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Research & Analytics

Goods and Services Deficit Down in June

Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit decreased $23.1 billion, or 7.8%, from the same period in 2019.


Veritiv Sales Down 28.3% in 2Q

Veritiv, whose six-month sales dipped 20.6% year-over-year, saw its “ongoing efficiency programs and the temporary actions … to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 led to improved margins,” says CEO.

NOW Inc.

NOW Inc. Sales Plummet in 2Q

NOW Inc., which reported a loss of $30 million for the quarter and a loss of $361 million for the first six months of 2020, is enacting cost-reduction measures.


Amazon to Build Fulfillment Center in Tampa Bay Area

Amazon's new fulfillment center in Temple Terrace and new delivery station in Lutz will create hundreds of new full-time jobs

The Home Depot

The Home Depot to Open Three New Distribution Centers in Georgia

With trio of new DCs designed to "meet the changing delivery needs of our DIY and Pro customers," The Home Depot is committing to an additional 1,000 new jobs in Greater Atlanta area.


3M Announces New Leadership Appointment

Jeffrey R. Lavers has been appointed executive vice president, Consumer Business Group, replacing Paul Keel.


Avnet Appoints Interim CEO

Electronics distributor Avnet names Phil Gallagher as interim replacement for outgoing CEO Bill Amelio and also announces preliminary fourth-quarter financial results.

Research & Analytics

HARDI Distributors Report 24.3% Revenue Jump in June

Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International’s monthly TRENDS report shows a huge spike in HVAC distributors’ revenue, marking a “solid start for the cooling season,” says HARDI analyst Brian Loftus.

Curbell Plastics
Sales & Marketing

Nationwide Plastics Dallas Rebrands as Curbell Plastics Arlington

Nationwide Plastics Inc., a division of Curbell Plastics Inc. since its acquisition last August, on Monday announced it has rebranded as Curbell Plastics Arlington. 

White Papers

In this June 12, 2020 segment of MDM LIVE, John Caplan, President, North America & Europe,, urges distributors to drive digital in their businesses and the need for a marketplace strategy going forward. Hear much more from Caplan — including inspiration for taking your business digital, tips on getting started with and practical advice on how to sell internationally.

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Join us at 1p.m. Eastern on August 20th for this MDM Webcast. With business disruptions coming from all directions, maintaining a stable balance sheet is critical to profitability. This MDM webcast will address how distributors can manage accounts receivable to keep cash flowing, even while dealing with unpredictable supply and demand.
Spotlight Videos
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