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Distribution Operations

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

West Coast Port Dispute an 'Absolute Disaster'

Monday meeting fails to deliver labor contract resolution.
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Distributors, Manufacturers Feeling Pain over Port Dispute

Delays at West Coast ports disrupting companies' supply chains.
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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

Top 10 Management Tips of 2014

List highlights the importance of keeping the needs and wants of customers first.
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Tip: Take Tough Approach to Inventory Management

Being "lean and mean" with inventory can lead to profitability.
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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 Priorities for B2B Companies

Customer service ranks second to price in importance.
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Don’t Put Shopping Cart before Data Horse

B2C and B2B customers require different things from e-commerce websites.
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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

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

Saint-Gobain's Takeover of Sika Met With Resistance

Sika executives say they'll resign if sale to rival goes through.
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November 2014 Distribution M&A Roundup: Building Materials Sector Busy Again

Gases & welding, electrical sectors also see multiple deals during month.
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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

Report: U.S. Manufacturing Grows, but So Do Imports

Offshoring of manufacturing still outpacing reshoring.
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Manufacturing Sector Poised for Prosperous 2015

MAPI forecasts production to grow 3.5 percent next year thanks to job gains.
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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

Unstoppable Amazon? Not So Fast

Online retail giant vulnerable to mobile purchasing trends.
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Recommended Reading: Top 3 Most-Read Articles in Fourth Quarter 2014

Sonepar's acquisition of IDG tops most-read list of the fourth quarter.
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