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Global Industrial

Behind One Distributor’s Record 3Q, Future Growth Plans

In the latest MDM interview, Barry Litwin, CEO of Systemax — the publicly traded parent of Global Industrial and other businesses — discussed the company’s 3Q performance, what’s driving growth in 2020 and the “permanency” of pandemic-related products.

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Real GDP 3Q 2020 Second Estimate
Research & Analytics

Real U.S. GDP Up 33.1% in 3Q According to ‘Second’ Estimate

The increase in real GDP reflected increases in PCE, private inventory investment, exports, nonresidential fixed investment, and residential fixed investment that were partly offset by decreases in federal government spending.


Download this Issue as a PDF: November 25 2020

Introducing the latest class of MDM Future Leader Award winners — 10 talented and digitally focused leaders under age 40 who are enhancing the market at every turn.

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Motivated, Talented and Full of Industry-Changing Ideas: Meet the Next Class of MDM Future Leaders

Chosen from dozens of talented nominees over a month-long online nomination process, the latest MDM Future Leader Award winners represent the cream of the crop among the field of under-40 distribution talent.

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Commentary: The Future of Distribution Looks Bright

The latest group of MDM Future Leader Award winners are setting the stage for the next generation of distribution with their focus on technology-based initiatives.

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The Bossard Group Invests in Welding Business

Swiss fastener distributor The Bossard Group has invested a 40% stake in the startup company MultiMaterial-Welding AG, Stansstad, Switzerland.

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Emerson Completes Acquisition of 7AC Technologies

Emerson says acquisition will help the company’s customers “further their sustainability goals through better air management.”


Avnet Names Phil Gallagher CEO

Gallagher, who has been with Avnet for 37 years, had been serving as interim CEO since August

CFNAI October 2020
Research & Analytics

Chicago Fed National Activity Index Improves to +0.83 in October

Latest Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) shows that three of four broad categories of indicators used to construct the index made positive contributions in October, and three of the four categories increased from September.

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MSC Industrial Supply Names VP for Cross-Channel Growth

Industrial distributor appoints Mark Pickett to newly created role for “leading and driving a consistent brand experience for customers across all of MSC’s platforms and channels.”

White Papers

In this episode, Brian Gardner, founder of SalesProcess360, demystifies the Sales Process Audit that industrial sales organizations can implement to get ROI from CRM. While CRM can be an impactful technology, Gardner stresses that organizations need the right processes in place to capitalize on their CRM investment. With over 25 years of experience in sales management and CRM, hear Gardner’s insight on how companies at all stages can get the most out of their sales process.

epicor webcast 12-3
Join us for this panel discussion on December 3 at 1 PM EST, moderated by MDM’s Tom Gale, to gain insight from three distribution technology leaders on how they are approaching the year and guiding their teams to build more technology-enabled organizations.
Spotlight Videos
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Scott Young, President of George E. Booth Co., a Midwest distributor of process instrumentation products and services, talks with MDM's John Gunderson about the company's launch of a cloud-based ERP system at the beginning of 2020. The timing could not have been better. As Young shares in this Spotlight video, the company was able to pivot quickly in mid-March when its 75-person workforce started working from home. The move allowed the team to focus on revenue-generating activity and value-added services to support customers, while reducing costs by automating back-end processes.

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