Amax Inc., formerly the office products division of Stanley Black & Decker, is the exclusive developer and distributor of Stanley Bostitch staplers, hole punchers, and home and office hand tools in the United States.

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Complex distribution companies require powerful software to manage the many aspects of their operations.  A great deal of data can be generated and used by a distribution company to drive business growth.  To get the most out of your enterprise … Read more


I’ve heard a few stories over the years about companies that take the time to implement a powerful enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solution and, over time, revert back to old practices, forgetting that the software is in place for … Read more


The beta version of Microsoft Dynamics® GP 2013 is now available to partners, Microsoft announced on September 12 at the GP Technical Airlift in Fargo, North Dakota.  Current and prospective users can take a look at this version of Microsoft … Read more


The term ‘Business Intelligence’ (BI) is thrown around a lot in the distribution software industry, but what does it mean and more importantly, what does it mean for your business? The definition of business intelligence, according to Wikipedia, is the … Read more


Made to Order (MTO) Manufacturing is the oldest style of order fulfillment that is not without its pros and cons.  Providing customized products to happy customers can lead to great long-term business relationships.  The risk in MTO manufacturing is with … Read more


If you’re like many distributors out there today, you’ve had to cut costs while still maintaining a high level of customer service.  This can be a major challenge and sometimes it’s like struggling to keep your head above water.  When … Read more


As a distributor, you want to meet your customer and prospect demands.  But sometimes the word “no” is necessary and beneficial to both you and your customer.  In this challenging economy, it may be tempting to take on any customer … Read more


Whether you’re narrowly focused on the numbers or a big picture strategist, the way you structure your finance department is very important.   There is a lot of data to capture and review to run a successful financial department.  Today’s chief … Read more


With standards such as ISO, QS-9000, TS-16949, AS-9100, manufactures need to be on top of the compliance requirements.  These quality and compliance standards often require a high level of detailed data management, including data control and the ability to track … Read more





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