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How to Reduce OSHA Violations in the Workplace— The Easy Way

How to Reduce OSHA Violations in the Workplace— The Easy Way By Avery The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created by congress in 1970 to protect the safety and health of US workers. While keeping workers safe and healthy may be a top priority, and essential to the health of many businesses, avoiding…

ERP Software

Why It’s a Great Time to Be in the Cloud

Why It’s a Great Time to Be in the Cloud By Epicor Software While enterprise resource planning (ERP) software has been available in the cloud for more than a decade, it’s not quite the norm—though, adoption rates are increasing for distributors. This is largely driven by the need to provide exceptional customer service to remain…

NetPlus Alliance Group Purchases Update

NetPlus Alliance 2018 Group Purchases Grow 27% Over 2017

NetPlus Alliance 2018 Group Purchases Grow 27% Over 2017 NetPlus Alliance, a North American industrial and contractor supplies buying group, reports continued optimism among its members, reflected in a 27 percent increase in group purchases during 2018. This surge in growth comes after a strong 2017. Organic growth was 20 percent in 2018. It is…

Supply Chain Management – NetPlus Alliance

2 Ways Distributors Can Improve Supply Chain Management and Boost Morale

2 Ways Distributors Can Improve Supply Chain Management and Boost Morale By Paul Byrnes You know that an inefficient supply chain can lead to financial losses, but are you aware of the toll it can take on morale? Any disconnect from purchasing and procurement right on down to the customer sale can have an impact…

What’s Keeping Distributors Up at Night

What’s Keeping Distributors Up at Night By Dan Judge Last year proved to be a profitable one for our members and the overall outlook for 2019 was a good one. As noted in the year-end edition of the member-exclusive NetPlus Industry Outlook, distributors reported sales were up significantly in 2018 over 2017. While the survey…

NetPlus Alliance Group Purchases Update

NetPlus Alliance 2018 Group Purchases Grow 27% Over 2017

NetPlus Alliance 2018 Group Purchases Grow 27% Over 2017 NetPlus Alliance, a North American industrial and contractor supplies buying group, reports continued optimism among its members, reflected in a 27 percent increase in group purchases during 2018. This surge in growth comes after a strong 2017. Organic growth was 20 percent in 2018. It is…

NetPlus Alliance Welcomes Robert Louden as Marketing Director

NetPlus Alliance Welcomes Robert Louden as Marketing Director NetPlus Alliance, an industrial and contractor supplies buying group, has added veteran marketing leader Robert Louden to its team as Marketing Director. “NetPlus Alliance has a history of strong leadership in this industry and a reputation for its progressive approach to marketing. Because of this, they’ve seen…

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 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…