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10/19/2018

Genuine Parts reported profit of $220.2 million on revenue of $4.72 billion in the third quarter, with both figures up from a year earlier. The company's industrial parts group also increased sales and operating profit from a year ago.

10/19/2018

Grainger's growth in single-channel online sales outpaced overall revenue growth in the third quarter, with Zoro.com sales in the US up by 18%.

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10/19/2018

Leveraging technology to improve the customer experience is the focus of Ingram Micro's digital transformation, says Tom Peck, chief information and digital officer. "What we are ultimately after is a frictionless channel where our customers avoid delays, obstacles, or manual touchpoints that disrupt their experience," Peck says.

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Ingram Micro
10/19/2018

The end goal for all business-to-business e-commerce brands should be a frictionless experience for buyers, Scott Costa writes. Companies should be looking at Amazon to emulate the customer experience rather than worrying about Amazon as competition, he argues.

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10/19/2018

Distributors need to be present on LinkedIn and Facebook and should also consider Pinterest and Instagram, writes Susan Merlo. Consider how your content benefits customers and whether it's educational or tastefully humorous.

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LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest
10/19/2018

Food recalls have increased 90% since 2012, according to US government data. Compliance software, better supply chain visibility and legal advice can help manufacturers stay up-to-date on regulation, writes Nicole Hardin.

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Food Dive
10/19/2018

Software, traceability and employee training are just some of the challenges cited by manufacturers, contractors and other companies trying to profit from after-sales services, writes Charles Rathmann of IFS. "Only by assigning reverse logistics' mission critical importance will organizations be able to capitalize on aftermarket services, keep to regulatory constraints, and meet evolving customer expectations," he writes.

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IFS
10/19/2018

Apple has reportedly decreased the rate of iPhone repair fraud in China by about two-thirds by using diagnostic software and physically testing parts to detect fakes.

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Apple
10/19/2018

Amazon has been the target of high-profile, costly fraud from customers abusing return and replacement policies. A recent case involves a man who allegedly committed about $230,000 of fraud against Amazon through hundreds of fake accounts.

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10/19/2018

Cimpress hosts on-site workshops each year where employees can share ideas and production insights with management, writes Gianni D'Angelo, an assistant plant director. "Cimpress has become a $2.5 billion revenue company in no small part by giving employees a voice in the way the business is run," writes D'Angelo.

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