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How Do I Know Which Manufacturing Trends Are Impacting My Business Right Now?

One of the most exciting things about working in manufacturing is the fast-paced nature of the industry. However, the constant change and continuous innovation can also create a challenge — keeping up with everything.

As a supplier, you need to know what trends are driving demand for your products and services, and which ones are shaping not only your business, but the supply chain overall. Fortunately, there are some tools available that can help.  

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USMCA Supply Chain
Supply Chain

What Does The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Mean For The Supply Chain?

Late Sunday evening, the United States, Mexico, and Canada finalized the parameters of a new trade deal — the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. The USMCA, which still needs to be formally ratified by each country, would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

While it is not expected to go into effect until 2020, manufacturers and buyers in North America will undoubtedly begin to feel its effects very soon.

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Procurement

Getting To Know The Future Of Supply Chain

The fact is that the procurement and supply chain profession is in the midst of a revolution, getting more global, analytical, and tech-savvy than ever before. It’s also getting younger — 40% of the buyers on the Thomas Network at Thomasnet.com are between the ages of 18 and 34.

This emerging generation of professionals aren’t just up-and-comers — they’ve arrived. Many are in leadership positions, heading up initiatives and driving discussions on the other side of your negotiating table. Knowing what makes them tick can help you forge better relationships with these important players in the supply chain.

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Southeast
Trends

Southeast U.S. Industrial Buying Trends

If you are a manufacturer or industrial supplier that serves the Southeastern United States, wouldn't it be great to know what buyers in your region are looking for? This way, instead of anticipating their needs, you can be meeting their needs — and winning their business.

Thomas recently examined buyer behavior data generated on Thomasnet.com to uncover supply chain trends in Southeast U.S. If you provide industrial products or services in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee, this information could prove pivotal in connecting with more buyers. 

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Disruption In Manufacturing
Technology

Can Disruptive Technologies Lead To Disruption For Your Business?

As new technologies emerge, new possibilities for disruption do as well. Smartphones and apps enabled Uber and Lyft to disrupt the staid taxi business, while the widespread availability of high-speed Internet allowed Netflix to bury Blockbuster and, ultimately, become one of the most profitable companies in the world. Even brick-and-mortar industries, like hotels and hospitality, aren’t immune to disruption, as evidenced the growing popularity of Airbnb.

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Pittsburgh Buying Trends
Trends

Pittsburgh Industrial/B2B Buying Trends

If you are a manufacturer or industrial supplier that serves the Pittsburgh area, wouldn't it be great to know what buyers in your region are looking for? This way, instead of anticipating their needs, you can be meeting their needs — and winning their business.

Thomas recently examined buyer behavior data generated on Thomasnet.com to uncover supply chain trends in Pittsburgh. If you provide industrial products or services in Pittsburgh, or other cities within Pennsylvania, this information could prove pivotal in connecting with more buyers. 

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Wisconsin Industrial/B2B Buying Trends

If you are a manufacturer or industrial supplier that serves the Wisconsin area, wouldn't it be great to know what buyers in your region are looking for? This way, instead of anticipating their needs, you can be meeting their needs — and winning their business.

Thomas recently examined buyer behavior data generated on Thomasnet.com to uncover supply chain trends in Wisconsin. If you provide industrial products or services in Madison, Green Bay, Eau Claire, or other cities within the state, this information could prove pivotal in connecting with more buyers. 

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Trends

Florida Industrial/B2B Buying Trends

What are the most in-demand industrial products and services in Florida? What are buyers based in the state looking for when searching for new suppliers? And how do local supply chain trends stack up against buying behavior nationwide?

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