The EU is expected to approve Linde and Praxair's $83 billion merger, pending the sale of certain Praxair assets to Taiyo Nippon Sanso, sources say. A Messer Group-led consortium is reportedly working to buy the companies' gas assets in the Americas.
A recent Amazon job posting indicates the company is looking to become a player in the US and global medical supply chains. "Our mission is to make Amazon the preferred shopping destination for Healthcare customers," the job posting says.
An effective data strategy is a must for electrical distributors contending with Amazon Business, tightening margins and fluctuating material costs, says Alan Gatlin, vice president of sales at Steren Electronics. "Too many companies assume that putting up an e-commerce website is enough, when in reality those initiatives are often poorly implemented," he says.
Supply chain managers should be on a mission to gradually improve supply chain visibility, 3rdwave executive Grant Sernick writes. At the highest level, he argues, companies will be able to determine product costs and use those data to inform decision-making.
Get more from your B2B marketing budget by identifying wasted spending such as investing in bad leads and addressing the causes of possible high staff turnover, writes David Crane. Replace manual tasks with automation where possible and stop paying for technology that's no longer used, he writes.
Every business must consistently look for new ideas while knowing how it will manage the scale that comes with innovation-fueled growth, writes Gary Fassak. Innovation "cannot be a discretionary item in the budget -- when done without a focused effort, you are leaving your company open to an all-out assault by a more innovative, nimble and efficient competitor," he writes.
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