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Dick Friedman: Tech Tips

Dick Friedman writes about inventory management strategy and tactics and warehouse operations and management.

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Newspapers and supply houses

The Washington Post sale could help you.
September 1, 2013

What could the recent sale of The Washington Post have to do with PHCP, PVF and HVACR supply houses? Once you understand who bought the newspaper that brought down a U.S. president and what this individual has accomplished, you will understand the threat he poses to supply houses.  


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Google may eliminate the need for supply houses

A new threat?
August 19, 2013

 If you think AmazonSupply is a threat to PHCP supply houses, you “ain’t seen nothing yet.” 


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Take it back

How the warehouse can help customer returns.
March 12, 2013
Thanks to great efforts on the part of supply houses, customers have become accustomed to getting almost all the items they want, in the ordered quantities, at the right prices and when needed.
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Doing more with less

November 1, 2012
Have you adjusted your warehouse to the new normal?
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Tackling an 8,000-lb. gorilla

How to use your inventory and warehouse to compete with Amazon Supply.
July 1, 2012
Amazon Supply, a new 8,000-lb. gorilla, has taken aim at many of the customers of PHCP supply houses. Amazon Supply is a separate unit, not an extension of the Amazon consumer side, and uses its own business-oriented website.
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The peopleless warehouse

Automation still requires organization and discipline.
April 1, 2012
It sounds like pie in the sky, yet one of my clients is considering implementing extensive automation to avoid the ever-escalating costs of labor. His vision would still involve some people, not a totally peopleless warehouse - one in which, day and night, all physical movement of items is handled by automated equipment controlled by software.
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BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.

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How To Use Your Strengths To Fight The Threat Of Amazon Supply

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND A new 8,000 lb. gorilla, Amazon Supply, has taken aim at many of the customers of PHCP supply houses. Supply House Times columnist Dick Friedman, an authority on business planning and the strategic use of inventory, warehouses and technology will present strategies and tactics for you to compete with Amazon Supply.

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In the April issue of Supply House Times, there is much focus on young professionals in the distribution industry. Find out who is being recognized as this year's Young Executives for the American Supply Association and read who will be taking over Aaron & Co. when it's current owners retire. Read about Central Plumbing Specialties' recent expansion, catch up on the latest news from the distribution industry as well as the latest products!
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