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Grip Helps You Work Better

Grip Helps You Work Better Last weekend, I was helping someone move houses when I had firsthand experience learning the importance of grip. It’s even more vital to have good grip when handling sharp objects. However, today I really want to zero in on grip as it relates to hand fatigue so pardon me as…

Social Media Marketing: What Are You Waiting For?

Social Media Marketing: What Are You Waiting For? According to the 2017 B2B Content Marketing Trends report, 83% of B2B companies use social media marketing as part of their content marketing strategy. In addition, the report shows that second only to email as a method of marketing communication, LinkedIn was the most used social media…

Staying Ahead of SEO in 2018: Keep it Authentic

Staying Ahead of SEO in 2018: Keep it Authentic SEO = Search Engine Optimization. When someone says “I SEO’d this website, it will take you 3 months to see results.” Look the other way, because that’s the lazy and careless version of the correct answer, giving you instant gratification. A better answer would be “I…

Are you ready for Social Media?

Are you ready for Social Media? Let’s start with the basics. What is Social Media (SM)? The Internet gives us “platforms” we sometimes call apps. Facebook (FB for short) is the 800 pound gorilla. The Amazon of Social Media if you will. You know about FB because you already use it for “social” purposes. Should…

5 Reasons Why Distributors Need a Completely Connected ERP

5 Reasons Why Distributors Need a Completely Connected ERP A major benefit of using an ERP solution in a modern business is that you can manage many core business areas with just one system. Financials, inventory management, purchasing management, and sales management are tied together allowing you maximum insight and control over operations. Keeping functions…

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…

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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…