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Living in the West, it’s easy to forget that we’re not the only ones using power tools; they’re a necessity for construction and daily labor throught the developed world.  An article I ran across today on the ITP Business site about Black & Decker’s “ambitions growth plans for its operations in the Middle East, Africa, and the Indian subcontinent” really drove that home.

The article discusses a new distribution senter Black & Decker set up in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (in the emirate of Dubai).  Apparently they’ve distributed tools via Jebel Ali for the last 11 years, but recently expanded their operations — which currently account for over 20,000 SKUs delivered to 32 countries.

Some interesting bits I gleaned: There’s a much higher demand for spare parts in the Mid-East than in Europe and the U.S.  (Apparently they keep their tools longer and repair them more often.)  And, Black & Decker (as well as DeWalt and others) often distribute their tools directly to retailers, as opposed to working through middle-man distributors.

Anyway, if you’re a hard-core tool guy — hey, I am — this is an interesting read.

Warehouse Retooling [ITP Business]


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