September 2016 - Modern Distribution Management

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September 2016

Don’t Be Frozen by Fear

More competition and a slow-growth economy in the midst of a contentious political battle have contributed to increased uncertainty about the future. This article examines some of the top concerns of distributors and manufacturers and how to overcome the fear factor created by them.

This article includes:

  • Overview of current headwinds
  • What's increasing the 'fear factor'
  • How to overcome fear and take the next steps

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  • Listen to Customers or Lose Them
  • Use Tech to Work Smarter, Not Harder
  • MDM-Baird Distribution Survey: Economy Stuck on the Bottom in 2Q

Making the Case for Mobile

A mobile app might not work for every distributor, but gauge your customers demand for it before deciding. This article explores how distributors can use mobile to create a competitive advantage.

This article includes:

  • How to get started with mobile
  • Creating mobile demand & success
  • Other uses for mobile

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  • Are You Really Customer-Centric?
  • Changing Channels Demand New Models
  • Customer Engagement: Dont Be Amazon

Commentary: Decision Time – Lead or Follow?

In this environment, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and adopt a cautious approach to strategies and decisions. This is the wrong strategy

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  • A Growing Competitive Threat
  • New Tech Disrupts Supply Chain
  • IoT Poised to Alter Supply Chain

MDM Industrial Inflation Index: August 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: Second Quarter 2016
  • 2016 State of E-Commerce: E-Commerce Journey Continues
  • Market Snapshot: Industrial Hose Market Demand in the United States

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