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Distribution Operations

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How distributors can optimize their operations for greater profitability. Read More

Operations Q&A: Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

Should you sacrifice speed for accuracy?
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Google Shopping for Suppliers Shuts Down

Google fails to gain traction in the distribution space with e-commerce platform for suppliers.
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Distributor Analytics

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A closer look at how data and analytics can make wholesaler-distributors more efficient and profitable. Read More

Access Now: Market Analytics - Not Your Father's Analytics in the Latest Episode of Executive Briefing

Distributors that adopt a more sophisticated analytics program can gain significant competitive advantage.
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Recommended Reading: 3 Hurdles to the Adoption of Analytics in Distribution

Distributors have increased awareness of the value of analytics, but struggle to implement a process.
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Manufacturing Revival Radio

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This podcast celebrates the resurgence and innovation of manufacturing with a series of interviews with innovators in the industry. Read More

Podcast: Enabling Greater Manufacturing Precision

Manufacturing Revival Radio talks with Tom Muccino of Nordson EFD.
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Podcast: Using Customer Input to Inspire New Technology Adoption

Manufacturing Revival Radio talks with Jack Hammerstrom of Banner Engineering.
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Public Policy

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MDM's editors provide analysis on what moves in Washington mean for wholesale distribution businesses. Read More

Supreme Court Decision Allows “Opt-Out” of Contraception Coverage

Decision could draw objections to other laws.
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Supreme Court Rules Against NLRB Recess Appointments

Ruling could impact more than 400 decisions made by the labor board during an 18-month period.
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Human Resources

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This blog looks at the most important asset in any wholesale distribution company: the people. We provide the best ideas for finding the right people and keeping them. Read More

Recommended Reading: The Importance of Continuous Improvement in Talent

Distributors are creating their own top talent through training.
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Study: Skills Gap Threatens U.S. Manufacturing Growth

Report offers five steps to take to address the skills gap.
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MDM Management Tip of the Week

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MDM's editors provide a concise but practical tip each week for wholesale distribution executives based on expert insight in the MDM Archives. Read More

Tip: Foster Collaboration to Create Greater Value

Shifting to a collaborative work culture is essential in today’s Information Age.
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Distribution Sales & Marketing

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Get the latest best practices, trends and strategies in distribution sales & marketing management. Read More

Recommended Reading: 5 Articles for Redefining the Sales Approach

Different customers have different needs. Are you prepared to meet them?
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Recommended Reading: The Value in Small Customers

It may be easy to ignore small customers, but there are big reasons why you shouldn’t
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Online Marketing

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MDM editors and expert contributors offer tips and strategies for making online marketing tools work for your company. Read More

Content Marketing 101: What is it and why should I care?

To succeed online, don’t just market your products; market your knowledge.
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A Brand is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Managing Your Company's Online Image

In a connected world, online image is everything
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Industry Insiders

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Tips, trends and insights from your peers in the independent wholesale distribution channel. Read More

Distributors Take the Lead in Tackling the Counterfeit Challenge

How one industry is taking a three-pronged approach to stopping the problem of counterfeits.
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7 Steps for Embracing Change in an Increasingly Digital World

Reflect what makes you different across all your platforms.
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Mergers & Acquisitions

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This blog provides analysis of mergers and acquisitions in distribution channels or affecting distribution channels. Read More

MSC Launches 'More Robust Focus' on Barnes Distribution North America Integration

Second-quarter sales growth for MSC primarily a result of BDNA's sales.
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Investment Banks' Role in the Distribution Industry

MDM's Investment Bank Guide for Distributors outlines investment banks' primary activities.
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Distribution Technology

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Learn how distributors are adopting technology tools to improve productivity and increase sales. Read More

Recommended Reading: Driverless Cars, Drones and Delivery

How will drones, driverless cars impact the distribution industry?
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Taking Distribution Into the Future with Technology

The technology options available today are nothing compared to what's coming.
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Economy

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A look at the latest economic and market trends, and their impact on the distribution channel. Read More

2Q14 MDM-Baird Distribution Survey: Return to Trend-Line Growth

Companies optimistic about second half of 2014, despite slow first half.
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Report: Industrial Markets Expect Strong Year

Economic recovery reflected in increased sales, hiring.
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Management & Strategy

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This blog looks at best practices and trends in managing a wholesale distribution company, as well as critical issues affecting distributors. Read More

The Benefits of a Transparent Supply Chain

Avnet: Transparency is critical to strong partnerships in the global economy.
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5 Steps Toward Reigniting Corporate Entrepreneurship

Turn potential for failure into potential for knowledge and success.
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