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Day: June 24, 2013

2013 Trends Snapshot: Electronics Distribution

This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. It provides a quick look at key trends affecting the safety distribution sector.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

MDM Interview: Arrow Electronics Plots a Global Course

This article is available in MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. This is an interview with Tim Kolbus, vice president of global logistics services for Arrow, one of the Top 5 Electronics Distributors in 2013. Earlier this year, Englewood, CO-based Arrow Electronics launched a new brand platform for the global electronics distribution company the first such initiative in the companys history. Kolbus talks about the initiative in this conversation with Associate Editor Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

Other Trends in the Wholesale Distribution Industry in 2013

This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. It provides a snapshot of other trends affecting wholesale distribution channels across sectors.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

2013 Trends Snapshot: Safety Distribution

This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. It provides a quick look at key trends affecting the safety distribution sector.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

2013 Trends Snapshot: Fluid Power Distribution

This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. It provides a quick look at key trends affecting the fluid power distribution sector.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

2013 Trends Snapshot: Building Materials/Construction Distribution

This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. It provides a quick look at key trends affecting the building materials/construction distribution sector.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

2013 Trends Snapshot: Industrial Distribution

This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. It provides a quick look at key trends affecting the industrial distribution sector.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

2013 Trends Snapshot: Jan-San Distribution

This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. It provides a quick look at key trends affecting the jan-san distribution sector.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

2013 Trends Snapshot: Industrial PVF Distribution

This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. It provides a quick look at key trends affecting the industrial PVF distribution sector.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

MDM Interview: Interline Brands’ Growth in Jan-San Distribution

This article is available in the 2013 Distribution Trends Report. This is an interview with Ken Sweder, president and COO of Interline Brands, one of the Top 40 Industrial Distributors in 2013. Interline Brands has made significant changes in its product mix, expanding aggressively in the jan-san space. Sweder talks about those changes in this conversation with Editor Lindsay Konzak.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

Wallet Share, Demands Drive Accelerated Channel Convergence in Distribution

This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. This article looks at the channel convergence trend, where more distributors are looking outside of their core businesses for growth. The trend has accelerated since the recession.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

Vendor, Distributor Consolidation Continues

This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. This article examines the impact of consolidation on the wholesale distribution industry.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

Generational Shift Drives Changes in Technology, Customer Expectations

This article is a part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. The article analyzes the impact of the generational shift on the wholesale distribution industry, including technology and customer expectations.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

Hiring in Distribution Complicated by Lack of Visibility, Shifting Needs

This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. It provides an update on challenges distributors are facing in hiring talent.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

The Rise of ‘Little Data’ in Distribution

This article is a part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. The article analyzes how wholesaler-distributors are using data more to make better business decisions - but why the industry is not quite ready for Big Data yet.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

Distributors Get Smarter About Vending

This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. This article looks at how distributors are getting smarter about how and when they sell and use vending machines.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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

Distributors Get Aggressive with Inventory Management

This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. It examines current trends in inventory management for distributors, who are facing increased pressure in the supply chain.

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.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

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