Day: November 25, 2015

Commodities, Currencies, China Top of Mind for CFOs

CFO optimism falls in many countries.

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  • CFO Global Business Outlook: Labor Markets Tighten
  • MDM-Baird Distribution Survey: Grinding to a Halt
  • CFO Optimism Not Rattled by Economic Tremors

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Table of Contents:

  • A Passage to Asia
  • Commentary: The Airgas Deal and Whats Next for M&A
  • AD Tackles E-Commerce Monster
  • Commodities, Currencies, China Top of Mind for CFOs
  • Monthly Wholesale Trade Date: September 2015
  • MDM Inflation Index: October 2015
  • News Digest

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MDM Industrial Inflation Index: October 2015

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 Pricing Trends Report: Third Quarter 2015
  • MDM-Baird Distribution Survey: Grinding to a Halt
  • Market Analysis: Safety Products Consumption in the United States

Commentary: The Airgas Deal and What’s Next for M&A

There are two viewpoints on Air Liquides proposed purchase of Airgas.

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  • M&A: Easing the Transition
  • MDM-Baird Distribution Survey: Grinding to a Halt
  • MDM Interview: Behind Fergusons Acquisitive Year
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AD Tackles E-Commerce ‘Monster’

Independent wholesale distributors excel in many aspects of business, but they often struggle to compete in areas of business where scale poses an advantage, such as e-commerce. Earlier this year, North American buying and marketing group Affiliated Distributors, Wayne, PA, began development on a program to help its members overcome the e-commerce challenge.

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  • How AD developed its eContent Service program
  • How the program will work
  • Benefits of the program

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  • Prioritizing Big Data
  • PTDA Summit Inspires, Motivates, Leads
  • Amazons B2B Move Reduces Threat

A Passage to Asia

Distributors historically have had trouble gaining market access to Asia, but it remains a compelling destination for U.S. companies because of the regions population and growing economic prosperity. Any company looking to undertake an Asian expansion must be strategic in its approach.

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  • Challenges to gaining market access in Asia
  • Opportunities in Asia
  • Best ways of accessing Asia

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  • Global Companies Pose Threat in U.S.
  • Rebranding Road Map
  • Destination: Mexico