61 An Earnest & Associates survey of more than 100 decision-makers at small- to medium-sized businesses shows 61% of respondents agree with the statement “Too many customers haggle with us over price,” affirming price haggling remains a problem in the wholesale-distribution industry, Earnest & Associates states. 70 From research B2B digital commerce services and software solutions provider Codifyd conducted in conjunction with the HARDI Research Foundation concerning the evolution of sharing product data between suppliers and distributors and specifically digital maturity, 70% of HARDI distributor respondents say product content is a differentiator, while 61% of suppliers agree with that statement. However, only 30% of distributor respondents have product information technology in place, while only 51% of suppliers do. $20,000 BrassCraft Mfg. Co. Employees and family members raised $20,000 in 2016 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Every year I’m amazed by the dedication and selflessness of our employees,” says Josh Jaime, leader of BrassCraft’s Team in Training group. “I’m extremely grateful to everyone who participated and to the company for their generous support.” 133.2 Dodge Data & Analytics’ Dodge Momentum Index moved 0.3% higher in November to 133.2. The index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which has been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. The index stands 18% higher than its November 2015 reading and suggests construction activity should continue to strengthen in 2017. 4.1 The uptick in the Dodge Momentum Index, Dodge notes, is due to a 4. 1% rise in the commercial building component while the institutional component slipped 5.2% in the month of November. Commercial planning, Dodge adds, was weak to start the year but has since moved forward and now is 35% above last year. 7 And finally from the Dodge Momentum Index, seven projects in November entered planning, each with a value that exceeded $100 million. The leading project is a $400 million office building in Chicago. On the institutional side, it is a $155 million hospital in Rochester, N.Y.
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