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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 much do you really know?

Don't let lack of knowledge today limit your position tomorrow.
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Operations Q&A: What's the Price of Waste?

Waste in warehouses comes in all shapes and sizes.
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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

Data Snapshot: Fasteners MRO in the U.S.

This month's Data Snapshot looks at the estimated size of the fasteners market.
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Putting Ratios to Work

One of the key levers in building market analytic models is the use of ratios, of which there are many types. 
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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

Succession Planning Critical at All Levels of Business

Include critical vendors and service providers when grooming the next generation.
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'Troublemakers' Secret to Ceratec's Success

CEO: Talented employees with disruptive mindsets can keep company sharp.
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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: Intuitive Knowledge is Key to Analytics Success

Qualitative evaluation of data should be paired with quantitative analysis.
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Tip: Plan for Potential Disasters

Be proactive, not reactive in case of an unplanned supply chain disruption.
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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

E-Commerce Entry Barrier Drops for Distributors

Webcast: Mid-market and small companies finding it easier to launch online platform
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Eliminate 'Virtuous Waste'

Stop wasting time and money on deceptive expenses
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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

Is Your Website Ready for Mobile-geddon?

Google's new search algorithm is expected to have broad impact.
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Millennials are Today's B2B Buyers

Study: Nearly half of all potential buyers in B2B are part of the millennial generation.
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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

March 2015 M&A Roundup: Building Materials Back in the News

Rumored $1.5 billion deal headlines yet another slow month for distribution activity.
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Report: Builders FirstSource to Buy ProBuild for $1.5B

Sources tell Reuters that transformational deal is in private talks now.
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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

Wolseley's Investment in E-Commerce Grows

CEO: E-commerce channel growing faster than traditional channels.
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What Kind of Warehouse are You?

In the digital age, distributors look to be a warehouse of information that helps move product.
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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

Energy, Trade Deficits Slow Manufacturing Growth

Production rises in April, but headwinds keep expansion in check.
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2015 Setting Up a 'Reprise' of 2014

ISM CEO: Signs point to a stronger second half.
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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

4 Strategies for Smarter Distributor Pricing

Pricing improvements drop straight to the bottom line.
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Amazon Reinvents B2B Model

Amazon Business includes marketplace that allows companies to sell through Amazon.
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