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Distribution Operations

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

Operations Q&A: How 'SMART' are Your Goals?

Following a simple goal-setting formula can improve your chances for success.
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Sides Reach Key Agreement in Port Dispute

If even labor strife ends, supply chain slowdown could persist for months.
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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

Report: Data Drives Better Decision-Making

Companies that base "big decisions" on data three times more likely to see significant improvement from those decisions.
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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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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

Ensure Compliance with New Chemical Labeling Rules

OSHA seeks consistency from chemical manufacturers, distributors.
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Supreme Court Decision Allows “Opt-Out” of Contraception Coverage

Decision could draw objections to other laws.
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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

Philanthropy's Role in Recruiting Top Talent

Millennials want to make a difference in the world, and they want their employers to feel the same.
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Take Advantage of Training Opportunities in 2015

Popular resources include The Learning Center, University of Innovative Distribution.
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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: Use Social Media to Attract Millennials

If you aren't on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, younger workers won't know you exist.
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Tip: Innovate Through Operations

Don't overlook valuable but underused tool for innovating business model.
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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

Develop a Cybersecurity Strategy to Defeat Data Breaches

2015 will be the year of the breach. Is your company protected?
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E-Commerce Drives Growth at MSC

CEO: Customers view electronic procurement channels as part of a shifting strategy.
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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: What Should You Write About?

Avoid content marketing writers block by putting these tips into action.
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Social Media Gaining B2B Popularity

Presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube becoming increasing important for businesses.
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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

Tribute to Stu Mechlin

Reflector of light, partner hero, rainmaker, relentlessness, passion: remembering an industry leader.
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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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Mergers & Acquisitions

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

December 2014 Distribution M&A Roundup: Building Materials Sector Again Most Active

HD Supply sells hardware division; ABC Supply buys two companies.
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Saint-Gobain's Proposed Acquisition of Sika Heads to Court

Reuters: Family with controlling stake in Sika files lawsuit to push through purchase.
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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

Behind Curbell Plastics' Digital Strategy

President: We need to 'understand the digital body language' of the customer.
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Meeting the Mobile Demand

The way we do business isn't changing; it's already changed.
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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

Construction Forecast Bodes Well for Economy

Eighty percent of construction firms plan to expand in 2015, but hurdles remain.
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High Hopes for Building Materials in 2015

4Q14 MDM-Baird Distribution Survey reveals lofty expectations for sector this year.
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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

Preparing for the Future Amazon

While AmazonSupply is considered a nonfactor by many distributors today, that reality may change.
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3M's Threefold Plan Provides Results

Portfolio management, investment in innovation, business transformation fuel record year.
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