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Table of Contents:

  • 2014 State of E-Commerce in Distribution: The Maturing E-Commerce Channel
  • Commentary: What Makes Your Company Stand Out?
  • Distributor Groups Offer Private Brands
  • Behind the Deal: Kaman to Acquire B.W. Rogers
  • Monthly Wholesale Trade Data: January 2014
  • News Digest

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Monthly Wholesale Trade Data: January 2014

Sales and inventories data for wholesaler-distributors in January 2014.

This article includes:

  • Wholesale trade revenues for durable and nondurable goods in January 2014
  • Monthly inventories/sales ratio for the industry
  • Sales & inventory trends for durable and nondurable goods

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  • 4Q13 MDM-Baird Distribution Survey Results
  • 4Q13 and Annual MDM Pricing Trends Report
  • Building on Already Profitable Business

MDM Industrial Inflation Index: February 2014

Modern Distribution Management's monthly Industrial Inflation Index measures a cross-section of industrial supplies.

This index includes:

  • Abrasives Products
  • Cutting Tools
  • Power Transmission Equipment
  • Fasteners
  • Valves, etc.
  • Power Tools
  • Material Handling Equipment
  • Belting
  • Hand Tools
  • Misc. Metal

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  • MDM 4Q13 & Annual Pricing Trends Report
  • MDM Interview with Guy Blissett: Uncertainty + Change = Opportunity?
  • The State of Analytics in Distribution

Sidebar: Master Distributors & Private Label

Many master distributors – also known as wholesalers or redistributors in some sectors – offer a private label alongside national brands in their portfolios.  This article provides a snapshot of master distributors that offer private brands.

This is a sidebar to the recent article on buying & marketing groups and cooperatives that offer their own brands for their members. To read the full series from MDM on private label in wholesale distribution, click here.

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Behind the Deal: Kaman’s Plans for B.W. Rogers

In late February, Bloomfield, CT-based Kaman announced an agreement to acquire fluid power distributor B.W. Rogers, Akron, OH. Steve Smidler, president of the Kaman Distribution Group, recently spoke with MDM about the reasons for the acquisition and plans for integrating the distributor into Kaman’s business.

This article includes:

  • How acquisition deepens the Parker relationship
  • How acquisition will expand Kaman's end-market reach
  • How Kaman will integrate B.W. Rogers

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  • MDM Interview: Kaman's Expansion Strategy
  • Applied Industrial: Fluid Power a Growth Area for Distributor
  • Special Report: The Industrial Vending Boom

Distributor Groups Offer Private Label Brands

Some buying and marketing groups and distributor cooperatives have developed private brands to help members compete more effectively in a competitive landscape that includes more aggressive private brand marketing among larger distributors.

This is the final article in MDM’s series on private label in wholesale distribution. This article includes three groups and their approach to private label:

  • National Distribution & Contracting Inc. (Heath care)
  • IDC-USA (Industrial/Power Transmission)
  • Pro-Link (Janitorial supplies)

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  • The Drivers of Private Label in Distribution
  • Strategies for Private Label Success
  • Private Label & Channel Conflict

2014 State of E-Commerce in Distribution: The Maturing E-Commerce Channel

The third annual MDM distribution e-commerce survey conducted with Real Results Marketing revealed several key trends:

  • E-commerce revenue as a percent of overall revenue is rising relative to last year’s survey.
  • The primary objectives among distributors for e-commerce remain acquiring new customers, growing wallet share with existing customers and improving website usability.
  • Mobile deployments are growing rapidly.

This article examines the results of the 2014 State of E-Commerce in Distribution Survey and how the industry’s e-commerce offerings are maturing. Part 2 will look at best practices for distributor e-commerce marketing, data management and operations.

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  • Strategies for Private Label Success
  • Special Report: The Industrial Vending Boom
  • Behind Grainger's E-Commerce Strategy