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November 2018

E-commerce as Competitive Advantage

The wholesale distribution industry is making the transition to e-commerce, but it is doing so slowly. Early adopters of transaction-enabled websites are not only positioning themselves well for the future but are also gaining a competitive advantage in the shorter term. This article is drawn from a white paper based on research conducted by Modern Distribution Management (MDM) and sponsored by BigCommerce. To request a copy of the full report, use the link provided at the end of this article.

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Commentary: Innovation Is More Than Strong Technology

Innovation has become a buzzword thats had the tar and meaning beaten out of it. Thats unfortunate, because it cuts to the heart of how distributors are going to find growth and market share in 2019. As the favorable economic tailwinds of 2018 start to show signs of shifting, the time to determine whats going to drive revenue in 2019 is now.

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JIS Creates Pushbutton Restocking Capability

When Jergens Industrial Supply (JIS), a division of Jergens, Inc., first launched its Wi-Fi enabled button-based ordering system JIS Express earlier this year, general manager Matt Schron viewed it as a trial to see if customers would like having an Internet of Things (IoT) solution to manage their inventory. Individual products are paired with a physical button that logs a re-supply request each time a customer pushes it, similar to Amazons Dash button in the consumer market.

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