Day: August 24, 2018

MDM Industrial Inflation Index: July 2018

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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  • Distribution M&A Playbook, pt. 3: Integration Best Practices
  • Grainger’s Pricing Initiative, pt 2: The Quest for Optimization
  • Commentary: Harvey’s Stark Reminder on Disaster Planning

Closing the Data Analytics Gap

As top distributors become more proficient with data analysis, others are falling behind, creating a critical gap in competitive business intelligence. Four of the speakers at MDM’s upcoming Analytics Summit share their recommendations here for optimizing data analytics across a range of business operations.

This article includes:

  • The Will to Do It
  • Why It's Been Lacking
  • Spreading the Knowledge

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Doing Business with Amazon

In a July survey, MDM asked readers about their perceptions and experiences selling through the Amazon Business Marketplace, a follow-up to a first quarter survey and analysis of the impact of Amazon Business on distribution sectors. More than 300 respondents shared their opinions and experiences (see end of article for survey details). The qualitative and quantitative data reveal both optimism and hesitation about doing business with a company many distributors see as a competitor.

This article includes:

  • Amazons B2B Buildout
  • Survey Says: Amazon Brings Customers
  • Mechanics of Selling on AB

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Download this Issue in PDF: August 25, 2018

This is the PDF of this issue of Modern Distribution Management.

Table of Contents:

  • Doing Business with Amazon
  • Commentary: Distributors Satisfied with Amazon Business Experience
  • Closing the Data Analytics Gap
  • Monthly Wholesale Trade Data: June 2018
  • MDM Industrial Inflation Index: July 2018
  • MDM News Digest 4816

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