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PDF Download of MDM’s 2016 Top Distributor Lists

This PDF is a compilation of MDM's top distributor lists for 14 sectors. For more about the companies on MDM’s Market Leaders lists, go to www.mdm.com/marketleaders.

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Paramont EO’s Team-Building Redesign

This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

Chicago, IL-based electrical and decorative lighting distributor Paramont EO recently reconfigured its warehouse to accommodate more products more efficiently. The company was selected as an MDM Market Mover for how it turned an operational efficiency exercise into a company-wide team-building strategy.

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MDM Interview: Sky’s the Limit at SRS Distribution

This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

Formed in 2008 at the height of the Great Recession, roofing distributor SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, TX, reached $1 billion in revenue within six years. Last year SRS grew revenue 32 percent and in the past three years it has seen sales, EBITDA and locations double. Associate Editor Eric Smith spoke with Dan Tinker, president and COO, about the companys origins, its ability to grow organically and through acquisition no matter the economic conditions and its commitment to a strong culture.

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MDM Interview: Winsupply’s Winning Formula

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Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Winsupply, Dayton, OH, is fresh off a name change (it was formerly WinWholesale) and poised to set another record for revenue. Associate Editor Eric Smith spoke with President and CFO Roland Gordon and CMO Steve Edwards about the companys past, present and future.

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MDM Industrial Inflation Index: May 2016

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: First Quarter 2016
  • 2016 Distribution Remodel: How to Build a Better Business
  • Market Analysis: Fluid Power Consumption in the United States

Commentary: Are You Really Customer-Centric?

Distributors must invest strategically in talent and technology to differentiate.

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  • Fostering a Culture of Innovation
  • Industry 4.0: Technology-Driven Change
  • 2016 Distribution Remodel: Deepen Talent Development

2016 Trends Snapshot: Industrial Distribution

This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue. It provides a quick look at key trends affecting the industrial products distribution sector.

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

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Tech Sparks Transformation of Action Health

This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

Bensenville, IL-based health care packaging distributor Action Health was selected as a 2016 MDM Market Mover for its innovative approach for adapting to the new low-margin reality of its market.

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Other Trends to Watch

This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

MDM identified a handful of other distribution trends to watch for the rest of 2016 and into next year. Look for stories on these and other topics relevant to the industry in future issues of MDM Premium and at mdm.com.

Other trends include:

  • Mobile mania
  • Cross training on the rise
  • IT emerging from the shadows

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Differentiate with Strategic Marketing

This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

Although marketing has grown in importance for distributors over the last year, most dont realize the crucial role it plays in gaining a competitive advantage.

This article includes:

  • How distributors are using strategic marketing to differentiate
  • Key marketing investments to stay competitive
  • Marketing challenges and tips to overcome them

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Special Issue: 2016 Wholesale Distribution Trends

The 2016 Distribution Special Issue is the most comprehensive report on the wholesale distribution industry. This seventh edition was researched and written by MDM and is based on interviews with dozens of distributors, industry experts and manufacturers, as well as a survey of readers to uncover the most important issues facing distribution today.

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Customer Engagement: Don’t Be Amazon

This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

The B2C shopping concept, in which people can get anything they need anytime they want it, is clearly influencing B2B buying. But a distributors customer has certain needs from superior product knowledge to service and sales reps available to answer phone calls that the Amazon experience cant provide.

This article includes:

  • Why a customer-focused experience is better than an "Amazon experience"
  • How distributors are improving their customer experiences
  • Tips for shifting your focus from products to customers

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A Growing Competitive Threat

This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

It used to be that the largest distributors were the biggest threats to small ones. Their ability to outspend other players in technology and growth allowed them to eat up market share across geographies, but new technology and customer expectations have changed the competitive landscape.

This article includes:

  • How technology is growing the reach of smaller distributors
  • Innovative supply chain solutions that grow market share
  • Other strategies distributors are using to gain competitive advantage

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Reduce HR Cost Pressure

This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

For the next generation workforce, pay is still important, but the benefits that come with a position from health insurance to career development programs are just as important, if not more so. As a result of that and new or changing regulations, the cost of employment keeps rising.

This article includes:

  • Why offering health insurance and other benefits is so important
  • An overview of HR costs and challenges
  • Ways to combat the cost of providing benefits

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5 Tips to Reduce the Cost of Employment

This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

While increased costs related to employment may seem inevitable, you can take steps to mitigate the impact to your company’s bottom line. Here are five tips from Nancye Combs, president and CEO of HR Enterprise, a human resources consulting firm in Louisville, KY, on how to manage the rising cost of employment.

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Increase ROI from Existing Technology

This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

Companies that dont have the right technology in place or dont optimize their current capabilities are leaving dollars on the table. But a renewed focus on getting the most out of existing systems can yield numerous benefits.

This article includes:

  • Ways to optimize existing technology
  • Benefits of improving current systems
  • The importance of viewing technology as an evolution

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New Tech Disrupts Supply Chain

This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

The proliferation of mobility and growth in the use of sensors is driving connectivity in the consumer and business worlds. Distributors have increasingly embraced the role of mobile in purchasing, leading to more focus on creating mobile-friendly websites. But the practical role of these devices also continues to grow.

This article includes:

  • How distributors are using new tech to improve the supply chain
  • Why mobility and sensors are important
  • What to expect from new tech in the future

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