Praxair-Linde deal headed for EU antitrust clearance, sources say | Amazon job posting hints at its health care ambitions | Producer price index rises again in June
July 16, 2018
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Praxair-Linde deal headed for EU antitrust clearance, sources say
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.
Reuters (7/12),  Reuters (7/12) 
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Amazon job posting hints at its health care ambitions
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.
B2B E-Commerce World/Bloomberg (7/12) 
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Producer price index rises again in June
The producer price index rose by 0.3% in June after a 0.5% increase in May. The 12-month gain is 3.4%, the highest rate since late 2011.
Industrial Distribution online/The Associated Press (7/13) 
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89% Attribute Growth to Digital Commerce
For the first time in history, nearly half of B2B organizations offer their full suite of products online. This digital shift has led to explosive growth for companies who have invested in an eCommerce channel. Learn how from 400+ manufacturing and CPG decision makers surveyed in this new report.
Operations and Technology
Distributors must leverage data to remain competitive
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.
TED Magazine (7/12) 
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Column: Aim for the highest level of supply chain visibility
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.
EBN (7/12) 
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Sales and Marketing
Streamline your B2B budget by cutting down on waste
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.
CustomerThink (7/11) 
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The Business Leader
Is your company ready to deal with disruption?
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.
Chief Outsiders (7/10) 
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A must-read: "CEO Insights on Innovating the Distributor for the Digital Age"
A must-read: "CEO Insights on Innovating the Distributor for the Digital Age"
Fortune favors the prepared, and preparation is all about capabilities. Find out what more than 100 distributor CEOs and more than 50 manufacturers, customers and experts on innovation, technology and organizational change say about what progress has been made toward becoming a digital distributor, and what strategic solutions and capabilities are needed for competing in the digital age. Take a quick look at this 53-page electronic research report by reading the table of contents and introduction. Order your copies.
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Your playbook for reaching profitable growth
Your playbook for reaching profitable growth
Growth is imperative. "Driving Profitable Growth: A Distributor's Playbook to Generate-Manage-Sustain Competitive Advantage" is a first-of-its-kind research study with two wall maps that examines both public and private distribution firms and uncovers a road map that addresses the three dimensions -- generating, managing and sustaining -- of profitable growth. It provides 95 best practices, 40 action steps ready to implement and 60 distributor examples.
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Breakthrough educational programs from NAW and Texas A&M start this month
Breakthrough educational programs from NAW and Texas A&M start this month
The NAW Institute and Texas A&M University are bringing to life our decade of joint cutting-edge research knowledge in a new comprehensive learning experience customized for distributors. We have created new educational programs designed to help you invest in your workforce with proven in-depth training and professional development. These premium educational programs start this month, so get the details and register before the seats are gone.
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