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January 1, 2015

Is Amazon Your Next Competitor?

Critical lessons from the e-commerce frontier

Visit AmazonSupply.com and the first thing you’ll see is the number 2,250,000 plastered like a banner headline across the giant online retailer’s industrial goods portal. It’s the number of products on offer—up from a measly […] Read More

January 1, 2015

Hiring Smarter

Recruiting worthy new talent requires an aggressive, multi-pronged program.  

Recruiting skilled workers in the metals service industry can be intensely competitive. By most accounts, there is a significant shortage of qualified help for several reasons: an aging workforce of Baby Boomers starting to retire, […] Read More

January 1, 2015

Conflict, Compassion and Change

A stubborn CEO revives an industry, a physician laments his own, and a technologist’s optimistic polemic

Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local—and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy. Little, Brown, 2014. My father was a furniture man. He owned a small-town furniture store until I […] Read More

January 1, 2015

Border Bungle

Why our critical links with Mexico and Canada are still such a mess

The gauntlet can begin 50 miles south of the border. Northbound trucks from the Mexican interior, hauling anything from Sinaloa tomatoes to auto parts from Monterrey to bags of cement from Mexico City, are guided […] Read More

November 1, 2014

Back to Basic

Todd Fogel, owner of Basic Metals Inc., on building lasting relationships and clear communications

There’s more to the first half of Basic Metals Inc.’s name than you might expect. The Germantown, Wisconsin-based aluminum service center derives its appellation from a clever acronym cooked up by owner Todd Fogel’s father. […] Read More

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