Important to note: key industrial supplier discovery providers are listed in the resources on the Supplier Discovery page. Data can also be found in the non-commodity focused resources on the Multi-Inclusive Market page, in addition to coverage provided by the various bloggers, analysts, publications, and networking communities listed under Procurement Profession

Use for: inexpensive estimating costs of renovations, repairs, and new construction

BNi Facilities Manager's Costbook provides updated material and labor costs for thousands of cost items, based on the latest national averages and standard labor productivity rates, including regional cost modifiers. Very reasonably priced. Check out the other Guides offered that cover building and facility maintenance, costs, plant operations, site security, disaster recovery, planning and scheduling.

Use for: benchmark facilities operating costs

CBRE CostLab, originally launched by Whitestone Research, is an online facility operating costs benchmark tool. It allows you mitigation risk by prioritizing funding, compare operating costs for over 400 different locations and 75 different asset types around the world, validate contractor bids, estimate in-house resources required to complete projects, estimate M&R project costs, comprehensive M&R and operations costs including labor rates, utility rates, inflation rates, maintenance tasks, operations details, recapitalization assumptions, national indexes, and more. Subscription-based (new flexible offering).

Use for: MROP benchmarking, professional development, education resources, and economic indicators

The Industrial Supply Association is a trade association for the maintenance, repair, operations, and production (MROP) supply channel. It makes available opportunities for professional development, educational events, articles, guides, reports, and links to resources. Research Industry Briefs that are available include the The Economic Indicator report, which depicts in graph format, 12-month running indicators of ISM's PMI and ISA-Manufacturer and Distributor Indexes, along with index comparisons, and the ITR Quarterly report which shows trend data on durable goods, chemical products, aircraft and more. Benchmarking allows you to get insights on financials and KPI performance and to know how your monthly revenue stacks up against peers and key indexes.

Use for: credentials, training, benchmarking

IFMA has more than 24,000 members in 104 countries. IFMA makes available three credentials, including the “Facility Management Professional.” The Knowledge Library provides hundreds of articles, benchmarking, case studies, and research reports. IFMA publishes FMJ (Facility Management Journal), and is redeveloping its benchmarking platform for facility professionals to compare building data. The IFMA Marketplace is a resource for facility products and services discovery.

Use for: wholesale distribution market intelligence and company coverage - all categories included

Modern Distribution Management (MDM) covers the wholesale distribution industry. It provides news in addition to coverage about distribution companies Grainger, HD Supply, Airgas, Graybar, Fastenal, MSC, and others. MDM provides top distribution lists, market research, and directories. MDM publishes a number of reports. Economic Benchmarks for Wholesale Distribution provides statistics on the distribution industry, including segment and overall industry revenue trends, inventory levels, sales forecast, trends and other critical benchmark data on distribution. Also available is the MDM Annual Distribution Trends issue, and the Wholesale Distribution Industry Landscape report, which shows market size estimates for most sectors, in addition to market share estimates for the combined Top 5 and Top 40 industrial distributors. Helpful for finding distributors and buying groups, MDM provides comprehensive directories. “Top” lists are provided for distributor categories, such as: Hose and Accessories, Industrial, Electrical, Power Transmission and Bearing, Building Material/Construction, Industrial PVF, HVACR/Plumbing, Electronics, Fasteners, Fluid Power, Gases/Welding, Safety, Pharmaceuticals, San-Jan, Plastics, and Master Distributors/Wholesalers. Look for "Associations" on the Directories page for a comprehensive list with links to distributor and manufacturer associations in all industry sectors. 

Please reload