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Day: June 21, 2013

Bumpy Conditions Drive 2013 Distribution Trends

This article is the introduction to MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report outlining current business conditions.

The annual report was researched and written by MDM editors based on interviews with dozens of wholesaler-distributors, as well as industry experts and manufacturers. MDM also conducted a survey of its readers to uncover the trends outlined in this report.

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Trends outlined in the 2013 report include:

  • Generational Shift Drives Changes in Technology, Customer Expectations
  • Hiring in Distribution Complicated by Lack of Visibility, Shifting Needs
  • The Rise of Little Data in Distribution
  • Distributors Get Smarter About Vending
  • Distributors Get Aggressive with Inventory Management
  • Vendor, Distributor Consolidation Continues
  • Wallet Share, Customer Demands Drive Channel Convergence
  • Other Trends
  • Trend Snapshots for 14 Sectors

The report also includes the following case studies and interviews:

  • 2013 MDM Market Movers
    • Replenex Builds Culture of Cost Savings
    • A&M Industrial Finds Niche in Essential Services
    • Strategic Planning Pays Off for Machinery Tooling & Supply
  • MDM Market Leader Profiles
    • Interline Brands' Focus on Jan-San
    • Arrow Electronics Plots a Global Course