March 2019 - Modern Distribution Management

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March 2019

MDM Industrial Inflation Index: February 2019

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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Commentary: Profit Dynamics in a Shifting Business Cycle…With a Twist

As we wrap up the first quarter of 2019, MDM is hearing distributors confirm the recent warnings by business economists of a tapering economic cycle on the back side of a record 2018: leading indicators point in the same direction. No one can accurately predict if, when or how deep a market downturn might unfold.

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