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October 2017

MDM-Baird Distribution Survey: Storms Stunt Distributor Growth

Robert W. Baird & Co., in partnership with Modern Distribution Management, conducted a survey of more than 400 distributors and manufacturers to gauge business trends and the outlook for the distribution industry in diverse sectors. Here is a summary of third-quarter results and distributor and manufacturer expectations for fourth-quarter 2017 and full-year 2018.

This article includes:

  • Third-quarter revenue & pricing trends for wholesale distribution
  • Revenue forecasts for fourth quarter & 2017
  • Sector-specific trends for 19 sectors
  • Inventory levels
  • Economic outlook for 2018

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  • Millennials in Distribution: No Magic in US LUMBERs Strategy
  • Endgame Strategy: A Must for Distributors
  • Graingers Pricing Initiative, pt 2: The Quest for Optimization

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Commentary: Data is Only Half the Story

The power of analytics and data to improve company performance has grabbed everyones attention, and with extremely positive impacts overall, but too often we fixate on specific data points and then lose sight of the larger (and sometimes smaller) picture.

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  • Millennials in Distribution: No Magic in US LUMBERs Strategy
  • Endgame Strategy: A Must for Distributors
  • Graingers Pricing Initiative, pt 2: The Quest for Optimization

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Avoid Being Caught by Stupid

While many distribution owners and managers are making their companies more “user-friendly” with better web tools, they aren’t investing at the same pace in the most critical part of their future – their employees. Here are four tips for talent development that will differentiate your company and strengthen its position against the threats that keep emerging daily.

This article includes:

  • Talking with employees about retirement plans
  • Building "expert systems"
  • Rethinking your talent acquisition strategy
  • employee management

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  • Millennials in Distribution: ‘No Magic’ in US LUMBER’s Strategy
  • Endgame Strategy: A Must for Distributors
  • Grainger’s Pricing Initiative, pt 2: The Quest for Optimization

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MDM Pricing Trends Report: Third Quarter 2017

This report is researched and produced by MDM editors. View the Second Quarter 2016 report here.

These product groups provide a snapshot of inflation trends based on the Producer Price Index from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Third quarter 2017 pricing levels are compared with second quarter 2017 and third quarter 2016.

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Industrial

  • Abrasives
  • Adhesives & Sealants
  • Metal Cutting Machine Tools
  • Metal Forming Machine Tools
  • Pumps, Compressors, & Eqmt
  • Ind. Material Handling Eqmt
  • Rubber & Plastic Hose
  • Rubber & Plastic Belts & Belting
  • Ind. Rubber Products, nec
  • Metal Valves (not fluid power)
  • Personal Safety Equipment & Clothing
  • Steel Mill Products

Construction

  • Softwood Lumber
  • Hardwood Lumber
  • General Millwork
  • Gypsum Products
  • Hardboard, Particlebd, Fiberbd
  • Plywood
  • Plastic Construction Products
  • Wood Ties, Siding, Shingles,
  • Shakes

Electrical

  • Electrical Machinery & Eqmt
  • Electronic Components & Accs
  • Integrating and Measuring Instruments
  • Motors & Generators
  • Wiring Devices
  • Transformers & Power Regulators
  • Switchgear, Switchboard, etc., Eqmt
  • Communications & Related Eqmt
  • Electric Lamp Bulbs & Parts

Other Related Electrical

  • Lighting Fixtures
  • Nonferrous Wire & Cable
  • Fabricated Ferrous Wire & Cable

Power Transmission/Bearing

  • Mechanical Power Transmission Eqmt
  • Ball & Roller Bearings
  • Plain Bearings & Bushings
  • Speed Changers, Drives & Gears

Fluid Power

  • Fluid Power Eqmt
  • Fluid Power Valves
  • Fluid Power Hose/ Tube Fittings
  • Fluid Power Pumps & Parts
  • Fluid Power Actuators/ Accum/ Cylinders

Plastics

  • Plastic Resins & Materials
  • Plastic Products (Overall)

Fasteners

  • Nuts, Bolts, Screws, Rivets, Washers (overall)
  • Aircraft Fasteners
  • Externally Threaded Fasteners
  • Internally Threaded Fasteners
  • Nonthreaded Metal Fasteners

Hardware

  • Hardware (overall)
  • Builders’ Hardware

Tools

  • Hand & Edge Tools
  • Power-Driven Hand Tools
  • Tools, Dies, Jigs, Molds, Fixtures
  • Cutting Tools & Accs (overall)
  • Precision Measuring Tools
  • Small Cutting Tools

Gases/Welding

  • Industrial Gases
  • Welding Machinery/ Equipment

Paper

  • Pulp, Paper & Allied Products (overall)
  • Sanitary Paper Products
  • Boxes
  • Packaging Products from Plastic

HVACR/Plumbing

  • Air Cond. & Refrigeration Eqmt
  • Heating Eqmt
  • Plumbing Fixtures & Fittings

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