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To Grow in 2019, Distributors Need Strong Leadership, Communication

To Grow in 2019, Distributors Need Strong Leadership, Communication As we close 2018 and look forward to 2019, many are wondering what the economy will do next. Certainly, there are many predictions circulating in our industry ranging from a recession to continued growth. The third quarter of 2018 found 43% of our quarterly NetPlus Industry…

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Ladder Safety: Update to Standards Now in Effect

Tractel: Ladder Safety – Update to Standards Now in Effect By Tractel In January 2017, most of the provisions from OSHA’s final rule on “General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems” went into effect. Now that a full year has come and gone, almost all provisions from the update have taken effect. The…

How the Small Distributor Consortium Helps NetPlus Members Compete

How the Small Distributor Consortium Helps NetPlus Members Compete NetPlus Alliance recently wrapped its first year of its partnership with Texas A&M University for the Small Distributor Consortium. We’ve once again partnered with Texas A&M in 2019, kicking off round two in February. The goal of the consortium is to learn best practices from the…

NetPlus Annual Meeting - Networking - 2016

Networking Plays a Critical Role in Distributor Growth

Networking Plays a Critical Role in Distributor Growth Over the years, I’ve talked about networking and the importance of reaching out and forming partnerships with others in our industry. The theme at this year’s Annual Meeting was the Power of Partnership. Despite rapid changes in our industry and the economy, networking and relationships continue to…

NetPlus Alliance Distributor of the Year EBN Industrial

NetPlus Promotes Power of Partnership at Annual Meeting, Recognizes Award Winners

NetPlus Promotes Power of Partnership at Annual Meeting, Recognizes Award Winners NetPlus Alliance hosted 500 distributor and supplier attendees at its fifth-annual meeting Oct. 7-9 in Phoenix, AZ. Over two days, distributors and manufacturers participated in more than 2,200 one-on-one booth meetings. Members also attended educational breakout sessions hosted by industry and subject-matter experts. The…

NetPlus Alliance Unveils New Brand at Annual Meeting, Recognizes Award Winners

NetPlus Alliance Unveils New Brand at Annual Meeting, Recognizes Award Winners NetPlus Alliance hosted its fourth-annual meeting Oct. 8-10, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. The theme of the annual meeting, “Focused on the Future,” represented the group’s commitment to meet change head-on, and grow and adapt in a fast-changing distribution market. “No matter the industry –…

3 Reasons to Attend an Industry Event This Year

3 Reasons to Attend an Industry Event This Year If you’ve been considering whether to attend (another) conference, workshop or other industry event in 2017, many of these questions have probably come to mind: How many vendors are going to be there? How many new products am I interested in learning about? What does it…

NetPlus Alliance announces promotion, new team members

NetPlus Alliance announces promotion, new team members Shirley Weiland moves up; Melissa Obenshain and Sky Stage join staff at NetPlus Alliance. NetPlus Alliance, a North American industrial and contractor supplies buying group, has welcomed Melissa Obenshain, operations coordinator, and Sky Stage, digital marketing specialist, to its growing organization, and promoted Shirley Weiland to assistant vice…

NetPlus Alliance Grows 7.5%

NetPlus Alliance Records 7.5% Growth in 2016

Lockport, NY – NetPlus Alliance, a North American industrial and contractor supplies buying group, posted an 8% increase in purchases in the first quarter of 2017. This above-average growth comes on the heels of a strong year in 2016, where the group saw a year-over-year increase of 7.5%. The group has added 10 new distributor…

Alan Beaulieu | ITR Economics | NetPlus Members benefit from positive economic signs

Economic Signs Point to a Positive 2017-18 for NetPlus Members

Our first-quarter NetPlus-ITR Advisor newsletter for NetPlus members highlighted that leading economic indicators for 2017 are bright. NetPlus distributor and supplier members are benefiting from this economic growth; in the first quarter, purchases were up 8 percent. This positive message was reaffirmed last month at the Industrial Supply Association’s annual convention, during which Institute for…

NetPlus Alliance Grows 7.5%

NetPlus Alliance Records 7.5% Growth in 2016

Lockport, NY – NetPlus Alliance, a North American industrial and contractor supplies buying group, posted an 8% increase in purchases in the first quarter of 2017. This above-average growth comes on the heels of a strong year in 2016, where the group saw a year-over-year increase of 7.5%. The group has added 10 new distributor…

Alan Beaulieu | ITR Economics | NetPlus Members benefit from positive economic signs

Economic Signs Point to a Positive 2017-18 for NetPlus Members

Our first-quarter NetPlus-ITR Advisor newsletter for NetPlus members highlighted that leading economic indicators for 2017 are bright. NetPlus distributor and supplier members are benefiting from this economic growth; in the first quarter, purchases were up 8 percent. This positive message was reaffirmed last month at the Industrial Supply Association’s annual convention, during which Institute for…

NetPlus Chairman Dan Judge Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

NetPlus Chairman Dan Judge Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

NetPlus Chairman Dan Judge Wins Lifetime Achievement Award The Industrial Supply Association named Dan Judge, NetPlus Alliance Co-Founder and Chairman, the recipient of the John J. Buckley Lifetime Achievement Award on April 22 at the ISA 2017 Convention in Denver. The John J. Buckley Lifetime Achievement Award is named after the former executive vice president…

Industrial Supply Association Meeting Highlights Importance of Networking

These days, everything can be done online. Email has replaced phone calls, and you no longer have to go to the store to buy anything. While we’ve all adapted and reaped the benefits of more efficient communication, nothing can replace in-person interaction. As author Robert Kiyosaki says: “If you want to go somewhere, it is…

NetPlus Alliance Buying Group

NetPlus Alliance Presents Awards to Distributors, Suppliers at Annual Meeting

NetPlus Alliance, a buying group with more than 375 industrial and contractor supplies distributor members, presented its annual awards to members and suppliers at its third annual meeting in October in San Antonio, Texas, including the Distributor of the Year, Supplier of the Year and the Dan Judge Founder’s Award. The awards are designed to…