September 25, 2018 - Modern Distribution Management

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September 25, 2018

MDM Industrial Inflation Index: August 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

MDM Interview: How Analytics Can Drive M&A

FCX Performance, a distributor of parts and equipment into process industries, was acquired by Applied Industrial Technologies this year for $768 million, following 18 years of merger and acquisition activity. FCX reported 2016 revenues of $346 million. In this interview, former FCX CEO Charley Hale discusses how analytics formed the backbone of its growth strategy over 18 years. It was conducted by MDM CEO Tom Gale at MDMs 2018 Digital Summit in Denver on September 20, 2018.

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Prepare for the Future by Building Capabilities Today

Digital technologies have opened the door for distribution leaders to achieve dramatic improvements in productivity and create compelling customer experiences. Many leaders are leveraging digital tools as a foundation for continuous improvement and some are hoping to go much further by innovating the traditional distributor business model. Either way, the adoption of digital tools is prompting leaders to focus on strengthening their companys abilities to remain competitive and lead.

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Commentary: Mind the Gap

Analytics in the distribution industry are at an early stage and yet more accessible to management teams than ever. Some distributors will leverage these new tools more effectively than their competitors to open a gap; others will wonder why they are losing share in increasingly disruptive markets.

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Download this Issue in PDF: September 25, 2018

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Table of Contents:

  • MDM Interview: How Analytics Can Drive M&A
  • Commentary: Mind the Gap
  • Prepare for the Future by Building Capabilities Today
  • MDM Industrial Inflation Index: August 2018
  • Monthly Wholesale Trade Data: July 2018
  • MDM News Digest 4818

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