A computer network links wholesalers in five industries.
Independent wholesalers face a constant challenge of tracking down hard-to-find inventory for customers. Palonet's solution: a computer network that links wholesalers in an industry, letting them purchase items from other subscribers -- and fill orders in a day. The Encino, Calif., company is now signing up wholesalers in five industries, from electrical supplies to industrial supplies. -- Leslie Brokaw