a more cost-effective method of CNC-machining should look to automation as a potential solution - and timing is everything. Professionals in the automated CNC machining field suggest that automation can improve quality of machined parts, decrease setup time, stop fluctuations in production rates and raise the average percentage of functional machine tools in a shop from 65...

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