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Proactive Prospect Targeting: You Don't Know When They'll Need You, But You Do Know Where They'll Be

Since its inception, the Thomas Index has analyzed our data from the Thomas Network at Thomasnet.com to bring you sourcing trends from the industrial space.

The active in-market buyers on our platform provide a vast amount of information every day. This real-time behavioral data allows us to identify trends in sourcing as they are happening.

Here is a quick overview of the topics we’ve covered:

July 7, 2017 – Reported a surge in “Steel” sourcing likely due to the fear of potential import rule changes and tariffs by the Trump administration. This was also very likely powered by Kobe Steel admitting to existing customers that they had falsified material data prior to this information becoming public.

July 26, 2017 – Recognized a strong and consistent increase in the sourcing for “Printed Circuit Boards” driven by both a scarcity of copper foil and the increased production of lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles.

August 10, 2017 – Tracked an increase in sourcing for “Private Labeling” that reflected a push of large brands adopting this approach.

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Steel Scandal Will Shake Up The Supply Chain

Some of the biggest names in manufacturing — Boeing, General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda, and many others — have seen their supply chains thrown into turmoil after a major Japanese steel supplier admitted fabricating quality control data.

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Thomas Index Report: Hurricane Harvey

To help buyers and suppliers stay ahead of the latest shifts and emerging trends, we constantly analyze the industrial/B2B buying activity taking place at Thomasnet.com, where every 2 seconds a buyer evaluates a supplier. This powerful, proprietary data fuels our Thomas Industrial Index.

This week we take a look at sourcing in and around the Houston area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, with our data adding some insight into the sheer magnitude of the disaster. Here’s what we’re seeing:

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Thomas Index Report: Custom Injection Molding

To help buyers and suppliers stay ahead of the latest shifts and emerging trends in the digital industrial economy, we constantly analyze the industrial/B2B buying activity taking place at Thomasnet.com, where every 2 seconds a buyer evaluates a supplier on our platform. This powerful, proprietary data fuels our Thomas Industrial Index.

Here’s what we’re seeing in the Index this week:

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Thomas Index Report: Private Label

More B2B buying activity takes place on THOMASNET.com than any other resource on the planet. In fact, a buyer evaluates a supplier every 2 seconds on our platform.

To help buyers and suppliers stay ahead of the latest shifts and emerging trends in the digital industrial economy, we constantly analyze all of the buying activity taking place on the platform. This powerful, proprietary data fuels the Thomas Industrial Index.

Here’s what we’re seeing on the Index this week:

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Thomas Index Report: Printed Circuit Board Sourcing Trends

More B2B buying activity takes place on THOMASNET.com than any other resource on the planet. In fact, a buyer evaluates a supplier every 2 seconds on our platform.

To help buyers and suppliers stay ahead of the latest shifts and emerging trends in the digital industrial economy, we constantly analyze all of the buying activity taking place on the platform. This powerful, proprietary data fuels the Thomas Industrial Index.

Here’s what we’re seeing on the Index this week:

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Thomas Sourcing Trends: Steel

Buyers and engineers evaluate a supplier on THOMASNET.com every 2 seconds. All of that sourcing activity gives us valuable insight on the movements of typical patterns in the industrial market place.

Over the past few months, we've been watching raw material sourcing closely and we've noticed some interesting trends:

—Over the last five weeks we have seen evaluations in "Steel" occur 18% more often than the 77 week average. 
—Last week's activity surged with buyers performing 38% more steel supplier evaluations than normal.
—Concurrently, "Metals" activity surged up over 100% for the last two weeks.

Source Steel Suppliers Now--->

It’s clear that raw material buyers are gearing up to find local sources of supply, but let’s take a look at some possible reasons for this.

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